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

Upcoming Events and Webinars

Funders Together programming is designed to connect and educate funders, United Ways, and philanthropy serving organizations who are working to advance housing and racial justice.

Please use the green buttons above to register for upcoming Events and Webinars, explore 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, Chief Strategy Officer at [email protected]

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.

  • Monday, March 04, 2024 at 08:30 AM
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, CA

    2024 Funders Forum



    Join
    funders from across the country for our
    2024 Funders Forum on Monday, March 4 in San Francisco. The Funders Form will be held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2024 Innovations & Solutions for Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference. This day-long program will provide an opportunity for philanthropy to understand what a more liberated world looks like and hear how funders are infusing housing justice values in their grantmaking and advocacy across a continuum from prevention to crisis response.

    Overview

    Date: Monday, March 4, 2024 

    Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, with a reception to follow 

    Location: 
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    333 O’Farrell Street 
    San Francisco, CA 94102 

    We encourage you to make your travel plans as soon as possible, as the Hilton San Francisco Union Square is expected to fill up quickly. 

    Program at-a-glance 

    • 8:00 – 9:00 | Breakfast and registration 
    • 9:00 – 12:00 | Reparations, Repair, and Housing Justice
    • 12:00 – 1:00 | Lunch provided onsite
    • 1:00 – 2:30 | Break for NAEH opening plenary
    • 2:30 – 4:00 | Reform to Transformation in Housing Justice 
    • 4:00 – 6:00 | Funder networking reception 

    Program Agenda  

    Registration 


    The 2024 Funders Forum is now sold-out. If you are still interested in joining our waitlist, please 
    contact Carey Cabrera, Membership and Knowledge Coordinator.

    COVID-19 Safety & FAQ  


    Click here to see our full COVID-19 safety precautions and other FAQ.

    Eligibility for Participation


    Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, community foundations grantmaking staff at United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, venture philanthropy and other non-traditional philanthropic giving entities, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together.  Government funders and 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 or membership status, please contact Carey Cabrera, Membership and Knowledge Coordinator.

    Sponsors


    Thank you to the
     Crankstart Foundation for their sponsorship and support!

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 02:00 PM

    Co-Sponsored Webinar: Funding Like You Want to Win: Philanthropy & Movement Investments

    Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT, 12:00am MT, 11:00am PT

    Host: Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees



    Co-Sponsors: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial CountiesGrantmakers In HealthHispanics in Philanthropy
    Northern California GrantmakersPhilanthropy New York, Southern California Grantmakers

                    


    As foundations put the finishing touches on their 2024 grantmaking portfolios, nonprofit organizations at the forefront of the movement for social justice are also planning their 2024 strategies to build power, disrupt the status quo, transform narratives, and secure more equitable outcomes for their communities – but will they be funded to put those plans into action?

    Every historical movement, from civil rights to marriage equality has required sustained effort over time, including developing campaign frameworks, deploying organizers, conducting research and message testing, and navigating legislative and judicial systems. As a sector, philanthropy is uniquely positioned to underwrite these capacities and ensure that movements have the resources needed to weather oppressive forces - including in many cases, a well-funded opposition.

    From homelessness, to economic inequality, to xenophobia and racism, the challenges our nation faces will not be solved overnight. The adage “fund us like you want us to win” is one that funders should take to heart as they pursue agendas to improve community wellbeing.

    In this conversation we’ll hear from leaders at the forefront of efforts to build a more inclusive, healthier, safer and prosperous multi-racial democracy, as well as learn foundations that have embraced movement-centered strategies.

    Speakers 

    Registration 


    Please RSVP for this
     webinar using the button below. You will receive your unique Zoom link once a GCIR staff person has approved your registration

    Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

    Technology

    This webinar will take place via Zoom. Register by 5pm PT on Wednesday, March 13. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to GCIR.

    GCIR will make available the list of webinar participants to presenters upon request, unless the registrant requests to remain anonymous (to register anonymously for this program uncheck the box "show in roster").

    This call will last 60 minutes.  

     

  • Friday, March 15, 2024 at 12:30 PM

    Funder Call: Leading the Way to Housing Justice: How Philanthropy Can Learn From and Support Housing Justice Organizers

    Friday, March 15, 2024 | 12:30pm ET, 11:30am CT, 10:30am MT, 9:30am PT

    Co-Hosts: 
    Funders for Housing and Opportunity, HouseUS


    Background


    Four years ago, imagining transformative changes to our nation’s housing system taking hold felt like a pipe dream. Yet coalitions organizing at the federal, state, and local levels were undeterred and their vision and persistence is paying off. Join this funder discussion with organizations at the center of the movement for housing justice to learn about their success, the momentum they have built, the lessons they’ve learned, and their insights about what is needed heading into November and beyond. Following the discussion, funders will have an opportunity to strategize together.

    Speakers 

    • Speakers will be announced soon! Check back here for updates.

    Registration 


    Please
    RSVP for this webinar
     using the button below. You will receive your unique Zoom link once your registration has been approved.

    Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

    Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and 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 

    Technology


    This
    funder call will take place via Zoom meeting and
     will last 90 minutes 

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 12:00 PM

    Local Learning: Promoting Change: Solutions for Women at the Intersection of Homelessness and Gender-Based Violence

    601 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607| Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 12:30pm - 6:00pm PT 

    Co-Hosts: Blue Shield of California FoundationConrad N. Hilton FoundationDowntown Women’s Center 

        

    California has the single largest population of women experiencing homelessness in the nation, a majority of whom experience gender-based violence. Please join us in this intersectional conversation focused on advancing solutions to a growing crisis.

