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2024 Funders Institute Working Agenda

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Last updated 6/18/2024

Monday, July 8

8:15am ET

Check-In and Breakfast 

Enjoy breakfast and networking before the convening officially starts.

At check-in, please be prepared to show a photo of a negative COVID-19 rapid test taken that morning. Tests will be provided and required onsite for those without a photograph.

9:00am ET

Welcome and Grounding 

What’s Next? Staying Focused on Housing Justice After Johnson v. Grants Pass 

The Supreme Court of the United States will announce their decision on Johnson v. Grants Pass by the end of June. Their ruling will determine whether cities are allowed to punish people for things like sleeping outside with a pillow or blanket, even when there are no safe shelter options. Regardless of their ruling, we will need to proactively strategize about what’s next: what harm can we minimize, what immediate advocacy and narrative work should we advance, and what transformational policy change can we push? During this plenary conversation, advocates will share their thoughts on what’s next after Johnson v. Grants Pass and how we move forward in advancing housing justice. After the plenary, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in strategy conversations with one another about what philanthropy is doing and can do together.  


10:45am ET

Mid-morning Break

11:00am ET

Funder Strategy Tables

After our opening plenary session about advancing housing justice after Johnson v. Grants Pass, Funders Institute attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve heard through funder strategy tables. During this session, Funders Institute participants will strategize with each other about how to: reduce immediate harm to people experiencing homelessness; advance narrative-change work to build the public and political will to transform systems; and support policies that will lead to a right to housing.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to bring other topics to the convening that they want to organize and strategize around. Reach out to Stephanie Chan if there’s something that comes to mind for you!  

12:00pm ET


Lunch is provided onsite. This is unstructured time to network and connect with your peers.

1:00pm ET

NAEH Opening Plenary 

Please note that only those who are registered for the NAEH conference are eligible to attend the opening plenary. The plenary is usually live-streamed for those not registered who wish to view it.  

2:00 pm ET


Participants will have time to transition from the NAEH plenary ballroom back to the Rock Creek Room for the Funders Institute.

2:30pm ET

'Our Land is Our Home': Funder Roles in Supporting Housing Justice for Native People 

Funders Together is committed to becoming pro-Black and pro-Indigenous, recognizing that homelessness’ roots trace their origins to enslavement and colonization. Our learning journey on Native housing justice moves forward in its infancy. Building on recent programming on Indigenous self-determination, this conversation will explore the roles of funders in ending houselessness for Native people, including what it means to “indigenize philanthropy.” We will also consider the roles of housing justice funders to support Land Back initiatives and connect these issues to concurrent movements for reparations for slavery.


5:00pm ET

Funder Networking Reception
Join us for an off-site funder networking reception at El Tamarindo  (1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009) with heavy appetizers from 5:00-7:00pm.

Tuesday, July 9

8:30am ET

Breakfast available

Join us starting at 8:30am for a light breakfast before the program begins at 9am. 

9:00am ET

Shared Accountability Toward Housing Justice through Case Consultations

We cannot achieve housing justice in a vacuum. One of the advantages of belonging to a network like Funders Together is being able to tap into the wisdom and knowledge of others who are working to advance housing justice. During this session, several funders will share what they’re doing to advance housing justice. Recognizing that our work is a constant evolution and cannot be done without support and accountability from others, we will create space for discussion through case consultations. Participants will have an opportunity to listen, ask questions, and offer insights from their own experiences, and those presenting their work will gain valuable advice to deepen their own knowledge.  

If you are interested in receiving feedback and advice from peers about something you're working on, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, who can help you shape your question and share the session format with you. 


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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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