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.

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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, June 03, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, June 3 | 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.  

    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 videoconference. We will take live notes, but these calls will not be recorded.   

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

    Interested in hearing more general field updates?

    If you are interested in hearing about what is happening in the field nationally and want more high-level information about how funders are responding in communities, we will hold period webinars with national leaders and more general updates about what we are hearing.  We anticipate holding these webinars every few weeks or whenever there are substantive updates for the field. 

    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.  

  • Friday, June 05, 2020 at 01:00 PM · 30 rsvps

    Webinar: Cash Transfers as an Emergency Response to Housing Instability

    Friday, June 5 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00pm MT | 10:00am PT

    Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Direct Cash Transfers (DCT) have become more and more a topic of discussion. With unemployment rates increasing, many are uncertain what the future holds both during the crisis and in the recovery period. This uncertainty has brought the intervention of cash transfers to the forefront as a way to quickly help stabilize people during times of emergency. Prior to the pandemic, Point Source Youth and Chapin Hall began a DCT pilot to evaluate the impact of DCT on young people experiencing housing instability. With cash transfers, young people are able to pay for immediate needs that support their stability.

    In this webinar, we will be exploring cash transfers as a tool in emergency response, during COVID-19 and in other emergencies. We will discuss how philanthropy is currently supporting this work and what additional opportunities there are to leverage this intervention in communities. Panelists will explore the potential benefits and feasibility of using cash transfers for a multitude of populations, not just as a response to the current pandemic, but as an ongoing emergency response to those experiencing housing instability. 

    Speakers: 

    • Matthew Morton, Ph.D, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
    • Bishop, Jha'asryel-Akquil, Youth Advocate
    • Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Point Source Youth
    • John Kimble, Senior Advisor, New York City Collaborative on Youth and Family Homelessness

    Please note that participation in this webinar is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

     

    Webinar co-sponsor

    Thank you to Philanthropy New York for co-sponsoring this webinar and sharing this important contact with your network!

  • Monday, June 08, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar Series: Anti-Blackness and Transformative Organizing in the Time of COVID-19

    Monday June 8 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    In Funders Together’s commitment to racial equity, we shared that, in partnership with philanthropy that is committed to preventing and ending homelessness, we would “commit to learning more about the systemic racism and anti-black, anti-native, and other forms of violence and oppression that is our nation’s history and our present so that we can educate ourselves and our members about how this results in disproportionate homelessness among people of color.

    We are excited to deepen our own knowledge and learn alongside our members in this two-part webinar series on white dominant culture, anti-blackness, and transformative organizing. Through this webinar series, we hope funders will deepen their understanding of how we can shift the way we work in our organizations to create more equitable grantmaking practices that will benefit our grantee partners and people of color experiencing homelessness.

    During this webinar series, participants will learn how white dominant culture shows up in our organizations and grapple with how to pivot to new ways of working and being. We’ll engage with concepts like principled struggle and liberation and further our knowledge about how anti-blackness, racial capitalism, and transformative organizing can bring us further into the discourse on the four levels of racism: internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural.

    Learning objectives include:

    • Develop a deeper understanding of key terms, concepts and definitions that are critical to racial equity, liberation, transformation, the Black radical tradition and white dominant culture. 
    • Do a deep dive of knowledge and context around white dominant culture practices and how they show up in organizational practices and how to identify anti-blackness when it comes up in our organizational practices  
    • Reflect on how to connect these learnings to your grantmaking organization and work to prevent and end homelessness

    Content in this webinar is designed for funders who have already begun their racial equity journey and who have a solid understanding of key racial equity concepts, including: equity (v. equality); internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism; implicit bias; and white privilege. If you are at the beginning of your racial equity journey or feel like you do not have a solid grasp of these concepts, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, to discuss what kind of learning opportunities might be more appropriate for you.

    Webinar Dates & Times

    • The first part of this series took place on Thursday, May 28 | 1:00-2:30 ET / 10:00-11:30 PT
    • Monday, June 8 | 1:00-2:30 ET / 10:00-11:30 PT

    Attendees are expected to participate in both webinars in this series. If you would like to participate in this webinar series but already know that you have a conflict that you absolutely cannot move, please reach out to Stephanie Chan directly.

    Registration Fee

    • $60 for Full Members
    • $80 for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members

    Audience

    Participation in this webinar series is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together.

