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


  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    United Ways Ending Homelessness

    This year in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, Funders Together will be hosting a convening for United Ways working to end homelessness in their community. This event will provide an opportunity for United Ways to come together and learn from one another. This event will also serve as an opportunity to discuss a possible ongoing Funders Together United Way working group.

    Check back for more information and agenda!

    If you are interested in attending the 2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness you can register by clicking here

    *Registration for this event is open to all United Ways. Registration for the conference is not required. 

    Please note the change in time. This event will take place from 1-4pm on February 17th.

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 05:00 PM
    Tribune Tavern in Oakland, CA

    2016 Funders Together Reception at the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

    We want to see you! If you are planning to attend the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, please join us the night before for a funders reception on Wednesday, February 17th

    Click here to register for the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness!

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 02:00 PM · 26 rsvps

    Webinar: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act & Philanthropy

    In 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law in order to provide greater access to employment, especially to those experiencing homelessness. The success of its implementation requires partnerships and collaboration from communities, government, and foundations alike. 

    In this webinar, we will examine how employment and WIOA intersect with homelessness and what opportunities are present for philanthropy to ensure the planning and implementation of WIOA leads to better opportunities for employment.

    Panelists include:

    RSVP below to receive the webinar log-in instructions.  

    Please note: The webinar is at 2pm eastern time.  If you are logged in, the time should reflect your current time zone. If you have any questions regarding the time, please contact Lauren at lauren@funderstogether.org

    This event is intended for funders.  Before you invite non-funders to participate, please contact Lauren Bennett at lauren@funderstogether.org

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: Funders Together Membership Benefits

    Are you a new Funders Together member? Are you currently a member, but need a refresher on all Funders Together has to offer? Join us for a 1-hour event, focused on our program, resources, events, and more!

    RSVP below to receive the webinar log-in instructions.  

    Please note: The webinar is at 2pm eastern time.  If you are logged in, the time should reflect your current time zone. If you have any questions regarding the time, please contact Lauren at lauren@funderstogether.org
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:45 AM · 21 rsvps
    Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Funders Together Housing First Partners Pre-Conference: Criminal Justice Reform and Homelessness

    Hosted by Funders Together Los Angeles

    This event is for Funders Together members and invited guests.  

    Please join us for a meeting of members of Funders Together to End Homelessness and special guests, many of whom are members of regional funders networks, to learn about what is happening with criminal justice reform and homelessness/housing in Los Angeles. This is a great opportunity to network with members, hear from expert panelists, and gain valuable insight about the vital work our members are doing to prevent and end homelessness. 

    This event will feature:

    • Lunch and networking
    • Keynote from Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who spearheaded a collaborative effort to divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system
    • Welcoming remarks from the Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness
    • Roundtable discussion will include:
      • Moderator: Tim Silard, President - The Rosenberg Foundation
      • Kimberley Guillemet, Mayor’s Office of Reentry
      • Lynne Lyman, State Director - Drug Policy Alliance
      • Yolanda Vera/Dhakshike Wickrema, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office
      • Dr. Mark Ghaly, LA County Department of Health Services, Office of Diversion & Reentry
      • Brian Ford, LA County Probation Department

    Funders Together networks are each at various stages of growth, from gathering support to establish a network in their region, to releasing their third round of collaborative funding. Members of these networks will discuss best practices that they have identified, share specific and concrete solutions to challenges they face, and gain valuable insight and advice from their peers on governance, working with community stakeholders, and designing their network's approach to preventing and ending homelessness. Specific attention will be focused on methods and processes of alignment and collaboration. 

    The learnings from this meeting will be shared nationally by Funders Together to encourage the formation and affiliation of regional funders networks, and to benefit and inform the work of all funders to prevent and end homelessness in their communities.

    We look forward to having you join the conversation!

    Please RSVP by March 11, 2016 

    This event is part of the Funders Together Networking Series.

     Planning to attend the full conference? This year's Housing First Partners Conference has a special track dedicated to “Taking Housing First to Scale.” Designed for executive directors, government officials, funders and other community leaders, this innovative track will feature a variety of opportunities to learn how leaders in the field at the federal, state, local and agency levels have and can work together to take the Housing First philosophy and model to scale. For more information about this track, click here.

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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