Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 9:00am-10:30am PT
This session is part of the California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network and will last 90 minutes.
As funders think about what it means to engage in homelessness and housing policy change that is rooted in equity and justice, the strategies used to achieve true systems change require an intentional shift in power and voice. The question funders must ask is how can philanthropy ensure it is “powering with” rather than “powering over” activists, organizers, and people with lived expertise who are on the ground advancing the work? To answer that question, a understanding of what it means to build power and how it relates to homelessness and housing efforts is critical.
Join other funders in California on Thursday, June 24, for a interactive session focused on power building to advance policy change. This session is held in conjunction with the Housing California 2021 (Un)Conference and is free to attend. You do not need to register for the full conference to attend the funder session, but participation in the conference is encouraged.
During the session, we will be joined by Eleni Refu from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy to discuss their Power Moves initiatives and the dimensions of power. We'll also focus on why funders who are committed to equity and justice should focus on power building and how philanthropy can “lead from behind” to advance policy change in California through through it.
In addition, Jazmin Segura, Director of the Fund for an Inclusive California will share reflections from their power building initiative, the impact its had with grantee partners, and the process of co-creating a community initiative.
More information, including additional speakers and full agenda coming soon!
- Establish a base understanding of power building and the dimensions of power
- Create shared knowledge around philanthropy’s role in building power for equity and justice and how it relates to moving homelessness and housing policy in California
- Generate a learning agenda and share resources around power building to create policy change and how funders can incorporate it into their grantmaking strategies
- Eleni Refu, Senior Engagement Associate, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- Jazmin Segura, Director, Fund for an Inclusive California, Common Counsel Foundation
How to Register
To register for the Funders Session, please register through the button below. The session at the Housing California Virtual (Un)Conference is free to attend and will be hosted on Funders Together’s Zoom platform. You DO NOT need to register for the full Housing California (Un)Conference to attend this funder session.
However, we encourage you to participate full Housing California 2021 Virtual (Un)Conference on June 22-24. You can register on the conference page here.
Participation is limited to private funders in California. Only private funders (e.g. foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, and members of Funders Together) located in California or do grantmaking in California will be allowed to participate. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Lauren Bennett.
The California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network is generously supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.