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

Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network


Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network aligns philanthropy to advance racial equity and regional coordination in preventing and ending homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. The network provides philanthropy a space for strategic thinking and intersectional opportunities for collective action. Read the launch announcement > 

Guiding Principles:

  • Center a racial equity and racial justice lens in our work
  • Center the voices of grassroots leaders and those with lived experience
  • Prioritize regional impact while supporting and elevating local and national efforts
  • Foster trusting relationships to strengthen the network, and facilitate action


Interested in learning more about the network? Contact Michael Durham.

Advisory Group

  • Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Chris Block, Director, Chronic Homelessness Initiative, Tipping Point Community
  • Darnell Cadette, Manager, Community, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Jackie Downing, Executive Director, Crankstart Foundation
  • Sarah Frankfurth, Director of Regional Partnerships, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Rob Gitin, Consultant, Rob Gitin Consulting
  • Kelly Kent, Senior Program Officer, Elders, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
  • Tomiquia Moss, Founder & CEO, All Home


Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network is a partnership between Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and Funders Together to End Homelessness. The partnership draws on NCG’s expertise in bringing philanthropy together to build healthy, thriving, and just communities in Northern California and Funders Together’s work to mobilize philanthropy to use its voice, influence, and expertise to advance lasting solutions to end homelessness, including addressing structural and racial inequities.

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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