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, December 02, 2021 at 02:00 PM

    Webinar: Health and Housing Instability for Youth and Young Adults

    Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT

     

    Young people who experience homelessness have significantly higher rates of emotional, behavioral, and immediate and long-term health problems. Numerous studies have outlined the negative outcomes for individuals under the age of 24 experiencing homelessness. 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.

    The webinar will explore the intersection of health and homelessness among young people.  We will discuss some promising programs and projects that are currently happening and upcoming at this intersection. We will also highlight some programs addressing the medical needs for some specific subpopulations of young people experiencing homelessness, such as pregnant young women and system-involved youth. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain the shifting policy, programming, and practice landscape related to individuals under 24 years old experiencing homelessness.
    • Identify gaps in care for young people experiencing homelessness and provide several innovative examples of how to address those gaps and generate learning to improve care.
    • Provide several key perspectives from medical, research, and practitioners on the importance of a comprehensive and holistic care delivery approach that is centered on creating equitable access to young people experiencing homelessness.

    Speakers:

    • Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, FTEH (Moderator)
    • Kelly Kelleher, MD, Pediatrician and Professor, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    • Barbara Poppe, Barbara Poppe and Associates
    • Natasha Slesnick, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Administration, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

    How to Register:

    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.

  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Funder Call: Engage with National Partners in the Movement to End Youth Homelessness

    Tuesday, December 7, 2021 |  12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT

     

    As communities around the country battle evictions and the increasing lack of affordable housing, the challenges of preventing and ending homelessness for certain populations have become more pronounced. With the closure of schools and the decline of additional community supports due to COVID, the youth homelessness movement has evolved. Organizations working with young people experiencing homelessness are working to continue to address youth homelessness effectively with age and culturally appropriate models of accommodation and supports. 

    This call will provide funders the opportunity to meet with national youth homelessness partners to hear how they are approaching their work in the coming year. Funders will also discuss how they can better engage with young people with lived expertise to advance their work both nationally and locally. Participants will be able to have small group discussions with each national organization to learn what key work they are looking to move forward over the next year, as well as provide possible ways for funders to engage to advance the work of the greater movement. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Engage with organizations that are leading the work in the national youth homelessness work to hear what work they have in the coming year
    • Learn about opportunities for funders to advance the national and local efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness
    • Explore the policy and advocacy efforts that are happening within the youth homelessness movement and opportunities to partner with key stakeholders

    National Partners Participating:

    • Youth Collaboratory
    • True Colors United
    • National Youth Forum on Homelessness
    • Chapin Hall
    • A Way Home America
    • Rapid Results
    • Point Source Youth

    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.   

     

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network Webinar: Power Building Strategies to Advance Housing Justice Policy

    Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:15pm PT

    This session will last 75 minutes. 

    This summer, the California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network came together to establish a shared knowledge around philanthropy’s role in building power for equity and justice and how it relates to moving homelessness and housing policy in California.

    How do we take that knowledge and apply it to grantmaking strategies to build and shift power? During this webinar led by racial justice organizers at Liberation House, we will discuss the various power building strategies funders should support and how these strategies can advance homelessness and housing policy change in California. We'll also hear lessons learned from a funder peer around their work to shift and build power to advance equitable policies that intersect with housing justice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the various strategies to build and shift power to influence policy change
    • Learn how to influence your foundation to support power building and implement strategies to advance policies that address homelessness and lack of affordable housing

    Speakers:

    • Jonathan Lykes, Liberation House
    • Tashira Halyard, Liberation House

    Registration

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



    Participation is limited to private funders in California. Only private funders (e.g. foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, and members of Funders Together) located in California or who do grantmaking in California will be allowed to participate. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Lauren Bennett

    The California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network is generously supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.  

     

     

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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