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

Funder Call Series: Centering Lived Expertise of Young People to Reimagine Systems

Wednesday, April 6 | 2pm EST | 1pm CST | 12pm MST | 11am PST

In this second session of the Youth Homelessness Prevention Learning & Action Series for Philanthropy, we will be highlighting the work of Think Of Us. During the February 1st convening, we had a chance in the System Involvement breakout room to meet the Chief Executive Officer of Think Of Us. Think Of Us is a Research and Development Lab for child welfare, transforming the system so that people with lived experience are at the center of designing, imaging, and building. They strategically engage projects across tech, participatory research, and state and federal partnership, driving system-wide solutions that bridge the gap between policy, practice, and people. 

This funder call will dive deeper into the work Think Of Us is doing across the country with the support of those with lived expertise. They will provide funders with some tools that can help reimagine how they think about approaching work with systems. Funders will also have the opportunity to discuss how they might be able to utilize these types of strategies in their work. 

Here is a highlight of what you can expect during this engaging conversation from the breakout session at the Youth Homelessness Prevention Convening.


  • Sixto Cancel, Chief Executive Officer, Think Of Us
  • Casey Trupin, Director of Youth Homelessness, Raikes Foundation

How to Register

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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.   

April 06, 2022 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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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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