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Upstream Enough? Reflections on the Canada-US Funders Forum on Prevention of Youth Homelessness

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In October 2022, Michael Durham, Funders Together Director of Networks, attended “cross-border learners’ exchange” between Canadian and U.S. foundations around youth homelessness prevention and documented his experience in Toronto, summarizing the two-day meeting itself and reflecting on what this means for the movement stateside.  

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Joint Statement In Response to Governor Newsom’s Rejection of Local Homeless Plans

In early November, Governor Newsom announced he would be rejecting local homelessness plans and would hold funding as a result. Funders Together to End Homelessness and our California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network joined other housing justice organizations and people with lived experience in voicing concern of the Governor's rejection and choice to withhold critical resources from communities for homelessness services and programs.

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Introducing Tia Smith and Jack Zhang to the Funders Together Team

Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to welcome Tia Smith and Jack Zhang as the newest members of the Funders Together staff! 

 

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Pivoting to Something Different: Reflections from Foundations for Racial Equity’s Convening in Denver

After a year of meeting virtually, Funders Together’s second Foundations for Racial Equity (FRE) cohort met in person for the first time in August 2022. We so grateful to have the privilege of facilitating this amazing group of people working toward housing and racial justice. We know that FOMO is real, and we hope this recap will help share with the broader Funders Together network a snapshot of what we’re learning and doing.

 

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2022 Funders Institute: Reconnecting In Person with Love and Disruption at the Center

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The 2022 Funders Institute marked our first in-person convening since early 2020 with more than 40 participants representing nearly 30 philanthropic organizations. On July 25-27, we gathered in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness to examine timely issues impacting housing justice efforts and policy across the country.  

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Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere's Remarks from the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

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In July, Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, gave remarks during the close plenary of the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. You can read her full remarks below or watch the recording here

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Introducing Funders Together's New Strategic Framework


Alicia Lara, current Funders Together Board Chair, and Katie Hong, previous Board Chair, introduce the new Funders Together Strategic Framework, what led us to it, and what it means for our members, philanthropy, and the movement. 

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Connecting Research with Practice to Create a New Narrative about Homelessness

At the Melville Charitable Trust, we’re really pleased that philanthropy is becoming increasingly aware of the role that narrative plays in public understanding and policymaking, in part thanks to some learning sessions and resources hosted by Funders Together to End Homelessness. We know that the narratives we see and hear shape how we perceive the world and that making lasting policy change requires us to change how people think about an issue, whether it’s who deserves the right to marry, or why people live on the streets. 

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Funders Together Welcomes Ann Oliva, Next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness extends a warm welcome to Ann Oliva as the next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH).


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Introducing Michael Durham as the Funders Together Director of Networks

We are excited to announce that Michael Durham (he/him/his) will join Funders Together as our Director of Networks on May 16, 2022. He steps into this role after nearly nine years with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a membership and advocacy organization representing the healthcare arm of the U.S. movement to end homelessness.  

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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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