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2019 Funders Institute

2019 Funders Institute
July 22-24, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to present our annual Funders Institute, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. The Funders Institute is our largest event for funders to learn from each other and experts about philanthropy’s role in preventing and ending homelessness.

The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on deep community work that’s advancing racial equity and how funders can support it, conversation about keeping homelessness and housing stability as key topics during the 2020 presidential election, and peer learning on how funders should support their grantees in addressing racial disparities.  

The Institute consists of a full day on Monday, July 22 and a funder-only workshop on both Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24 during the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

Thank you to our sponsor:

Registration to the 2019 Funders Institute is now closed.


Registration for the 2019 Funders Institute is now closed.


Program Overview

The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on advancing racial equity from the ground up in homelessness, how to effectively influence public policy, and building the capacity of grantees to do racial equity work. Some of the major themes we will explore include:  

Advancing Racial Equity from the Ground Up 

While Black people comprise 13% of the general population in the United States and 26% of those living in poverty, they account for more than 40% of the homelessness population, suggesting that poverty rates alone do not explain the over-representation. As we continue to work with policymakers and our homelessness system to reduce these disparities, we also need to better support people deeply embedded in communities who are fighting for racial justice 

During the 2019 Funders Institute, we'll discuss the importance of supporting culturally-specific organizations working to end homelessness and local organizers who are fighting for affordable housing. We'll talk with foundation leaders about how we need to work differently to make our organizations more equitable and support those who are already deeply embedded in communities fighting for racial justice. 

How to Effectively Influence Public Policy

We'll have a conversation with Congressional staffers about what is most effective and helpful in understanding issues and crafting policies. Funders will have an opportunity to share what's most top of mind for them and how philanthropy can engage and support public policies that help people experiencing homelessness or facing housing instability.

What Funders are Doing to Support Grantees in Racial Equity Work

Many funders have been asking how to best support their grantees to do racial equity work. On Wednesday, we'll have an intimate discussion with foundation staff about how they are building their grantees' capacity to learn about racial equity and shift the way they work.

Agenda & Speakers

Click here to explore the 2019 Funders Institute Agenda.

Click here to see the Funders Institute speakers


Event Logistics


Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008


  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • There will be a break from 12:45 – 2:00 for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness’ opening plenary.
    • Networking reception to follow, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | morning*
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | morning*

* These session times are will be confirmed soon, but will likely start at 9:00 am.


Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-328-200


July 22, 2019 at 9:00am - July 25, 2019
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States
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  • Lauren Samblanet
    published this page in Programming 2019-04-05 09:58:18 -0400

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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