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

Funders Together programming is designed to connect and educate funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations who are working to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Please use the green buttons above to register for upcoming Events and Webinars, learn about our Learning Communities, and see Where Staff is Traveling.

Everyone is able to learn more about our work through recaps of our past events. You must be logged in to view our webinar recordings.

If you have any questions or are interested in co-hosting or sponsoring a program or event, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@funderstogether.org

Interested in creating and supporting dynamic spaces for funders to engage with, learn from, and network with one another? Consider becoming a Networking and Learning Opportunities Sponsor! Contact Lauren Bennett for more information.

Current Learning Communities

At Funders Together, we work to facilitate information sharing and scale best practices. One of the ways we do this is through issue- and community-based learning communities. Learn more about these learning communities here.

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Upcoming Webinars and Events


If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times below are in eastern time.  If you are logged in, times below should reflect your current time zone.

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Funder Call: Engaging Funder Networks and Collaboratives in Policy and Advocacy

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    Funder networks and collaboratives provide the opportunity for philanthropy to create a greater impact in communities through advocacy and policy. However, when each foundation has its own advocacy priorities, it can be difficult to create a common agenda for the funder network or collaborative 

    Funders Together is hosting a call to discuss how funder networks and collaboratives can build a political agenda to help advance housing justice. During this call, you will have the opportunity to hear how other funder networks and collaboratives are engaging in advocacy.

    This call is open to members of both established networks and collaboratives, as well as to those that are newly interested in convening funders in their communities.  

    Learning Objectives

    • Share how funder networks and collaboratives have engaged in policy and advocacy.

    • Understand how funder networks and collaboratives are able to create a collective agenda.

    How to Register

    Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom, which will be resent the day before and day-of the program. If you have any questions about registration in the hour before this webinar, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

    Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Funders Together to End Homelessness organized weekly funder calls for philanthropy to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. Starting September 2020, these calls will move to being monthly calls on Wednesdays at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT.

    We will continue to aggregate and share resources on our COVID-19 Responses for Philanthropy resource page and will release an updated version of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Recommendations for Philanthropy this Fall.

     

    Funder Call Format

    Funder calls are active, discussion-based calls. To encourage open dialogue, these calls are not recorded. 

    December 9 Agenda

    Funders Together staff will kick off the call by highlighting specific recommendations and examples from our updated COVID-19 recommendations for philanthropy. We’ll then hear from a few funders from across the country to hear what’s happening in their communities, what challenges still remain, and how they are thinking about their work moving forward. Speakers will be announced soon.

    Registration

    Please register for this COVID-19 Funder Call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

    Please note: If you were previously on the recurring calendar invitation, that calendar invitation has been deleted and you will need to register for each call you wish to attend.

     

    Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: Learn More About Joining Foundations for Racial Equity, Cohort 2

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 MT, 11:00 PT

    If we are going to end homelessness, we must acknowledge and address structural racism and racial inequities as root causes of homelessness and housing instability. Funders need to focus on changing the systems that create and perpetuate racial disparities and inequities. Doing so is not an easy or quick task, nor is it solely the role of philanthropy. But together, we can take steps to educate ourselves and use our influence locally and nationally to push for housing justice.  

    In 2019, Funders Together launched the first cohort of Foundations for Racial Equity. Starting in June 2021, we will convene a second cohort of Foundations for Racial Equity to support more funders in moving the needle toward greater racial equity in homelessness and housing.  

    Join this informational webinar to learn more about Foundations for Racial Equity and whether participating in the second cohort is right for you.

     

    Webinar goals:

    • Hear what the goals of the community of practice are and examples of the conversations the community of practice will have
    • Hear who should participate and expectations for participants
    • Learn what participants from the first cohort learned and how their work changed during the community of practice
    • Learn how to apply to be a part of the second Foundations for Racial Equity cohort

    Speakers:

    • Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, Funders Together to End Homelessness
    • Participants from the first cohort, to be announced

    This webinar will take place via Zoom and will last 60 minutes. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be posted publicly on the Foundations for Racial Equity page after the webinar.

     

    How to Register

    Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom, which will be resent the day before and day-of the program. If you have any questions about registration in the hour before this webinar, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

    Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

     

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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