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On September 22, Funders Together to End Homelessness submitted a public comment to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) voicing our opposition to its proposed changes to the Equal Access Rule that would allow shelters to discriminate against LGBTQ+, transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals.




Advocacy represents an important element of philanthropy, leveraging our voices to effect change. As part of ongoing effort to provide support and programming on advocacy, we've compiled resources that can aid you in starting and continuing the conversation around this topic in your work to prevent and end homelessness. We will be updating this page with timely resources as they...


Advocacy, a key component of a systems approach, becomes essential if we are to overcome these hurdles and remedy the complex issue of homelessness. Funders who want to truly prevent and end homelessness can and must engage in advocacy efforts in their respective communities and/or at the national level. Through advocacy, foundations can help reduce policy barriers, leverage funds and...


An accurate census count is essential to our efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The numbers from the 2020 Census will be used to determine funding and service levels for the next ten years. We know that along with individuals experiencing homelessness, racial minorities, immigrants, young people, and people in poverty are historically hard to count. The 2020 Census is...


We believe philanthropy has a voice in addressing homelessness and advancing solutions to prevent and end it with Congress and the Presidential administration. As Funders Together to End Homelessness works with the Administration, together with our national partners, we are focused on continuing to make preventing and ending homelessness a bi-partisan priority. In this resource for funders, we have outlined...


Additional Advocacy Resources


On August 19, Funders Together to End Homelessness and Funders for LGBTQ Issues hosted a call for funders focused on the proposed changes to the Equal Access Rule, how it would affect the LGBTQ and trans communities, and how funders can act to oppose it.



Funders Together to End Homelessness joins other national housing advocates to support Black people and Black organizers who are working on housing justice.

 



The 2020 Census is less than a year away, but the work to ensure a fair and accurate count for our communities is far from over. Funders Together to End Homelessness, along with nearly thirty other philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) and funders, contributed to an amicus curiae brief to contest the proposed citizenship question...




Regardless of the topic, whenever I leave the flurry of work and family life for three days to attend a funder network meeting, I can’t help but find myself wondering “Will it be worth it?” It was much easier to embrace this risk after learning that the 2019 Funders Forum would be...


On February 20, 2019, nearly 50 funders convened in San Diego at the 2019 Funders Forum to learn about unsheltered homelessness and building both public and political will to end it. Held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness's Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national...


 

Most members of Funders Together to End Homelessness represent institutional philanthropy -- private, endowed foundations; community foundations; corporations; or United Ways.  Yet the vast majority of charitable donations in the U.S. come from individuals and it has been a goal of Funders Together for a number of years to increase membership among individual...


Over the past year, we have seen new proposals that threaten to further reduce access to affordable housing for the lowest income people, including austere budgets and cuts to housing benefits that help struggling families make ends meet. However, with the support of philanthropy, advocates across the country have been able to push back against...


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In July at the 2018 Funders Institute, attendees gathered to share what they are learning about homelessness prevention, including what it is and how to work effectively with other systems to really end homelessness. The highly interactive day included a panel discussion, speed networking on what we’re each learning in our work,...


Advocacy, a key component of a systems approach, becomes essential if we are to overcome these hurdles and remedy the complex issue of homelessness. Funders who want to truly prevent and end homelessness can and must engage in advocacy efforts in their respective communities and/or at the national level. Through advocacy, foundations can help reduce policy barriers, leverage funds and...


On Wednesday, January 17, Funders Together hosted a webinar with our national partners around what’s been happening with policy and budget issues at the federal level.


An accurate census count is essential to our efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The numbers from the 2020 Census will be used to determine funding and service levels for the next ten years. We know that along with individuals experiencing homelessness, racial minorities, immigrants, young people, and people in poverty are historically hard to count. The 2020 Census is...


I was recently asked what was the most meaningful part of my work with Funders Together. Without hesitation, I answered with what I reflect on daily: I am blessed to be among people who tirelessly work for their community, our country, and, most importantly, people they may never meet; because they believe ending homelessness is imperative to our humanity. That...


The debate about tax reform is heating up, as the House and Senate have each introduced their own versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this month. The House voted on its bill two weeks ago, and a vote is anticipated in the Senate this week.


On Thursday, September 14, Funders Together hosted a webinar focused on what’s new with the federal budget and how it affects funding for homelessness and related programs.


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“How should we respond?” Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, asks the question of philanthropy in light of the recent events in both Charlottesville and Texas.

 


This year's Funders Institute was held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C and followed a new format. In addition to our 1-day Institute, the event continue through the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Each day featured workshop sessions planned by Funders Together with content and discussion exclusively for private funders. Below is the agenda for the Institute...


