A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Learning Communities

At Funders Together, we work to facilitate information sharing and scale best practices. One of the ways we do this is through issue- and community-based learning communities.

Our current learning communities include:

Foundations for Youth Success (FYS)

Foundations for Youth Success is a national philanthropic initiative that focuses on the funder's role in ending youth homelessness. The cornerstone of this initiative is a two-year community of practice, through which funders will share and build knowledge about best practices and effective solutions for our young people. This learning community is open to funders at all levels of experience, with content for both funders new to homelessness/youth work as well as those looking to learn and share after several years of grantmaking in this area.

Registration for FYS is now closed.

We will have opportunities to include our broader Funders Together membership in this group's work. Click here to receive updates on these opportunities.


We hope to launch two learning communities later in the near future:

United Ways Partnering to End Homelessness

United Ways play a unique role in ending homelessness. They have been a leading proponent and designer of 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness in communities throughout the U.S. and they have a strong voice in influencing policymakers. With the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, we will create a space for United Ways to share strategies and best practices reflective of their role in communities.

Click here to receive updates on this initiative.

Employment Learning Community

Communities across the country are increasingly becoming aware of the need to connect the homelessness and employment systems to better serve vulnerable populations with both housing and jobs. This learning community will explore the intersections of the homelessness and employment systems, and the funder's role in advancing the efforts of both.

Click here to receive updates on this initiative.



We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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