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2016 Funders Institute Agenda

What’s Next? Conversations to Action

(Subject to change)

Monday, July 25
8:30am -3:00pm

8:30am-1:00pm: Funders Institute

12:00p -1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm: Conversations to Action Afternoon Discussions (Funders Only)

Conversations will allow attendees to ask questions while also identifying tangible steps that can be taken to move their work forward.

How is homelessness related to the equity discussion happening in our country? As funders, what can we do to address these concerns both internally in our own organizations and externally with the individuals we serve?

Advocacy and the Next Administration
This time next year we will have a new administration. What can philanthropy do to keep the focus on homelessness and continue the momentum we have with the current Administration? Why is advocacy important on the federal, state, and local level?


Event Resources

Prior to this year's event, we encourage you to view the following resources.

How Would Terminating USICH Affect Efforts to End Homelessness? Preliminary Findings from Interviews with Federal Agencies, Communities, and Advocacy Organizations

This brief, by the Urban Institute and funded by FTEH members, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Melville Charitable Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Butler Family Fund works to understand the US Interagency Council on Homelessness’s (USICH’s) role in the nation’s efforts to end homelessness and potential effects of the agency’s planned termination in 2017.

Putting Racism on the Table

In 2016, WRAG launched Putting Racism on the Table, a learning series for philanthropy. The series, from January - June 2016, convened philanthropic CEOs and trustees to learn from experts on the many aspects of racism, including structural racism, white privilege, implicit bias, mass incarceration, and the racial mosaic of this country. 

Resources from the series are available on the WRAG website

Why We Need to Talk About Racism and Family Homelessness

This Powerpoint from the Center for Social Innovation provides important background and data on the connection between racism and homelessness. 

Homelessness, Racism, and Social Justice

Jeff Olivet, Center for Social Innovation, examines the connection between homelessness, racism, and social justice in this Huffington Post blog post.


Be sure to join us for the Funders Reception following the Institute. RSVP here.

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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