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

2023 Funders Forum


Funders Together is holding its 2023 Funders Forum on Tuesday, February 28 in Oakland, CA! The Funders Forum will be held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness' 2023 Innovations & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

This year's Funders Forum will provide in depth opportunities to hear how funders across the country are using their grantmaking to advance housing justice in their communities.


Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023  | 8:30am - 4:00pm PT
Location: Oakland Marriott City Center  | 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607  

Program At-A-Glance


Registration for the the 2023 Funders Forum and the Innovations & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference is now closed.

COVID-19 Safety

The 2023 Funders Forum will follow the Innovation & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness COVID-19 safety protocols, which includes a requirement to provide proof of being up to date on all vaccinations for COVID-19 (all recommended doses in the primary series and at least one booster) prior to admittance to the conference venue. Vaccination records must be uploaded to Crowdpass, the Alliance’s platform for COVID-19 clearance. Masking will also be required for attendees.

Funders Together is also requiring all Funders Forum participants to take a rapid test the morning of the event and to provide proof of their rapid test with a negative result and vaccination status at registration.

See the full COVID-19 protocol and other FAQ 

Eligibility for Participation

Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private foundations, community foundations United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. 

Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate or membership status, please contact Tia Smith, Director of Membership and Programs.   

February 28, 2023 at 8:30am - 3:30pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
United States
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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Programming 2022-10-19 15:38:42 -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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