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2023 Funders Institute

Blue Banner for the 2023 Funders Institute

The challenges facing the pursuit of housing justice persist across our work at all levels: local, state, and national. Threats to undo and counteract progress surround us on all sides – including within our own institutions – and have direct, harmful consequences on people, especially Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. This calls into question: What does accountability really mean and look like in the movement for housing justice? How can philanthropy exercise authentic trust and cede power to people who are most impacted in order to advance a more just and liberated world? 

Join us for the 2023 Funders Institute on July 17-19, 2023, as we focus on accountability and trust. Together, we will examine the opportunities and challenges of holding our institutions, partners, and ourselves accountable to the values of housing justice and explore the role of trust in our grantmaking practices. 

During the Funders Institute, we will: 

  • seek to understand principled struggle and consider the difference between cancel culture and public truth-telling. 
  • discuss the responsibility to hold public officials, philanthropic peers, national advocates, and community partners accountable.  
  • participate in candid conversations about how philanthropy should shift its grantmaking practices to be rooted in trust, and importantly build trust with people who are most impacted. 
  • examine what it means to be Pro-Black and Pro-Indigenous in our housing justice work. 

The Funders Institute will be held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ 2023 National Conference on Ending Homelessness at the Washington Hilton at Dupont Circle.


Date & Time: 
Monday, July 17 | 9 am – 3:15 pm, with optional funders reception at 5 pm 
Tuesday, July 18 | 9:00 – 10:30 am  
Wednesday, July 19 | 8:30 – 9:30 am  

Location: Washington Hilton at Dupont Circle  | 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009 


Registration for the 2023 Funders Institute is now closed. If you would still like to register for the Funders Institute, we may have a limited number of registrations available. Please contact Tia Smith before Thursday, July 13th. 

When you register for the 2023 Funders Institute, you can indicate if you’d like to be placed on our waitlist for the NAEH conference should one of our reserved spots for joint registration become available.  

We encourage you to make your travel plans as soon as possible, as the Washington Hilton at Dupont Circle is expected to fill up quickly. 

Program At-A-Glance

COVID-19 Safety and FAQs

For the 2023 Funders Institute, Funders Together requires all attendees to be fully up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination status, as determined by the CDC. Attendees must also provide proof of a negative rapid test taken the morning of the Funders Institute and are required to wear a mask during the event except when eating or drinking. 

Read more about our COVID-19 precautions and other FAQ 


Eligibility for Participation

Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private foundations, grantmaking staff at 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 Jack Zhang, Programs and Communications Manager.

July 17, 2023 at 9:00am - July 19, 2023
Washington Hilton at Dupont Circle
1919 Connecticut NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
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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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