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

Funders Together programming is designed to connect and educate funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations who are working to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Please use the green buttons above to register for upcoming Events and Webinars, learn about our Learning Communities, and see Where Staff is Traveling.

Everyone is able to learn more about our work through recaps of our past events. You must be logged in to view our webinar recordings.

If you have any questions or are interested in co-hosting or sponsoring a program or event, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@funderstogether.org

 

Current Learning Communities

At Funders Together, we work to facilitate information sharing and scale best practices. One of the ways we do this is through issue- and community-based learning communities. Learn more about these learning communities here.

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Upcoming Webinars and Events

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.

  • Monday, December 03, 2018 at 01:30 PM
    Northern California Grantmakers in San Francisco, CA

    Local Learning: All Hands on Deck: Changing the System to End Homelessness

    Communities across the country are making progress and a positive impact on ending homelessness through partnership and collaboration. No one sector can do it alone, but through strategic public-private partnerships and a strong focus on racial equity and systems change, we can move the needle on ending homelessness in our communities.

    Philanthropy, alongside its public sector partners, can play an important role to help center the voices of our neighbors experiencing homelessness in improving the systems that support them, and can help build political and public will to drive policy changes. These partnerships are crucial for our region, where high housing costs that drive homelessness and housing instability are also leading to the resegregation of our communities and higher concentrations of poverty.   

    This briefing is the second in a series that NCG is hosting in partnership with Funders Together to End Homelessness. In our first briefing, participants heard from leaders who are spearheading multi-faceted efforts in housing across the Bay Area. In this session, we will delve into the distinct role philanthropy plays in supporting systems change to prevent and end homelessness. 

    Join us to:

    • Learn how funders across the country are facilitating and supporting systemic change to advance efforts to end homelessness
    • Discuss how funders can collaborate across systems to drive policy change and build both political and public will
    • Discuss the role philanthropy can play to support these efforts. This event is a partnership between Funders Together and Northern California Grantmakers

    Speakers

    • Amanda Misiko Andere, Chief Executive Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness
    • Andrea Evans, Senior Planner, Policy, Tipping Point Community
    • Bill Pitkin, Ph.D, Director, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

    Please note this event takes place at 1:30 pm PST.

  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Engaging Law Enforcement as a Key Partner in Ending Homelessness

    On August 2018, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Council of State Governments Justice Center held a Convening on Law Enforcement and Homeless Services Partnerships in Ending Homelessness. During this webinar, we will examine promising practices among law enforcement and homeless service sector partners, highlight four distinct roles law enforcement has in promoting public safety at the intersection of homelessness, and address challenges that exist in strengthening and maintaining effective partnerships.  We will review next steps on actions law enforcement, communities, federal partners, and funders can take to address and ultimately end homelessness.

    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  

  • Monday, December 10, 2018 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar Series: Racial Equity Tools by Race Matters Institute

     

    This four-part webinar series, led by Race Matters Institute, will cover a range of tools for understanding the history of racial inequity in homelessness, conducting a racial equity impact analysis, and developing strategies to advance racial equity in your organization.

    Participants will move through the webinar series together and will complete pre-work before each webinar. If you might be interested in participating in Foundations for Racial Equity, our two-year community of practice on racial equity and homelessness, this webinar series will give you a taste of the type of learning the community will more deeply explore.

    There is a participation fee for this webinar series:

    • $120 for Funders Together Full Members
    • $160 for Funder Together Basic Members and Non-Members

    By signing up for this series, participants are committing to participating in the entire series.

    The webinar series will take place on and cover the following:

    Race Matters: Unpack Key Concepts to Advance Racial Equity
    November 1, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

    This webinar will unpack the concepts that are most critical to advance racial equity within organizations. Participants of the 90-minute webinar will explore the distinctions between diversity, inclusion and equity; the different forms of racism; and how race, place and class influence desired community outcomes. These definitions and distinctions are essential for productive organizational engagement around issues of race and equity.

    The Backstory Matters: Build a Backmap for an Operational Issue or Program Area
    December 10, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

    This tool from the Race Matters Tool helps users identify and analyze the drivers of any given racial inequity by creating a visual “backmap”. Participants are encouraged to connect the drivers identified by the tool’s application to their existing partner networks and grantmaking strategies. This 90-minute session will also include ideas and concrete solutions for participants to go deeper within their own work and explore where their organization can do more intentional race equity work.

    Decision-making Matters: A Deeper Application of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool
    January 24, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

    This tool from the Race Matters Toolkit consists of five questions that can be asked regarding any policy, practice, protocol, strategy, or decision, either existing or proposed. The intent of the tool is to test ideas to determine if there is a disparate impact by race. In this 90-minute session, participants dig deeper into the functionality of the tool and experience its capability to generate new solutions. The tool can be used immediately, with tasks residing on your desk no matter what kind of work you do.

    Get Your House in Order: Strategies to Advance Racial Equity Inside Your Organization
    February 28, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST


    This webinar will dig deeper into organizational practices that advance racial equity inside organizations. Participants in the 90-minute session are encouraged to analyze the internal structures and processes within their respective organizations. Whether you work in an organization that is white-led, in an organization led by people of color, or in community across racial groups, there are many nuanced leadership issues that can emerge depending one’s localized racial and political context.

    Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations.

    This series will not be available for viewing after the live webinar date. If you are interested in or planning to join Foundations for Racial Equity, please register for this series and plan to attend each date above. Learning materials will be available to registrants after each webinar, but webinar recordings will NOT be available. 

    If you have questions about participating in the webinar series, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM

    2019 Funders Forum

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    Join us in San Diego for our annual Funders Forum!

    2019 Funders Forum
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Networking Reception to follow

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
    1380 Harbor Island Drive
    San Diego, California 92101

     

    **Please note: This convening is only open to private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@FundersTogether.org  


    The Day at a Glance

    Unsheltered individuals are the largest subgroup of people experiencing homelessness. As unsheltered homelessness increases – both in numbers and visibility – there is an urgency to find solutions to end their homelessness. We know that in order to end homelessness, we need an effective crisis response systems and ready access to permanent housing, employment, and other services. However, with the exception of subgroups such as veterans and people who are disabled, unsheltered individuals are rarely prioritized and seldom receive housing assistance.  

    Funders can help. The 2019 Funders Forum, held on February 20 prior to the National Alliance to End Homelessness's Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference, will focus on what funders can do to build the public and political will to help end the homelessness of unsheltered individuals. During the day, we’ll learn about this population that faces great vulnerability, what funders around the country are doing, and how to build the public and political will to change the system. 

    Check back soon for our 2019 Funders Forum agenda!

     

    Registration

    Registration for the 2019 Funders Forum is now open! 

    You may choose to attend the Wednesday's Funders Forum only, or attend both the Funders Forum and 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference.

    While registration for the National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference is officially closed, Funders Together has secured very limited spaces for funders at both the 2019 Funders Forum and full conference. Funders can register for the sold-out conference AND the Forum through Funders Together. If you are unable to attend the full NAEH conference but would like to attend the Funders Forum, you still have the option of registering only for Wednesday's Funders Forum.

    To register for the Funders Together Funders Forum only, click the blue button below.

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    To register for both the Funders Together Funders Forum and the NAEH Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference, click the green button below.

    Hotel Information


    The 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Room rates are $225.00 plus taxes. Discounted rates are available through Friday, January 25, 2019 or until the hotel room block is sold out. You can make your reservations now by calling 1-877-734-2726 and referencing National Alliance to End Homelessness. You can also book your reservation online by clicking here.

     

    **Please note: This convening is only open to private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, 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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