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

Systems Change




At Funders Together, we are seeing an encouraging trend: thought leaders working to end homelessness are focusing not on the successes of individual programs, but rather on a systemic approach that addresses the underlying causes of homelessness. A systems approach integrates theory, analysis, stakeholder participation, systems mapping, and identification of high-leverage interventions to help communities uncover the dynamics that can get them stuck.

What does this mean in practice? Communities are convening in unprecedented ways. Federal government agencies are working to break down the silos that can get them stuck. Funders are setting aside short-term successes to prioritize sustainable results. And everyone is working together. 


Funders Together Resources

Sample PowerPoint Slides: Systems Change

While bringing together diverse stakeholders is a necessary step towards ending homelessness, it is not sufficient. Thinking and acting systemically are required to end homelessness. 



From Our Members

Calgary Homeless Foundation - System Planning Framework

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative Strategy Summary

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Mobilizing Los Angeles County to End Chronic Homelessness

Raikes Foundation - A Place to Call Home: Our Strategy for Solving Youth Homelessness


Other Resources

Systems Change Accomplishments of Corporation for Supportive Housing's Returning Home Initiative

CSH Toolkit for Advancing Systems Change

WEBINAR: Connecting Employment and Homelessness Systems

WEBINAR: Connections Project

WEBINAR: Systems Change 101

WEBINAR: Social Impact Investing


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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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