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Funders Together to End Homelessness Announces Changes to Board of Directors

New Board Member Elected and Another Completes Term

Boston, MA (July 24, 2012)―Funders Together to End Homelessness, the country’s only national network of philanthropies working to end homelessness, today announced personnel changes to its Board of Directors. At its annual meeting―held in Washington, D.C. on July 16―the Funders Together Board elected Bobbie Ibarra, of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, as its newest member.

“We are thrilled to have Bobbie join the board of Funders Together,” said Executive Director Anne Miskey. “We have a very active and engaged national board whose members welcome Bobbie’s thoughtful expertise, boundless energy, and strong commitment to ending homelessness.”

Barbara “Bobbie” Ibarra is executive director of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, a public charity in South Florida. The Coalition concentrates its efforts in three areas:  1) advocating for the rights of the homeless; 2) coordinating resources to maximize utilization and promote efficiency; and 3) developing and supporting prevention initiatives on the local, state, and federal levels. As a Funders Together board member, Ibarra hopes to launch a regional funders’ network in South Florida.

Ibarra’s background includes many leadership positions. Before joining the Coalition, Ibarra was vice president/general manager at Jungle Island, a zoological park in Miami. Prior to that position, she served as founding president of “Our Kids,” a nonprofit with the mission of transitioning and managing Miami-Dade’s child welfare system. She also previously served in leadership roles for Miami-Dade County and Citibank. She began her career as a social worker.

In addition, Funders Together Board Member Terri Donlin Huesman, director of programs at the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, completed her full term and stepped down on June 30.  “Terri was a knowledgeable and generous colleague, and she will be greatly missed,” said Miskey. “We are very grateful for her service.”

Based in Boston, MA, Funders Together to End Homelessness is a national network of more than 140 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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