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.
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.
Funders Together to End Homelessness extends a warm welcome to Ann Oliva as the next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH).
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.
Funders Together thanks Tabitha Blackwell for her impactful tenure as our Director of Networks and Programs!
In March, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published an opinion piece that suggesting foundations could address homelessness if they viewed people experiencing homelessness as investment opportunities. The narrative used and approach the author suggested lacked awareness and understanding so Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, responded to lift up how philanthropy can contribute to a solution by shifting its power and resources.
The Funders Together Staff takes a look back at 2021 as we move forward in our work for housing justice in 2022.
This year’s Funders Institute, held virtually on September 28-30, was an exchange of ideas and knowledge, weaving a web of knowledge centered on housing justice through every plenary and breakout session. Across three days, the theme of narrative connected conversations about slavery, critical race theory, grassroots advocacy, and whose stories get told.
Funders Together to End Homelessness, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, United Philanthropy Forum, and Women's Funding Network, came together to send the following letter to Congress urging elected federal leaders to enact the housing investments in the Build Back Better Act.
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