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2021 Funders Institute FAQ

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We're excited that you will be participating in the 2021 Virtual Funders Institute! We wish we could be together in person, but we're looking forward to the great content and conversations that will take place virtually on September 28-30, 2021.

If your question is not answered here please email Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]

Online registration is now closed. If you would still like to register for the Funders Institute, have questions about registration or have not received your Zoom link, please email Isaac Manchego, Administrative Support, at [email protected]


Key Dates

August 23, 2021 Registration opens
September 24 at 11:59p ET Deadline to request a refund
September 27 at 1:00p ET Deadline to request a registration transfer
September 27 at 1:00p ET Online registration closes
September 28-30, 2:00p ET 2021 Funders Institute


Registration Questions

Register for the Funders Institute. You can pay via credit card or check, and payment options are on the registration page. If you would like to register multiple people:

  1. Complete the registration form below and change the "Amount - Other" field to the total amount that corresponds with the number of people you want to register. (Example: Full member wanting to register 3 people=$270; Basic member wanting to register 3 people=$540)
  2. Send an email to Isaac Manchego with a list of the names, titles, and email addresses of everyone you want to register. Isaac will add them to our system on the back end and note that your payment is for multiple people. 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Transferring Your Registration

  • If you can no longer attend the Funders Institute and would like to transfer your entire registration to a colleague, please email Isaac Manchego. We will accommodate transfer requests through 1pm ET on Monday, September 27, 2021. 
  • Please note that this option is only for transferring your whole registration to a colleague. If you can only attend part of the Funders Institute and wish for a colleague to also attend, they will need to have their own separate registration.  

Canceling Your Registration

  • We will accept registration refund requests through Friday, September 24 at 11:59 pm ET.  There will be no partial refunds, and after this date we will not be able to accommodate refund requests.
  • If you can no longer attend the Funders Institute and would like to request a refund, please contact Isaac Manchego.


Technology Platform & Call-In Info

We will be using Zoom Meetings for all parts of our virtual Funders Institute. Registered participants will receive an email from Zoom with their unique call-in information no later than two weeks prior to the event. We will send out reminders one week in advance, the night before, and each morning of the Funders Institute.

We recommend using the links in the email from Zoom to create calendar events for yourself. Participants' call-in information is unique to them and should not be shared with anyone else.

For best results, we recommend updating your Zoom to the latest versions, which will allow you to self-select into the breakout sessions you wish to join. If you are unable to self-select into a breakout room during the convening, a staff person will help move you into a breakout session manually.


Logging in to the Funders Institute

  • Rename yourself: Please rename yourself in the participant list so that it reflects your first and last name and your organization.
  • Connect phone audio to computer: If you use your phone for audio in addition to joining via computer, please link your phone and computer by entering in your participant ID. You can find your participant ID in the pop up when you log in on your computer or by clicking the arrow (^) next to the mute/unmute button at the bottom of your screen.



Accessibility Requests

If you have specific accessibility requests, please contact Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, as soon as possible. Funders Together strives to make our programming as inclusive as possible and will do our best to accommodate accessibility requests. 

Captioning and Live Transcription

Live transcription will be available during the Funders Institute. To enable this, please click on the "Live Transcript" button in your Zoom menu bar during the meeting. 


Will the Funders Institute be recorded?

We will record as much of the Funders Institute as possible and will make recordings available to Full Members of Funders Together after the event. Full Members will need to be logged in to the Funders Together website in order to view the recordings. If you are not a Full Member of Funders Together and would like to learn more, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.


How Do I Get a Copy of Clint Smith's book, How the Word Is Passed?

If you were one of the first 50 registrants for the Funders Institute, be on the lookout for an email from Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, with a form to complete to receive your free copy of How the Word Is Passed. If you receive this email but do not want or need a copy of the book, please let us know so that we can offer a copy to someone else who registered. 

You can also purchase your own copy (or multiple copies -- the holiday season is coming up!) from a Black-owned bookstore.

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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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