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

2018 Funders Forum


Registration for the 2018 Funders Forum, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, is now open! 


Across the country, funders are working to end homelessness for families, and for youth and young adults. As we work to implement best practices and identify innovative and effective solutions, we must look at the system as a whole and ask ourselves, “Can we really end homelessness for families or for youth and young adults without considering larger issues such as racial equity?”

Join us at this year’s Funders Forum to meet other funders working to end homelessness in their communities and nationally. Together, we will hear from communities and funders who are looking at things differently and addressing systemic issues and intersections that will be key to our success in ultimately ending homelessness for everyone.

As always, the Funders Forum will be an invaluable opportunity to connect with funder peers from across the country. This year, we are excited to offer even more opportunities for discussion and sharing, and concrete ideas for you to turn conversations to action in your own work.

As we convene in Los Angeles, we are also thrilled to partner with Funders Together Los Angeles and hear about how they have been coming together for years to learn about and implement best practices.

More information, including speakers, coming soon!

Morning Keynote - Building the Foundation for Economic Mobility

nisha_patel.jpgNisha Patel is the Executive Director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership is a nonpartisan group of leaders, experts, and practitioners working to identify promising interventions to make real, lasting progress against persistent poverty in America.

Patel has nearly two decades of experience leading, developing, and implementing initiatives to increase economic opportunities for low-income families. She served in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Family Assistance within the US Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing a $17 billion annual portfolio of federal grants, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Patel was previously deputy director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, where she led national efforts to expand two-generation approaches to improve outcomes for children and their parents. Before that, Patel was a program officer in the US Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed a portfolio focused on increasing postsecondary success through community partnerships and policy development, as well as special initiatives.

Patel previously held positions as director of programs at Washington Area Women’s Foundation and senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. She has also been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Feedback Session

We are excited to welcome several leaders from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to this year's Forum. These representatives are joining to hear from YOU. What's working? What's not? How are you working with your public sector partners? What trends are you seeing in your work? 

Jemine A. Bryon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs

Cynthia Campbell, Director,Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation

Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, USICH

Matthew Hunter, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management

Neal Rackleff, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

Jimmy Stracner, Regional Administrator

Youth Homelessness Update

Megan Gibbard Kline, Director, A Way Home America

USICH Update

Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, USICH



Learn. Share. Act: Interactive Table Topics

Learn from your peers. Share your experiences. Make a plan to Act! Throughout the afternoon, choose two conversations to join from the Interactive Table Topics handout. Each table will include experts that will jumpstart the conversation before opening discussion to the group.

Data on Family HomelessnessWhat we know and what we need to know about families experiencing homelessness. This conversation will include recent findings from an evaluation of a family homelessness initiative in the Northwest. 

Experts: Kollin Min, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AnniePennucci, Building Changes and Debra Rog, Westat

Data on Youth HomelessnessWhat we know and what we need to know about youth experiencing homelessness. This conversation will include information from Voices of Youth Count.

Expert: Matt Morton, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall - Voices of Youth Count

Education and HomelessnessHow do housing instability and homelessness affect education outcomes? How do we work with the education system to prevent homelessness and better serve students experiencing homelessness?

Experts: Casey Trupin, Program Officer, Raikes Foundation and Nicole Rodriguez Leach, Deutsche Bank Foundation

Preventing Homelessness - What does prevention mean? What is philanthropy's role in prevention? Learn about nation-wide prevention models and pilot programs being launched in communities ready to take the next step.

Expert: Barbara Poppe, Barbara Poppe and Associates 

Philanthropy's Role in Building Public WillHow can philanthropy help build public will to prevent and end homelessness?

Experts: Alastair Gee, Homelessness Editor, Guardian News & Media, Julie Patiño, Director of Basic Human Needs, The Denver Foundation, and Chris Ko, United Way of Greater Los Angeles 

Building a Funder NetworkJoin leaders from funders networks across the country to discuss how and why they created a funders networks in their communities and what they're doing now.

Experts: Rosa Benitez, Weingart Foundation, Funders Together Los Angeles and Jean Sazevich, Director, Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative 

Building the Foundation for Economic Mobility - Continue the conversation with our morning keynote speaker around building economic mobility and how it will help us end homelessness.

Expert: Nisha Patel, US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute 

National Alliance to End Homelessness Update

Nan Roman, President & CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness


Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness


4:00 - 6:00 pm - Miro Restaurant, 888 Wilshire Blvd.

After a full day of learning, we hope you will join funders from across the country and FTEH staff for our Funders Forum reception!

*Please note this is a draft agenda and subject to change.

If you are able to attend the National Alliance to End Homelessness' full National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, remember to register as soon as possible! Registration will close early.


This funder-focused event is open to foundations, United Ways, individual philanthropists, philanthropy serving organizations, and invited guests only. Please contact us regarding requests to extend an invitation.  This event is not an opportunity for fundraising. Thank you!

February 28, 2018 at 8:30am - 6pm
Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Olney ·

Will you come?

$300.00 Non-Dues Paying or Non-Member
$150.00 Dues Paying Member

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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