Effective grantmaking is the critical role that philanthropic organizations—large and small; family, community, corporate, or private; focused on homelessness or on a variety of social services—can and must play in ending homelessness. Whether you give $5,000 to a flexible fund that provides rent and utility subsidies to at-risk families or $25,000 to help a transitional housing provider become a permanent supportive housing provider or make a $100,000 program-related investment toward affordable housing expansion, your funding organization can help to end homelessness.
Funders Together Resources
Funders networks have been critical to bringing together all kinds of grantmakers within a community and forging commitments to a systems approach. What are the key elements in building an effective funders network in your own community?
Giving a presentation and want to talk about building a funders network? Look no further for slides to educate your audience on the key elements of a successful funders network. This resource can serve as a stand-alone presentation.
In addition to the resources below, we reviewed multiple resources geared toward helping funders make more effective grants and developed a list of 10 general steps grantmakers should consider. This list was adapted from Philanthropy Northwest's Ending Homelessness: A Guide for Northwest Grantmakers.
- Have a vision and establish clear goals
- Understand the problem
- Identify your funding priorities
- Communicate with all potential partners and with your community
- Fund what works
- Advocate for what works
- Collaborate with partners to inform your work and leverage your investments
- Evaluate progress through data and outcomes measures
- Commit for the long term
- Share what you learn with peers, policymakers, providers, and the public
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