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California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network Webinar: Power Building Strategies to Advance Housing Justice Policy

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:15pm PT

This session will last 75 minutes. 

This summer, the California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network came together to establish a 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.

How do we take that knowledge and apply it to grantmaking strategies to build and shift power? During this webinar led by racial justice organizers at Liberation House, we will discuss the various power building strategies funders should support and how these strategies can advance homelessness and housing policy change in California. We'll also hear lessons learned from The California Endowment around their Building Healthy Communities initiative and how it contributed to their work to shift and build power to advance equitable policies that intersect with housing justice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the various strategies to build and shift power to influence policy change
  • Learn how to influence your foundation to support power building and implement strategies to advance policies that address homelessness and lack of affordable housing


  • Jonathan Lykes, Liberation House
  • Tashira Haylard, Liberation House
  • Albert Maldonado, The California Endowment


To register for this webinar, please use the register button below.

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 who 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.  



December 16, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Lauren Bennett ·

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  • Lauren Bennett
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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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