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, May 25, 2017 at 07:45 AM · 11 rsvps
    Denver, Colorado

    Funders Only Breakfast at CSH Supportive Housing Summit

    Join us on Thursday, May 25th at 7:45-8:45 a.m. for a breakfast conversation, in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, around the federal landscape as well as what is happening at a local level and how philanthropy can engage in opportunities around core priorities.

    We will discuss:

    • core priorities at each level
    • what we know about the budget process
    • how philanthropy can advance advocacy efforts
    • how to frame common messages around priorities

    RSVP below! More information to come!

    If you would like to attend the full CSH Supportive Housing Summit but haven't registered yet, you can do so here. Please note: You do not have to register for the full summit in order to attend the breakfast.

  • 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. 


    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 around racial equity and share learnings from the Center for Social Innovation's work across the country. 

    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. 

    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 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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.


    *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!

  • 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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