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, October 01, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Co-Sponsored Webinar: State and Local Budgets – the Next COVID-19 Battlefront

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to partner with Economic Opportunity Funders on this webinar.

    The pandemic and economic fallout are placing significant strains on state and local budgets, costing millions to contain the disease and driving sharp declines in income and sales tax revenues. State budget shortfalls are predicted to total to a cumulative $555 billion over state fiscal years 2020-2022. This does not include the additional shortfalls local and tribal governments and US territories face. Unlike the federal government, most states and localities must balance their budgets every year. Large budget shortfalls, dwindling rainy day funds, and insufficient federal relief will leave policymakers facing tough choices about raising taxes and fees, cutting spending on critical programs like education and healthcare, and imposing layoffs on public employees. We know from experience how deep spending cuts and long-term austerity policies can slow down the recovery and cause further harm to families and communities, with disproportionate impacts on immigrants, tribal nations, communities of color, and women.
    Join this webinar to learn more about the state and local fiscal crisis, lessons learned from the Great Recession, key principles for an equitable response, and how state and local advocates are gearing up for the budget battles to come.


    Speakers
    :

    • Caitlin Hamood, Stoneman Family Foundations (Moderator)
    • The Honorable Julie Gonzales, Senate Finance Committee, Colorado General Assembly
    • Marcela Díaz, Somos Un Pueblo Unido
    • Erica Williams, State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    Hosts
    : Economic Opportunity Funders and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation.

    Cosponsors
    : Funders Together to End Homelessness, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Children Youth & Family Funders Roundtable, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers In Health, Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Philanthropy New York, United Philanthropy Forum, Workforce Matters.


    Registration

    Sign up for this webinar directly through Economic Opportunity Funders using the "Register" button below.

  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    Co-Sponsored Film Screening & Discussion: The Road Up

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT

    Funders Together is excited to co-sponsor this film screening and discussion alongside Workforce Matters.

    Even before COVID-19, a staggering number of American workers were trapped in a kind of economic purgatory, unable to get—or keep—a job that could help them escape poverty. Now, the pandemic has left millions more unemployed, exposing the precariousness of the workforce, and magnifying the urgency of job training as an issue.

    The Road Up follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they seek to make the long journey to stable employment in good jobs. Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own experiences drive him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. Taken together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving economy, the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so many from getting—and keeping—a job.

    Register now to receive a special pass to watch the film for free on your own time during our private screening window October 5th - 7th, then join us for an interactive discussion with the filmmakers, Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, and Jesse Teverbaugh and Maria Kim of Cara on Thursday, October 8th at 2:00 pm eastern.

    Registration

    Register through Workforce Matters by clicking the registration button below.

    Click here to register for The Road Up Film Screening & Discussion

    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). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan,Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Webinar: Housing and Homelessness Narrative Change: From Research to Action

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    Co-Sponsored by: Economic Opportunity Funders, Northern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers

    Across the country, communities are working to end homelessness and address housing challenges by shifting policy to transform systems. In order to do that and achieve housing justice, strong political and public will must be built. However, gaining support requires compelling and values-based messaging to make the case. We have heard over and over that we need to “shift the narrative.” But, what does that really mean and what messages work? Join us on October 13th for a look at the landscape of current research and examples of projects that funders are supporting across the country. We’ll highlight findings from the research, opportunities for philanthropy to take strong narratives and messaging and turn it into action, and how to address capacity needs to implement effective messaging for housing justice.

    In this webinar, we’ll hear from Dr. Tiffany Manuel who, with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, brought together researchers from across the country working on narrative change related to housing and homelessness to capture the landscape of this narrative and messaging space. She’ll lead a conversation with funders in this work who have been engaging in narrative and messaging projects of their own. 

