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.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 20 rsvps

    Webinar: Removing Barriers for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

    Wednesday, March 20 | 1pm ET | 12pm CT | 11am MT | 10am PT

    Building on a project to “cover the map” with lawyers serving veterans experiencing homelessness, the ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network is collaborating with Equal Justice Works to fund a cohort of legal Fellows dedicated to removing legal barriers in an effort to support youth experiencing homelessness. The current mapping of existing legal services for youth has only identified about 30 providers servicing minors, in just over 20 states, which leaves more than half the county without legal services programs for youth experiencing homelessness. 

    Join us as we explore the importance of eliminating obstacles and increasing legal services for this population. During the webinar, we will discuss how funders can support this important work to help remove barriers for youth seeking to secure identification, school enrollment, housing, employment, and much more. 

    Casey Trupin, JD from Raikes Foundation will moderate a panel of representatives from the American Bar Association, Equal Justice Works, the Family and Youth Service Bureau, and Homeless Persons Representation Project. 

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

    Please note: This 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  

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 02:00 PM · 11 rsvps

    Webinar: Investing in Change - Supporting Advocacy and Policy Work

    Thursday, March 28 | 2pm ET | 1pm CT | 12pm MT | 11am PT

    How can philanthropy make the case for funding advocacy to end homelessness? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? What’s philanthropy’s role in educating new members of Congress on housing and homelessness issues? What does it look like to support local ballot initiative work?

    Funders Together is partnering with Alliance for Justice to answers these questions and more! We'll also hear from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on how they are focusing on advocacy and policy work, including lifting up voices of lived experience and political will building.

    This session covers:

    • Reasons for philanthropy to support advocacy and policy work;
    • Definitions of lobbying, and activities that are exceptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those which are permissible for private foundations;
    • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants;
    • How funders can educate and inform incoming Congressional leader on issues that affect housing and homelessness policy; and
    • Supporting local efforts, such as ballot initiatives and narrative change campaigns.

    View our previous webinar with Alliance for Justice, Advocacy 101 for Funders

    Please note: This 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  

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Monday, April 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Local Learning Opportunity: Housing Ends Homelessness: Supportive Housing Development Progress and Opportunities

    Monday, April 1, 2019 | 12-2:30 pm PST | Los Angeles
    Lunch will be provided

    The Funders Together to End Homelessness Los Angeles Network is pleased to invite private philanthropic funders to our next event on April 1, "Housing Ends Homelessness: Supportive Housing Development Progress and Opportunities." In November 2016, voters in the City of Los Angeles approved Proposition HHH, a $1.2B housing bond to support the production of an additional 10,000 units of supportive housing. Two years later, California voters approved No Place Like Home, a statewide bond that will bring $230M into LA County this year alone for housing solutions. At the same time, rising development costs and policy barriers threaten our progress. 

    What efforts have been implemented, and what else can we do to build faster, cheaper and more effectively? Please join us for an in-depth conversation on supportive housing development and the continued role of philanthropy in accelerating production through lending and investment. You will hear from local development experts Rushmore Cervantes (LA Housing and Community Investment Department), Monique King-Viehland (CDC/HACoLA), Jen Kim (LA County Chief Executive Office), and Ben Winter (Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti), along with a dynamic panel to include Connie Chung (LA County Department of Regional Planning), Matt Glesne (LA Department of City Planning), Lynn Katano (CDC/HACoLA) and Sean Spear (HCIDLA).

    Hear about progress on HHH, plans for No Place Like Home, and recent efforts, including:

    • $4.5M awarded to five winners of the County Housing Innovation Challenge
    • $120M pilot program from HHH funding aiming to build 1,000 units in 24 months
    • Home for Good Funders Collaborative releasing an RFP to support developers with scalable ideas

    RSVP with your name, organization and title to Emma Heffernan (emma@hiltonfoundation.org). Please note that this invitation is for private funders and United Ways. The invitation is nontransferable. Should you have a specific question for our panelists, please include with your RSVP.

