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2019 Funders Forum


Join us in San Diego for our annual Funders Forum!

2019 Funders Forum
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Networking Reception to follow

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, California 92101


**Please note: This convening is only open to private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephan[email protected]  

The Day at a Glance

Unsheltered individuals are the largest subgroup of people experiencing homelessness. As unsheltered homelessness increases – both in numbers and visibility – there is an urgency to find solutions to end their homelessness. We know that in order to end homelessness, we need an effective crisis response systems and ready access to permanent housing, employment, and other services. However, with the exception of subgroups such as veterans and people who are disabled, unsheltered individuals are rarely prioritized and seldom receive housing assistance.  

Funders can help. The 2019 Funders Forum, held on February 20 prior to the National Alliance to End Homelessness's Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference, will focus on what funders can do to build the public and political will to help end the homelessness of unsheltered individuals. During the day, we’ll learn about this population that faces great vulnerability, what funders around the country are doing, and how to build the public and political will to change the system. 

Keynote: Dr. Tiffany Manuel
The Urgency to Build Public and Political Will Around Unsheltered Homelessness: What Philanthropy Can Do to Help Make a Stronger Case

Funders Together is excited to welcome Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President & CEO of TheCaseMade, as our 2019 Funders Forum Keynote Speaker! In this keynote, Dr. Manuel will speak to the role that philanthropy can play in helping to foster the kind of community alignment and public will building that can help us take advantage of the current momentum in the field. 

Dr. Manuel, formerly the Vice President of Knowledge, Impact, and Strategy of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. provided the strategic vision and implementation of Enterprise’s Opportunity 360 platform, a comprehensive set of tools and resources for measuring opportunity in the United States. Her work includes authoring papers and articles such as “You Don’t Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We can Do About It” and “Building Justice: How to Talk about Racial Equality in a Way that Gets It Done” as well as speaking at numerous events and webinars.

Hear From Partners and Experts in the Field

We will also be joined by national partners, experts, and grassroots organizers from field who will lead us in conversation around long-term solutions, systems change, and advocacy and organizing efforts that can address and end unsheltered homelessness. Experts include:

Agenda and Speaker Bios

Click here to explore the 2019 Funders Forum agenda

Unsheltered Homelessness Resources

Click here to explore resources to learn more about unsheltered homelessness.


Registration for the 2019 Funders Forum is now open! 

To register for the Funders Together Funders Forum, click the blue button below.


Please note: Joint registration for both the 2019 Funders Forum and 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference is no longer available.

Hotel Information

The 2019 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults national conference has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Room rates are $225.00 plus taxes. Discounted rates are available through Friday, January 25, 2019 or until the hotel room block is sold out. You can make your reservations now by calling 1-877-734-2726 and referencing National Alliance to End Homelessness. You can also book your reservation online by clicking here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking for ways you can invest in creating dynamic spaces for funders to engage with, learn from, and network with one another? Consider sponsoring the Funders Forum and other Funders Together networking and learning opportunities! Contact Lauren Bennett for more information.

**Please note: This convening is only open to private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]  

February 20, 2019 at 9:00am - 4pm
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
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