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.

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    Local Learning: Grand Challenge Briefing (Richmond)

    Friday, January 24 | 9:00am ET

    Over a two-year period, the A Way Home America Grand Challenge will help ten communities, including Richmond, end homelessness for LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth of Color. The Grand Challenge is a problem-solving initiative in several critical approaches: youth collaboration, LGBTQ+ and racial equity, and quality improvement. It aims to set the path to ending homelessness for all youth.  

    Throughout the next two years, providers, young people, funders, and other key stakeholders will be working and learning together. Funders hold a unique role in the success of this challenge, whether it be as a convener or as an advocate. As each community gears up for the work ahead, Funders Together and A Way Home America are hosting conversations for funders in Richmond to introduce them to the team of local community members leading this challenge and to discuss the various ways funders can engage in this work. 

    Please RSVP below if you are able to attend. We will have coffee and a light breakfast. We look forward to an engaging discussion about how funders can help advance the work happening to prevent and end youth homelessness. 

    Please noteThis event 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

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Webinar: Grand Challenge Briefing (Hennepin County)

    Wednesday, January 29 | 11:00am ET | 10:00am CT | 9:00am MT | 8:00am PT

    Over a two-year period, the A Way Home America Grand Challenge will help ten communities, including Hennepin County, end homelessness for LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth of Color. The Grand Challenge is a problem-solving initiative in several critical approaches: youth collaboration, LGBTQ+ and racial equity, and quality improvement. It aims to set the path to ending homelessness for all youth.  

    Throughout the next two years, providers, young people, funders, and other key stakeholders will be working and learning together. Funders hold a unique role in the success of this challenge, whether it be as a convener or as an advocate. As each community gears up for the work ahead, Funders Together and A Way Home America are hosting this virtual conversations for funders in Hennepin County to introduce them to the team of local community members leading this challenge and to discuss the various ways funders can engage in this work. 

    We look forward to an engaging discussion about how funders can help advance the work happening to prevent and end youth homelessness. 

    TO REGISTER: Please RSVP for this webinar below and Tabitha from Funders Together will send you a link to join via RingCentral Meetings.  

    Please noteThis 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

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Authentically Sharing Power with Young People

    Thursday, January 30 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin said, “Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.” Organizations often grapple with the question of how to authentically engage with those we are serving. While engagement can look different, some foundations have people with lived expertise serve as decision makers and give them the power to help create the solutions.  

    YouthPrise’s mission is to reduce disparities with and for Minnesota young people by mobilizing and investing resources, advancing knowledge, and advocating for change. This work is done alongside those they serve. At all levels, from the board to staff to grantmaking, young people are given the power to be the decision makers that can make true change. Marcus Pope, Vice President, and Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, Advancement and Communications Officer, will be sharing their experience of sharing power with young people to create change in their community and how young people are helping to shape the solutions to improve the lives of youth across Minnesota. 

    Please RSVP below if you are able to attend. We look forward to an engaging discussion! 

    Learning Objectives

    We hope that participants will walk away from this webinar having:

    • Explored how YouthPrise has engaged young people in their mission to reduce disparities with and for Minnesota youth. 
    • Discussed the range of ways foundations can share power with young people authentically. 
    • Shared lessons learned and opportunities in engaging young people in the decision making process.  
  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Webinar: Ending Homelessness: How United Ways Can Help Move the Needle to End Homelessness

    Wednesday, February 5 | 3:00 pm ET | 2:00pm CT | 1:00pm MT | 12:00pm PT

    United Way Worldwide is organizing a webinar for United Ways across the country to learn about best practices in ending homelessness. We know that it's possible to homelessness and housing instability, but it will take more than funding just shelters and will require investing in affordable housing, supporting evidence-based practices like Housing First, and adopting a systems change approach to our work in communities. This webinar is for United Ways who are working on homelessness and housing instability in their communities or who want to learn more about best practices in ending homelessness.

    Speakers:

    • Amanda Andere, Funders Together to End Homelessness
    • Lauren McGowan, United Way of King County
    • Andrea Kurtz, United Way of Forsyth County
    • Susan Thomas, Executive Director, Melville Charitable Trust

    Please note: This webinar is only open to United Ways. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, please email Matthew Aliberti, Director of Foundations and Grants at United Way Worldwide: matthew.aliberti@uww.unitedway.org

    How to participate: Please register for this webinar by clicking here. Participants who sign up will receive a link to join the webinar after they have been approved by the webinar administrator.

