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Visiting Seattle: The Success of Funders Together [Video]

At this week’s NAEH 2013 Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness, Funders Together hosted several events as part of our Networking Series: Where Catalytic Philanthropy Begins With Conversation. 

At this week’s NAEH 2013 Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness, Funders Together hosted several events as part of our Networking Series: Where Catalytic Philanthropy Begins With Conversation. On the evening of February 20th, the Medina Foundation graciously sponsored and co-hosted a Funders Networking Reception at their offices in Seattle, providing an opportunity for members to connect the evening before the conference kick-off.

The next morning, in conjunction with the first day of the NAEH Conference, Funders Together hosted a pre-conference Networking Breakfast, co-hosted and sponsored by the Raikes Foundation and the United Way of King County. Following welcoming remarks from Tricia Raikes and Sara Levin of UWKC, FTEH Board Chair David Wertheimer provided a clear and succinct overview in answer to the layered question, What is Funders Together to End Homelessness?”which was captured on video. Executive Director Anne Miskey then invited guests from the public sector’s federal, state, and local levels, along with members of Funders Together, to participate in a dialogue around youth homelessness, with specific emphases on best practices that have been successful, and on barriers that must be addressed. After a day packed with fantastic sessions, it was time to attend Thursday night’s Gates Foundation reception.

Gregory Lewis, Executive Director of the True Colors Fund, speaks about issues and challenges specific to LGBTQ youth facing homelessness at the Funders Networking Breakfast on February 21st, 2013.

This morning’s NAEH conference session entitled “Creating a Culture of Accountability: How Funders Can Encourage Good Results” was led by Anne Miskey, and featured David Wertheimer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Kathleen Robertson of the State of Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development.Engaging attendees in a discussion about moving towards rapid re-housing models, this session emphasized the importance of public-private funder partnerships, as well as the need to utilize our collective influence to strengthen homelessness services and encourage positive results.

As we look to the week ahead and beyond to prepare the launch our new Learning Community with our first topic being on youth homelessness, we’ll review the exciting events of our visit to Seattle. With the success of the on-going Networking Series Events, the NAEH Conference itself, and the valuable connections we made with colleagues both familiar and new, we will be sharing more coverage, video, insights, and valuable information from the events of this past week, including more from the Funders Networking Breakfast dialogue.

For the remainder of our coverage of conference events and beyond, follow us on TwitterFacebook, and in person as we continue effectively collaborating to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. We’d like to thank Alliance President Nan Roman, and the entire staff of the NAEH, for putting together such a phenomenal and important conference.

As our week draws to a close, please watch and share this video to learn more about who we are and what we do. We’ve enjoyed our week on the road here in Seattle, and we look forward to future opportunities to share what’s working and to overcome obstacles together.

L-R, Board Member Bobbie Ibarra, Board Chair David Wertheimer, Executive Director Anne Miskey, and Board Vice Chair Leslie Stnisha at the Gates Foundation Reception in Seattle.




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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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