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The Meyer Memorial Trust works to dismantle barriers to equity in education, housing and the environment and to improve community conditions so that all Oregonians can reach their full potential.


Grounded in the lived examples of Tracy and Katherine McGregor, the McGregor Fund works to support and strengthen a safety net of essential resources and opportunities for vulnerable members of our community, particularly those experiencing sustained and concentrated poverty.


Founded in 1959, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the country. Located in Owings Mills, Maryland, outside of Baltimore, the Foundation focuses on granting in both the U.S. and Israel to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable populations.


The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland works to improve the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. The foundation works to end homelessness in Cuyahoga County and to reduce health disparities and improve educational opportunities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood.


The HealthSpark Foundation is a private, independent foundation providing support to organizations that serve the unmet health and/or human service needs of residents living in and organizations serving Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


Featured Member: United Way Broward County


Miami Homes For All (formerly Miami Coalition for the Homeless) promotes community collaboration to prevent and end homelessness in South Florida through advocacy and philanthropy. Their work concentrates on advocacy, prevention, and informational services to enhance already existing community efforts and fill identifiable gaps. 


Founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker, the Arcus Foundation strives to achieve social justice inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and race; and to ensure the conservation of, and respect for, the world’s great apes. It is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world.


Formed in 2013, Funders Together San Diego is comprised of individual philanthropists and grant makers who invest in effective systems change with the goal of ending homelessness throughout San Diego County. The former Homelessness Working Group transitioned from San Diego Grantmakers to become part of the growing group of public and private partners supporting activities to end homelessness in the...


The Palette Fund was launched in 2008 to honor the life and philanthropic legacy of Rand Harlan Skolnick. Founded by Terrence Meck and Peter Benassi, Rand’s partner and his best friend, respectively, the foundation has become a source of support for institutions and leaders working to build healthy and thriving communities. Since its inception, The Palette Fund has provided over...


In 2014, Orange County United Way launched FACE 2024, the community-wide strategy to create a positive future for the next generation of Orange County residents. The plan focuses on long-term solutions to the most critical challenges confronting Orange County children and families. Working with a broad spectrum of leadership throughout the county, goals were established in each of four focus...


The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation is a family foundation based in Boston, Massachusetts. Created by Paul Fireman, former CEO of Reebok International, and his wife after Reebok became a public company in 1985, the foundation dedicates a major share of its funding resources to ending family homelessness in the Commonwealth and beyond.


In 1963, the Wilson Foundation was established by Joseph C. Wilson, then Chair of the Board of Xerox Corporation, and his wife, Peggy. Always on the quest for innovative approaches and implementing best practices, the Wilson Foundation recently supported the SHIFT study, a longitudinal study that seeks to gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of local programs for the...


Valley of the Sun United Way is long-standing member of Funders Together to End Homelessness. Amy Schwabenlender, Vice President of Community Impact, leads the organization's Community Objective to End Hunger and Homelessness in Maricopa County and serves on a variety of community boards, including the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness. She discusses the...


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...


In 2013 the Melville Charitable Trust—the largest foundation in the United States exclusively devoted to preventing and ending homelessness—announced a new grantmaking strategy. In this interview, Executive Director Janice Elliott talks about the work that has helped define their renewed approach and the valuable lessons learned that have brought clarity to the role that the Trust and other foundations can...


Funders Together Los Angeles, formerly the Los Angeles Homeless Funders Group, has over 30 participating organizations, comprised of individual philanthropists, corporations, foundations, and other private sector grantmakers funding all homeless populations. As a local affiliate of Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH), the group aligned its goals with FTEH to support building a regional network of private and philanthropic funders...


The Houston affiliate of Funders Together to End Homelessness organized intentionally as a public-private funders collaborative in order to align efforts, build on each other's strengths, leverage resources and work at a systems level. The mission of Funders Together Houston is both simple and powerful: build a local network of funders who are committed to reducing homelessness through strategic collaboration...