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Another budget cycle is upon us, and philanthropy's involvement in understanding the budget process and how to be participate in the budget debate is key to ensuring programs that work to prevent and end homelessness remain adequately funded. Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Martha...


A statement from Funders Together to End Homelessness on Dr. Ben Carson's confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Ann Sewill, Vice President of Housing & Economic Opportunity at the California Community Foundation, explains the Foundation's recent advocacy work around Los Angeles's Proposition HHH and the outcome of this support from a public-private coalition.


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Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, reflects on the mission and work of philanthropy in this post-election phase and what it means to move forward as a collective group as we all work to prevent and end homelessness under a new administration.


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As our country transitions to a new presidential Administration, Funders Together to End Homelessness is committed to providing you with resources around the upcoming change. Our Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and our blog will be updated to keep you informed about FTEH’s work during this transition. In addition to resources, we...


We believe philanthropy has a voice in addressing homelessness and advancing solutions to prevent and end it with Congress and the Presidential administration. As Funders Together to End Homelessness works with the Administration, together with our national partners, we are focused on continuing to make preventing and ending homelessness a bi-partisan priority. In this resource for funders, we have outlined...


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Initial Learnings from Foundation for Youth Success


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Advocacy is a powerful tool to utilize in the work to end and prevent homelessness as it can educate, engage, and build essential relationships. And as funders, we can, and should, be a leading example. 


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Just a few weeks ago, the Los Angeles chapter of Funders Together to End Homelessness held its quarterly meeting to discuss the role of advocacy in moving the needle toward ending homelessness. The big question at the meeting: What elements of a successful advocacy campaign can philanthropy support to make greater...


In order to end and prevent homelessness, we need adequate and affordable housing as well as appropriate income and employment opportunities. Funders Together supports:



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Philanthropy was a catalyst for the funding of the National Housing Trust Fund, which will increase access to housing for low-income families.


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Reflections on our 2014 Funders Institute


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With more low-income renters shouldering unaffordable housing costs than ever before, many areas of the country have long lines for housing vouchers.  Funders have an important role as we try to restore the vouchers we lost to sequestration and build public-private partnerships to help those in need. 


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Today, in every state, a family that relies entirely on TANF for income cannot cover the cost of fair market rent. Funders can play an important role in addressing the gaps.


Foundations in Ohio award over $200 million in health-focused grants in an average year. These dollars, however, pale in comparison to the investment that extending Medicaid can provide.


Legal advocacy means more than simply going into court on behalf of an individual client; it is a multifaceted approach that includes outreach and education, policy reform and, when necessary, litigation.


Decisions made by politicians in Washington DC have a cutting impact on the lives of real people in communities nationwide. 


City leaders want to end homelessness in downtown, yet by criminalizing it, they will be wasting precious resources.


The realities of sequestration are now being felt throughout the country as states and municipalities are forced to do more with much less.


It’s been remarkable to watch the impact that social media has had in the arena of homelessness.  


A few years ago I was stopped on a freeway off-ramp on my way to a meeting in downtown Seattle.  As I sat there, I noticed a group of homeless people gathered under the overpass.  Then I saw something that shook me.


As we work together as a national community to collectively educate each other about exciting new developments in the effort to permanently end homelessness, it’s important to step back and learn, as well, from a global vantage point.


We should all take a very brief moment to stop, to reflect, and to take a deep breath before once again moving forward boldly, fearlessly, and with purpose to help the most vulnerable in our country.


Part of philanthropy’s responsibility to the most vulnerable in our society is to call on government―both elected officials and non-elected staff on both sides of the political aisle―to work in ways that are just, effective, and efficient.


Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a broad range of events in our nation’s capital that, once again, confirmed for me that we can and will succeed in our long-term goal of ending homelessness.


Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius gave the keynote address at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.


Homelessness is a complex issue but it is not an unsolvable problem. It can be ended and philanthropy has a vital role to play.


The Department of Housing & Urban Development’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants may get an increase for the first time in nearly 20 years.


Those of us who work in the philanthropic sector are not excused from this civic duty just because our organizations are legally limited or prohibited from lobbying.


Philanthropy needs to play a role in order for us to achieve the goals in Opening Doors.


Bill Gates, Sr. told a group of funders gathered at his Foundation’s new Seattle campus on Friday to “be bold, be imaginative, and to work together” to end homelessness. 


Homelessness spending needs to remain a priority.


The outcome of the U.S. debt ceiling debate signals a major shift in future government spending patterns and holds significant implications for philanthropy.