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

Funder Collaboratives and Networks

Regional Funder Networks 

Funders Together recognizes that any best practice at the national level is limited apart from its implementation at the local level. As we continue to connect foundations, United Ways, and other private funders across the country, we also promote local coordination to ensure philanthropy’s investment in housing justice is aligned in strategy and values. We employ a Director of Networks who liaises with regional networks and collaboratives, providing guidance from Funders Together’s national priorities, such as recommending guest speakers and topics, along with tactical support on network operations, such as collecting a repository of policies and procedures. In turn, Funders Together benefits from our members’ local perspectives and priorities, gleaning insight on the felt experience of housing-justice funding.

They are not rigid definitions, but at Funders Together, “network” refers to coalitions of funders that primarily meet for peer-learning, strategizing, accountability, and to promote opportunities for funding alignment or co-funding. “Collaboratives” pool funding or actively do grantmaking as a collective, in addition to the above functions.

Funders Together Networks

Funders Together supports and convenes the leaders of our regional networks and collaboratives for peer-learning, mutual support, problem-solving, and accountability. We also support those championing initiatives in local communities to form new regional networks. Our current Funders Together networks include: 

If you are interested in exploring or starting a funder network in your city or region, please contact Michael Durham.

Other Networks and Collaboratives 

Do you represent a funder network? Email us to get added to the list.

Network Resources 

Funders Together recognizes that our vision for housing justice on a national level, including its aspirational values and concrete policy implications, requires implementation at the local level. In support of this goal, we have created a resource for local funder networks: What We Cannot Do Alone: Assembling Regional Funder Networks for Housing Justice. Read more about it here.

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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