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

The Funders Together Networking Series is designed to connect funders who are working to improve the lives of vulnerable people throughout the United States and Canada.  Our networking events provide you with the opportunity to develop strategic relationships, exchange valuable information, and highlight your work.

If you are interested in co-hosting or sponsoring a networking event, please contact Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org.

The Funders Together Networking Series is exclusively for members of Funders Together and invited guests.  Not yet a member of Funders Together?  Join now!

Special thanks to the Funders Together Networking Series Sponsor


If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times below are in eastern time.  If you are logged in, times below should reflect your current time zone. If you have any questions about the timing of events, please contact Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org


  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 38 rsvps

    Webinar: Advocacy 101 for Funders

    In May, Funders Together hosted our Advocacy Update webinar to bring philanthropy up to speed on news around the FY18 budget and other policy issues that affect housing and homelessness issues. Now, the learning continues by putting knowledge to action.

    In this webinar, the Alliance for Justice leads us on a continued learning journey around various ways foundations and United Ways can partake in advocacy to effect change. We will define lobbying and the limitations in place for different types of funders, share examples of unique and effective ways Funders Together members engage in advocacy, and examine ways your grantees can become involved. 

    RSVP below to receive the call-in instructions.  

    Please note: The event is at 2:00pm eastern time.  If you are logged in, the time should reflect your current time zone. If you have any questions regarding the time, please contact Lauren at lauren@funderstogether.org.

    This event is intended for funders who are members of Funders Together and invited guests.  Before you invite non-members to participate, please contact Lauren Bennett at lauren@funderstogether.org

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 at 08:30 AM through July 19, 2017
    Washington Marriot Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

    2017 Funders Institute


    This year's Funders Institute being held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C will follow a new format. We are excited to announce that in addition to our 1-day Institute, this year's event will continue through the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. In addition to the valuable content planned for conference participants, each day will feature workshop sessions planned by Funders Together with content and discussion exclusively for private funders*.    

    *Please note this event is exclusively for private funders including foundations and United Ways. 

    Register for the 5th Annual Funders Institute and National Conference on Ending Homelessness here!

    Registration will close on June 26th. 

    **Learn about Sponsorship opportunities and benefits here.**


    Monday, July 17, 2017

    9:00am - 9:30am   Breakfast*

    9:30am - 12:00pm   Keynote Speaker and Update on Racial Equity Work*

    This session will continue Funders Together's ongoing conversation addressing racial inequity and share learnings from the Center for Social Innovation's work across the country. 


    Glenn_Harris__Head-shot_sized.jpgGlenn Harris is the President of Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. Glenn has over twenty years of experience working with community groups, foundations, and government agencies to build a more racially just and democratic society. Before CSI, Glenn served as Manager of the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). Glenn has supported the start of similar initiatives in jurisdictions across the country, and helped to found the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)—which is now a joint project of CSI and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

    Community Work Update:

    • Marc Dones, Center for Social Innovation
    • Jeff Olivet, Center for Social Innovation

    Noon - 1:00pm    Lunch*

    1:00pm - 1:45pm   National Conference on Ending Homelessness Opening Plenary, Nan Roman

    2:00pm - 3:30pm   Stop Talking About It, Be About It: Addressing Racial Inequity**

    Join providers, local leaders, and funders working on racial equity in their communities as part of the Center for Social Innovation's SPARC initiative. 


    • Tess Colby, Pierce County
    • Marc Dones, Center for Social Innovation
    • Kollin Min, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Tameka Moss, Hamilton Families
    • Michael Parkhurst, Meyer Memorial Trust

    3:45pm - 4:15pm   Funder Only Conversations*

    4:30pm - 5:30pm   Funders Institute Reception

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    9:15am - 10:45am   What's the Political Environment? What Can We Do?*

    What's happening with local and federal policy that will impact our work to end homelessness? How can philanthropy be engaged? Hear from experts in the field and funder colleagues in this funder only workshop. 


    • Regina Reed, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
    • Douglas Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness

    Speakers will be joined by funders who will highlight their work.

    1:15pm - 2:00pm   Local Success: A Proposition for Housing**

    How did the City of Los Angeles get residents to vote “yes” on Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure that will create new housing for neighbors experiencing homelessness? Join speakers to learn how the community came together and the role funders played in its success. 


    • Chris Ko, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    • Ann Sewill, California Community Foundation

    2:15pm - 3:45pm   Nothing to Feud About: Employment is Critical for Ending Homelessness 

    Join us for a fun and interactive “Family Feud” style session where you and your colleagues will team up and help us debunk myths around employment and homelessness, identify funding streams that can be leveraged in your community to support these efforts, and learn what philanthropy and others are doing across the country to develop and maintain effective collaborations between workforce and homeless service systems for the benefit of homeless jobseekers.


    • Rebecca Allen, Melville Charitable Trust
    • Melissa Young, Heartland Alliance

    4:00pm - 5:30pm   Unusual Suspects: Funders Driving Intersectional Partnerships**

    How do funders address homelessness and its intersection with other systems? How can grantees work with funders in their community and engage unusual partners from these intersecting fields?


    • Diana Ortiz, Women's Community Justice Project
    • Martha Toll, Butler Family Fund
    • Rita Zimmer, Housing Plus Solutions
    • Bill Major, The Zarrow Family Foundation 
    • Greg Shinn, Mental Health Association Oklahoma

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    9:15am - 10:45am   Celebrating Risk: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly*

    Join us for an unusual party. This session will be a chance for funders to come together and celebrate failure, success, and overall lessons learned from their work to prevent and end homelessness. This workshop is for funders only.


    • Catherine Burnett, Phillips Foundation
    • Janice Elliott, Melville Charitable Trust
    • Bobbie Ibarra, Miami Homes For All
    • Andrea Iloulian, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


    *Funder Only Sessions

    **These sessions will be part of the NAEH conference but will be planned by Funders Together.

    More details coming soon!

    Register for the 5th Annual Funders Institute and National Conference on Ending Homelessness here!

    If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Funders Institute, learn about the opportunities and benefits here. 

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM through September 27, 2017 · $250.00 USD

    Youth Network Convening- Cleveland


    Photo from Foundations for Youth Success Site Visit in Minneapolis, MN.

    Join Funders Together's new Youth Network in Cleveland, Ohio! 

    During Foundations for Youth Success, Funders Together's two-year community of practice focused on youth homelessness, members identified in-person convenings as one of the most valuable parts of the community. In addition to hearing about inspiring local work, convenings allowed members to connect with peers and learn about innovative work happening across the country. 

    As we launch Funders Together's NEW Youth Network we are excited to announce our first in-person convening, in Cleveland, Ohio! We hope you join us to learn about the exciting work happening in Cleveland and to meet other members of this new network. 


    Agenda Topics

    Meet Your Network Peers

    YYA Homelessness Across the Country

    How Cleveland Organized As a Community: A Place 4 Me

    Cleveland's System Response- Prevention/Diversion, Assessment, Response

    Funders Role in a Commuinty Response

    Meet Local Funders

    Network Planning- Taking Learnings Back to Your Community


    After you RSVP, please book your hotel room at Hilton Downtown Cleveland.

    Exact timing is still TBD. Please email Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org if you are interested in joining this group.

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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