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

COVID-19 Funder Call

Wednesday, June 3 | 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.  

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.  

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are faced with another crisis: the anti-Black racism in our country. While this racism is not new, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and David McAtee demand time and space to process as well as urgent collective action for change.

During our call on June 3, we will hold space for funders to talk about what they are grappling with and how the past week's events connect to the work to support people experiencing homelessness. While all of our COVID-19 funder calls are discussion-based, this call is going to be an open and vulnerable space for all. Funders Together staff will be curating the participants in breakout rooms to create a space for funders to be honest.

How to Join the Call

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 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.  

June 03, 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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