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.

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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.

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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


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  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 02:30 PM · 34 rsvps

    Employment Webinar Series: Secure Jobs: A Holistic Approach To Increasing Income and Stabilizing Housing

    Thursday, September 19 | 2:30pm ET | 1:30pm CT | 12:30pm MT | 11:30am PT

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    Description:

    Secure Jobs Connecticut takes a holistic approach to increasing income for families and aims to address the issues at the intersection of employment and housing. What began as a three-year demonstration pilot, is about to enter its next phase and is showing promise in helping families not only gain and retain employment, but also secure stable housing.  

    Rebecca Allen, Senior Program Officer at Melville Charitable Trust, will lead us in exploring the lessons learned and challenges of this three-year pilot. Based on the findings, she will discuss the next iteration of these efforts, set to launch this fall, and what role funders can explore in supporting similar approaches in their community. 

    This webinar is the final installment of our Employment Webinar Series. To view the past webinars, view our Webinar Recordings page. 

    Speakers:

    Rebecca Allen, Senior Program Officer, 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.

  • Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    Los Angeles Central Library in Los Angeles, CA

    Local Learning: Racial Equity and Homelessness

    Los Angeles, CA

    The Funders Together to End Homelessness Los Angeles Network (FTEH-LA) is pleased to invite private philanthropic funders to our next event on September 23. Attendees will enjoy a short docent-led tour of the “Undesign the Redline” exhibit, followed by a meeting focused on Racial Equity and Homelessness.

    In Los Angeles County, Black people represent nine percent of the general population but comprise 40% of the population experiencing homelessness. In February of this year, LAHSA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness released a groundbreaking report that examines the factors contributing to this overrepresentation; identifies opportunities to increase racial equity within the homeless service delivery system; and develops recommendations to more effectively meet the needs of Black people experiencing homelessness. As the community moves forward in implementing these recommendations, how can philanthropy come together to strengthen the impact and investment in this work?

    Please join Funders Together Los Angeles for an intimate conversation on the role of philanthropy in advancing racial equity within the homeless service sector. You will hear from experts Amanda Andere – Funders Together to End Homelessness, Rosa Benitez – Weingart Foundation, and Jacqueline Waggoner – Enterprise Community Partners. They will discuss key takeaways from the last FTEH-LA session on racial equity, provide insights on the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness Report and Recommendations, and consider how philanthropy can meaningfully engage in this important work. The meeting will also include a guided tour of “Undesign the Redline,” an interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today, led by Joss Tillard-Gates of Enterprise Community Partners.

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



  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 18 rsvps

    Webinar: Introduction to the Intersection: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Housing, and Homelessness 101

    Wednesday, September 25 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Description:

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is partnering with the Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) to host a 3-part webinar series highlighting the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and housing and homelessness. We encourage funders to register for the entire series, which is designed to help you build strong partnerships and effective community responses to ending homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

    Webinar 1: Introduction to the intersection: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Housing, and Homelessness 101
    Persons experiencing domestic and sexual violence, particularly women and children, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities with limited economic resources, are at increased vulnerability to homelessness. This webinar will explain the intersection between domestic and sexual violence and homelessness; highlight effective strategies for stakeholders to share in their commitment to finding effective ways to serve this population; provide a deeper understanding of the specific barriers survivors face in accessing and maintaining safe housing; address the role of effective partnerships across the homeless and victim service provider systems; and explore innovative housing model approaches to address the myriad of safe housing needs for survivors.

    Funders will walk away from this webinar with a deeper understanding about the intersection between these systems and how they can support stronger partnerships and housing solutions for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

    Speakers:

    • Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
    • Peg Hacskaylo, CEO, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH)
    • Karla Vierthaler, Advocacy and Resources Director, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

    Other webinars in this series:
    Part 2: Housing Rights for Survivors: How Public Policy Can Address Housing Instability for Domestic and Sexual Assault Survivors – October 3, 2019
    Part 3: State Domestic Violence Coalitions and National Funder Relationships: How Effective Partners Can Increase Safe Housing Options for Survivors – October 30, 2019

    About the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
    The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and sexual assault. Funded by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consortium supports a TA Team of four national organizations: Collaborative Solutions, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The Consortium works collaboratively to improve policies and practices that strengthen efforts to build safe and supportive housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

    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, September 30, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 25 rsvps

    Webinar: New Research on Racial Inequities in Coordinated Entry System Assessment Tools

    Monday, September 30 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Description:


    In 2018, SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities), an initiative of C4 Innovations, released
    research findings showing that people of color are dramatically more likely than white people to experience homelessness in the United States due to structural racism both in and outside of the homelessness system. Now that the field has this baseline knowledge, we need to dive deeper into understanding how different parts of the homelessness system perpetuate racial inequities and what we can do to change the system.   

    C4 Innovations is soon releasing findings from their latest research project examining how coordinated entry system assessments are perpetuating racial inequities by prioritizing white people for housing services and capturing vulnerabilities that white people are more likely to experience. Funders Together is excited to partner with C4 Innovations to bring this new research to our members. Join this webinar to be one of the first to hear their research findings, what this means for funders working in homelessness, and what needs to happen next to end racism in the homelessness system.   

    Speakers:

    • Regina Cannon, Chief Equity and Impact Officer, C4 Innovations
    • Catriona Wilkey, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation, C4 Innovations

    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

    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, October 03, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 7 rsvps

    Webinar: Housing Rights for Survivors: How Public Policy Can Address Housing Instability for Domestic and Sexual Assault Survivors

    Thursday, October 3 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Description:

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is partnering with the Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) to host a 3-part webinar series highlighting the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and housing and homelessness. We encourage funders to register for the entire series, which is designed to help you build strong partnerships and effective community responses to ending homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

    Webinar 2: Housing Rights for Survivors: How Public Policy Can Address Housing Instability for Domestic and Sexual Assault Survivors
    Systems change requires policies that address housing instability. This webinar will cover federal and state law policy examples that provide important protections for survivors of domestic violence who seek to access or maintain rental housing.

