A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Collaborate with Other Funders

No funder has the resources to end homelessness alone. Funders can play a powerful role in convening diverse stakeholders, facilitating system-wide collaboration, identifying key gaps, and leveraging public funds in their homelessness system. There is power in philanthropy speaking with one voice.

At Funders Together to End Homelessness, we believe collaboration is the key to ensuring the success of programs, initiatives, and solutions and one of our strategic goals is to provide opportunities for funders to gather, share, and learn together.

Events

Funders Together programming, such as in-person events and webinars, allow for opportunities to learn and share among peers. As a member, you receive access to member-only events and discounted rates to other programming. See what upcoming events we are offering as well as partner events where Funders Together will be at representing the work of our members.

 

Homelessness Funders Collaboratives

At Funders Together, we support the dedicated collaboration of committed foundations, United Ways, and corporate partners who work as one to prevent and end homelessness in their communities. On this page, learn about collaboratives focused on working together, sharing information and promising practices, and increasing the power of philanthropy in communities. You can also start a network in your own community. Learn more about building a funders network in our Funder Resources section.

 

In addition to geographic networks and collaboratives, Funders Together has three issue-based opportunities for funders to connect on an on-going basis. 

Foundations for Employment and Housing

Funders Together to End Homelessness is launching its second Community of Practice, Foundations for Employment and Housing, which will focus on the connection between employment and housing stability. We are excited to be partnering with Heartland Alliance as our content partner for this community and to share resources and learnings from their work. Participants will begin learning and networking in 2017 and over the two plus years, will work together to create and support systems that provide employment to help prevent and end homelessness. Learn more about joining Foundations for Employment and Housing!

 

FTEH Youth Network

From 2015-2016, Funders Together to End Homelessness ran a Community of Practice focused on funders’ roles in ending youth and young adult homelessness. This community, Foundations for Youth Success, brought together philanthropic leaders -- large, national funders as well as those working at the local level -- to identify best practices in implementing effective solutions for our young people.  Throughout this two-year initiative, members participated in regular virtual meetings and came together in-person twice a year. After the community concluded, members wanted to continue meeting and learning together. In response to this request, Funders Together created a new ongoing, Youth Network. This network is open to all Funders Together members in addition to members that participated in Foundations for Youth Success. To join the Youth Network, email Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org

 

United Ways Ending Homelessness

In partnership with United Way Worldwide, Funders Together has organized a cohort of United Ways leading the field in their work to end homelessness. These United Ways will meet regularly to identify best practices and solutions that will then be shared with their United Way colleagues. We know United Ways play a unique role in their communities and can be influential partners in this work. If you are interested in learning more about this cohort, please email Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org


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We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation


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