     

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Local Learning: Grand Challenge Briefing (Miami)

    Tuesday, February 11 | 1:00pm ET

    Over a two-year period, the A Way Home America Grand Challenge will help ten communities, including Miami, end homelessness for LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth of Color. The Grand Challenge is a problem-solving initiative in several critical approaches: youth collaboration, LGBTQ+ and racial equity, and quality improvement. It aims to set the path to ending homelessness for all youth.

    Throughout the next two years, providers, young people, funders, and other key stakeholders will be working and learning together. Funders hold a unique role in the success of this challenge, whether it be as a convener or as an advocate. As each community gears up for the work ahead, Funders Together and A Way Home America are hosting conversations for funders in Miami to introduce them to the team of local community members leading this challenge and to discuss the various ways funders can engage in this work. 

    Please RSVP below if you are able to attend. We look forward to an engaging discussion about how funders can help advance the work happening to prevent and end youth homelessness. 

    Please noteThis event 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

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    2020 Funders Forum

    Event co-sponsor: 

    Thank you to our Networking and Learning sponsor!

      

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to announce our 2020 Funders Forum in Oakland, CA, held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference. Join funders from across the nation for a day of focused learning and discussion around how funders can organize partners and communities to support evidence-based solutions and catalyze innovative practices, investments, and collaboration to end homelessness.

    The way philanthropy has been working to prevent and end homelessness has been evolving. As the field continues to work toward racial equity in our systems, policies to implement and uphold proven solutions, and building public and political will, philanthropy must come together to strategize how to bring all these pieces together.  

    With increased policy changes at both local and federal levels that target populations that are historically marginalized or criminalize homelessness, philanthropy must use its voice and power to uphold the proven practices that house people and ensure that everyone is treated with dignity. The good news is that we know much of what needs to be done. And, with the increase of different types of philanthropy – 501c4s, LLCs, corporate giving, and individual philanthropists – we have more ways to innovate and work together.  

    Our 2020 Funders Forum will touch on several topics: 

    • How can philanthropy continue to lift up research and evidence-based practices to ensure that people are stably housed?  
    • What are funders doing to build public and political will to stop the criminalization of homelessness and other policies that target people who are the most marginalized? 
    • How can philanthropy of all types work together to address homelessness and housing affordability? 
    • How do we ensure that racial equity and people with lived expertise are centered in all the work that philanthropy does to prevent and end homelessness?  

    The Funders Forum Host Committee and Funders Together board and staff look forward to seeing you there!


    Registration

    Joint registration for the Funders Forum and the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference is now closed. You can still register for the just the 2020 Funders Forum on February 19. This option allows you to attend the entire Funders Forum, including our funders networking reception, but does not allow access to the NAEH conference. Please click on the FUNDERS FORUM ONLY button below to register.

    Please note that the registration for the Funders Forum and joint registration for the NAEH conference is exclusively for 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, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.


    Logistics

    Date & Time

    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PT
    • Breakfast available at 8:30 am, and funders networking reception to follow at 4:30 pm
    • Please note, the Funders Forum will break from 12:45 – 1:45 for the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s opening plenary, which those who opt for joint registration are eligible to attend.

    Location

    Oakland Marriott City Center
    1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    Hotel Information

    The National Alliance to End Homelessness room block at the Oakland Marriott City Center has sold out. Other nearby hotels include:

    Agenda

    See the working agenda 

    If you have ideas of what you’d like to see at the 2020 Funders Forum, or if you are interested in sharing your work to end homelessness with other funders, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.

    Bay Area Funders Meeting on Homelessness

    The Funders Forum will end with dedicated space for Bay-area funders to come together, hear what other funders in the area are focused on, and name steps for future collaboration and learning about homelessness and housing. For more information and to register for this meeting, visit the meeting page

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Looking for ways you can invest in creating dynamic spaces for funders to engage with, learn from, and network with one another? Consider sponsoring the Funders Forum and other Funders Together networking and learning opportunities! Sponsorship comes with many benefits including complimentary registration. Contact Lauren Bennett for more information.

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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