    Hosted by the Downtown Women’s Center, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Funders Together to End Homelessness the philanthropic community will have the opportunity to hear how public private partnerships are leading transformational change.

    Speakers:

    • Amanda Misiko Andere, Chief Executive Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness
    • Amy Turk, CEO, Downtown Women’s Center
    • Cristina Cortes, Partner, Enfuse Action Collaborative LLC
    • Debbie Chang, President & CEO, Blue Shield CA Foundation
    • Dr. Jason Kyler-Yano, Principal Researcher, Enfuse Action Collaborative LLC
    • Dr. Sofia Herrera, Director of Research, Planning, and Policy at Hub for Urban Initiatives
    • Erin Scott, Executive Director, Family Violence Law Center
    • Kara Zordel, CEO, Community Forward SF
    • Krista Colon, Public Policy Senior Director, CA Partnership to End DV
    • Laura Lull, CEO, Rainbow Services
    • Rebecca Jackson, Vice President of Rentry and Public Affairs, Community Forward SF
    • Samantha Batko, Senior Fellow at Urban Institute
    • Sonia Moldavon, Vice President of Strategy & Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    • Tomiquia Moss, California Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

    Registration:


    Please RSVP for this event by using the registration button below. Registration is through the Downtown Women’s Center. The event will take place at the Blue Shield of California Headquarters (601 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607)

    Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: Indigenous Self-Determination, Decolonization, & Housing Justice Indigenous Self-Determination, Decolonization, & Housing Justice 

    Thursday, March 28, 2024 | 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT


    Houselessness is a significant challenge for Indigenous Peoples as a direct result of systemic racism perpetuated by colonization, broken treaties, forced assimilation, and boarding schools. The longstanding implications of colonization, structural and institutional racism, and displacement have further exacerbated this crisis.  

    In our aspiration to become a pro-Indigenous organization, Funders Together is honored to showcase our colleagues at NDN Collective to learn more about their work taking place in the realm of housing justice, Indigenous self-determination, rematriating grants, and community-led solutions. This session will address how NDN Collective is creating self-determination programs to aid healing from colonization, political violence, racist policies, and intergenerational trauma, helping people find purpose and stability. We will learn how NDN Foundation was formed to rematriate wealth and resources back to Indigenous hands, under Indigenous control, and get insight from organizers on the ground who continue to address gaps in city services and advocate for systematic change. 

    “As Indigenous Peoples, we are not homeless, our land is our home. We are houseless.” - NDN Organizer 

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn more about the transformative work taking place at NDN Collective  
    • Gain insight into successful Indigenous-led grant rematriation tactics that can be applied to all levels of giving frameworks
    • Acquire knowledge from experts in the field working to support unhoused relatives using sustainable community-centered and led models  

    Speakers 

    • Angelica (Angie) Solloa (she/her), Digital Organizer, NDN Collective 
    • Sunny Red Bear (she/her), Associate Director of Organizing, NDN Collective  
    • Thalia Yarina Carroll-Cachimuel (she/her), Director of Movement & Strategic Partnerships, NDN Collective 

    Registration


    Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. You will receive your unique Zoom link once a Funders Together staff person has approved your registration.

    Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

    Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Government funder 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, Chief Strategy Officer.  

    Technology


    This webinar will take place via Zoom. Registration will be open until March 28. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Michael Durham.

    This call will last 60 minutes.  

  • Monday, April 08, 2024 at 02:00 PM

    Funder Call: Harm Reduction in Housing Justice: Values, Policy, and Services

    Monday, April 8, 2024 | 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT



    Background


    Harm reduction
    means what it sounds like: reducing the harmful consequences of risky behaviors like substance use. In the homelessness sector, it connotes non-punitive, housing-first policies and, more specifically, it refers to programs like syringe exchange or naloxone access.  

    But harm reduction is also a philosophy characterized by a commitment to preserving human lives. In a certain sense,  a shelter may be considered a harm-reduction measure in that it mitigates the deadliness of unsheltered homelessness. From this perspective, it is “just” harm reduction, failing to address the conditions that lead to homelessness in the first place, the latter sentiment characterizing housing justice, Funders Together's north star. Does that mean harm reduction contradicts housing justice?  

    In this facilitated discussion, we’ll dive into the minutia of both connotations of harm reduction: drug-specific policies and broader values. In conversation with members of Funders Together’s network Health Funders for Housing Justice, we’ll hear from two leaders representing harm-reduction powerhouses: the National Harm Reduction Coalition and the Drug Policy Alliance. We hope to leave attendees with practical guidance for grantmaking at the intersection of health and housing and clarity on what housing justice really means.  

    Learning Objectives


    By participating in the event, participants will be able to:

    • Name at least three principles of harm reduction
    • Understand how harm reduction fits into housing-justice values
    • Describe best-practice harm-reduction services for people who use drugs

    Speakers 

    • Melissa Moore, Director, Civil Systems Reform, Drug Policy Alliance
    • Tanagra M. Melgarejo Pulido, National Director of Capacity Building and Engagement, National Harm Reduction Coalition 

    Registration 


    Please RSVP for this funder call
     using the button below. Once staff confirm your eligibility, you will receive a calendar invitation from Michael Durham with a zoom link 
     

    Registration is free but limited to Funders Together’s full and basic members and other funders. 

    Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

    Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Government funder 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, Chief Strategy Officer.  


    Technology


    This funder call will take place via Zoom. Registration will be open until April 7. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Michael Durham:
    [email protected]  

    This call will last 75 minutes.  


    Co-sponsor:
    Grantmakers In Health

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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