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 [email protected]

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.

  • Tuesday, August 03, 2021 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: Improving Housing, Substance Use and Behavioral Health Approaches for People Experiencing Homelessness

    Tuesday August 3rd | 2:00 -3:30 ET, 1:00- 2:30 CT, 12:00 -1;30 MT, 11:00-12:30 PT 

    Recent changes in the public policy landscape have led to advances in addressing substance use and behavioral health disorders as key aspects of the health and public health continuum. Approaches to integrate substance use services into health care systems are starting to break down silos in care and leading to innovations across systems. The shift to addressing substance use primarily as a health care issue has important implications for other intersectional issues, including efforts occurring across the country to increase comprehensive and equitable care models for the people experiencing homelessness. 

    Join this webinar to hear about several effective solutions for providing care for individuals experiencing homelessness as part of a holistic and equitable health care approach. Experts will discuss opportunities stemming from recent changes in substance use policy and practice to develop innovative care models that fill key gaps in care and the rationale for investing in these models, including housing and peer-based approaches.  

    The webinar will focus on the urgency of addressing equity issues around providing substance use behavioral health services in communities of color where services are scarce and innovation is most needed.   

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Explain the shifting policy and practice landscape related to addressing substance use as a health and equity issue and the opportunities it creates to integrate substance use and behavioral health care into health and housing services  
    • Identify gaps in care for the people experiencing homelessness with substance use and behavioral health care needs 
    • Provide innovative examples of how systems work together to address gaps and generate learning to improve care. 
    • Provide key perspectives from medical, public health, provider, and peer practitioners on the importance of a comprehensive and holistic care delivery approach that is centered in creating equitable access to care. 

    Speakers: 

    • Alexa Eggleston, Audacia Consulting, (Moderator) 
    • Jason Satterfield, Executive Director, The Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation
    • Mimi Doohan MD PhD MPH, Safe Haven Clinic Institute 
    • Noah Fay, Director of Housing Programs, DESC
    • Rosy Vasquez CEO, Community Through Hope, Chula Vista CA  

    Length: 90 minutes

    How to Register

    Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. A Funders Together staff person will approve your registration, and you will receive a link from Zoom to join. 

    Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.    

    Technology

    This webinar will take place via Zoom. If you have any technical questions or do not have your Zoom link at least 24 hours before this webinar begins, please reach out to Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs.

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 02:00 PM
    Virtual

    2021 Funders Institute

    Save the Date!

    2021 Virtual Funders Institute

    September 28-30, 2021

     

    Save the Date for Funders Together to End Homelessness’ annual Funders Institute on September 28-30, 2021. The Funders Institute is one of Funders Together's annual events that brings funders together to learn, connect, and act to end homelessness and advance racial and housing justice. Over these three days, participants will hear from leaders in the field, make new connections with funders from across the country, and find joy together.

    "The connections we've made through Funders Together, the insight into what's happening at the federal level, and the intellectual architecture you provide for how to structure philanthropic work around racial equity have been incredibly helpful." --FTEH member

    Dates and Time

    • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 
    • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 
    • Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 

    Optional Networking Reception

    There will be an optional networking reception on Wednesday, September 29 at 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 3pm MT / 2pm PT. This reception is open to anyone registered for the Funders Institute.

    Registration

     

    Please hold these dates on your calendar if you are interested in attending the Funders Institute. We will announce registration and a formal agenda closer to the date. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]

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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