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

Webinar Series: Anti-Blackness and Transformative Organizing in the Time of COVID-19

Monday June 8 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

In Funders Together’s commitment to racial equity, we shared that, in partnership with philanthropy that is committed to preventing and ending homelessness, we would “commit to learning more about the systemic racism and anti-black, anti-native, and other forms of violence and oppression that is our nation’s history and our present so that we can educate ourselves and our members about how this results in disproportionate homelessness among people of color.

We are excited to deepen our own knowledge and learn alongside our members in this two-part webinar series on white dominant culture, anti-blackness, and transformative organizing. Through this webinar series, we hope funders will deepen their understanding of how we can shift the way we work in our organizations to create more equitable grantmaking practices that will benefit our grantee partners and people of color experiencing homelessness.

During this webinar series, participants will learn how white dominant culture shows up in our organizations and grapple with how to pivot to new ways of working and being. We’ll engage with concepts like principled struggle and liberation and further our knowledge about how anti-blackness, racial capitalism, and transformative organizing can bring us further into the discourse on the four levels of racism: internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of key terms, concepts and definitions that are critical to racial equity, liberation, transformation, the Black radical tradition and white dominant culture. 
  • Do a deep dive of knowledge and context around white dominant culture practices and how they show up in organizational practices and how to identify anti-blackness when it comes up in our organizational practices  
  • Reflect on how to connect these learnings to your grantmaking organization and work to prevent and end homelessness

Content in this webinar is designed for funders who have already begun their racial equity journey and who have a solid understanding of key racial equity concepts, including: equity (v. equality); internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism; implicit bias; and white privilege. If you are at the beginning of your racial equity journey or feel like you do not have a solid grasp of these concepts, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, to discuss what kind of learning opportunities might be more appropriate for you.

Webinar Dates & Times

  • The first part of this series took place on Thursday, May 28 | 1:00-2:30 ET / 10:00-11:30 PT
  • Monday, June 8 | 1:00-2:30 ET / 10:00-11:30 PT

Attendees are expected to participate in both webinars in this series. If you would like to participate in this webinar series but already know that you have a conflict that you absolutely cannot move, please reach out to Stephanie Chan directly.

Registration Fee

  • $60 for Full Members
  • $80 for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members


Participation in this webinar series is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together.

Webinar Debrief Workshop for Full Members

Full Members of Funders Together are also be invited to participate in a peer learning workshop to debrief and process the webinar series with other funders. This virtual session, led by Funders Together, will be structured and facilitated using several reflection and discussion activities, and participants can expect a mix of meaning making and peer coaching conversations.

Full members who register for the webinar series will be directly contacted about their willingness to participate. Participation in this debrief workshop is limited to Full Members of Funders Together.

Debrief workshop date

  • Thursday, June 11, 2:00 – 3:30 ET / 11:00 – 12:30 PT

Trainer Bios

Jonathan Lykes, Executive Director, Liberation House  

Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and academic. His interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Jonathan’s current position as Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House, situates him to merge his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement and systems change work to teach liberation praxis by pushing the revolutionary edge of radical transformative movement work. Lykes is also a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a movement of young adults using a Black Queer Feminist lens to advocate for community and institutional change. Jonathan is also the curator of BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received his master’s degree from the School for Social Service Administration. 

Tashira Halyard, Consultant, Liberation House

Tashira led the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, a coalition of child welfare stakeholders dedicated to eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for children and families of color in the child welfare system; facilitate workgroups, webinars and convenings with stakeholders focused on equity and improved outcomes; produce data analysis, written reports and campaigns highlighting the pressing issues facing families and children of color involved with public systems; co-lead CSSP's Race Equity Team charged with leading the organizations efforts to becoming anti-racist. Tashira also worked as the deputy director for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, where she led a team of program managers who supervised trauma-informed play programs at temporary housing programs in Washington, DC; she also served as a thought partner with the Executive Director in executing organizational operations, fundraising, advocacy, community relations and hiring and spoke publicly about family homelessness at DC Council hearings, partner meetings, advocacy events and HCPP trainings. Tashira received her J.D. from Georgetown University.

Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). You do not have to be a member of Funders Together to participate in this call. If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan(opens in new tab), Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.


June 08, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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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