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  • 2023 NLIHC Housing Policy Forum: Onward to Housing Justice

    Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications & Policy, is attending the 2023 NLIHC Housing Policy Forum in Washington D.C. on March 21-23. If you are also attending or in the area and would like to meet up, please contact Lauren.

    WHEN
    March 21, 2023 at 7:30am - March 23, 2023 at 7:30am
    WHERE
    Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill
    525 NW New Jersey Ave
    Washington, DC 20001
    United States
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  • 2023 Innovations and Solutions for Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference

    Funders Together staff is attending the 2023 Innovations and Solutions for Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference in Oakland, California from March 1-3. If you are also attending and would like to meet up, please contact Stephanie Chan.

    We are also hosting our 2023 Funders Forum in conjunction with the conference on February 28 and encourage all funders to attend. Learn more or register here for the 2023 Funders Forum.

    WHEN
    March 01, 2023 at 12:00pm - March 03, 2023 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    Oakland Marriott City Center
    1001 Broadway
    Oakland, CA 94607
    United States
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  • Letter To California Governor Gavin Newsom on Need for a Permanent Revenue Source for Housing Justice

    Members of Funders Together's California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom stressing the importance of an ongoing, flexible state revenue source in our efforts to end homelessness and housing insecurity and achieve housing justice for all California residents.

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  • Funders Together Statement on All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

    Funders Together to End Homelessness responds to the newly released United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

     

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  • Webinar Recording: Preventing Youth Homelessness Series: The Role of Healthcare

    In November 2022, this webinar explored the range of intersections between youth homelessness and healthcare, focusing on health policy that would improve young people’s housing security and what healthcare providers need to support young people at risk of homelessness.

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  • published 2023 Funders Forum in Programming 2022-10-19 15:38:42 -0400

    2023 Funders Forum

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    Funders Together is holding its 2023 Funders Forum on Tuesday, February 28 in Oakland, CA! The Funders Forum will be held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness' 2023 Innovations & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

    This year's Funders Forum will provide in depth opportunities to hear how funders across the country are using their grantmaking to advance housing justice in their communities.


    Logistics

    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023  | 8:30am - 4:00pm PT
    Location: Oakland Marriott City Center  | 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607  


    Program At-A-Glance


    View the working draft of the program agenda.

    • 8:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Registration  
    • 9:00am – 12:00pm: Program  
    • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch provided on-site 
    • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Program, cont. 
    • 4:00pm – 6:00pm: Funder Networking Reception  


    Registration

    Joint registration to BOTH the 2023 Funders Forum and Innovations & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference through Funders Together is now closed. 

    Registration is available to attend the Funders Forum only on Tuesday, February 28thThis option allows you to attend the Funders Forum including our funder networking reception, but not the Innovations & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference.

    We encourage you to make your travel plans as soon as possible, as the Oakland Marriott City Center hotel block is almost at capacity. There are a few hotels within walking distance that have room availability. 

    Click here to register for the 2023 Funders Forum


    COVID-19 Safety

    The 2023 Funders Forum will follow the Innovation & Solutions to Ending Unsheltered Homelessness COVID-19 safety protocols, which includes a requirement to provide proof of being up to date on all vaccinations for COVID-19 (all recommended doses in the primary series and at least one booster) prior to admittance to the conference venue. Vaccination records must be uploaded to Crowdpass, the Alliance’s platform for COVID-19 clearance. Masking will also be required for attendees.

    Funders Together is also requiring all Funders Forum participants to take a rapid test the morning of the event and to provide proof of their rapid test with a negative result and vaccination status at registration.

    See the full COVID-19 protocol and other FAQ 


    Eligibility for Participation

    Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private foundations, community foundations United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. 

    Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate or membership status, please contact Tia Smith, Director of Membership and Programs.   

    WHEN
    February 28, 2023 at 8:30am
    WHERE
    Oakland Marriott City Center
    1001 Broadway
    Oakland, CA 94607
    United States
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  • 2022 Funders Institute: Reconnecting In Person with Love and Disruption at the Center

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    The 2022 Funders Institute marked our first in-person convening since early 2020 with more than 40 participants representing nearly 30 philanthropic organizations. On July 25-27, we gathered in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness to examine timely issues impacting housing justice efforts and policy across the country.  

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  • published Tia Smith in Staff 2022-08-24 14:02:41 -0400

    Tia Smith

    Director of Membership and Programs
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    Tia is the Funders Together’s Director of Membership and Programs. They envision a World where people are housed, empowered, and able to experience the fullness of their humanity peacefully and joyfully. Tia has been actively working to make this vision a reality through their work with under-resourced entrepreneurs, inner city youth, and individuals facing homelessness. They believe in addressing the distinct web of obstacles that disempower humans from being able to live dignified lives. Their work has been primarily centered around thoughtful and creative programing and donor relations.

