Funders Together Strategic Goals
In 2016, Funders Together staff and board members engaged in a 2-day strategic planning session, setting goals for the next three years around our organization’s missionmobilize its members to utilize the voice, influence, and expertise of philanthropy in ways that will advance lasting solutions to ending homelessness, including addressing its underlying causes like structural and racial inequities, and helping create policies and systems that center people with lived expertise.
We listened to our members’ feedback, analyzed the country’s political landscape, and examined trends, as well as gaps, in priorities to guide our strategic plan. As a result, Funders Together crafted a plan focused on five main objectives that will allow us to stay on course with our organizational mission of expanding philanthropy’s impact and influence to advance the movement to prevent and end homelessness.
We also made a Commitment to Racial Equity to support our members and the philanthropic sector to shift its practice, policy and grantmaking actions and how we will foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within FTEH as an organization.
Funders Together to End Homelessness will strengthen philanthropy’s voice and impact in advocacy and policy to prevent and end homelessness.
What this means for our members: Funders Together will provide philanthropy-oriented resources on what it means to engage in or fund advocacy efforts. We will also educate our members on various advocacy opportunities and how they can be involved within the legal limitations. Funders Together will advocate on our members’ behalf around public policy issues and participate in opportunities with policy makers at both the local and national level when appropriate.
Funders Together to End Homelessness programs and resources are utilized by philanthropy to make a significant contribution to the movement to prevent and end homelessness.
What this means for our members: Funders Together will provide tailored and timely programming opportunities for members in the form of in-person events, webinars, online resources, small group calls, and email alerts. These programs and resources will keep our members abreast of FTEH and partner happenings, alert them to opportunities to network and learn with peers, and advance knowledge of best practices in the field.
The FTEH Network
Funders Together to End Homelessness will operate in a more networked way with our members and partners so that individuals will be more connected with one another for learning and action through more of a movement-building approach.
What this means for our members: Funders Together will provide networking and learning opportunities in which members can connect and collaborate at the local and/or national level on homelessness initiatives. Through our in-person events, communities of practice, and funder networks, members can connect on issue-focused learnings as well as explore the prospect of working together on a wide range of issues.
Addressing Racial Inequity
Funders Together to End Homelessness will engage philanthropy to address racial inequity in homelessness, recognizing that unequal access to housing is the biggest inequity issue.
What this means for our members: By naming racial inequity in homelessness as a priority, Funders Together is committing to helping our members start a learning journey to understand the history and current structural issues that lead to racial inequities within homelessness. We will provide resources and spaces for discussion that will help us learn about racial inequity and work together to change our field.
Funders Together to End Homelessness has a strong diversified income stream and plans for long-term effective governance and talent development.
What this means for our members: In order to serve the homelessness and philanthropic fields to the best of our ability, Funders Together must work hard to maintain an active and diverse board, talented and knowledgeable staff, and long-term financial sustainability. We will always strive to improve our operational sustainability so we can continue to provide quality networking opportunities and useful resources for our members