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, January 19, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 18 rsvps

    Webinar: Investing in High Stakes Initiatives

    What lessons can we learn by investing in high stakes initiatives, like the Zero 2016 campaign? What are the effects of funding outcomes versus output in these initiatives? Join us, along with Community Solutions as we examine why philanthropy became involved in the campaign and how they contributed to innovation, as well as how this can be replicated in other communities.

    Panelists include:

    • Janice Elliott, Melville Charitable Trust
    • Heather Prill, The Home Depot Foundation
    • Beth Sandor, Community Solutions


    RSVP below to receive the webinar log-in instructions.  

    Please note: The webinar is at 2:00pm 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

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $75.00 USD · 12 rsvps
    Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street Houston, TX 77010 US

    Funders Forum at the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness


    Register now for our annual Funders Forum! 

    For the past two years, Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH) ran a Community of Practice focused on funders’ roles in ending youth and young adult homelessness. This community, Foundations for Youth Success (FYS), brought together philanthropic leaders -- large, national funders as well as those working at the community level -- to identifying best practices and implement effective solutions for our young people. Throughout this two-year initiative, members participated in regular virtual meetings and came together in person twice a year.

    At this year’s Funders Forum in Houston, FYS members will share takeaways from this community and resources that were created from the various learning opportunities. Attendees will also hear more about the new youth network FTEH has created as an extension of the FYS community. 

    In addition, we will be answering questions and discussing opportunities for philanthropy around Congress and the new Administration.  


    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Marriott Marquis Houston
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Funders Reception to follow. 

    More details and agenda coming soon. 


    Be sure to register NOW for the 2017 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness to ensure your spot at the event as registration will close early. Regular rates of $525 will end Wednesday, January 18th. After this time, rates will increase to $650. 



  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 04:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    TBD in Houston, TX

    2017 Funders Forum Reception


    Join funders from around the country at a networking reception following our 2017 Funders Forum in Houston, TX!

    Space is limited for this event, so guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    This funder-focused event is open to foundations, United Ways, individual philanthropists, and invited guests only. Please contact us regarding requests to extend an invitation.  This event is not an opportunity for fundraising.  Thank you!

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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