Despite all the programs and structures designed to prevent and end homelessness and because of historical and contemporary structural racism, people of color disproportionately experience homelessness. To truly end homelessness, we must change the systems that perpetuate racial inequity. Doing so is not an easy or quick task, but together, we can take steps to educate ourselves and use our voices to push the field toward greater racial equity.
To address this, Funders Together to End Homelessness is launching a two-year community of practice called Foundations for Racial Equity to help funders move the needle toward greater racial equity in homelessness and housing.
From 2019-2020, we will convene philanthropic leaders working at national and local levels to build relationships with other funders, learn together about systemic racism in housing and homelessness, and lead the field in creating a more equitable world.
Community of Practice Goals
Foundations for Racial Equity participants will:
- Understand how the history of systemic racism in housing in homelessness continue to affect those systems today.
- Learn about and use a suite of tools for applying a racial equity lens to their grantmaking and operationalizing racial equity in their organizations.
- Articulate a vision and call to action for funders working in homelessness and support the creation of tools and resources for funders working in housing and homelessness.
- Build a strong peer network to learn, discuss, and act together to advance racial equity in homelessness.
If you are unable to commit to participating in the community of practice but want to deepen your learning about racial equity in housing in homelessness, Funders Together will be offering programming for our general membership. Please see our Programming page for updates.
This community will launch in January 2019 and conclude in December 2020. Each year, we will host two in-person convenings for in-depth training and peer coaching. Between convenings, we learn and share virtually. Click to see a draft timeline for the community of practice.
Who Should Participate?
This community is open to funders interested in learning more about and working on advancing racial equity in housing and homelessness. Individual participants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Funders Together member at the Basic or Full level. (If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Stephanie Chan. Membership is open to private, independent, family, corporate, or operating foundations; corporate giving programs; United Ways; or individual philanthropists dispersing more than $25,000 toward homelessness.)
- Work at a grantmaking organization that has started to look at or address racial inequity through its work.
- Be involved in and have influence over the grantmaking process for homelessness or housing at your organization.
- Want to learn how to apply a racial equity lens to your grantmaking and move your organization toward more racially equitable practices.
- Be able and willing to meet the participant expectations outlined below.
The success of this community of practice depends on the full commitment of each participant. While we understand that conflicts will always arise, we also hope participants will to commit to:
- The two-year timeline of this initiative.
- Participating in an intake interview and other periodic check-in calls with facilitators.
- Attending monthly videoconference meetings and biannual in-person convenings.
- Sharing and learning in real time with peer and colleagues.
- Completing pre-requisites for the community of practice, which include participating in our SPARC webinar and Race Matters Toolkit webinar series. (The cost of participating in the webinar series live will be deducted from your total cost of joining the community of practice.)
You may also be asked to write blog posts, speak in Funders Together programming, or conduct calls with other stakeholders in between meetings. Our hope is that you will be willing to share your insights with the field to help advance this work.
Cost of Participation
The Community of practice is only open to Full and Basic members of Funders Together. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Stephanie Chan. If you are not currently a member of Funders Together, we invite you to join at the Full or Basic member to participate.
For FULL MEMBERS with annual grantmaking budgets for housing and homelessness:
- Less than $1 million: $1,200
- Over $1 million: 2,200
For BASIC MEMBERS with annual grantmaking budgets for housing and homelessness:
- Less than $1 million: $2,000
- Over $1 million: $3,000
This participation fee covers the costs for trainings and programming for two years and does not cover travel or lodging for the biannual convenings. Fees allow up to two (2) individuals from the foundation to participate.
Funders Together aims for this community of practice to be as inclusive as possible and does not want cost to be a barrier to participating. We have limited scholarships available, though cannot guarantee meeting every need. Please let us know if there is assistance we can provide (e.g. subsidizing program fee, cost of travel, etc.) to help you fully participate in this community. Email or call Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at email@example.com or 617.245.0314 x105.
How to Join the Community of Practice
If you would like to learn more or have questions, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.245.0314 x105.