    Webinar Debrief Workshop for Full Members

    Full Members of Funders Together are also be invited to participate in a peer learning workshop to debrief and process the webinar series with other funders. This virtual session, led by Funders Together, will be structured and facilitated using several reflection and discussion activities, and participants can expect a mix of meaning making and peer coaching conversations.

    Full members who register for the webinar series will be directly contacted about their willingness to participate. Participation in this debrief workshop is limited to Full Members of Funders Together.

    Debrief workshop date

    • Thursday, June 11, 2:00 – 3:30 ET / 11:00 – 12:30 PT

    Trainer Bios

    Jonathan Lykes, Executive Director, Liberation House  

    Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and academic. His interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Jonathan’s current position as Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House, situates him to merge his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement and systems change work to teach liberation praxis by pushing the revolutionary edge of radical transformative movement work. Lykes is also a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a movement of young adults using a Black Queer Feminist lens to advocate for community and institutional change. Jonathan is also the curator of BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received his master’s degree from the School for Social Service Administration. 

    Tashira Halyard, Consultant, Liberation House

    Tashira led the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, a coalition of child welfare stakeholders dedicated to eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for children and families of color in the child welfare system; facilitate workgroups, webinars and convenings with stakeholders focused on equity and improved outcomes; produce data analysis, written reports and campaigns highlighting the pressing issues facing families and children of color involved with public systems; co-lead CSSP's Race Equity Team charged with leading the organizations efforts to becoming anti-racist. Tashira also worked as the deputy director for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, where she led a team of program managers who supervised trauma-informed play programs at temporary housing programs in Washington, DC; she also served as a thought partner with the Executive Director in executing organizational operations, fundraising, advocacy, community relations and hiring and spoke publicly about family homelessness at DC Council hearings, partner meetings, advocacy events and HCPP trainings. Tashira received her J.D. from Georgetown University.

    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(opens in new tab), Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.

     

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 01:00 PM

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

    June 10 | June 24 | July 8 | July 29 | 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

    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, June 10, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, June 10 | 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.  

    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 videoconference. We will take live notes, but these calls will not be recorded.   

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

    Interested in hearing more general field updates?

    If you are interested in hearing about what is happening in the field nationally and want more high-level information about how funders are responding in communities, we will hold period webinars with national leaders and more general updates about what we are hearing.  We anticipate holding these webinars every few weeks or whenever there are substantive updates for the field. 

    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.  

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, June 17 | 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.  

    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 videoconference. We will take live notes, but these calls will not be recorded.   

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

    Interested in hearing more general field updates?

    If you are interested in hearing about what is happening in the field nationally and want more high-level information about how funders are responding in communities, we will hold period webinars with national leaders and more general updates about what we are hearing.  We anticipate holding these webinars every few weeks or whenever there are substantive updates for the field. 

    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.  

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Funder Call: Funder Networks and Collaboratives Impact During COVID-19

    Monday, June 22 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Funder networks and collaboratives provide the opportunity for philanthropy to work together to create a greater impact in communities. However, many feel the tension of balancing pressing needs that are emerging daily with the long road of recovery that is to come during this pandemic.  

    In response to leaders of emerging and existing funder networks and collaboratives, Funders Together is hosting a call to facilitate connection during these unprecedented times. Join this funder call, where you will have the opportunity to share what is happening in your network or collaborative related to supporting people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and to hear what other funders are doing in their communities. This call is open to members of both established networks and collaboratives, as well as to those that are newly interested in convening funders in their communities. 

    Facilitator: 

    • Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs 

    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.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, June 24 | 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.  

    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 videoconference. We will take live notes, but these calls will not be recorded.   

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

    Interested in hearing more general field updates?

    If you are interested in hearing about what is happening in the field nationally and want more high-level information about how funders are responding in communities, we will hold period webinars with national leaders and more general updates about what we are hearing.  We anticipate holding these webinars every few weeks or whenever there are substantive updates for the field. 

    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.  

  • Monday, July 13, 2020 at 09:00 AM through July 15, 2020
    Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

    Save the Date: 2020 Funders Institute

    2020 Virtual Funders Institute 

    In response to COVID-19 and in order to keep our communities safe, Funders Together to End Homelessness will hold our annual Funders Institute virtually this year. Event details and registration information will be announced soon, but you can RSVP to be the first to know when more information is available and when registration opens.

    RSVP below to be one of the first to know when we release event information and registration.

    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 contactLauren Samblanet, Membership and Program Coordinator,lsamblanet@funderstogether.org.  

     

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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