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Funder Briefing: SCOTUS Decision on Johnson v. Grants Pass

Monday, July 1, 2024 | 3:00pm ET, 2:00pm CT, 1:00pm MT, 12:00pm PT 

On April 22nd 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass. At its core, this case will decide whether cities are allowed to punish people for things like sleeping outside with a pillow or blanket, even when there are no safe shelter options. The Supreme Court will announce their decision on this historic case by June 30, 2024.  

During this funder briefing, Funders Together to End Homelessness and our national advocacy partners will report out on what’s happened to date, including how Funders Together mobilized philanthropic resources to support a coordinated response across the movement. We’ll discuss the US Supreme Court’s decision on Johnson v. Grants Pass and possible implications for communities, as well as how national advocates are thinking about next steps and how philanthropy can proactively support people experiencing homelessness, frontline staff, and the overall housing justice movement.  

We hope funders will come with questions. While we may not have all the answers on this call, your questions will help us shape a deeper conversation at our 2024 Funders Institute and our future work to ensure that everyone, no matter our race, gender, or income, all have a roof over our heads.  

Learning Objectives 

  • Overview of key events related to Johnson v. Grants Pass 
  • A summary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Johnson v. Grants Pass and implications for the field and local communities’ response to homelessness  
  • A discussion about what philanthropy can begin to think about and implement to support those most impacted by homelessness  


  • Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness 
  • Donald Whitehead, Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless 
  • Jesse Rabinowitz, Communications and Campaign Director, National Homelessness Law Center 


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

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 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 Carey Cabrera, Membership and Knowledge Coordinator.



funder briefing will take place via Zoom meeting. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please
reach out to Michael Durham, Director of Networks. 

This call will last 1 hour.  

July 01, 2024 at 3:00pm - 4pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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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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