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

Building Strong Infrastructure for Our Future

Since Funders Together became a nonprofit in 2010, we’ve grown to a membership of over 230 members of all types, sizes, and focus areasOver the past eight years, we’ve learned a lot about what our members need to be successful in their work to prevent and end homelessness. We’ve shifted the way we are doing our work to build more relationships with partners inside and outside of the housing and homelessness fields, strengthen our policy and advocacy work, and push the field to think strategically about topics like systems change and racial equity.  

As the power of our network grows, it’s important that Funders Together also ensures its long-term sustainability to continue providing high-quality resources to our members. Over the past few years, Funders Together has been implementing a new membership structure so that we can strengthen the work we do to support our members:  

  • FULL Members support Funders Together through annual dues that allow us to build partnerships, be present in the field, and offer greater technical assistance to both individual members and to our regional networks.  
  • BASIC Members do not pay annual dues but want to stay connected to other funders in the field. The support of Basic Members allows us to show policymakers that funders across the country care about ending homelessness.  

Starting in January 2019, only Full Members will have complete access to all our online resources, such as our toolkits, searchable member database, and case studies, and take advantage of free or discounted programming. Basic Members, who historically have also been able to access all our online resources, will only be able to access our public-facing site, which will still include our blog, upcoming programming, and basic resources. All our members, regardless of membership level, will continue to receive updates about the field through our monthly member and programming newsletters.  

As funders, you know how important sound infrastructure is to the success of an organization. We cannot thank our Full Members enough for their investment in our work and in the field. Your investment in Funders Together supports the field to work in more strategic, networked ways. 

If you’re currently unsure about our membership status or what this new membership structure means for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Stephanie Chan, at [email protected] or 617.245.0314 x105. 

To all our members: thank you so much for being part of the Funders Together network. Together, we can and will end homelessness. 

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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