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

Webinar Archive: Investing in High Stakes Initiatives

What lessons can we learn by investing in high stakes initiatives, like the Zero 2016 campaign? What are the effects of funding outcomes versus output in these initiatives?

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Webinar Archive: 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

In September 2016, three communities launched 100 Day Challenges with ambitious goals all focused around ending homelessness for youth. These communities – Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles – worked incredibly hard and in January 2017 came together to celebrate their success and share learnings.  

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Webinar Archive: Funders Together Member Post-Election Call

After months of speculating who will be the next President of the United States, November 8th finally revealed the answer. We are now in the "post-election" phase and focusing on the important work of the Administration transition and ensuring homelessness efforts remain a priority. 

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Foundations for Youth Success- Seattle Convening

September 12-14, Foundations for Youth Success (FYS) members gathered in Seattle for the final in-person convening. Seattle has been leading the country with their work to end youth homelessness. They also happen to be home to FYS colleagues from the Raikes Foundation, Campion Foundation, Building Changes, and the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

During our visit we had the opportunity to hear from some great regional and statewide leaders as well as rockstar service providers. 

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Webinar Archive: Host Homes

FYS colleague, Pauline Green from Miami Homes for All, talks about host homes and challenges they have encountered in Miami, FL. Pauline is joined by two host home providers, Kim Rinehardt, Mason County Host Homes, and Judith Dittman, The Alternative House. Guests discuss how their program works and successes and challenges they've had a long the way. 

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Webinar Archive: New Opportunities Around Ending Youth Homelessness

How can philanthropy lead communities in the fight to prevent and end homelessness?

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Webinar Archive: Leveraging Innovative Tactics to Employ Those Experiencing Homelessness

The connection between employment and homelessness is evident: homelessness is a barrier to stable employment. Without the fair opportunity for employment, the ability to find a home and stay housed dramatically decreases putting individuals and families at risk. How, as funders, can we invest in and use our influence to leverage tactics to help employ individuals experiencing homelessness?

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Webinar Archive: Advocacy- Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness

Aimee Hendrigan of the Melville Charitable Trust and Sheila Babb Anderson of the Campion Foundation discuss the importance and power of advocacy in ending youth homelessness. 

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Webinar Archive: How Criminal Justice Reform and Housing Rights Will Help End Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness believes safe, affordable, and accessible housing is a human right. However, certain policies obstruct this right by criminalizing and punishing people experiencing homelessness and put an extra burden on our criminal justice system.

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Webinar Archive: Juvenile Justice and Homelessness

Casey Truin from the Raikes Foundation and Lisa Pilnik from the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice discuss the substantial and troubling link between the juvenile/criminal justice system and youth homelessness. 

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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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