Collaboration and partnerships are at the heart of our national approach to ending homelessness, in large part because homelessness is a complex issue stemming from and affecting many systems. Funders are often seen as outside actors because they do not run programs or serve clients. But funders are essential in creating and promoting effective, long-term solutions to homelessness.
At Funders Together, we also recognize the importance of funders working together to improve their communities. Funders networks have been critical to bringing together all kinds of grantmakers within a community and forging commitments to a systems approach—that is, aligning resources and strategies in a way that can improve the lives of those you are trying to serve. (More information on systems change here.)
This guide will serve as an introduction for those who are looking to build a funders network, with a focus on ending and preventing homelessness. Because funders approach these kinds of networks in different ways and on different timelines, and because each community is unique, this guide cannot offer step-by-step instructions. We tried to capture essential elements of building a successful funders network.
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