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 Jennifer Olney at jennifer@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 Jennifer Olney at jennifer@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, and our new Youth Network.




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

    Youth Network Convening- Cleveland


    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. 


    What Can You Look Forward to in Cleveland? 

    Networking with Network Peers * How Cleveland Organized As a Community: A Place 4 Me * Cleveland's System Response * Prevention/Diversion, Assessment, Housing * Funders Role in a Community Response * Discussion with YYA with Lived Experience * Youth Network Planning * Taking Learnings Back to Your Community


    Draft Agenda

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    Global Center for Health Innovation

    12:00 pm    Introductions and Networking

    2:00 pm      How We Got Here: Building A Coordinated Community Response to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

    During this opening discussion attendees will hear from leaders in Cuyahoga County and learn how the county's commitment to end youth homelessness lead to strong public system collaboration. 

    Learn how A Place 4 Me was developed as the collaborative initiative to prevent and end youth homelessness and how young adults were involved along the way. 

    In the second half of this conversation hear how the Division of Children and Family Services was engaged and the role of child welfare in preventing and ending homelessness for youth in Cuyahoga County. 


    Kate Lodge- Executive Director of A Place 4 Me

    Ruth Gillett- Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services

    Thomas Pristow- Director of Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services

    Cynthia Weiskittel, Director, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services

    Young Adult Leaders

    5:00 pm      Group Dinner


    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland 

    9:00 am      National Initatives Updates and Peer Exchange

    This time will allow attendees to share their own work, challenges and success, and hear from peers across the country that are leading national initiatives to end youth homelessness. 

    12:00 pm    Lunch

    1:00 pm      System Response to Youth Homelessness in Cuyahoga County

    This session will highlight the current system response in Cuyahoga County including identification and assessment, data and by-name list, and housing options and supports. 

    3:00 pm      Site Visit

    This site visit will allow attendees to see, in action, the supports available to young adults in Cuyahoga County. The visit will also include time with young adults with lived experience.

    5:00 pm      Group Activity (optional)


    Wednesday, Septmber 27, 2017

    Global Center for Health Innovation

    9:00 am      Group Reflection and Planning

    12:00 pm    Conclusion



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


  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 08:00 AM through October 19, 2017
    True Reformer Building in Washington, DC

    Foundations for Employment and Housing Initial Convening


    SAVE THE DATE! Foundations for Employment and Housing Initial Convening


    October 18-19, 2017 in Washington, DC

    While progress has been made, there is much to learn and do to advance the income side of the ending homelessness equation. In order to support this, Heartland Alliance and USICH are convening a cross-section of leaders to take a moment to learn and plan strategically for the future. This event will lift up what Heartland Alliance has learned since 2009 in promoting employment and quality jobs as key elements in the fight to prevent and end homelessness and specifically learnings from national efforts to support systems collaboration work with five communities nationwide through the Connections Project.

    The Connections Project is a three-year project aimed at expanding systems-level innovations and partnerships in communities with the goal of increasing employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers. The event will draw on the lessons learned, successes and challenges faced by these communities and will seek to engage leaders to identify future needs and directions for this work.

    During this convening Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to host a funder-only dialogue that will allow Foundations for Employment and Housing participants and other funders interested in this intersection to share their own work and begin learning together. 

    Preference for the limited seating at this event will be given to members of the Foundations for Employment and Housing Community of Practice. If you are interested but unable to commit to the community at this time please contact Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org.

    Hotel information coming soon.


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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