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


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  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Leveraging Cash Transfers and Guaranteed Income to Support People Experiencing Homelessness

    Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT

    This session will last 90 minutes. 

    With the growing number of regulations and changed in the economy, there has been a rising number of people struggling to maintain housing and meet their basic needs. The recent pandemic has provided the fuel for the now growing interest in communities across the country to explore the idea of providing cash to individuals to meet their own needs. These programs have different names and models, from cash transfers to a guaranteed income. Despite the name, funders have increasingly been exploring their role in leveraging these programs in their community to support people experiencing homelessness. 

    This webinar will provide a glimpse into programs from various communities across the country. You will hear from Matt Morton from Chapin Hall about the direct cash payment program in New York, Daniel Brisson from the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research about the Denver Basic Income Project Project, Peace Gwam from Urban Institute about THRIVE East of the River cash transfer program, and Sonia Torres Rodriguez from Urban Institute about Greater Washington Community Foundation–Affiliated Cash Transfer programs. We will hear from the researchers and evaluators that are working in these communities to capture the successes and challenges of these programs. Speakers will explore the potential benefits and feasibility of using cash transfers for a multitude of populations, not just as a response to the current pandemic, but as an ongoing emergency response to those experiencing housing instability. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn more about the various programs designed to provide cash directly to people experiencing homelessness. 
    • Explore the successes and challenges of cash transfer and guaranteed income programs within communities. 
    • Identify opportunities for funders to advance the work happening in communities around cash transfers and guaranteed income.

    Speakers:

    • Matt Morton, Ph.D, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
    • Daniel Brisson, Executive Director, Center for Housing and Homelessness Research
    • Peace Gwam, Research Analyst, Urban Institute
    • Sonia Torres Rodriguez, Research Assistant, Urban Institute

    Registration

    To register for this webinar, please use the register button below.

    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, February 01, 2022 at 02:00 PM

    Youth Homelessness Prevention Learning & Action Series Kickoff for Philanthropy

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    Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT

    Co-sponsored by: American Bar Association, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers in Education, Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, National Homelessness Law Center, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, National Center for Homeless Education, Transition Funders Group, Youth Transition Funders Group

    Supported by: The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Raikes Foundation

    Audre Lorde noted that "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." The issue of housing instability among youth and youth adults is not an issue that can be prevented simply by those in the housing and homelessness space but requires a holistic approach. By exploring the intersections that affect young people, we have an opportunity to begin to advance the prevention of youth homelessness. 

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is collaborating with a number of funders collaboratives, national partners, and foundations to begin to explore the actions philanthropy can take to help prevent youth homelessness. While there are a broad array of intersections that affect young people experiencing homelessness, over the next year, this series will be focused on the following five areas:

    • Education: More than 1.3 million homeless students have been identified in our public schools—on average, there are 14 students experiencing homelessness in each public school across America. With the proper support, teachers and staff can help identify students who are facing crises and connect them to the right supports, such as housing, counseling, and legal assistance. 
    • Health: Communities are exploring how to work more upstream and provide supports that can help prevent youth homelessness, while addressing their unique health needs. Addressing social determinants of health, such as housing instability, can be challenging, long-term endeavors. Some health systems, funders, and nonprofit organizations, however, are exploring ways that they can support affordable housing.
    • Eviction Prevention for Young People: Youth and young adults who experience eviction face particularly challenging and dangerous circumstances. In many communities, it is difficult for a young person to find landlords willing to rent to someone under age 24. For young people, the cascade of negative consequences due to eviction extends well beyond the loss of housing and can impact their lives for years or decades to come.
    • Family Engagement: Family dynamics can be a key driver in youth homelessness. For that reason, there is an increased focus on providing supports for both formal and informal family structures. These supports could range from family reunification, host homes, or any number of family intervention models.
    • Systems-Involvement: Young adults experiencing homelessness have been found to have a higher rate of prior involvement with systems, such as foster care, criminal legal, immigration, and child welfare. 

     

    Join other funders across various funding priorities on Tuesday, February 1st, for an interactive kickoff session focused on breaking down silos and inviting new partnerships for more intersectional support for youth homelessness prevention. This kickoff convening will provide an understanding of youth homelessness prevention and the importance of using an intersectional approach to this work. Participants will hear from Charles Rutheiser with the Annie E. Casey Foundation about their work efforts to rethink how they partner both internally and externally to tackle the intersections that most directly affect young people. Participants will have the opportunity to then dive into a breakout session with partners working in one of our five specific areas outlined above. 

    This virtual convening will act as the foundation for our subsequent webinars and discussions that we are hosting with key stakeholders and partners throughout 2022 and provide a space for participants to both learn and act collaboratively with their colleagues. 

    Agenda

    You can find a working agenda for the convening here.

    Registration

    To register for this webinar, please use the register button below.

    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.

  • Monday, February 07, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Funder Call: Funders Networks and Collaboratives Peer Sharing

    Monday, February 7 | 1pm EST | 12pm CST | 11am MST | 10am PST

    There are several funder collaboratives and funder networks, just like yours, working to prevent and end homelessness across the country. We know that through strategic partnering, we are able to work beyond our reach as one organization and create change in more effective and efficient ways. 

    Join us for this network and collaborative focused member call as we bring leaders from those emerging and established networks and collaboratives together to learn and share their opportunities and challenges. This call will provide a space for your network to talk with others that are doing similar work. During the call, we will also explore how Funders Together can continue to support the work of your community’s funders collaborative or network.

    How to Register

    Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below.

    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 Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks  and Programs.   

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:30 PM through February 19, 2022
    Oakland, CA

    February Convenings in Oakland, CA

     

    IMPORTANT UPDATE (1/14/2022)
    As a result of the spike in cases and hospitalizations related to COVID, the National Alliance to End Homelessness is shifting their February 2022 conference from an in-person to a virtual event. As such, Funders Together to End Homelessness is also canceling all in-person convenings we were hoping to have in Oakland in February. Please continue reading for updated information related to registration for the NAEH conference. 

     

    National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference 

    If you registered for the in-person NAEH conference through Funders Together:

    If you are one of the ten funders who had registered for the in-person NAEH conference through Funders Together and submitted your registration fee through us, we will be issuing you a full refund in the coming days. If you do not receive a refund in a timely manner or have questions, please contact Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs. 

    If you would like to attend the virtual conference, you will have to register yourself through NAEH. We will not be transferring any registrations for the in-person conference to the virtual conference. 

    If you weren't planning on attending the in-person but would like to attend the virtual conference:

    Holding the conference virtually gives NAEH the ability to open registration to many more people. If you or anyone you know are now interested in attending the virtual conference, registration will now be open from January 14 to February 7, 2022. The registration fee is $325 (no cancellation fees).

    Register for the virtual NAEH conference

     

     

    Other Information

    The virtual conference – Ending Unsheltered Homelessness: Strategies and Policies That Work – will take place February 16 to 18, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time daily. The agenda will be posted by January 21 but will essentially be the same as it would have been for the in-person conference.

    Please check NAEH's Conference FAQ page for answers to other questions related to the virtual conference and registration. 

     

     

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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