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Attention Funders: Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual Funders Institute this July


This year we’re thrilled that our 2014 Funders Institute will be a full-day session, leaving more time for funder-focused learning and networking with an emphasis on ending and preventing homelessness.

This post originally appeared on the National Alliance to End Homelessness' blog.

Have you ever attended a conference, seminar, or workshop where you found yourself less than engaged? Chances are, you’ve been there more than once. So what is it that makes a conference or session memorable and worth the time to attend?

At Funders Together to End Homelessness, the only national network of funders working to end and prevent homelessness, we know that it’s a combination of elements. Interactive sessions, invigorating speakers, and information sharing that can help take our work to the next level are just a few key components. Each year, we look forward to attending the Alliance’s national conference on Ending Homelessness. The conference is an opportunity to be inspired by and learn from the amazing work of national and local government partners, advocates, service providers, community members, people with lived experience, and of course, funders.

Funders are often seen as behind-the-scenes supporters of the key players working to end and prevent homelessness, or sometimes as outside of the group entirely. But we know that philanthropy is a critical piece to the puzzle, and funders cannot sit on the sidelines. Philanthropy plays important roles in developing and nurturing key relationships within and between communities, encouraging data collection and sharing, challenging other funders to make strategic investments that foster long-term change, and supporting us all (including funders!) in our roles as advocates.

Last year, in conjunction with the Alliance’s national conference, we launched our first Funders Institute to provide funders with a space to learn from each other and make connections. This year we’re thrilled that our 2014 Funders Institute will be a full-day session, leaving more time for funder-focused learning and networking with an emphasis on ending and preventing homelessness.

Below are some of the highlights of this year’s Institute:

If you’re a funder, you won’t want to miss this year’s event. Click here to learn more about the day and RSVP. And if you’re not a funder, we want to hear your story. How do you work with funders in your community, your state, and nationally to catalyze change? Tell us more.

We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s NAEH conference!

bevin.environmental.jpgBevin Shagoury is the Program Manager, Administration and Special Initiatives at Funders Together. Her role draws upon her experiences in advocacy, homelessness supportive services, and youth education. Bevin organizes logistics for special events such as the Funders Institute and Funders Forum, manages daily operations, board meetings, and internal communications, and serves as the editor of the Funders Together Bulletin. Bevin also supports communications and grants endeavors via research, writing, and design.


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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