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

Our programming is designed to connect and educate funders who are working to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness throughout the United States. Our events and webinars provide you with the opportunity to develop strategic relationships, exchange valuable information, and highlight your work.

You can also view our past webinar recordings or see what in-person events we've hosted previously

If you are interested in co-hosting or sponsoring a networking event, please contact Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org.

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

 

Also, be sure to check out how you can collaborate with other funders through our Employment Community of Practice, Foundations for Employment and Housing, and our new Youth Network.

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  • Monday, June 11, 2018 at 02:00 PM
    Webinar: Education and Homelessness - Working Together for Students Experiencing Homelessness Part 2

    Webinar: Education and Homelessness - Working Together for Students Experiencing Homelessness

    Across the country, student homelessness is rising. Despite increasing numbers, these students – as well as the school liaisons and state coordinators who support them – report that student homelessness remains an invisible and extremely disruptive problem. Whether students experience homelessness with their families or alone, for a week or a year, the experience is extremely damaging to their ability to stay in school and on track.

    In May, we hosted Part 1 of this conversation, which covered how housing instability impacts student outcomes, how the education system is uniquely suited to address student homelessness, key policies and practices being implemented across the country, and examples of what funders and communities are doing across the country. To view the recording of this conversation, visit the webinar recording page

    Now, Funders Together to End Homelessness invites you to join Part 2 of this series, to hear more about how you can support students experiencing homelessness.

    Panelists:

    Resources:

    Part 1 Recording: Education and Homelessness - Working Together for Students Experiencing Homelessness

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    Education Leads Home: A National Campaign Building a Stronger Future for Homeless Students
    Invisible Million
    When School is Your Home
    Educational Opportunity for Homeless Students

    This event is intended for private funders, United Ways, Philanthropy Serving Organizations (PSOs), and/or members of Funders Together. Before you invite non-members or non-funders to participate, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@funderstogether.org

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 09:30 AM
    Detroit, MI

    Community Solutions Built for Zero Funder Briefing

    In 2015, Community Solutions launched Built for Zero, a campaign designed to help communities count down to a measurable end to chronic and veteran homelessness. 

    They have recently released findings from the first three years of the campaign, and Funders Together is co-organizing a Built for Zero funder briefing on June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Built for Zero conference in Detroit. 

    This briefing will focus on the campaign's theory of change, what it means to reach functional zero, and how communities can be equipped to solve homelessness in an ever-changing environment.

    If you are interested in attending, please email Stephanie Chan at stephanie@funderstogether.org.

    Please note: you will need to register for the Built for Zero Conference to attend this briefing. 

  • Monday, July 23, 2018 at 08:30 AM through July 25, 2018
    Washington Marriot Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

    2018 Funders Institute

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    We are excited to announce that we will once again be offering an extended Funders Institute throughout the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. In addition to the valuable content planned for conference participants, each day will feature workshop sessions planned by Funders Together with content and discussion exclusively for private funders*.

    This new format means you can register for the conference AND the Institute through Funders Together. Funders should NOT register through the National Alliance to End Homelessness. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org.   

    *Please note this event is exclusively for private funders including foundations and United Ways. 

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    As funders increasingly turn their attention to preventing homelessness, we must also consider what it means to be both intentional and intersectional.

    Join us at the 2018 Funders Institute, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, to learn how funders are uniquely positioned to help prevent homelessness. We will discuss how funders are thinking about prevention and how working intentionally with other systems is critical for success. Together, we’ll explore the intersections of homelessness and health, education, workforce development, criminal justice, and more.

    Ending homelessness is too important for us to continue working alone. It is more important than ever for us to start working together, across silos, to strengthen other systems and prevent homelessness before it starts. Join this conversation to learn how other systems are thinking about housing stability and how your work is already helping to prevent homelessness. Throughout the day you will also hear from funders what they’re doing to prevent homelessness in their communities and specific ideas you can take home.

    Don’t forget, this year’s Funders Institute will continue throughout the conference with more opportunities to connect with your funder peers and learn about what’s happening across the country.

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    Looking for ways you can invest in creating dynamic spaces for funders to engage with, learn from, and network with one another?
    Click here for Funders Institute Sponsorship Opportunities.

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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