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

 

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, January 23, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Co-Sponsored FCI Briefing Series: Census 2020 Messaging Testing Results Part 6

    Wednesday, January 23 at 1pm-2pm ET | 12pm-1pm CT | 11am-12pm MT | 10am-11am PT
    Presented by Arab American Institute 

    The Funders Census Initiative is pleased to continue this briefing series on census messaging results in partnership with the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup. Last year, national field partners were funded to conduct get-out-the-count messaging research to identify messages that resonate with hard-to-count communities. As more national partners finalize their results, we will schedule additional briefings. You can find recordings + slides from past discussions here. During each webinar, attendees will learn about:

    • The methodology used by each organization
    • The findings of their message testing  
    • Recommended messengers and messages

    Moderated by: Karen Narasaki, Consultant to the Bauman Foundation

    Please note: These briefings are open to funders and field partners. 

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar Series: Racial Equity Tools by Race Matters Institute

    This four-part webinar series, led by Race Matters Institute, will cover a range of tools for understanding the history of racial inequity in homelessness, conducting a racial equity impact analysis, and developing strategies to advance racial equity in your organization. The first two webinars in this series have already taken place, but you can participate in the final two webinars at a discounted rate.

    Participants will move through the webinar series together and will complete pre-work before each webinar. If you might be interested in participating in Foundations for Racial Equity, our two-year community of practice on racial equity and homelessness, this webinar series will give you a taste of the type of learning the community will more deeply explore.

    There is a participation fee for this webinar series:

    • $60 for Funders Together Full Members
    • $80 for Funder Together Basic Members and Non-Members

    By signing up for the second half of this series, participants must also participate in a call with Stephanie Chan which will cover the content of the first two webinars in this series.

    The final two webinars in the series will take place on and cover the following:

    Decision-making Matters: A Deeper Application of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool
    January 24, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

    This tool from the Race Matters Toolkit consists of five questions that can be asked regarding any policy, practice, protocol, strategy, or decision, either existing or proposed. The intent of the tool is to test ideas to determine if there is a disparate impact by race. In this 90-minute session, participants dig deeper into the functionality of the tool and experience its capability to generate new solutions. The tool can be used immediately, with tasks residing on your desk no matter what kind of work you do.

    Get Your House in Order: Strategies to Advance Racial Equity Inside Your Organization
    February 28, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST


    This webinar will dig deeper into organizational practices that advance racial equity inside organizations. Participants in the 90-minute session are encouraged to analyze the internal structures and processes within their respective organizations. Whether you work in an organization that is white-led, in an organization led by people of color, or in community across racial groups, there are many nuanced leadership issues that can emerge depending one’s localized racial and political context.

    Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations.

    This series will not be available for viewing after the live webinar date. If you are interested in or planning to join Foundations for Racial Equity, please register for this series and plan to attend each date above. Learning materials will be available to registrants after each webinar, but webinar recordings will NOT be available. 

    If you have questions about participating in the webinar series, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Member Call: Debriefing the First Two Webinars from our Race Matters Institute Webinar Series

    Friday, January 25 | 1pm EST | 12pm CST | 11am MST | 10am PST

    In November 2018, Funders Together invited Joanna Scott from Race Matters Institute to facilitate a four-part webinar series on a suite of race equity tools our members can apply to their work. During the first webinar, we covered some key concepts to help ground future race equity conversations. In our second webinar, we looked at Race Matters Institute’s backmapping tool and talked about how it could be applied to housing and homelessness.  

    Are you curious to hear what those conversations were like? Join us for this member call where we’ll discuss: 

    • Our notes from the first webinar that discussed different forms of racism, why we need to lead with structural racism, and what racial equity looks like.  
    • Our notes from the second webinar that looked at how to build a racial equity backmap and the value of doing so.  
    • Your questions and thoughts on these terms and tools, what additional questions you still have, and what future programming or resources you want might be.  

    This member call will be conversation-based, so please come ready to ask questions, jump in with your thoughts, and share racial equity resources you’ve looked at.  

     

    This member call is designed for and open to: 

    • Anyone who is currently signed up for the Race Matters Institute webinar series and missed one of the first two webinars or wants a refresher. 
    • Basic and full members of Funders Together 
    • Private foundations, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations 

     

    Register for this member call below. A calendar invitation with log-in information will be sent after you’ve registered and a Funders Together staff member as confirmed your eligibility to participate. 

    If you have questions about participating in this webinar series, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs. 

