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2023 Funders Together Staff Reflections: Meditating on Hope

As 2023 comes to a close, we asked staff: "What is one thing you witnessed in the movement for housing justice that inspired you? What are you most looking forward to in 2024?"

 

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Funders Together Board Members: Our Gratitude and Welcome!

Our organization is privileged to have a board of directors that consists of a strong housing and racial justice commitment. The evolution of Funders Together’s bold voice and vision has only been possible because of the passionate and inspirational leadership of individuals who dedicate their time and energy to helping us guide our work.

 

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Housing Insecurity is an Economic Justice Issue: Building Toward Just Housing Futures

On September 7th, Funders Together hosted a webinar called "Housing Insecurity is an Economics Problem: Connecting Economic and Housing Justice" in conjunction with Funders for Housing and Opportunity, Economic Opportunity Funders, and the Tax Equity Funders Network. In her reflection, Christina Ostmeyer from Funders for Housing and Opportunity re-iterates how solving housing insecurity is ultimately linked with dismantling and transforming our current economic systems, to build towards a more just future.

 

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Welcoming Carey Cabrera to the Funders Together Team!


We are excited to announce that Carey Cabrera joined Funders Together as our Membership and Knowledge Coordinator in August 14, 2023. Welcome to the Funders Together team! We officially met earlier this month in Atlanta, Georgia for our annual in-person staff retreat and look forward to working together in our mission to achieve housing justice. 

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2023 Funders Institute: Embracing Trust and Loving Accountability

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We hosted our 2023 Funders Institute in partnership with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness from July 17-19. Embracing themes of trust and accountability this year, we deepened our understanding of these concepts by leaning into the teachings of transformative justice writers and activists, as well as the knowledge of movement leaders who have effectively embraced these values in their work. 

 

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2023 Funders Institute Opening Remarks: Working Towards Accountability and Repair

The following blog was originally delivered orally by Michael Durham as part of the framing remarks for the 2023 Funders Institute in Washington, DC, which embraced the theme “accountability and trust” to inform its sessions. It has been edited slightly for this format.  

 

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Steeped in History and Justice: Reflections from Foundations for Racial Equity’s Closing Retreat in Tulsa

Funders Together’s second Foundations for Racial Equity (FRE) cohort wrapped its two-year learning-to-action journey learning in May 2023. We spent three days in Tulsa, OK learning about the history of Black Wall Street, deepening our commitment to housing justice, and dreaming of a more just and liberated future together. Read on to learn about our time at the Greenwood Cultural Center and Greenwood Rising and the questions we discussed.

 

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Philanthropic Joint Statement in Response to the Supreme Court's Decision in 'Students for Fair Admissions' Cases

Funders Together to End Homelessness has joined partner philanthropic organizations and private funders in responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings in the Affirmative Action case. 

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Honoring Jordan Neely and Banko Brown with Action on Housing Justice for All

Last week, Jordan Neely, a 30-year old Black man, was murdered while pleading for help and experiencing homelessness in New York City. Days earlier, Banko Brown, a 24-year old transgender Black man and organizer, was killed when suspected of shoplifting. 


We will name it: These murders are a result of policy choices rooted in white supremacy.


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2023 Funders Forum: Living Into Housing Justice Values to Create a More Visionary Future

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On February 28, we gathered in Oakland, California, in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness for our 2023 Funders Forum. More than 60 participants from across the country joined to discuss how philanthropy can support the movement through coalition-building, what it means to engage in principled struggle, and how we can authentically and holistically center those with lived experience to achieve housing justice.  

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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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