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

Introduction

What does systems change to end homelessness look like? What is the funder's role in creating effective systems?

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What Do We Mean By Systems Change?

When is a systems approach appropriate? What is the difference between the conventional approach and a systems approach?  What are the key elements of a systems approach?

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Identify and Engage Key Stakeholders

Who are key stakeholders and what is the funder's role in bringing them together?

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Develop Shared Understanding of Why the Problem Persists and Create Shared Vision for the Future

Why are we having such a difficult time ending homelessness despite our best efforts?

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Test for a Commitment to Change

A shared aspiration is not enough to motivate change. How can you move people beyond the status quo?

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Bridge the Gap Between Vision and Current Reality

Philanthropy's role is to be catalytic, to help lead your community. How can you do this successfully?

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Summary: Key Elements of Systems Change

What are the key takeaways?

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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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