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

Webinar: Housing and Homelessness Narrative Change: From Research to Action

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

Co-Sponsored by: Economic Opportunity Funders, Northern California Grantmakers, Philanthropy New York, and San Diego Grantmakers

Across the country, communities are working to end homelessness and address housing challenges by shifting policy to transform systems. In order to do that and achieve housing justice, strong political and public will must be built. However, gaining support requires compelling and values-based messaging to make the case. We have heard over and over that we need to “shift the narrative.” But, what does that really mean and what messages work? Join us on October 13th for a look at the landscape of current research and examples of projects that funders are supporting across the country. We’ll highlight findings from the research, opportunities for philanthropy to take strong narratives and messaging and turn it into action, and how to address capacity needs to implement effective messaging for housing justice.

In this webinar, we’ll hear from Dr. Tiffany Manuel who, with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, brought together researchers from across the country working on narrative change related to housing and homelessness to capture the landscape of this narrative and messaging space. She’ll lead a conversation with funders in this work who have been engaging in narrative and messaging projects of their own. 


  • Dr. Tiffany Manuel, TheCaseMade 
  • Sarah Armour-Jones, Melville Charitable Trust
  • Ruby Bolaria-Shifrin, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, Funders for Housing and Opportunity 
  • Amy Kenyon, Ford Foundation
  • Susan Thomas, Melville Charitable Trust 

After this webinar we will be planning a follow-up call for funders interested in continuing the conversation. If you may be interested in that conversation, please hold October 27th.


Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  


October 13, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lauren Bennett ·

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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