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

Webinar Archive: Systems Change 101

This webinar provides an introduction to the systems approach and identifies ways in which philanthropy can be a catalyst for change in local communities.   

At Funders Together, we are seeing an encouraging trend: thought leaders working to end homelessness are focusing not on the results of individual programs, but rather on a systemic approach that addresses the underlying causes of homelessness.  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. 

In this webinar, we will provide an introduction to the systems approach, which integrates theory, analysis, stakeholder participation, systems mapping, and identification of high-leverage interventions to help communities uncover the dynamics that can get them stuck.

This webinar is part of the Funders Together Learning Series.

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Interested in learning more about systems change?  Check out our other systems change resources here or contact us.

 

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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