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

Martha Toll

Executive Director, Butler Family Fund

Funders Together Board Member

martha_toll_sized.jpgMartha Toll is the Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund, a path-breaking philanthropy focused on ending homelessness and on reforming the criminal justice system with an emphasis on abolishing the extreme sentences of juvenile life without parole and the US death penalty.  The Butler Family Fund is governed by a family board whose members live in the US and the UK. The Council on Foundations, prominent homeless organizations, and other leading foundations have recognized the Butler Family Fund for its innovative and strategic grantmaking.  The Geneva based Oak Foundation has selected the Fund to partner as a homelessness re-granting intermediary.  This partnership has enabled the Butler Family Fund to expand its work to engage the employment and foster care systems in preventing and ending homelessness.  

Ms. Toll is active nationally; she serves on the board of Funders Together to End Homelessness and on Funders for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  Ms. Toll is a graduate of Yale College and Boston University School of Law.  In her private life, Ms. Toll is a published book commentator and reviewer, as well as a fiction writer.  Her personal website is www.marthaannetoll.com.


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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