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Bay Area Funders Meeting on Homelessness

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Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to announce our 2020 Funders Forum in Oakland, CA on February 19, 2020. The Funders Forum, which is open to philanthropy from across the nation, will end with dedicated space for Bay-area funders to come together, hear what other funders in the area are focused on, and name steps for future collaboration and learning about homelessness and housing.  

If you are a Bay-area funder and are interested in attending only the Bay Area Funders Meeting on Homelessness in the afternoon of February 19, please RSVP below. You do not need to RSVP if you are registered for the full Funders Forum. 

Please note that this meeting is only open to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, and individual philanthropists. 


  • Location: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607  -- Oakland Room, 3rd Floor
  • Date & Time: February 19, 2020 | 3:00 – 5:00, followed by an optional networking reception 
  • Who should attend: Private funders in the Bay-area who are working on homelessness and housing issues and are interested in collaborating with other funders, and are also unable to attend the entire Funders Forum on February 19.  

How to Register

To register for this Bay-area meeting please RSVP below and we will send a confirmation email with additional logistics. 


You can find the agenda for this portion of the meeting below. If you are interested in seeing the working agenda for the entire Funders Forum, please click here.    


Room Transition / Check In 

Funders Forum participants will transition from the Forum to the Bay Area Funders Meeting on Homelessness. All other participations should check in at 3pm at the Oakland Room on the 3rd floor.  


Opening Remarks and Introductions

Quick introductions to learn who's in the room 

Opening remarks by Sarah Frankfurth, Northern California Grantmakers


How Would You Like to See Bay Area Funders Work Together? 

We'll facilitate a conversation to highlight how various funders are focusing their resources to end homelessness in the Bay and lift up ideas for how Bay area funders can continue to learn and work together in 2020 and beyond.  

Introductory remarks: Jackie Downing, Crankstart

Pop-up speakers:

  • Ellen Clear, Program Officer, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Demitrius Burnett, Program Officer, Place, The San Francisco Foundation 
  • Chris Block, Chronic Homelessness Initiative Director, Tipping Point 


Closing Remarks

Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness


Adjourn for networking reception 

Tribune Tavern, 401 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612 


February 19, 2020 at 3:00pm - 5pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
United States
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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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