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2021 Funders Forum FAQ

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We're excited that you will be participating in the 2021 Virtual Funders Forum! 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 March 23-24.

If your question is not answered here or you do not have your Zoom link, please reach out to Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager, at [email protected].


Technology Platform & Call-In Info

We will be using Zoom Meetings for all parts of our virtual Funders Forum. Participants will receive an email from Zoom with their unique call-in information no later than March 8 and will receive reminders each week, the night before, and morning of the Funders Forum.

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 Funders Together staff person will help move you into a breakout session manually.

  • Desktop client or mobile app: version 5.3.0 or higher
  • Chrome OS: version 5.0.0 (4241.1207) or higher

Logging in to the Funders Forum

  • 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.

Will there be captioning available?

Captioning will be available on Tuesday, March 23 during the plenary session, however there will not be captioning during the breakouts. On Wednesday, March 24, captioning will be available for both hours of the event.

Will the Funders Forum be recorded?

Parts of the Funders Forum will be recorded and 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.

Key Dates

January 12, 2021 Registration opens
March 19 at 11:59p ET Deadline to request a refund
March 22 at 1:00p ET Deadline to request a registration transfer
March 22 at 1:00p ET Online registration closes
March 23 and 24, 2:00p ET 2021 Funders Forum

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Transferring Your Registration

  • If you can no longer attend the Funders Forum and would like to transfer your entire registration to a colleague, please email Lauren Samblanet. We will accommodate transfer requests through 1pm ET on Monday, March 22, 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 Forum and wish for a colleague to also attend, they will need to have their own separate registration.  

Canceling Your Registration

  • Because we do not need to factor in space and food costs for this virtual Funders Forum, we are able to have a more lenient cancelation and refund policy for this event. We will accept registration refund requests through Friday, March 19 at 11:59 pm ET.  There will be no partial refunds. 
  • If you can no longer attend the Funders Forum and would like to request a refund, please contact Lauren Samblanet 

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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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