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Funders Together and Florida Philanthropic Network Launch Joint Affinity Group on Homelessness

New Member Affinity Group Brings Together Funders Working to End Homelessness in Florida

BOSTON, MA (May 21,2015)  Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH), a national network of funders focused on homelessness, and Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), a statewide network of philanthropic organizations, have launched a joint affinity group of Florida funders who are working to end homelessness in the state. 

The new affinity group, Funders Together Florida, will be comprised of members of both FPN and FTEH who are interested in working collectively to prevent and end homelessness in Florida through leadership, education and policy; strategic communication and grantmaking; and the effective promotion and replication of promising practices in their communities and across Florida.

Funders Together Florida will be both a member affinity group of FPN and a regional affiliate of FTEH.  The collaboration will combine FTEH’s national expertise and resources on philanthropic efforts to prevent and end homelessness with FPN’s expertise, resources and connections on Florida philanthropy.  FTEH has a number of regional affiliates, but Funders Together Florida will be its first statewide affiliate.

“FPN is pleased to partner with Funders Together to End Homelessness to catalyze the collective wisdom and resources of Florida funders who are working to tackle this critical issue for our state,” said David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network.  “We’ve appreciated our past partnerships with Funders Together on various projects, and look forward to taking our collaborative power to the next level.”

“Funders Together welcomes the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Florida Philanthropic Network through our new joint affinity group in Florida,” said Anne Miskey, Executive Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness.  “By working together we can better maximize the power of philanthropy to help make ‘homelessness’ a word we no longer have to use, a reality no one has to live.”

For more information on the Funders Together Florida, please contact Chris Johnson at [email protected] or 813-983-7397.


Funders Together to End Homelessness is a national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness.  Its mission is to harness philanthropy’s expanding potential for impact and change to help end homelessness in America.  For more information, visit www.funderstogether.org.

Florida Philanthropic Network is a statewide association of philanthropic organizations working to build philanthropy to build a better Florida.  FPN’s nearly 120 members are private independent, corporate and family foundations, community foundations and corporate giving programs—from Miami to Jacksonville; Naples to Pensacola—who hold over $6.5 billion in assets (excluding members located outside Florida) and invest over $435 million annually to improve the quality of life for our residents and communities.  FPN’s members share a commitment to promoting philanthropy, fostering collaboration and advancing public policy by Florida, in Florida.  For more information, visit www.fpnetwork.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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