    Please note: This call is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), and anyone who signed up for the Race Matters Institute webinar series. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@FundersTogether.org  

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Member Call: Building a Funder Network or Collaborative

    Thursday, January 31 | 1pm EST | 12pm CST | 11am MST | 10am PST

    In the past several years, funder networks ancollaboratives have been emerging in communities across the countryMore and more funders are asking how they can work together to harness philanthropy’s collective influence and leverage funds to make the most impact on efforts to prevent and end homelessness locally. 

    Join us to learn more about what it takes to start a funder network or collaborative, as well as explore various models and structures for each. This call will provide some lessons learned and opportunities to engage funders around networks and collaboratives. During the call, you will also discover how Funders Together can support you in starting one in your community.  

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

    Please note: This call 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, January 31, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: Home, Together

    Postponed: New date TBD  

    This webinar has been postponed until late January due to the government shutdown. The new date will be announced soon.

    The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness released Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in July 2018. Join this webinar to learn about the federal goals and strategies to end homelessness across the country, areas of increased focus in the new plan, and what funders should be aware of. We’ll hear from Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, and Lindsay Knotts, Policy Director at USICH, about the plan and segue into a conversation about the implications for local communities and what funders can do to be good partners in the work to end homelessness.

    Help us make this webinar a success! So that we can make sure that this conversation is as useful to funders as possible, please share any questions you have with us.

    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, February 13, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Centering Voices Of Lived Experiences

    Wednesday, February 13 | 1pm EST | 12pm CST | 11am MST | 10am PST

    "Nothing about us, without us” is being heard throughout the country signifying the importance of voices of lived experience. Communities recognize the value of empowering individuals with lived experience in creating the solutions that will the prevent and end homelessness.  

     In this webinar, we will be joined by True Colors Fund and CSH, two organizations that are committed to and immersed in this work. We will discuss philanthropy's role in creating a culture of lifting voices of lived experience in communities around the country 

    Panelists for this webinar are Ann English, Program Manager, CSH, and Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Program Director, True Colors Fund. 

    Please RSVP below if you are able to attend. We look forward to you joining us for this important conversation. 

    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, February 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM

    2019 Funders Forum

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    Join us in San Diego for our annual Funders Forum!

    2019 Funders Forum
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Networking Reception to follow

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
    1380 Harbor Island Drive
    San Diego, California 92101

     

    **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  


    The Day at a Glance

    Unsheltered individuals are the largest subgroup of people experiencing homelessness. As unsheltered homelessness increases – both in numbers and visibility – there is an urgency to find solutions to end their homelessness. We know that in order to end homelessness, we need an effective crisis response systems and ready access to permanent housing, employment, and other services. However, with the exception of subgroups such as veterans and people who are disabled, unsheltered individuals are rarely prioritized and seldom receive housing assistance.  

    Funders can help. The 2019 Funders Forum, held on February 20 prior to the National Alliance to End Homelessness's Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference, will focus on what funders can do to build the public and political will to help end the homelessness of unsheltered individuals. During the day, we’ll learn about this population that faces great vulnerability, what funders around the country are doing, and how to build the public and political will to change the system. 

    Keynote: Dr. Tiffany Manuel
    The Urgency to Build Public and Political Will Around Unsheltered Homelessness: What Philanthropy Can Do to Help Make a Stronger Case

    Funders Together is excited to welcome Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President & CEO of TheCaseMade, as our 2019 Funders Forum Keynote Speaker! In this keynote, Dr. Manuel will speak to the role that philanthropy can play in helping to foster the kind of community alignment and public will building that can help us take advantage of the current momentum in the field. 

    Dr. Manuel, formerly the Vice President of Knowledge, Impact, and Strategy of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. provided the strategic vision and implementation of Enterprise’s Opportunity 360 platform, a comprehensive set of tools and resources for measuring opportunity in the United States. Her work includes authoring papers and articles such as “You Don’t Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We can Do About It” and “Building Justice: How to Talk about Racial Equality in a Way that Gets It Done” as well as speaking at numerous events and webinars.

    Agenda

    Click here to explore the 2019 Funders Forum agenda


    Registration

    Registration for the 2019 Funders Forum is now open! 

    To register for the Funders Together Funders Forum, click the blue button below.

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    Please note: Joint registration for both the 2019 Funders Forum and 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference is no longer available.

    Hotel Information

    The 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Room rates are $225.00 plus taxes. Discounted rates are available through Friday, January 25, 2019 or until the hotel room block is sold out. You can make your reservations now by calling 1-877-734-2726 and referencing National Alliance to End Homelessness. You can also book your reservation online by clicking here.

     

    **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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