The importance of understanding philanthropy’s role in ending homelessness cannot be overstated. It is imperative that our partners and government officials recognize philanthropy’s impact on the movement and how critical it is to bring funders to the table. It is the role of Funders Together to act as philanthropy’s collective voice and to lift up the work and efforts of our members.
In-Person Convenings and Meetings
One way we work to ensure this is by representing philanthropy at various partner events and meetings. We act as a catalyst to propel the mission of funders working in this space and to facilitate positive and long-lasting relationships that will advance the movement to prevent and end homelessness across the country. FTEH co-hosted and/or participated in 16 panels, sessions, or speaking engagements at partner and member in-person events, which allowed our members to form dynamic relationships with peers and partners from across the country, as well as learn about innovative initiatives and solutions. A few of the highlights include:
- 2017 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. Amanda Andere participated in the Lunch Plenary session as well as moderated two panels: How Funders Can Make A Difference on Family and Youth Homelessness In Their Communities Workshop Session; and A Vision for The New Administration Workshop Session
- 2017 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Amanda Andere spoke at the Lunch Plenary session by addressing attendees and introducing Representative Maxine Waters.
- 2017 Council on FoundationsAnnual Conference. Funders Together planned two sessions at the Council on Foundations conference around employment and health that included Amanda Andere and other Funders Together members.
- 2017 Funding Forward Conference host by Funders for LGBT Issues. Amanda Andere, along with Funders Together members, participated on a plenary panel around local and national strategies to build the movement to end youth homelessness.
- USICH Thought Leadership Convening on Ending Family Homelessness. Amanda Andere and other Funders Together members participated in a thought leadership convening around family homelessness.
- 2017 True Colors Forty to None Conference. Amanda Andere co-led a workshop discussion around racial equity in homelessness.
- Heartland Alliance Connections Project Convening. Amanda Andere and Jennifer Olney, Director of Networks and Programs, facilitated conversations around employment and homelessness. This event was also the kick off for the FTEH employment community of practice, Foundations for Employment and Housing.
Lifting Up Philanthropy’s Messages
Funders Together acts as the mouthpiece for our members. We listen to our members, engage with them on their work, understand what is important to their efforts and the movement as a whole. Making sure the larger philanthropic field and homelessness sector knows the roles of our members and how it aligns with their work is a critical part of our work. In order to elevate philanthropy’s role in ending homelessness, Funders Together represented the voice of philanthropy in various media publications including:
Expanding the Opportunities to Connect Funders and Partners
In 2017, Funders Together looked for additional opportunities to connect funders and partners in learning opportunities together. After hosting the Funders Institute the day before the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s annual event each July, we worked with the Alliance to expand the Institute throughout the entirety of the full conference, allowing more funders-specific content and the ability to learn in a shared space with partners.
In addition, we focused efforts on partnering with other philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) on programming and to develop relationships with funders in various sectors, who may not have a specific homelessness priority in their grantmaking, but fund intersecting issues. Some of this PSOs include Grantmakers in Health, Workforce Matters, Grantmakers for Income Security Taskforce, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Council on Foundations, and others.
|Funders Together to End Homelessness has strengthened connections and collaborated with national partners in order to share the work of our members at the national level and help our members stay up-to-date with the larger field of homelessness. Impact we’ve seen includes members and partners who are connected through the FTEH network continue to work together outside of FTEH programming.|