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


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  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, August 5 | 3:00pm ET | 2:00pm CT | 1:00pm MT | 12:00pm PT

    Funders Together is organizing multiple ways for our members to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. In addition to regular webinars with field updates, we are organizing recurring, informal funder calls for funders to share what they’re seeing and doing and to seek support from other members.  

    Funder Calls

    These funder calls are active, discussion-based calls that we hope will be led and lightly facilitated by our members. Join these member calls if you want to share what is happening in your community related to supporting people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and hear what other funders are doing in their communities.  

    August 5 Agenda

    • Field Update: In April, the National Alliance to End Homelessness conducted a national survey of local CoCs to understand the impacts of COVID-19 and how communities have responded. We'll kick off our COVID-19 funder call on August 5 with an overview and discussion of those survey findings, how communities have been using new funding and resources, and what funders can think about as communities work to ensure the health and stability of people experiencing homelessness. 
    • Community Update: We'll leave time during the second half of this call for people to share updates from their community and ask for feedback and thought partnership from colleagues. We plan to orient this week's conversation around these questions:
      • How is your community using CARES Act and other new resources to secure permanent housing?
      • What is your foundation or organization doing related to rental assistance and eviction prevention, especially for populations that we know are disproportionately represented in eviction and homelessness data?

    To sign up for this funder call, please RSVP below and Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs will send you the calendar invitation. We hope that as many people as possible will join via Zoom Meetings. We will take live notes, but these calls will not be recorded.   

    Member calls will take place bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoon from 3-4pm ET / 12-1pm PT until members decide otherwise.

     

    Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). You do not have to be a member of Funders Together to participate in this call. If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    2020 Virtual Funders Institute

    Image displays this text: 2020 Funders Institute: Action and Accountability for Housing Justice: A Virtual Convening: August 11-13, 2020, from 2-4pm ET daily

    Event Sponsor:

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    Tuesday, August 11 – Thursday, August 13 | 2:00 – 4:00 ET / 11:00 – 1:00 PT each day

    Funders Together’s annual Funders Institute is going virtual in 2020! To continue practicing safe physical distancing, we will virtually convene philanthropy over the course of three days in August to learn, connect, and act. 2020 has been a long, challenging year and our Funders Institute is dedicated time in our movement for philanthropy to come together, solidify partnerships, and support each other.

    This year, we will hold virtual conversations and engage in principled struggle to push for racial justice in our work to end homelessness. Attributed to N’tanya Lee, the concept of principled struggle is that struggle is a condition for change and liberation and that to disagree and grapple with each other is an inevitable and necessary part of racial equity work.

    As a movement of funders working to prevent and end homelessness, we hope you will join us to push and support each other while also finding joy together. We’ll focus our conversations on issues including COVID-19 and homelessness, the 2020 election and possible change in Administration, and how we should use our voice and dollars to seek racial and housing justice.

    Each day will kick off with a plenary conversation for the first hour followed by a choice of curated breakout conversations. Participants can register for all three sessions together or pick and choose which sessions they want to attend by registering for the sessions individually. The Funders Institute will take place during the following days and times:

    • Tuesday, August 11 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT)
    • Wednesday, August 12 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) with a networking reception starting at 4:30 ET (1:30 PT)
    • Thursday, August 13 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT)

    Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.  

    Agenda

    You can find a working agenda for all three days here.

    Virtual Reception

    We will hold a virtual reception on Wednesday, August 12 from 4:30 – 5:30 ET (1:30 – 2:30 PT). This will be a time for celebration, art, music, and networking. This virtual reception is open to anyone who registers for at least one day of the Funders Institute, regardless of which day it is.

    Technology and Call-In Information

    Please see our technology FAQ page

    Participants will receive unique call-in information for each day they have registered for directly from Zoom. We recommend using the links in that email to create calendar events for yourself. The night before and each day of the Funders Institute, reminders with call-in info will be sent through Zoom. Please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, with questions.

    Registration

    Register for All Three Days

    Price for all three days:

    • $90 for Full (dues-paying) Members
    • $180 for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members

    Click this to register for the full 3-days of the Funders Institute

    Register for Individual Days

    Price for each day:

    • $30 per day for Full (dues-paying) Members
    • $60 per day for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members

    If you want to pick and choose which sessions you attend, please do so by registering for each day separately. Please note that if you register for more than one day, you will need to complete separate transactions for each day.

    Click here to register for just August 11

    Click here to register for just August 12

    Click here to register for just August 13

    Questions about registration? Please contact: Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager, at lsamblanet@funderstogether.org

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Co-sponsored Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Involvement

    Monday, August 17, 2020 | 3:00p ET | 2:00p CT | 1:00p MT | 12:00p PT

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to partner with Grantmakers for Thriving Youth on this two-part webinar series on the needs of students experiencing homelessness, foster care, and juvenile justice.

    Part 1: How Can Schools and Districts Center the Needs of Marginalized Students?

    As districts across the U.S. navigate how to reopen for the new school year, the needs of students who are experiencing homelessness, in foster care, or involved in the juvenile justice system are too often overlooked. The first webinar in our 2-part series will amplify the voices of youth activists and advocacy organizations as we call for school leaders, funders and other stakeholders to center the needs of the most marginalized students in this overwhelming moment.

