Butler Family Fund is a founding member of Funders Together to End Homelessness. In 1992, when the Butler Family Fund started with $10 million, it chose a mandate to help the less fortunate. Twenty years later, Butler Family Fund is a philanthropic leader, making connections between the efforts to end and prevent homelessness and work to secure employment for the...
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.
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.