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Funder Call: Advancing Housing Justice Policies with the Biden Administration

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT 

A new federal administration presents new and unique opportunities to advance racial and housing justice to end homelessness and housing instability. As philanthropy looks to engage with the Biden-Harris administration, funders must focus on ensuring that people with lived expertise are centered to help to build racially just housing infrastructure and that there are strong accountability measures to maintain it.

Join us for this funder call on how philanthropy can ensure the first year of partnership with this administration sets a strong foundation for creating and implementing bold policies rooted in housing justice. After hearing updates on developments with the most recent COVID-19 relief package, Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together, will share key recommendations from our recently released Recommendations for Philanthropy's Engagement with the Federal Administration. We will also be joined by Lindsay Knotts, contributing author on the New Deal for Housing Justice, to hear her insights on the playbook's homelessness policy recommendations. 


  • Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Lindsay Knotts, Independent Consultant and former USICH Policy Director, and contributing author to A New Deal for Housing Justice
  • Moderator: Stephanie Chan, Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness


Please register for this funder call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Lauren Samblanet at [email protected]  

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.    


February 16, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2pm
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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Programming 2021-02-01 14:40:10 -0500

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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