    The second webinar will address structural changes necessary to support marginalized youth and how philanthropy can catalyze progress. Date and details for the second webinar will be announced soon.

    Speakers:

    Co-sponsors: Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Youth Transition Funders Group, Workforce Matters, Economic Opportunity Funders

    Note: This webinar is open only to those affiliated with a philanthropic institution, e.g. foundation, affinity group, donor advisor, etc.

    How to Register

    To participate in this webinar, please register here:

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Featured Partner Webinar Series: New Tools and Strategies to Advance Housing Justice Narrative

    Aug 19 - 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Long before the COVID pandemic laid bare the human cost of housing injustice in the United States, access to housing has been one of the dominant drivers of race and gender inequity in this country. While there has been a deep and rich history of housing organizing and policy advocacy, this moment demands that we come together to employ new tools to frame the debate and win meaningful change. 

    For the past nine months Community Change, PolicyLink, and Race Forward with the support of Funders for Housing and Opportunity have been collaborating in a public opinion research project to develop tools and strategies for housing. Their work draws from lessons learned from the Race-Class Narrative Project, as well as research and analysis from ASO Communications in summer 2019. For this project, they contracted with Lake Research Partners to conduct a series of focus groups in early 2020 followed by a national phone poll that concluded in late April.  

    Now they are ready to share the lessons learned and new narrative tools with partners and allies working for housing justice. Join this webinar series by Community Change, PolicyLink, and Race Forward to learn about new tools and strategies to advance a housing justice narrative intended to help organizers and advocates achieve our collective goals of racial justice and homes for all.

     

    Webinar Schedule
    (all webinars from 1:00-2:30pm ET/Noon-1:30pm CT/11:00am-12:30pm MT/10:00-11:30am PT)

    June 10           #1: What we learned from the research - Recording is available here.

    June 24           #2: Narrative Strategy 202: Deep narrative and narrative alignment 

    July 8              #3: What’s Race Got to Do with It? 

    July 29            #4: Cultural strategy: Expanding impact of narrative through art and culture

    Aug 19            #5: Driving narrative with legislative proposals and policy fights

     

    Hosts
    Community Change, PolicyLink, and Race Forward

     

    Registration
    To register for this series by Community Change, PolicyLink, and Race Forward, click the registration button below and fill out the Google form

     

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    COVID-19 Funder Call: Defending the Equal Access Rule

    Wednesday, August 19 | 3:00pm ET | 2:00pm CT | 1:00pm MT | 12:00pm PT

    This funder call is a partnership between Funders Together to End Homelessness and Funders for LGBTQ Issues

    On July 23, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development officially proposed a rule that would erase protections for, transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender non-binary people by removing critical equal access protections to regulations that ensure the safety of anyone in need of HUD-funded programs, including in times of disaster. Currently, homeless shelters are expressly directed to accept all people, but the proposed changes would instead allow shelters to reject transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people simply because of who they are. This proposed roll-back would allow widespread discrimination towards these communities when they are facing becoming unhoused, leaving them less safe and at more risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    During this funder call, we will hear more about the proposed rule, how philanthropy can take action during the public comment process, and the importance of LGBTQ equity in philanthropy’s work.

    We'll leave time during the second half of this call for people to share updates from their community, how the Equal Access Rule will impact their community, especially during COVID-19, and ask for feedback and thought partnership from colleagues around actions philanthropy can take to oppose the rule.

    To sign up for this funder call, please RSVP below and Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs will send you the calendar invitation. 

    Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). You do not have to be a member of Funders Together to participate in this call. If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Advancing Housing Justice Through Policy Engagement

    Thursday, August 27 | 1:00p ET | 12:00p CT | 11:00a MT | 10:00a PT

    Events of 2020 have spurred an increased interest in policy engagement from funders, knowing that an equitable recovery from COVID-19 and systems transformation will require a real push for change. We know that many funders are also asking very similar questions: What is my foundation legally allowed to do and not do? How can we be successful advocates when we don’t have a dedicated policy staff member? How do we use our policy team to push for racial and housing justice? How can we support our grantees in doing advocacy work?

    Funders Together is excited to bring philanthropy this policy webinar for funders who are newer to policy and advocacy work or who are looking to gain insight from their peer’s policy efforts. Join this webinar for a quick primer on what actions philanthropy can take related to policy and advocacy and hear from a few funders – some with dedicated policy staff and some without – about their work and how they use their voice and influence to advance real change by supporting and pushing for equitable policies to end homelessness.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn about what philanthropy can legally do related to policy and advocacy
    • Hear from funders – with and without dedicated policy staff – about how they engage in policy and advocacy work at different levels of government
    • Hear how they support their grantees in thinking about policy and advocacy

    Speakers

    • Angela d’Orazio, Senior Program Officer, Homelessness, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
    • Seyron Foo, Senior Advocacy Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    • Sara Monge, Public Policy Officer, Colorado Health Foundation

    How to Register

    To register for this webinar, please use the button below and enter your information. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom log-in information.

    Please note: This webinar is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your ability to participate, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.  

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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