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.

  • Monday, January 25, 2021 at 03:00 PM

    Webinar: New Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative

    Monday, January 25, 2021 | 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT

    We cannot end youth homelessness until we prevent it. Feasible, sustainable solutions require many things, including the participation of young people, the reliance on evidence, consideration of multiple public systems with roles in youth well-being, the benefit of knowledge gained on the front lines, a vision of equity, and a posture that empowers young people. 

    In this webinar, we will be exploring the Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, which will be developing a national strategy to prevent youth homelessness that integrates all those components and reflects a diverse array of stakeholder voices. Chapin Hall will discuss how they are developing this collaborative agenda and movement for action and evidence-building around prevention. While this national work will be launching early next year, we will hear from the Washington State Office of Homeless Youth about their multi-prong state-level work on the prevention of youth homelessness, which includes co-designing with young people with lived expertise. Whether on the national level or on the state level, funders can play a role in supporting the focus on rigorous prevention research and evaluation. Join us for this engaging conversation with funders and providers who are exploring strategies to prevent youth homelessness. 

    Speakers

    • Casey Trupin, Director of Youth Homelessness, Raikes Foundation
    • Matthew Morton, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 
    • Shree Lakshmi (SL) Rao, Senior Foster America Fellow, Office of Homeless Youth, Washington State Department of Commerce 
    • Charles Rutheiser, Senior Associate in Center for Community and Economic Opportunity, Annie E. Casey Foundation 

    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, corporate-giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 at 02:00 PM

    Funder Call: Advancing Racial Equity and Homelessness Alignment in Funders Networks and Collaboratives

    Wednesday, February 3, 2020 | 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11pm PT

    Funder networks and collaboratives provide the opportunity for philanthropy to advance more equitable investments and policies in their communities. However, when each individual and foundation is at a different place in their journey, it can be difficult to create a common equity agenda for the funder network or collaborative 

    Funders Together is hosting a call to discuss how funder networks and collaboratives can build an equity agenda to help advance housing justice. During this call, you will have the opportunity to hear how other funder networks and collaboratives are engaging more equitably in their collective work.

    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 race equity work.

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

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 02:00 PM
    Virtual

    2021 Funders Forum: Housing Policies and Partnerships Rooted in Justice

    Join us virtually on March 23-24 for our 2021 Funders Forum: Housing Policies and Partnerships Rooted in Justice, which will focus on housing justice policy priorities at the national, state, and local levels, and opportunities for public-private partnerships. 

    Under a new Presidential Administration, housing and homelessness advocates are working to proactively push for policies and practices that are rooted in evidence and justice. And, as the country continues to grapple with the effects COVID-19 and racism has on homelessness, it is important for philanthropy to lean into public-private partnerships. Join us during the 2021 Funders Forum to learn about the housing and homelessness priorities we need to advocate for and how we can build new public-private partnerships that advance those priorities, racial equity, and housing justice. 

    An agenda will be available soon. Until then, we encourage you to hold these days and times on your calendar. 

    Date and Time

    • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT)  
    • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 

    Agenda

    A formal agenda is coming soon! If you have speaker or topic suggestions, please let us know  

    Registration  

    Registration allows for 1 individual to attend both days (March 23-24) of the Funders Forum.  Participation in the Funders Forum 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.    

    Participation Fee 

    • $60 for Full (dues-paying) Members  
    • $120 for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members 

    Click here to Register for the Funders Forum

    Questions about registration? Please contact: Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.    

    FAQ

    See a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

    Key Dates

    January 12, 2021 Registration opens
    March 19 at 11:59p ET Deadline to request a refund
    March 22 at 1:00p ET Deadline to request a registration transfer
    March 22 at 1:00p ET Online registration closes
    March 23 and 24, 2:00p ET 2021 Funders Forum

     

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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