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

Co-Sponsored Webinar: Towards an Equitable Response and Recovery – Grantmaking Strategy Under COVID-19

Thursday, May 28 | 2:00pm ET | 1:00pm CT | 12:00pm MT | 11:00am PT

Interested in learning more about how your peers are tackling the challenges of grantmaking in the COVID-19 era?

Join Workforce Matters and Funders Together to End Homelessness, along with our partners at the Children, Youth, and Family Funders Roundtable; Economic Opportunity Funders; NFG’s Funders for a Just Economy; Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Hispanics in Philanthropy; and Youth Transition Funders Group to discuss the strategies three foundations are using to respond to working families’ near-term needs related to income, employment, job training, and supportive services while sustaining their long-term work to reduce disparities and injustices and advance family economic security.

Featured speakers and initiatives include:

  • Rachel Korberg- a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation’s Future of Work(ers) initiative - will share information about the Families + Workers Fund, a new response fund Ford helped to launch alongside Schmidt Futures, Open Society Foundations, The JPB Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Amalgamated Foundation. With initial commitments over $7 million, the fund ultimately aims to raise $20 million to provide flexible funding to organizations working to prevent workers and families from sinking deeper into poverty during the initial months of the pandemic, and to support policy and advocacy efforts that center workers and families in long-term economic recovery.
  • The Mariam Assefa Fund at World Education Services' Senior Director, Monica Munn, will discuss the framework her team used to rapidly analyze potential responses WES’ philanthropic fund could take to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as share highlights from recent grantmaking that aims to advance strategies and organizations supporting the immediate and longer-term needs of over 12 million immigrants and refugees who are either working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic or facing significant economic hardship as they are displaced from or trying to reenter the workforce.
  • The James Irvine Foundation's Jeanne Sakamoto(Chief of Staff and Planning) and Casey Budesilich (Director of Finance & Administration) will share highlights from Irvine's Recession Resilience Project, a $20 million investment which will provide immediate emergency funding to core grantees in their Better Careers, Fair Work, and Priority Regions initiatives; technical assistance for financial planning and recovery; and longer-term strategic recession-response grants for these grantees as well as approximately $2.5 million in additional funds to help other grassroots organizations in California to weather this crisis.

There is no cost to participate in this webinar, but you must register in advance to attend.


In the interest of promoting open and candid discussion, please note that this webinar is reserved for qualified grantmakers and their advisors. Please contact Workforce Matters at [email protected] with any questions.

May 28, 2020 at 2:00pm - 3pm
Lauren Bennett ·

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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