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

Council on Foundations Annual Conference

Join Funders Together staff and members at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference as we participate in two panels:

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability

Research has shown that housing stability plays an essential role in health and mental health outcomes. Hear how historically health focused foundations are looking to their housing and homeless colleagues for best practices in providing housing as a part of a healthy community. Presenters will share successes and partnerships that have leveraged public dollars to provide housing as an essential part of healthcare and mental health.


  • Bill Pitkin, Director -- Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Nancy Sasaki -- Executive Director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation
  • Bill Major -- Executive Director, Zarrow Family Foundation

Economic Development for Whom?

What is philanthropy's role in going upstream and making systems work? Testing innovative strategies to take them to scale? Foundations have been working to end homelessness for years. Now, they're going upstream and looking at how economic security helps prevent and end homelessness. Hear how national and local funders decided to focus on employment and economic security in their efforts to end homelessness and how two states, led by local foundations, implemented an initiative to connect families with children to employment in addition to housing.


  • Kollin Min-- Senior Program Officer, Pacific Northwest, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Susanne Beaton -- Special Initiatives, Paul & Phyllis Fireman Foundation
  • Rebecca Allen -- Program Officer, Melville Charitable Trust


To learn more about the event or to register, visit the Council on Foundations Annual Conference event page. Will you be there? RSVP to let us know! We would love to meet up!

April 24, 2017 at 8:00am - April 26, 2017
Dallas, TX

Will you come?

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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