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.

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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

Interested in creating and supporting dynamic spaces for funders to engage with, learn from, and network with one another? Consider becoming a Networking and Learning Opportunities Sponsor! Contact Lauren Bennett for more information.

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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.

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 03:30 PM

    Co-Sponsored Webinar: The Tax Code, Equity, and Access to Affordable Housing: A Conversation for Funders

    Thursday, October 24 | 3:30pm ET | 2:30pm CT | 1:30pm MT | 12:30pm PT

    Description

    The tax code is one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to provide families with economic security and wealth-building opportunities as well as to improve housing affordability and encourage community economic development. Yet we know that the federal tax code has a long history of perpetuating economic and racial inequities, including through individual tax provisions. In the realm of housing affordability, although low-income renters are more likely to pay a high share of their income for housing, the majority of federal housing expenditures subsidize home ownership.  

    How do tax policy, housing affordability, and equity intersect? In what ways did the 2017 tax law move equity efforts backward and how can we strengthen those provisions that are progressive and inclusive?  What is the role of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and what do we know about Renters' Tax Credit proposals?

    In conjunction with EITC Funders Network and Funders for Housing and Opportunity, this webinar will provide an overview of the ways the federal tax code intersects with equity in the realm of housing affordability, and take a closer look at the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) -  the largest federal housing program in the US that redirects funds toward the creation and preservation of rental housing for low-income residents - as well as current proposals for a Federal Renters’ Credit to help low-income renters offset high housing costs.

    Speakers:

    • Allison Clark, Associate Director, Impact Investment at the MacArthur Foundation
    • Will Fischer, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Chye-Ching Huang, Director of Federal Fiscal Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Samantha Jacoby, Senior Tax Legal Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Megan John, Senior Policy Analyst at the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition

     

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 03:30 PM · 14 rsvps

    Webinar: State Domestic Violence Coalitions and National Funder Relationships: How Effective Partners Can Increase Safe Housing Options for Survivors

    Wednesday, October 30 | 3:30pm ET | 2:30pm CT | 1:30pm MT | 12:30pm PT

    Description:

    The Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) is partnering with Funders Together who will be hosting a series of webinars highlighting the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and housing and homelessness. We invite the membership of Funders Together to register for webinars in this series, designed to help you build strong partnerships and effective community responses to ending homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

    Webinar 3: State Domestic Violence Coalitions and National Funder Relationships: How Effective Partners Can Increase Safe Housing Options for Survivors
    Domestic violence state coalitions can build effective partnerships with local and national funders to address the unique, trauma-informed needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors. Join this webinar to learn about how philanthropy can partner with state coalitions and their role in housing policy and program implementation.

    We’ll highlight the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and their vision to prioritize safe housing by building their statewide victim service provider coalition base to increase housing resources, statewide policy efforts, and implementing their research, training, funding Housing First efforts in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn about NNEDV’s role as a membership organization of State Domestic Violence Coalitions and allied organizations to understand the ongoing and emerging needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors to advance housing best practices at the federal level and with state DV coalitions and advocacy programs.

    Speakers: 

    • Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
    • Peg Hacskaylo, CEO, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH)
    • Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)
    • Marie Sauter, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Other webinars in this series:
    • Part 1: Introduction to the Intersection: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Housing, and Homelessness 101 – September 25, 2019
    • Part 2: Housing Rights for Survivors: How Public Policy Can Address Housing Instability for Domestic and Sexual Assault Survivors – October 2, 2019

    About the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
    The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and sexual assault. Funded by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consortium supports a TA Team of four national organizations: Collaborative Solutions, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The Consortium works collaboratively to improve policies and practices that strengthen efforts to build safe and supportive housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

    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

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Friday, November 01, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Philanthropy Northwest Webinar: The Foundation for Success is Housing Stability

    Friday, November 1 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Description:

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to organize a webinar for Philanthropy Northwest about the intersection of homelessness with other systems. This webinar is designed for Philanthropy Northwest members but is open to all funders, regardless of location. 

    If you care about health, education, workforce development, domestic violence, economic mobility, criminal justice, or building vibrant communities, you also care about housing and homelessness. Housing stability influences outcomes across many sectors, and there is research to prove it 

    In this webinar, Funders Together to End Homelessness will share how housing and homelessness are connected to almost all other systems and how, no matter what your funding priorities are, you can and should think about the role housing stability plays in the success of your community. Two funders from the Pacific Northwest will share how they think about the role housing plays in their grantmaking portfolios, even if they aren’t focused specifically on housing and homelessness.  

