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

COVID-19 Funder Call

Wednesday, April 29 | 3:00pm ET | 2:00pm CT | 1:00pm MT | 12:00pm PT

Funders Together is organizing multiple ways for our members to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. In addition to regular webinars with field updates, we are organizing recurring, informal funder calls for funders to share what they’re seeing and doing and to seek support from other members.  

Funder Calls

These funder calls are active, discussion-based calls that we hope will be led and lightly facilitated by our members. Join these member calls if you want to share what is happening in your community related to supporting people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and hear what other funders are doing in their communities.  

To sign up for this funder call, please RSVP below and Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs will send you the calendar invitation. We hope that as many people as possible will join via videoconference. We will take live notes, but these calls will not be recorded.   

On April 29, we'll hear from Peggy Bailey, Vice President for Housing Policy, and Ann Oliva, Visiting Senior Fellow, both with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Prior to joining CBPP, Ann was a senior policy advisory at CSH, and prior to that she was at HUD for 10 years and served as their Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. Both Peggy and Ann are policy powerhouses who understand racial equity work, and we hope you will bring your wonkiest housing and homelessness questions.

In preparation for this call, they’ve offered up some suggested reading that you might find helpful in sparking questions and discussion for tomorrow:

This call will be an opportunity to ask all your burning questions about housing policy during COVID-19 and what communities should be doing in the immediate future with COVID-19 relief dollars. If you have questions for Peggy and Ann but won't be able to join the call, please feel free to share them with Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, and we will make sure they are asked.


RSVP for future funder calls

Member calls will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 3-4pm ET / 12-1pm PT until members decide otherwise. 

Interested in hearing more general field updates?

If you are interested in hearing about what is happening in the field nationally and want more high-level information about how funders are responding in communities, we will hold period webinars with national leaders and more general updates about what we are hearing.  We anticipate holding these webinars every few weeks or whenever there are substantive updates for the field. 


Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). You do not have to be a member of Funders Together to participate in this call. If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

April 29, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4pm
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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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