A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Funder Call: Partnership for Equitable and Resilient Communities Informational Session

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT 

Over the next few years, local and state governments will have a unique opportunity to truly address racial inequity across the country thanks to unprecedented levels of federal funding. Between the COVID-relief bills such as the American Rescue Plan Act, proposed stimulus packages such as the American Jobs Plan, and appropriations from the Biden Administration’s 2022 budget, local and state governments could receive a total of $379 billion from the federal government for housing, homelessness, and community development.

Utilizing its strong network of partners, influence, and convening power, philanthropy has a unique opportunity to help states and localities target the unprecedented federal funds to help break down barriers and restructure systems to support the equitable advancement of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander communities who have been historically marginalized. 

The Partnership for Equitable and Resilient Communities is a newly formed public-private partnership between the Federal government (anchored at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and including an interagency working group convened by the Domestic Policy Council) and U.S. philanthropic partners (anchored by the Melville Charitable Trust).

During this call, we'll discuss the purpose of the partnership, its goals, and the opportunities for private philanthropy to get involved.


  • Aimee Hendrigan, Executive Vice President, Melville Charitable Trust
  • Susan Thomas, President, Melville Charitable Trust


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 Isaac Manchego 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. 

July 27, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1pm
Lauren Bennett ·

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  • Lauren Bennett
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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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