  • Monday, April 08, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Funders Briefing Lunch at the Housing Ohio Conference

    On Monday, April 8 at 12 p.m. join Funders Together to End Homelessness, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, and the Nord Family Foundation for a special funders convening in conjunction with the 2019 Housing Ohio Conference hosted by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO).

    Tony Richardson, Executive Director, Nord Family Foundation, and Angela D’Orazio, Senior Program Officer of Housing, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, will lead us in exploring strategic ways philanthropy can be a key player in local efforts to prevent and end homelessness as well as how funders can work together to ensure all Ohioans have access to safe and affordable housing.

    Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together, will provide updates from recent meetings with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), give insight to the final FY19 federal budget and FY20 proposed budget, and discuss national trends on innovative grantmaking in housing and homelessness.

    To RSVP please email COHHIO Communications Director Marcus Roth at marcusroth@cohhio.org to confirm your attendance. Lunch will be served. Please note if you have a dietary preference.

    If you would also like to attend the Housing Ohio conference, you can register here.

     

    Please note: This event is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, corporate giving programs, and United Ways. If you have questions about participating, please contact Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications, at lauren@FundersTogether.org  

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 3 rsvps

    Webinar: Opportunity Starts at Home: Meeting Affordable Housing Needs Through Cross-Sector Partnerships

    Friday, April 12 | 1pm ET | 12pm CT | 11am MT | 10am PT

    Housing affordability is central to national priorities, like health care, food security, education, and more. Yet over 12 million households in the U.S. spend more than half of their incomes on rent or have no home at all, and this is compounded by continued threats to federal housing assistance and the funding and oversight necessary to produce, protect, and preserve quality, affordable housing. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation. 

    Join this webinar to learn about Opportunity Starts at Home, a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income population. Mike Koprowski and Chantelle Wilkinson from the National Low Income Housing Coalition will share how they’ve coalesced several sectors around a shared theory of action and how racial equity and prevention are a part of this work.  

    Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie from Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) and Susan Thomas from the Melville Charitable Trust will share how funders are supporting this work through FHO and other ways philanthropy can engage in this cross-sector work.  

    Speakers: 

    • Mike Koprowski, National Campaign Director, National Low Income Housing Coalition 
    • Chantelle Wilkinson, National Campaign Coordinator, National Low Income Housing Coalition 
    • Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, Project Director, Funders for Housing and Opportunity 
    • Susan Thomas, Program Director, Melville Charitable Trust 

    Please note: This 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  

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 2 rsvps

    Webinar: Are Housing Vouchers Contributing to Racial and Economic Segregation for Families with Children?

    Wednesday, May 8 | 1pm ET | 12pm CT | 11am MT | 10am PT

    The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps families access affordable and stable housing, avoid homelessness, and make ends meet. When implemented properly, vouchers can give low-income families equitable choices about where to live, including the chance to live in lower-poverty, higher-opportunity neighborhoods and help public housing agencies meet their legal obligation to address housing discrimination and segregation. But is that what is actually happening?

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently conducted an analysis on the location of families with children using housing vouchers. This is the first metropolitan-level analysis, to CBPP’s knowledge, to explore the concentration of families using vouchers across multiple neighborhood characteristics, including poverty rate, an opportunity index, and the share of residents who are people of color.  

    Join this webinar to learn more about these findings, which can help us better understand how local voucher programs perform relative to the local housing market and identify areas for improvement. We’ll share highlights from the analysis and discuss how funders can think about these findings and their investments in their communities. 

    Speakers: 

    • Alicia Mazzara, Senior Research Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

    Please note: This 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  

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 at 09:00 AM through July 24, 2019 · 2 rsvps

    Save the Date: 2019 Funders Institute

    The 2019 Funders Institute, in conjunction with the 2019 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, will take place July 22-24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This year’s Institute will focus on racial equity and the role philanthropy plays in addressing racial disparities in housing.

    RSVP below if you’d like to be notified when registration opens.

     

    **Please note: This convening is only open to private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@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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