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

Allison Silva

Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships


Allison Silva is the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at Funders Together to End Homelessness. In this role, she cultivates strategic partnerships with members in order to maximize the impact and scale of the Funders Together national network. She expands and deepens the organization’s relationships with members, fosters connections between members, and forges new partnerships.

Prior to joining Funders Together, Allison oversaw strategic partnerships, communications, and event planning at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, MassEquality, and the Office of Global Affairs for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Chair in Human Rights. A lawyer by training, Allison also has extensive law and policy experience through her work with the American Civil Liberties Union, Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, and Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Allison received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and her B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Connecticut.



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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