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

Criteria and Expectations for Participants

Is this initiative a good fit for you?

Foundations for Youth Success is open to funders at all levels of experience, with content for both funders new to homelessness/youth work as well as those looking to learn and share after several years of grantmaking in this area.  

The community is open to all types of funders, including foundations (private, independent, family, corporate, operating, etc.), United Ways, individual philanthropists dispersing more than $25,000 per year, and government agencies.

All participants need to:

  • Be interested in the "big picture" of youth homelessness, even if your funding is restricted to the local level; 
  • Commit to sharing and learning in real time;
  • Identify a senior staff member, defined as an individual with authority over a grantmaking portfolio, to participate; and
  • Pay a one-time participation fee.  Organizations may join Foundations for Youth Success by making a grant to Funders Together to End Homelessness.  For more information on grants, please contact Anne Miskey at [email protected].


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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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