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.

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


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  • Monday, December 09, 2019 at 02:00 PM · 7 rsvps

    Member Call: Funders Together Commitment to Racial Equity

    Monday, December 9 | 2:00pm ET | 1:00pm CT | 12:00am MT | 11:00am PT

    When Funders Together to End Homelessness named racial equity as a strategic goal in 2016, we knew that naming it was just the first step of a larger commitment. Over the past three years, we’ve been reflecting on what it means to embed racial equity into everything we do, both internally and externally. We’ve taken steps to talk about it in all our programming, learn as a staff and with our board, and examine our vendor practices.  

    But, we know that there’s so much more to do. To guide our future work and institutionalize racial equity into our organization, we revised our mission and vision statements and crafted a racial equity commitment that outlines what we as an organization believe, understand, and acknowledge when it comes to racial inequities in homelessness in philanthropy. This commitment how we want to work with philanthropy, how we want to shift our internal practices, and what we aspire to accomplish by centering racial justice in our work to end homelessness.  

    Ultimately, we hope that centering racial equity will become the norm in philanthropy and homelessness and that others can use our written commitment as inspiration for their own work.  

    Join this Call

    Join this member call on December 9 to have a candid conversation about what it took to craft this commitment, what it means for members of Funders Together, and to share your thoughts on how you might use it and what you’d like to see from us.  

    To sign up, please RSVP below. A few days before the call, you will receive an email and a calendar invitation from Stephanie Chan (stephanie@funderstogether.org) with call-in information.  

    Member call speakers: 

    • Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness 
    • Katie Hong, Director of Special Initiatives, Raikes Foundation and current board chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness 
    • Bill Pitkin, Independent Consultant and former board chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness 

     

    Please note: This call is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. While we will prepare some remarks about this racial equity commitment, we intend for this call to be a conversation between all participants and look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions. 

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

    2020 Funders Forum

    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 changed over the past few years. As the field continues to work toward racial equity, policy change, 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 marginalized populations 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 combat 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?


    Registration

    For those who would like to also attend the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference, Funders Together is once again offering joint registration for both the 2020 Funders Forum on February 19 and the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference on February 19-21. Funders who are interested in attending both events should register through our JOINT REGISTRATION page. 



    Funders can also register for 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

    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.

    High-level agenda:

    • 8:30 – 9:00 | Breakfast
    • 9:00 – 12:00 | Funders Forum
    • 12:00 – 12:45 | Lunch
    • 12:45 – 1:45 | NAEH opening plenary (open to joint registrants only)
    • 2:00 – 4:30 | Funders Forum
    • 4:30 – 6:30 | Networking reception

    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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