    Attend this webinar to learn about housing scenarios that arise for domestic and sexual violence survivors, including obstacles posed by landlords in the admissions process; evictions due to domestic violence; the issue of nuisance ordinances and crime-free housing policies and remedies to enable safety such as early lease terminations, lock changes, lease bifurcations, and emergency transfers. We’ll address these scenarios by examining federal and state housing laws and policies that provide specific safeguards for survivors and share resources on federal and state housing laws that funders can support.

    Speakers:

    • Renee Williams, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
    • Karlo Ng, Supervising Attorney, National Housing Law Project
    • Monica McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

    Other webinars in this series:
    • Part 1: Introduction to the Intersection: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Housing, and Homelessness 101 – September 25, 2019
    Part 3: State Domestic Violence Coalitions and National Funder Relationships: How Effective Partners Can Increase Safe Housing Options for Survivors – October 30, 2019

    About the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
    The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and sexual assault. Funded by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consortium supports a TA Team of four national organizations: Collaborative Solutions, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The Consortium works collaboratively to improve policies and practices that strengthen efforts to build safe and supportive housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

    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, October 30, 2019 at 03:30 PM · 9 rsvps

    Webinar: State Domestic Violence Coalitions and National Funder Relationships: How Effective Partners Can Increase Safe Housing Options for Survivors

    Wednesday, October 30 | 3:30pm ET | 2:30pm CT | 1:30pm MT | 12:30pm PT

    Description:

    The Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) is partnering with Funders Together who will be hosting a series of webinars highlighting the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and housing and homelessness. We invite the membership of Funders Together to register for webinars in this series, designed to help you build strong partnerships and effective community responses to ending homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

    Webinar 3: State Domestic Violence Coalitions and National Funder Relationships: How Effective Partners Can Increase Safe Housing Options for Survivors
    Domestic violence state coalitions can build effective partnerships with local and national funders to address the unique, trauma-informed needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors. Join this webinar to learn about how philanthropy can partner with state coalitions and their role in housing policy and program implementation.

    We’ll highlight the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and their vision to prioritize safe housing by building their statewide victim service provider coalition base to increase housing resources, statewide policy efforts, and implementing their research, training, funding Housing First efforts in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn about NNEDV’s role as a membership organization of State Domestic Violence Coalitions and allied organizations to understand the ongoing and emerging needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors to advance housing best practices at the federal level and with state DV coalitions and advocacy programs.

    Speakers: 

    • Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
    • Peg Hacskaylo, CEO, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH)
    • Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)
    • Marie Sauter, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Other webinars in this series:
    • Part 1: Introduction to the Intersection: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Housing, and Homelessness 101 – September 25, 2019
    • Part 2: Housing Rights for Survivors: How Public Policy Can Address Housing Instability for Domestic and Sexual Assault Survivors – October 2, 2019

    About the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
    The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and sexual assault. Funded by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consortium supports a TA Team of four national organizations: Collaborative Solutions, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The Consortium works collaboratively to improve policies and practices that strengthen efforts to build safe and supportive housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

    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, November 04, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    Webinar: The Divest/Invest Framework: What Does It Mean for Funders Working in Housing and Homelessness?

    Monday, November 4 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

    Description:

    Cities of all sizes across the country are facing gentrification and affordable housing shortages due to rising rents, stagnant wages, and laws that criminalize homelessness and target low-income renters experiencing housing instability. Public resources currently invested in encouraging gentrification through policies and laws that target and criminalize people experiencing poverty would be better invested to protect and produce more quality, accessible, affordable housing, health care, education, and other infrastructure to support thriving communities and housing stability.  

    Funders can help build more just, thriving communities by investing in institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guard against uncontrolled gentrification, and protect residents from displacement. Join this webinar to learn about Neighborhood Funder Group (NFG)’s Democratizing Development Program and the Divest/Invest framework of their Funders for Justice program. We’ll also hear from other funders and organizations about the work they’re doing to create vibrant, stably housed communities that support the leadership of the residents from their community.  

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

    About NFG  

    NFG’s Democratizing Development Program supports philanthropic institutions to invest in community residents to rise to create a new vision for development – one not driven by profit, speculation, and the influx of new corporate capital, but instead centered on community needs. This type of “democratized” community development is inspired by the leadership and vision of current residents holding public representatives, public agencies, and private investors accountable.  

    The Divest/Invest framework of NFG’s Funders for Justice program informs the Democratizing Development Program to divest from criminalization to empowering neighborhood change and opportunity. It supports resident leadership by providing resources and tools to funders to encourage funders support residents’ full engagement. Investing in communities fosters institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guards against uncontrolled gentrification, protects residents from displacement, and results in positive place-building outcomes for all members of the community. 

    Speakers:

    • Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives 

    • Martha Toll, Executive Director, Butler Family Fund 

    • Nile K. Malloy, Senior Program Manager, Democratizing Development Program, NFG 

    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

    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 19, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    Save The Date: 2020 Funders Forum

    The 2020 Funders Forum, in conjunction with the 2020 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference, will take place February 19 in Oakland, CA. 

    Joint registration to both the Funders Forum and the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults conference will once again be available through Funders Together! Funders should register for both the Forum and full conference through our registration pages when available.

    More information, including registration and a working agenda, will be available soon and you can be the first to know! RSVP below if you’d like to be notified when registration opens. In the meantime, be sure to save February 19 in your calendars!

     

    **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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