A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Click here to learn about the Funders Together Networking Series, which helps grantmakers develop strategic relationships, exchange valuable information, and highlight their work with other funders across the United States and Canada.


  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Webinar: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: What Can We Do in Houston?

    Local funding partners (private, corporate, & individual philanthropic donors) are invited to learn more about:

    What research tells us about LGBTQ youth, 
    Why Houston was selected as a priority city and what this designation means, 
    Where the Houston community stands in the planning process, and
    How local funders can support effective solutions.

    This interactive session will include speakers from the Technical Assistance Team leading the local efforts and national funders already engaged in supporting work around LGBTQ youth homelessness. Speakers include:

    The session will leave you with:

    More knowledge about the issue and local initiative, 
    Language to educate board members about effective solutions to the problem, and 
    Answers to your most pressing funding questions around this issue.

    Please RSVP by September 12 to Jennifer Wagner at jennifer@freesfoundation.org or 713-623-0515.

    This event is hosted by Funders Together Houston, The Frees Foundation, The Montrose Center, The Simmons Foundation, and True Colors Fund.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM through November 01, 2014
    Washington Hilton in Washington, DC

    Exponent Philanthropy 2014 National Conference

    The premier event for philanthropists with few or no staff.  Join us in the nation’s capital to gain knowledge, skills, and connections that will fuel your passions, challenge your assumptions, inform your giving, and enhance your impact.

    Learn more and RSVP.

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM through November 05, 2014
    Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

    Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: National Conference on Ending Homelessness

    The National Conference on Ending Homelessness is designed to support and accelerate the end of homelessness in Canada by giving community leaders, agencies, front line workers, researchers and policy makers the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness.

    Our expanded 2014 conference program is jam packed with pre-conference workshops and 50 concurrent sessions delivered by more than 130 leading Canadian and international presenters. This year we’re offering several new features including: a dedicated stream of youth homelessness content, a partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to present a stream of sessions with more advanced Housing First content, new rural and remote homelessness sessions, new interactive ‘Expert Roundtable’ sessions and much more.

    Conference sessions are broken down into five streams:

    1. Leadership & Planning 
    2. Practice 
    3. Youth homelessness
    4. Housing First Training & Technical Assistance
    5. Homelessness Research & Policy

    Learn more and RSVP.

  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at 09:00 AM
    Time & Life Building in New York, NY


    BREAKING OUT14 is a one-day institute where the country’s forward thinkers, foundation, individual and corporate funders, and activists are redefining how we address issues in our communities, build movements to create change, and use our talents and resources to inspire others.

    Building on conversations from the 2013 event, we will continue to explore how the emergence of new technologies, dramatic demographic shifts, growing inequity, powerful partnerships across diverse communities and vibrant, and multicultural youth-­led efforts, new strategies for grant making, and new models for doing good are influencing the way we think and tackle the complex problems that we face today.

    Learn more and RSVP.

  • Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 09:00 AM through November 08, 2014

    66th Annual Conference of Southwest Foundations

    The Conference of Southwest Foundations is the oldest association of grantmaking organizations in the country. Since 1949, we have been the premier regional forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise in organized philanthropy.

    Save the Date! More information and registration online coming soon.

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