Monday, November 4 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT
Cities of all sizes across the country are facing gentrification and affordable housing shortages due to rising rents, stagnant wages, and laws that criminalize homelessness and target low-income renters experiencing housing instability. Public resources that are currently invested in policies and laws that target and criminalize people experiencing homelessness should be instead invested to protect and produce more quality, accessible, affordable housing, health care, education, and other infrastructure to support thriving communities and housing stability.
In this webinar, we'll talk about how funders can help build more just, thriving communities by investing in institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guard against policies that criminalize people for being homeless, and protect residents from displacement. Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to partner with Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) to share how funders can use the divest/invest framework to think about their grantmaking and to talk about the intersection of the criminal justice and homelessness systems.
We hope that participants will walk away from this webinar with:
- Knowledge about what the divest/invest framework is and how they can use it to shape their grantmaking,
- An understanding about the importance of grassroots organizing in advocating for better policies around homelessness, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform,
- And why housing and homelessness funders should build relationships with groups who are not "homelessness organizations," but who are working on housing and homelessness issues from different angles.
- Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives
- Martha Toll, Executive Director, Butler Family Fund
- Nile K. Malloy, Senior Program Manager, Democratizing Development Program, NFG
TO REGISTER: Please RSVP for this webinar below and Stephanie from Funders Together will send you a link to join via RingCentral Meetings.
NFG’s Democratizing Development Program supports philanthropic institutions to invest in community residents to rise to create a new vision for development – one not driven by profit, speculation, and the influx of new corporate capital, but instead centered on community needs. This type of “democratized” community development is inspired by the leadership and vision of current residents holding public representatives, public agencies, and private investors accountable.
The Divest/Invest framework of NFG’s Funders for Justice program informs the Democratizing Development Program to divest from criminalization to empowering neighborhood change and opportunity. It supports resident leadership by providing resources and tools to funders to encourage funders support residents’ full engagement. Investing in communities fosters institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guards against uncontrolled gentrification, protects residents from displacement, and results in positive place-building outcomes for all members of the community.
Thank you to Philanthropy New York for co-sponsoring this webinar and sharing this important contact with your network!
Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@FundersTogether.org
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