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

Funders Together to End Homelessness and Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Launch New Funder Affinity Group

New Member Affinity Group Brings Together Funders Working to End Homelessness Across Canada

BOSTON, MA (May 6, 2015) The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH) are pleased to announce the launch of Funders Together to End Homelessness Canada (FTEHC) as a new national affiliate network of FTEH.

Funders Together Canada is a national network of funders committed to preventing and ending homelessness through: leadership, education and advocacy; strategic communication and grant making; and, effective promotion and replication of promising practices at home and across Canada. Funders Together Canada is an affiliate network of Funders Together, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Members of the FTEHC network will get:

  • Membership in an international funders’ community. Funders Together boasts an international network of over 160 members from across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Access to premium, members-only content, including webinars, member profiles and the Funders Together bulletin including tailored Canadian content.

  • Access to funders’ networking events including an annual Canadian Funders’ Forum at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

  • Reduced rates at the Funders Together to End Homelessness annual conferences and webinars and the CAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness. The FTEH Funders Institute and Funders Forum on Family & Youth Homelessness are inspiring and unique annual conferences designed to bring funders from across the Canada and the US together to engage in discourse about catalytic, outcomes-focused philanthropy and funders’ roles in systems change. This year, FTEH is launching a series of webinars as part of their Learning Series. Members of FTEHC will also be entitled to a 10% discount off registration to Canada’s premier housing and homelessness conference, the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

For more information or to join, visit the Funders Together to End Homelessness Canada website or contact Trish Muntain.

Funders Together Canada welcomes all funders committed to improving the outcomes for people caught in the web of poverty. Because homelessness has no single cause or solution, our members will be those engaged in various kinds of grant making. Some are specifically focused on homelessness. Others work to improve related areas like health care, education, child welfare, domestic violence, and food security. Our members will represent all types of funders - foundations, charities, corporate giving programs, municipal governments and United Ways.

Based in Boston, MA, Funders Together to End Homelessness is a national network of more than 160 foundations and other funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness. For more information, please visit www.funderstogether.org.

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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