    At the end of this webinar, we hope you will: 

    • Understand how housing and homelessness intersect with nearly all other sectors, 
    • Have learned from other funders about how they incorporate housing stability and homelessness into their grant portfolios, and 
    • Walk away with new ideas or questions you can ask your grantees and community around their work and housing stability. 

    Please note: This webinar is open to private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations and their members. The specific examples we will share will come from the Pacific Northwest, since this webinar is a collaboration between Funders Together to End Homelessness and Philanthropy Northwest, but the general content and framing will be relevant to all, regardless of geographic location.  

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Monday, November 04, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 9 rsvps

    Webinar: The Divest/Invest Framework: What Does It Mean for Funders Working in Housing and Homelessness?

    Monday, November 4 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Description:

    Cities of all sizes across the country are facing gentrification and affordable housing shortages due to rising rents, stagnant wages, and laws that criminalize homelessness and target low-income renters experiencing housing instability. Public resources currently invested in encouraging gentrification through policies and laws that target and criminalize people experiencing poverty would be better invested to protect and produce more quality, accessible, affordable housing, health care, education, and other infrastructure to support thriving communities and housing stability.  

    Funders can help build more just, thriving communities by investing in institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guard against uncontrolled gentrification, and protect residents from displacement. Join this webinar to learn about Neighborhood Funder Group (NFG)’s Democratizing Development Program and the Divest/Invest framework of their Funders for Justice program. We’ll also hear from other funders and organizations about the work they’re doing to create vibrant, stably housed communities that support the leadership of the residents from their community.  

    TO REGISTER: Please RSVP for this webinar below and Stephanie from Funders Together will send you a link to join via RingCentral Meetings.  

    About NFG  

    NFG’s Democratizing Development Program supports philanthropic institutions to invest in community residents to rise to create a new vision for development – one not driven by profit, speculation, and the influx of new corporate capital, but instead centered on community needs. This type of “democratized” community development is inspired by the leadership and vision of current residents holding public representatives, public agencies, and private investors accountable.  

    The Divest/Invest framework of NFG’s Funders for Justice program informs the Democratizing Development Program to divest from criminalization to empowering neighborhood change and opportunity. It supports resident leadership by providing resources and tools to funders to encourage funders support residents’ full engagement. Investing in communities fosters institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guards against uncontrolled gentrification, protects residents from displacement, and results in positive place-building outcomes for all members of the community. 

    Speakers:

    • Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives 

    • Martha Toll, Executive Director, Butler Family Fund 

    • Nile K. Malloy, Senior Program Manager, Democratizing Development Program, NFG 

    Please noteThis 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

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

     

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    2020 Funders Forum

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to announce our 2020 Funders Forum in Oakland, CA, held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference. Join funders from across the nation for a day of focused learning and discussion around how funders can organize partners and communities to support evidence-based solutions and catalyze innovative practices, investments, and collaboration to end homelessness.


    Registration

    For those who would like to also attend the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference, Funders Together is once again offering joint registration for both the 2020 Funders Forum on February 19 and the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference on February 19-21. Funders who are interested in attending both events should register through our JOINT REGISTRATION page. 



    Funders can also register for just the 2020 Funders Forum on February 19. This option allows you to attend the entire Funders Forum, including our funders networking reception, but does not allow access to the NAEH conference. Please click on the FUNDERS FORUM ONLY button below to register.

    Please note that the registration for the Funders Forum and joint registration for the NAEH conference is exclusively for private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.


    Logistics

    Date & Time

    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PT
    • Breakfast available at 8:30 am, and funders networking reception to follow at 4:30 pm
    • Please note, the Funders Forum will break from 12:45 – 1:45 for the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s opening plenary, which those who opt for joint registration are eligible to attend.

    Location

    Oakland Marriott City Center
    1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    Hotel Information

    The National Alliance to End Homelessness has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Oakland Marriott City Center. Room rates are $239.00 plus taxes. Discounted room rates are available through Friday, January 17, 2020 or until the room block is sold out. Please book your room online by clicking here or by calling 1-877-901-6632 and reference "National Conference on Ending Homelessness".


    Agenda

    Detailed agenda coming soon. If you have ideas of what you’d like to see at the 2020 Funders Forum, or if you are interested in sharing your work to end homelessness with other funders, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.

    High-level agenda:

    • 8:30 – 9:00 | Breakfast
    • 9:00 – 12:00 | Funders Forum
    • 12:00 – 12:45 | Lunch
    • 12:45 – 1:45 | NAEH opening plenary (open to joint registrants only)
    • 2:00 – 4:30 | Funders Forum
    • 4:30 – 6:30 | Networking reception

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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