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2020 Virtual Funders Institute

Image displays this text: 2020 Funders Institute: Action and Accountability for Housing Justice: A Virtual Convening: August 11-13, 2020, from 2-4pm ET daily

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Tuesday, August 11 – Thursday, August 13 | 2:00 – 4:00 ET / 11:00 – 1:00 PT each day

Funders Together’s annual Funders Institute is going virtual in 2020! To continue practicing safe physical distancing, we will virtually convene philanthropy over the course of three days in August to learn, connect, and act. 2020 has been a long, challenging year and our Funders Institute is dedicated time in our movement for philanthropy to come together, solidify partnerships, and support each other.

This year, we will hold virtual conversations and engage in principled struggle to push for racial justice in our work to end homelessness. Attributed to N’tanya Lee, the concept of principled struggle is that struggle is a condition for change and liberation and that to disagree and grapple with each other is an inevitable and necessary part of racial equity work.

As a movement of funders working to prevent and end homelessness, we hope you will join us to push and support each other while also finding joy together. We’ll focus our conversations on issues including COVID-19 and homelessness, the 2020 election and possible change in Administration, and how we should use our voice and dollars to seek racial and housing justice.

Each day will kick off with a plenary conversation for the first hour followed by a choice of curated breakout conversations. Participants can register for all three sessions together or pick and choose which sessions they want to attend by registering for the sessions individually. The Funders Institute will take place during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, August 11 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT)
  • Wednesday, August 12 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) with a networking reception starting at 4:30 ET (1:30 PT)
  • Thursday, August 13 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT)

Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.  


You can find a working agenda for all three days here.

Virtual Reception

We will hold a virtual reception on Wednesday, August 12 from 4:30 – 5:30 ET (1:30 – 2:30 PT). This will be a time for celebration, art, music, and networking. This virtual reception is open to anyone who registers for at least one day of the Funders Institute, regardless of which day it is.

Technology and Call-In Information

Please see our technology FAQ page

Participants will receive unique call-in information for each day they have registered for directly from Zoom. We recommend using the links in that email to create calendar events for yourself. The night before and each day of the Funders Institute, reminders with call-in info will be sent through Zoom. Please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, with questions.


Register for All Three Days

Price for all three days:

  • $90 for Full (dues-paying) Members
  • $180 for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members

Register for Individual Days

Price for each day:

  • $30 per day for Full (dues-paying) Members
  • $60 per day for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members

If you want to pick and choose which sessions you attend, please do so by registering for each day separately. Please note that if you register for more than one day, you will need to complete separate transactions for each day.

Registration for August 13th closed on Thursday, August 13th, at 1:00p ET. If you would still like to register, please email Lauren Samblanet.


Questions about registration? Please contact: Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager, at [email protected]

August 13, 2020 at 2:00pm - 4pm
Lauren Samblanet ·

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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