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

COVID-19 Funder Call

July 8 | 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 bi-weekly, 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.   

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

7/8 Call Agenda

  • Field update: We'll hear about CSH’s Racial Disparities and Disproportionality Index (RDDI). CSH developed the RDDI that looks at 16 unique systems and measures whether a racial and/or ethnic group's representation in a particular public system is proportionate to, over or below their representation in the overall population (proportionality) and allows for the examination of systematic differences between groups and geographies (disparities). The RDDI also includes a critical element distinguishing it from other standard indices. Whereas most other indices use white populations as the baseline comparison group for all other racial and ethnic groups (e.g., black rates / white rates; Native American rates / white rates, etc.), CSH’s index compares each group to the aggregation of all other groups, and in effect de-centers “whiteness” as the standard from which all other groups are measured. It is CSH's hope that this tool is used as a guide in service of achieving more equitable outcomes for those most impacted and disproportionately represented across crisis systems.
    • Speakers:
      • Pascale Leone, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, CSH
      • Gabriel Schuster, Program Manager – Analyst, Strategy & Impact, CSH
  • Community updates: Participants will provide updates about what's happening in their communities related to COVID-19 and homelessness/housing by answering the questions:
    • What is currently happening in your community related to homelessness and COVID-19 recovery?
    • What support or thought partnership could you use from your peers on this call?
  • Other updates and resources: Funders Together will also share any helpful news or resources related to current happenings in 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.  

July 08, 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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