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Welcoming Our New CEO: Amanda Andere

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We are excited to welcome our new leader and CEO to Funders Together to End Homelessness!

From Bill Pitkin, Board Chair, Funders Together to End Homelessness

Over the past four months, we have conducted an extensive search to find our next leader of Funders Together to End Homelessness (Funders Together). The board interviewed many experienced and impressive candidates, all who had a passion and commitment to our mission of mobilizing philanthropy to help end and prevent homelessness.

On behalf of the Funders Together Board, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Andere as Chief Executive Officer.  She brings over 12 years of senior leadership experience at nonprofit organizations, with particular expertise in nonprofit management, homelessness, coalition-building, fundraising, communications, and advocacy.

Most recently, Amanda served as President and CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national organization advocating for policies and programs that address women’s economic security, where she developed the organization’s first multi-policy, state-based campaign and established the organization as a key partner working on grass-roots and grass-tops advocacy with national and local organizations. In addition, she was previously the Executive Director of FACETS, a community-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness and breaking the cycle of poverty in Virginia, and Vice President of Cornerstones, a social services agency in Reston, Virginia. Amanda received her B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University and her M.P.A. from George Mason University, where she has also served as an adjunct professor teaching Nonprofit Management. 

We are very thrilled to have Amanda come on board to lead Funders Together through our next phase of development. She is deeply committed to the cause of ending homelessness and brings a collaborative, dynamic vision of philanthropy’s role in this effort. We look forward to working with her to expand the influence of Funders Together and our members.

Please join us in welcoming Amanda to Funders Together! She can be reached by e-mail at amanda@funderstogether.org and on Twitter @amandaandere

Funders Together members attending the National Family and Youth Homelessness Conference in Oakland later this month will have the opportunity to meet her at the Funders Together reception at 5:00 pm on February 17. I encourage you to attend and welcome Amanda in person.

Sincerely,

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Bill Pitkin, Chair, Board of Directors, Funders Together to End Homelessness


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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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