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See You in Philly!

Funders Together to End Homelessness is headed to Philadelphia this weekend, to the Council on Foundations Annual Meeting. 

Bon Jovi and Mary Scullion

Funders Together to End Homelessness is headed to Philadelphia this weekend, to the Council on Foundations Annual Meeting. We look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. If you’re also heading to the conference and want to learn more about ending homelessness-and we can end it—we hope you’ll come find us at one or both of these special events:

On “The Journey Home” site visit, Philadelphia’s Sister Mary Scullion-called one of the world’smost influential people by Time Magazine—will join us as we tour two outstanding programs serving the city’s most vulnerable residents: Northern Home for Children and Sister Mary’s own Project H.O.M.E. Also joining us will be Mimi Box from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, talking about the ways philanthropy can help solve homelessness. Pick up your boxed lunch and we’ll see you on the bus Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Later the same day, Monday Night at the Movies features Lost Angels. Narrated by Catherine Keener, this empathetic but tough-minded documentary invites us into a part of Los Angeles that many choose to ignore: downtown’s Skid Row. As we meet the distressed area’s residents, including a former Olympic runner, a transgendered punk rocker, and an eccentric animal lover and her devoted companion, their remarkable stories paint a multifaceted portrait of life on the streets. After the screening, stay for a discussion with the filmmakers-Thomas Napper, Agi Orsi, and Christine Triano-and with David Wertheimer from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The discussion will be moderated by Bill Pitkin of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Dessert and coffee will be served and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

See you there!

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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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