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

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.

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, July 01, 2019 at 04:00 PM

    Co-Sponsored Webinar: Census Funder Debrief: Supreme Court Citizenship Question Case

    Monday, July 1 | 4:00pm ET | 3:00pm CT | 2:00pm MT | 1:00pm PT

    In June 2019, the US Supreme Court will issue a decision on the 2020 Census citizenship question case. No matter the outcome, funders, their partners, and grantees have more work to do to ensure a fair and accurate decennial count. Join the philanthropic community for a post-decision discussion with national organizations leading the response, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NALEO Educational Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. 

    This meeting is hosted by the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup, FCCP's Funders Census Initiative, and the United Philanthropy Forum.  

    This meeting is open to funders, philanthropy serving organizations, and donor advisors.

    Co-sponsors: Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Council on Foundations, Economic Opportunity Funders, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Forefront, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Minnesota Council on Foundations, NY Funders Alliance, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Massachusetts, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy New York, Philanthropy Northwest, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders. 

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 at 09:00 AM through July 25, 2019

    2019 Funders Institute

    2019 Funders Institute
    July 22-24, 2019
    Washington, D.C.

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to present our annual Funders Institute, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. The Funders Institute is our largest event for funders to learn from each other and experts about philanthropy’s role in preventing and ending homelessness.

    The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on deep community work that’s advancing racial equity and how funders can support it, conversation about keeping homelessness and housing stability as key topics during the 2020 presidential election and Census, and peer learning on how funders should support their grantees in addressing racial disparities.  

    The Institute consists of a full day on Monday, July 22 and a funder-only workshop on both Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24 during the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

    The option to register for both the Funders Institute and full National Conference on Ending Homelessness through Funders Together is now closed. However, those interested in attending the Monday portion of the Funders Institute may still register for Monday-only.


    Register for the Funders Institute 

    While joint registration to both the Funders Institute and National Conference on Ending Homelessness is closed, funders can register for just the Funders Institute on July 22. (However, this excludes the ability to attend the National Conference opening plenary from 12:45 – 2:00 on July 22.)

    Registration for the Funders Institute closes Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT.

    Please note this event is exclusively for private funders, including foundations, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about registration or your eligibility to participate, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Membership and Program Coordinator, lsamblanet@funderstogether.org.

    Program Overview

    The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on advancing racial equity from the ground up in homelessness, how to effectively influence public policy, and building the capacity of grantees to do racial equity work. Some of the major themes we will explore include:  

    Advancing Racial Equity from the Ground Up 

    While Black people comprise 13% of the general population in the United States and 26% of those living in poverty, they account for more than 40% of the homelessness population, suggesting that poverty rates alone do not explain the over-representation. As we continue to work with policymakers and our homelessness system to reduce these disparities, we also need to better support people deeply embedded in communities who are fighting for racial justice 

    During the 2019 Funders Institute, we'll discuss the importance of supporting culturally-specific organizations working to end homelessness and local organizers who are fighting for affordable housing. We'll talk with foundation leaders about how we need to work differently to make our organizations more equitable and support those who are already deeply embedded in communities fighting for racial justice. 

    How to Effectively Influence Public Policy

    We'll have a conversation with Congressional staffers about what is most effective and helpful in understanding issues and crafting policies. Funders will have an opportunity to share what's most top of mind for them and how philanthropy can engage and support public policies that help people experiencing homelessness or facing housing instability.

    What Funders are Doing to Support Grantees in Racial Equity Work

    Many funders have been asking how to best support their grantees to do racial equity work. On Wednesday, we'll have an intimate discussion with foundation staff about how they are building their grantees' capacity to learn about racial equity and shift the way they work.


    Click here to explore the 2019 Funders Institute Agenda.

    Event Logistics


    Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    2660 Woodley Rd. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20008


    • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
      • There will be a break from 12:45 – 2:00 for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness’ opening plenary.
      • Networking reception to follow, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
    • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | morning*
    • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | morning*

    * These session times are will be confirmed soon, but will likely start at 9:00 am.


    Washington Marriott Wardman Park
    2660 Woodley Rd, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Phone: 202-328-200

    The National Conference on Ending Homelessness has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Discounted room rates are $223.00 plus taxes until the room block closes on Friday, June 28, 2019 or when the room block fills up. Call 1-877-212-5752 and reference "National Conference on Ending Homelessness" or book online by clicking here.


  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 2 rsvps

    Webinar: Ending Homelessness Means Ending Urban Native Homelessness

    Tuesday, August 13 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    We know that people of color face disproportionate levels of homelessness. In some areas, like Seattle, WA, American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are seven times more likely to experience homelessness than their white counterparts. Moreover, American Indians/Alaska Natives are least likely to be referred to housing and least likely to be accepted to housing when referred.

    During this webinar, we’ll share how the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness is partnering with nonprofit and Native organizations, government agencies, tribal leaders, and philanthropic partners to drive long-term systems change. Ending urban Native homelessness requires a culturally competent, collaborative approach, and this webinar will explore how AI/Ans have historically been undercounted and under-resourced, and what funders can do to support ending urban Native homelessness.

    This webinar is a continuation of the conversation Colleen will lead at our 2019 Funders Institute on July 22, but this webinar is open to all private funders, United Ways, and PSOs regardless of participation in the Funders Institute. 



    To register, please RSVP below. 

    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.

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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