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

2020 Funders Forum

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Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to announce our 2020 Funders Forum in Oakland, CA, held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference. Join funders from across the nation for a day of focused learning and discussion around how funders can organize partners and communities to support evidence-based solutions and catalyze innovative practices, investments, and collaboration to end homelessness.

The way philanthropy has been working to prevent and end homelessness has been evolving. As the field continues to work toward racial equity in our systems, policies to implement and uphold proven solutions, and building public and political will, philanthropy must come together to strategize how to bring all these pieces together.  

With increased policy changes at both local and federal levels that target populations that are historically marginalized or criminalize homelessness, philanthropy must use its voice and power to uphold the proven practices that house people and ensure that everyone is treated with dignity. The good news is that we know much of what needs to be done. And, with the increase of different types of philanthropy – 501c4s, LLCs, corporate giving, and individual philanthropists – we have more ways to innovate and work together.  

Our 2020 Funders Forum will touch on several topics: 

  • How can philanthropy continue to lift up research and evidence-based practices to ensure that people are stably housed?  
  • What are funders doing to build public and political will to stop the criminalization of homelessness and other policies that target people who are the most marginalized? 
  • How can philanthropy of all types work together to address homelessness and housing affordability? 
  • How do we ensure that racial equity and people with lived expertise are centered in all the work that philanthropy does to prevent and end homelessness?  

The Funders Forum Host Committee and Funders Together board and staff look forward to seeing you there!


Registration for the Forum is full and we are now accepting names for a waitlist. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us directly.

Please note that the registration for the Funders Forum and joint registration for the NAEH conference is exclusively for private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.


Date & Time

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PT
  • Breakfast available at 8:30 am, and funders networking reception to follow at 4:30 pm
  • Please note, the Funders Forum will break from 12:45 – 1:45 for the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s opening plenary, which those who opt for joint registration are eligible to attend.


Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Hotel Information

The National Alliance to End Homelessness room block at the Oakland Marriott City Center has sold out. Other nearby hotels include:


See the working agenda 

If you have ideas of what you’d like to see at the 2020 Funders Forum, or if you are interested in sharing your work to end homelessness with other funders, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.

Bay Area Funders Meeting on Homelessness

The Funders Forum will end with dedicated space for Bay-area funders to come together, hear what other funders in the area are focused on, and name steps for future collaboration and learning about homelessness and housing. For more information and to register for this meeting, visit the meeting page

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! Sponsorship comes with many benefits including complimentary registration. Contact Lauren Bennett for more information.

February 19, 2020 at 9:00am - 4:30pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
United States
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  • Lauren Samblanet
    published this page in Programming 2019-10-18 08:00:19 -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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