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

Our programming is designed to connect and educate funders who are working to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness throughout the United States. Our events and webinars provide you with the opportunity to develop strategic relationships, exchange valuable information, and highlight your work.

You can also view our past webinar recordings or see what in-person events we've hosted previously

If you are interested in co-hosting or sponsoring a networking event, please contact Stephanie Chan at stephanie@funderstogether.org

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 Stephanie Chan at stephanie@funderstogether.org.

Also, be sure to check out how you can collaborate with other funders through our Employment Community of Practice, Foundations for Employment and Housing, Youth Network, and our new Foundations for Racial Equity.

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  • Monday, October 08, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Local Learning: Homelessness Policy Update in LA

    Funders Together to End Homelessness – Los Angeles Network is pleased to invite private philanthropic funders to our next event on October 8Federal and State Policy Update on Homelessness.

    About the Event:
    The current unpredictable federal administration, a forthcoming election and a new state governor of California are only a few of the dynamics creating a rapidly changing political climate. What does this mean for philanthropy’s efforts to eradicate homelessness? Please join us for an in-depth conversation with federal and state policy experts for an update on the current state of housing and homelessness policy. Bring all of your most pressing questions around policy changes and the challenges and opportunities ahead to our dynamic panel of guests, including Nan Roman from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Sharon Rapport from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Christopher Martin of Housing California, and Eric Ares from United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

    RSVP with your name, organization and title to Emma Heffernan (emma@hiltonfoundation.org). Please note that this invitation is nontransferable. Should you have a specific question for our panelists related to homelessness policy, please feel free to include them in advance with your RSVP.


    PANELISTS:

    • Nan Roman
    • Sharon Rapport
    • Christopher Martin
    • Eric Ares

    FTEH-LA Steering Committee
    Andrea Iloulian, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    Chris Hubbard, California Community Foundation
    Emily Bradley, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    David Howden, Corporation for Supportive Housing
    Rosa Benitez, Weingart Foundation

    *This event takes place at 12:00pm PT.

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 at 01:00 PM

    Informational Webinar: Foundations for Racial Equity

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    Despite all the programs and structures designed to prevent and end homelessness and because of historical and contemporary structural racism, people of color disproportionately experience homelessness. To truly end homelessness, we must change the systems that perpetuate racial inequity. Doing so is not an easy or quick task, but together, we can take steps to educate ourselves and use our voices to push the field toward greater racial equity.    

    To address this, Funders Together to End Homelessness is launching a two-year community of practice called Foundations for Racial Equity to help funders move the needle toward greater racial equity in homelessness and housing. From 2019-2020, we will convene philanthropic leaders working at national and local levels to build relationships with other funders, learn together about systemic racism in housing and homelessness, and lead the field in creating a more equitable world. 

    To hear about what this two-year community of practice will learn and achieve together, please join us for an informational webinar on October 19 at 1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific. The webinar recording will be posted on the Foundations for Racial Equity overview page afterwards for those who are unable to make the webinar live.

    Full details about Foundations for Racial Equity can be found here.

    If you have any questions about Foundations for Racial Equity and whether this program is right for you, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@funderstogether.org

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 01:30 PM
    Northern California Grantmakers in San Francisco, CA

    Local Learning: Increasing Housing Stability in the Bay Area

    Home. It’s the root our lives grow from. Our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities is dependent on having stable housing. Yet across the Bay Area, finding and keeping a home has slipped out of reach for many people in our communities. 

    Our housing crisis has created a stark juxtaposition – construction cranes pop up to build primarily market rate and luxury housing, while tent encampments bloom on our sidewalks. The tents visibly remind us that our neighbors have lost their homes, but many more people experiencing homelessness remain out of sight – living in their cars or moving around to stay with friends or family when they can. People of color, particularly Black and Native Americans, have been especially impacted due to the long history of policies excluding them from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility.                                                                                           

    What are communities doing to protect and provide stable housing for those at risk of losing their homes or experiencing homelessness? How are they protecting housing stability for long standing communities of color under pressure from gentrification? From stepping up rapid rehousing and prevention services, to providing more permanent supportive housing, to increasing navigation centers and better coordinating across systems that support people experiencing homelessness, cities around the Bay are intensifying their efforts to respond to the crisis. 

    Join us to: 

    • Hear from leaders in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Santa Clara who are spearheading multi-faceted efforts to keep people housed, stably rehouse those experiencing homelessness, and provide the support our most vulnerable community members need to thrive
    • Discuss the role philanthropy can play to support these efforts. This briefing is the first in a series in partnership between Funders Together and Northern California Grantmakers

    We hope you can join us for this important conversation.

    Speakers

    • Joanne Karchmer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs at the Mayor's Office, City of Oakland
    • Jeff Kositsky, Director, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, City of San Francisco
    • Jennifer Loving, Chief Executive Officer, Destination Home
    • Jacquelyn McCormick, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, City of Berkeley
    • Cynthia Nagendra, Director, the Alliance Center for Capacity Building, National Alliance to End Homelessness (moderator)
    • Mayor Libby Schaaf, Mayor of the City of Oakland

    *Please note this event takes place at 1:30 pm PT

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: SPARC Phase One Study Findings

    People of color are dramatically more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the United States. Addressing racial inequities in homelessness means fundamentally changing the conversation we are having about the root causes of housing instability, risk for homelessness, barriers to exiting homelessness, and access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility for people of color.  

    In March 2018, SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) released findings from the first phase of their work to understand and respond to racial inequities in homelessness. During this webinar, Marc Dones and Jeff Olivet will provide an overview of these findings and share what they mean for the field of homelessness.  

    Join us for this webinar, which will help kick off and provide grounding for a suite of racial equity programming from Funders Together.

    Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@FundersTogether.org  

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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