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.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 02:30 PM · 8 rsvps

    Employment Webinar Series: Utilizing SNAP E&T to Serve Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

    Thursday, April 18 | 2:30pm ET | 1:30pm CT | 12:30pm MT | 11:30am PT

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) allows states to provide SNAP participants with critical employment and training services. We will be joined by Rachel Gragg, USDA Food and Nutrition Services, and Nick Codd, Seattle Jobs Initiative to discuss how states are strategically utilizing SNAP E&T funds to provide employment services to those experiencing homelessness. They will explore how funders can support the expansion of SNAP E&T in their state and how to leverage public-private partnerships in communities. 

    Speakers:  

    • Rachel Gragg, Office of Employment and Training, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, USDA Food and Nutrition Service 
    • Nick Codd, Senior Consultant, Seattle Jobs Initiative 

    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.

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 9 rsvps

    Webinar: Are Housing Vouchers Contributing to Racial and Economic Segregation for Families with Children?

    Wednesday, May 8 | 1pm ET | 12pm CT | 11am MT | 10am PT

    The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps families access affordable and stable housing, avoid homelessness, and make ends meet. When implemented properly, vouchers can give low-income families equitable choices about where to live, including the chance to live in lower-poverty, higher-opportunity neighborhoods and help public housing agencies meet their legal obligation to address housing discrimination and segregation. But is that what is actually happening?

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently conducted an analysis on the location of families with children using housing vouchers. This is the first metropolitan-level analysis, to CBPP’s knowledge, to explore the concentration of families using vouchers across multiple neighborhood characteristics, including poverty rate, an opportunity index, and the share of residents who are people of color.  

    Join this webinar to learn more about these findings, which can help us better understand how local voucher programs perform relative to the local housing market and identify areas for improvement. We’ll share highlights from the analysis and discuss how funders can think about these findings and their investments in their communities. 

    Speakers: 

    • Alicia Mazzara, Senior Research Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

    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.

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 02:30 PM · 4 rsvps

    Employment Webinar Series: Leveraging the WIOA to Expand Employment Opportunities For Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

    Thursday, May 9 | 2:30pm ET | 1:30pm CT | 12:30pm MT | 11:30am PT

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides some important opportunities for a variety of populations that have high-barriers to employment, including people experiencing homelessness. Melissa Young, Director of National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity at Heartland Alliance, will explore how WIOA can be used to help people experiencing homelessness and key ways funders can help communities leverage the local and state WIOA planning process to increase employment opportunities. 

    Speakers:  

    • Melissa Young, Director of National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity, Heartland Alliance 

    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.

  • 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.


    Registration

    Joint Registration for the Funders Institute and National Conference on Ending Homelessness

    Private funders (foundations, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and United Ways) who wish to attend both the Funders Institute and the National Conference on Ending Homelessness should register through Funders Together. Funders who register for both together through Funders Together will receive a $25 discount on the National Conference to End Homelessness registration fee.

    Joint registration closes at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, June 20. After this date, the spots we have reserved for funders will be released for people on the National Conference waitlist.


    Register for the Funders Institute Only

    Funders are also able to 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 only 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, keeping homelessness and housing stability at the center of upcoming political events, and supporting our grantees and communities in addressing racial disparities. 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 explore themes around power and voice by learning from advocates working closely on ending homelessness for American Indians and people leaving the criminal justice system, as well as organizers fighting for affordable housing.  

    How Policies are Affecting These Systems 

    With a Census count and presidential election coming up in 2020, we need to work hard to keep housing and homelessness front and center. We’ll hear from policymakers and policy experts about how to ensure that national dialogue about housing policy focuses on meeting the needs of those most marginalized and how funders can and should engage in ensuring a fair and accurate count.  

    What Funders are Doing to Change these Outcomes 

    And of course, throughout the programming we’ll have time for funders to learn from each other. We are planning conversations about funders are supporting grantees to build capacity around racial equity and how to navigate power dynamics in doing so.  

    Check back soon for a working agenda and confirmed speakers! 

    Event Logistics

    LOCATION

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


    DATES AND TIMES

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


    ACCOMMODATIONS

    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.

     

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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