Highlights from the 2014 gathering of public sector partners, key stakeholders, grantees, and experts to share and advance the collective effort to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles.
Funders Together was thrilled to attend the True Color's Fund's first Forty to None Summit this week, where we talked about philanthropy's role in ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.
On March 10, the Los Angeles Homeless Funders Group hosted nearly 50 foundations to talk about the role of funders networks and collaboratives in preventing and ending homelessness.
Every summer the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference on ending homelessness has been a highlight for me. It reinvigorates me. It teaches me. It reminds me why we do this work – day in and day out.
The partnership between Butler Family Fund and Oak Foundation illustrates the power that funders have when they join forces to create replicable, systemic, and lasting solutions to 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.
What does an end to homelessness look like? The city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is on the road to finding out.
Many systems touch at-risk and homeless families: foster care, child welfare, crisis response, mental health services, and schools, to name a few–but no one system will solve family homelessness alone.
I’m never quite sure what the reaction will be when I mention the concept of “public-private partnerships” to a colleague.
The Building Tulsa, Building Lives capital campaign to end chronic homelessness continues to expand and develop. As a result, with more housing development, chronic homelessness in Tulsa, Oklahoma has decreased.
The new Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System will promote better solutions for families while simultaneously insuring more efficient responses at the systems level.
Data is essential to identifying what we need to do to end homelessness, and for making the case for collaboration across silos and systems.
We can end homelessness in America, but philanthropy must be willing to step forward and challenge the status quo.
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.
Colleagues from other philanthropies sometimes ask me if the activities they fund meet the criteria for joining Funders Together to End Homelessness. I don’t ask just about housing.
Earlier this month, Rhode Island built on national momentum to staff the Rhode Island Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Los Angeles County has had the dubious distinction of being referred to as the “homelessness capital” of the nation.
Funders from a dozen states gathered for a Funders Forum in Washington DC on July 12 prior to the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness to discuss philanthropy’s role in implementing Opening Doors.
The Obama Administration and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, consisting of 19 federal agencies, recently released the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness: Opening Doors.
Just about anyone working to solve the problem of homelessness in our communities recognizes that coordinating public and private efforts is a key ingredient to measurable, sustainable success.
Completing its fifth year of funding, the Home For Good Funders Collaborative evaluation outlines lessons learned and next steps for the Los Angeles County collaborative.
Three communities across the nation – Los Angeles, Austin and Cleveland – are currently amid the nation’s first 100-Day Challenge to end youth homelessness. Through these challenges, initiated by A Way Home America (AWHA), philanthropy’s essential role as conveners in our communities and across the nation is clear. Through this work, we continue to learn much...
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.
Funders come in all shapes, sizes, and capacities. How can United Ways use their influence and capabilities within the community to end homelessness?
United Ways play a unique role in the community serving as funders and conveners, but even more, their value is highlighted through their deep relationship with local businesses through the workplace campaign fundraising model. This position provides an opportunity to play an important role in community’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
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...
Youth homelessness is a community-wide issue that demands a community-wide response. Read about what Katie Hong of the Raikes Foundation took away from the most recent Foundations for Youth Success convening in Toronto.
Funders Together Los Angeles hosted a panel discussion to examine traditional workforce models, the current role social enterprises play in employing LA’s homeless and formerly homeless communities, and new opportunities in the field.
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.
How does strategic philanthropy differ from non-strategic philanthropy? What is the role of collaboration? The Episcopal Health Foundation shares its thinking.
With support from Funders Together Houston, The Frees Foundation, and The Simmons Foundation, the Houston Police Department created a Homeless Outreach Team and documented their efforts in a documentary called The Shepherds in Blue.
This webinar provides an overview of our forthcoming community of practice, Foundations for Youth Success
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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...
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