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Announcing the participants in Foundations for Racial Equity

Learning with others and building relationships is at the heart of creating change. Funders Together is excited to announce the thirty funders in our second Foundations for Racial Equity community of practice who will work together to advance racial equity in their homelessness and housing work.


These thirty participants represent a wide range of philanthropic institutions in Funders Together’s network and range from private foundations to United Ways to funding collaboratives. Bringing them together as community for two years is their dedication to changing how and what they fund, using their voices, and building relationships that will shift the current system to a new one that is rooted in justice. The participants are:

Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation logo

  Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation
  Jason Satterfield, Executive Director & General Counsel
  Laura Hamburg, Program Officer

Campion Advocacy Fund logo

  Campion Advocacy Fund
  Sheila Babb Anderson, Homelessness Program Director
  Carrie Savage, Chief Operating Officer

Chicago Funders Together logo

  Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness
  Emily Krisciunas, Director

Colorado Health Foundation logo

  Colorado Health Foundation
  Tracey Stewart, Senior Program Officer
  Sean Dollard, Program Officer

Common Counsel Foundation

  Common Counsel Foundation
  Jazmin Segura, Program Officer

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation logo

  Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  Andrea Iloulian, Senior Program Officer
  Emma Heffernan, Program Associate

  Front Porch Investments
  Meridith Dillon, Executive Director

Funders for Housing and Opportunity logo

  Funders for Housing and Opportunity
  Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, Project Director
  Jennifer Angarita, Senior Program Officer

FTEH San Diego logo

  Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego
  Amy Denhart, Director

Graves Foundation logo

  Graves Foundation
  Kyrra Rankine, Director, Partnerships and Initiatives

Greater Washington Community Foundation logo

  Greater Washington Community Foundation
  Jennifer Olney, Community Investment Officer, Partnership to End Homelessness

Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative logo

  Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative
  Patrick Ness, Executive Director

HealthSpark Foundation logo

  HealthSpark Foundation
  Emma Hertz, Director of External Affairs

McGregor Fund logo

  McGregor Fund
  Vanessa Samuelson, Director of Learning and Research

Melville Charitable Trust logo

  Melville Charitable Trust
  Alyia Gaskins, Senior Program Officer
  Sarah Armour-Jones, Director of Communications

NYC Fund to End Youth and Family Homelessness logo

  NYC Fund to End Youth and Family Homelessness
  John Kimble, Senior Advisor


  The Owens Foundation
  Katie Owens Mulcahy, Vice President, Grants and Programming

Pierce Family Foundation logo

  Pierce Family Foundation
  Heather Parish, Co-Executive Director
  Marianne Philbin, Co-Executive Director

Tipping Point Community logo

  Tipping Point Community
  Nina Catalano, Senior Planner

Trinity Church Wall Street logo

  Trinity Church Wall Street
  Bianca Carter, Program Officer, Housing & Homelessness

United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties logo

  United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties
  Lindsay Fox, President and CEO

United Way of Forsyth County logo

  United Way of Forsyth County
  Andrea Kurtz, Senior Director, Housing Strategies
  Charmaine Carrillo-Angino, Senior Director, Community Planning & Investments

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

  United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  Tammy Marashlian, Grants Coordinator

Zarrow Foundation logo

  Zarrow Family Foundations
  Nancy Curry, Program Officer


We’re excited to kick off this second cohort in June and to share progress and lessons with our wider Funders Together network over the next two years. We also look forward to continuing to offer racial equity programming to our entire network. Changing the systems that perpetuate racial inequity is not an easy or quick task, and Funders Together is grateful to all of our members for their continued learning journey. Read more about Foundations for Racial Equity.

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  • Lauren Samblanet
    published this page in Blog 2021-04-29 09:59:30 -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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