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2024 Funders Institute COVID-19 Policies & FAQ Page

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COVID-19 Safety Protocol 

Funders Together to End Homelessness
committed to ensuring the health and safety of our participants. Funders Together uses the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ health and safety protocols as a baseline for the Funders Institute and often adds additional layers of precautions. Funders Together reserves the right to add additional layers of precautions depending on public health recommendations and will not subtract already communicated precautions.

Please read below for our COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the 2024 Funders Institute. This webpage will have the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 policies and precautions.

REQUIRED: Proof of negative COVID-19 rapid test. Attendees agree to take a rapid test the morning of July 8, 2024 and show proof of a negative result (photo or the physical test) at the Funders Institute check-in table. Those without proof of a negative test will be asked to take a rapid test onsite in order to gain entry to the Institute. Attendees agree to not attend and participate in the Funders Institute if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result or exhibit symptoms of any infectious illness (such as the common cold) prior to the event.    

RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED: Masking Funders Together will NOT require masking, but are strongly encouraging participants to wear a mask indoors. Our conference room at the Washington Hilton is located close to an easily accessible patio with benches and tables for those who do not wish to be unmasked indoors with others while eating.  

Funders Together will also follow NAEH’s Safety Precautions, below:  

  1. General Attendee and Guest Precautions. Attendees are strongly encouraged to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations per CDC guidelines as of September 12, 2023. This means having completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended by the CDC and as authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration, or for international guests, the World Health Organization. 

  2. Attestation. Attendees will be required to attest during registration that they will test for COVID-19 if exhibiting any symptoms prior to the departure for the event, while attending the event, and/or following their return home after the event. Attendees should not participate in the event if, at any point, they test positive before or during the event.

  3. Enforcement. CDC recommendations or requirements of the host city will be in effect at the time of the meeting will be enacted and enforced. 

What Do I Need to Bring and Show on July 8? 

When you arrive at the Funders Institute check-in table, we will ask to see your proof of negative rapid test in the form of a photo or physical test. We encourage attendees to bring their own mask to the Funders Institute. A high-quality mask (N95, KN95, or KN94) is preferred.


Funders Together will make every effort to ensure all attendees can fully participate in the Funders Institute. Please indicate in the registration form what accommodations you require in order to do so. For questions about accessibility related to the Funders Institute, please contact Michael Durham at [email protected].  

Please note that Funders Together has no influence over the accessibility of the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, which is held in conjunction with the Funders Institute. 

You may review the accessible amenities of the venue here.  

Disability Justice Guidelines

Funders Together is committed to making sure that our events are accessible and are in alignment of disability justice. We encourage all attendees to read and observe our disability justice guidelines.

Following guidance from disability justice leaders, it reflects our hope that everyone can access and participate fully in the Funders Institute:  

  • Assume people with disabilities are in the room even if no one “appears” to be.  
  • Do not assume people can see or read the slides. For example, avoid expressions like “as you can see on the slide.” If you are drawing people's attention to what is on a slide, briefly describe what is on the screen and/or what you want people to notice. 
  • Use the microphone whenever addressing the whole room – don’t assume your voice is loud enough.  
  • Minimize table talk when someone is speaking on mic, which aids the effectiveness of assisted listening devices and generally makes it easier to hear the speaker. 
  • Define technical terms and spell out acronyms. Use plain language whenever possible. Make no assumptions that people understand jargon. Be mindful not to speak too quickly.  
  • Refrain from harmful expressions that characterize disabilities as an error, such as “wheelchair-bound” or “suffers from” (alternatives include wheelchair user, for example).  
  • Keep chairs clear from tables designated for wheelchair use. Keep passageways clear.  
  • Ask for consent before touching anyone. For example, ask “may I give you a hug?”  

If you have any questions or feedback about the above or require any specific accommodations, please contact Michael Durham.

Registration Information

For information about registration, please check out our registration page. If you have any questions about your registration or eligibility status, contact Carey Cabrera

Who is Eligible to Attend the Funders Institute

Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, community foundations grantmaking staff at United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, venture philanthropy and other non-traditional philanthropic giving entities, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together.  Government funders and 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 Carey Cabrera, Membership and Knowledge Coordinator.

Payment Methods

  1. Pay via ACH bank transfer (preferred). In your registration form, check ACH payment and we will send you an invoice with ACH information. We greatly appreciate those who can submit registration payment through this method.

  2. Pay by credit card. Please note that Funders Together will be charging at 2.25% PayPal processing fee to credit card transactions. Click here to pay by credit.

  3. Pay by check (least preferred method). If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your registration payment to the address below with “2024 Funders Institute” in the memo line. Mail checks to:     
    Funders Together to End Homelessness     
    89 South Street, Suite 603     
    Boston, MA 02111     

Cancellation and Transfer Policy  

To cancel or transfer your Funders Institute and/or NAEH conference registration, please submit a request using this form. Please note the cancellation and transfer policies below. If you have any questions, please contact Carey Cabrera at
[email protected]. 

Friday, May 24, 2024 at 3:00pm ET 

Early bird registration for Full Members ends. After 3pm ET the registration fees increases to the standard rate for Full Members. The rate for basic or non-members will remain unchanged. 

Monday, June 3 at 3pm ET

Joint registration deadline for the NAEH Conference and the Funders Institute. 3pm ET is also the deadline to cancel your NAEH conference registration without a fee. 

After 3pm ET, joint registration will close and cancellation requests will incur a $150 cancellation fee. 

Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute and/or NAEH conference by filling out this form.

Monday, June 3 at 3pm ET – Friday June 14 at 11:59pm ET

NAEH Conference cancellation requests will incur a $150 cancellation fee. 

Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute and/or NAEH conference by filling out this form.

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 11:59pm ET

Last day for NAEH Conference cancellation and transfer requests. Joint cancellation requests made on or after Saturday, June 15 will receive no refund for the NAEH conference. 
Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute and/or NAEH conference by
filling out this form.  

Before Friday, June 28 at 3:00 pm ET

The deadline to register for the Funders Institute.

The last day to transfer or cancel your Funders Institute registration and request a refund. All refunds are subject to approval. Funders Together will send you a cancellation confirmation email within five business days. 

Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute registration by filling out this form.



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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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