    Speakers 

    • Dr. Tiffany Manuel, TheCaseMade 
    • Sarah Armour-Jones, Melville Charitable Trust
    • Ruby Bolaria-Shifrin, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    • Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, Funders for Housing and Opportunity 
    • Amy Kenyon, Ford Foundation
    • Susan Thomas, Melville Charitable Trust 


    SAVE THE DATE:
    After this webinar we will be planning a follow-up call for funders interested in continuing the conversation. If you may be interested in that conversation, please hold October 27th.

    Registration

    Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop, Membership and Program Coordinator.

    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). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

     

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Funders Together to End Homelessness organized weekly funder calls for philanthropy to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. Starting September 2020, these calls will move to being monthly calls on Wednesdays at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT.

    We will continue to aggregate and share resources on our COVID-19 Responses for Philanthropy resource page and will release an updated version of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Recommendations for Philanthropy this Fall.

     

    Funder Call Format

    Funder calls are active, discussion-based calls. To encourage open dialogue, these calls are not recorded. We start these COVID-19 funder calls with a brief update or resource from a field partner and then switch to discussion between funders on what is happening in their communities and how they are responding.

    October 21 Agenda

    Field update: Now that it’s been several months since the start of COVID-19, we are updating our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Recommendations for Philanthropy. We plan to share updates to our document and what we anticipate philanthropy will need to think about in the months ahead. These recommendations were designed to complement the Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response. We would love to add any examples from philanthropy to our resources! If we can highlight work you’ve been doing in your community, please let us know 

    Discussion: We plan for there to be ample time for updates and discussion between call participants. Please come prepared to discuss:  

    • What has the homeless response system been doing in your community in response to COVID-19? Knowing that many people experiencing homelessness were moved into hotels and motels, what is happening with that intervention?  
    • As a funder, what is most top of mind for you related to COVID-19 and homelessness right now?

     

    Registration

    Please register for this COVID-19 Funder Call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop, Membership and Program Coordinator.

    Please note: If you were previously on the recurring calendar invitation, that calendar invitation has been deleted and you will need to register for each call you wish to attend.

     

    Participation in our programming 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.  

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Funders Together to End Homelessness organized weekly funder calls for philanthropy to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. Starting September 2020, these calls will move to being monthly calls on Wednesdays at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT.

    We will continue to aggregate and share resources on our COVID-19 Responses for Philanthropy resource page and will release an updated version of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Recommendations for Philanthropy this Fall.

     

    Funder Call Format

    Funder calls are active, discussion-based calls. To encourage open dialogue, these calls are not recorded. We start these COVID-19 funder calls with a brief update or resource from a field partner and then switch to discussion between funders on what is happening in their communities and how they are responding.

    November 4 Agenda

    The topic of this call is in flux and will either cover: COVID-19 recovery plans from specific communities, results from the 2020 Election, or other major policy updates affecting homelessness/housing stability.

    Registration

    Please register for this COVID-19 Funder Call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop, Membership and Program Coordinator.

    Please note: If you were previously on the recurring calendar invitation, that calendar invitation has been deleted and you will need to register for each call you wish to attend.

     

    Participation in our programming 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.  

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Funders Together to End Homelessness organized weekly funder calls for philanthropy to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. Starting September 2020, these calls will move to being monthly calls on Wednesdays at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT.

    We will continue to aggregate and share resources on our COVID-19 Responses for Philanthropy resource page and will release an updated version of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Recommendations for Philanthropy this Fall.

     

    Funder Call Format

    Funder calls are active, discussion-based calls. To encourage open dialogue, these calls are not recorded. We start these COVID-19 funder calls with a brief update or resource from a field partner and then switch to discussion between funders on what is happening in their communities and how they are responding.

    December 9 Agenda

    More information coming soon.

    Registration

    Please register for this COVID-19 Funder Call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop, Membership and Program Coordinator.

    Please note: If you were previously on the recurring calendar invitation, that calendar invitation has been deleted and you will need to register for each call you wish to attend.

     

    Participation in our programming 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.  

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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