    Tia uses music and movement as tools to support their own healing journey and empower others.

     


  • Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere's Remarks from the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

    Amanda Andere, a Black woman with a blue dress and yellow necklace, stands at a podium on a stage speaking to a crowd

    In July, Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, gave remarks during the close plenary of the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. You can read her full remarks below or watch the recording here

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  • published Isaac Manchego in Staff 2022-07-21 18:49:26 -0400

    Isaac Manchego

    Knowledge and Membership Coordinator
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    Isaac's work experience reflects his personal values and a commitment to fighting poverty. He has an array of experience and a strong interest in racial equity, which has led to over 4 years of nonprofit and philanthropic work addressing food insecurity and housing justice. Isaac ultimately wants to serve and engage meaningfully with people in low-income and marginalized communities.


  • Introducing Funders Together's New Strategic Framework


    Alicia Lara, current Funders Together Board Chair, and Katie Hong, previous Board Chair, introduce the new Funders Together Strategic Framework, what led us to it, and what it means for our members, philanthropy, and the movement. 

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  • published Mission and Vision in About 2022-07-21 10:56:44 -0400

    Our Mission, Vision, and Definition of Housing Justice

    Our Mission

    Funders Together to End Homelessness mobilizes its members to use philanthropy’s voice, influence, and financial capital to end homelessness by creating and advancing lasting solutions that are grounded in racial and housing justice, driven by love and disruption, and centering people with lived expertise. 

     

    Our Vision

    In collaboration with our members and partners, the housing and homelessness fields will understand the legacy of racism in its practices and policies and with that knowledge reimagine and transform systems to be Pro-Black and Pro-Indigenous using an intersectional lens to achieve housing and racial justice. 

     

    Housing Justice

    Housing is a fundamental human right.  

    Housing justice is a building block for racial justice and liberation. A just housing society offers the assurance of safe, secure, affordable, and dignified living conditions where people have power and agency over how and where they live. 

    Housing justice recognizes that for generations equitable access to housing has been denied to Black and Indigenous people and other communities of color, which has fueled the disproportionate numbers of Black and other people of color experiencing homelessness.    

    By pursuing housing justice, Funders Together is unapologetically stating that homelessness is a racialized experience created and exacerbated by the forces of structural racism. Funders Together advocates for corrective action, such as reparations, to address the cumulative disparities and transform systems of accountability to ensure housing for all.  

    Read more about our mission, vision, and definition of housing justice in our Funders Together Strategic Framework.

     


  • Connecting Research with Practice to Create a New Narrative about Homelessness

    At the Melville Charitable Trust, we’re really pleased that philanthropy is becoming increasingly aware of the role that narrative plays in public understanding and policymaking, in part thanks to some learning sessions and resources hosted by Funders Together to End Homelessness. We know that the narratives we see and hear shape how we perceive the world and that making lasting policy change requires us to change how people think about an issue, whether it’s who deserves the right to marry, or why people live on the streets. 

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  • 2022 Funders Institute Registration

    **Please note that Funders Together charges a 2.25% PayPal processing fee to credit card transactions which is reflected below in the totals.

    Funders Institute Only Registration 

    This option allows you to attend the Monday portion of the Funders Institute, including our funders networking reception, but does not allow access to the NAEH conference, plenary, or funder workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Please note: joint registration to the NAEH conference and Funders Institute closed on Monday, June 27. If you have questions, please email Stephanie Chan.

    • Dues-paying members: $205 ($200 + 2.25% PayPal fee)
    • Non-dues paying members: $410 ($400 + 2.25% PayPal fee)

    Registration to the Funders Institute only closes Friday, July 15 at 1pm ET.

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  • published Michael Durham in Staff 2022-05-17 09:12:16 -0400

    Michael Durham

    Director of Networks
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    Michael is responsible for all the Funders Together regional and issue-focused networks and communities of practice including the Health Systems Funders for Housing Justice Network, Funders for Youth Success network, and our regional networks in Baltimore, the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Prior to this role, Michael was the Community Engagement Manager at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council where he oversaw technical assistance for community health centers that serve people experiencing homelessness. Other areas of focus for his work included alternatives to law enforcement, decriminalization, dismantling institutional racism in the nonprofit sector, street medicine/outreach, public health approaches to encampments, and expanding the network of health care providers who serve people without homes. 

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science – International Studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School where he focused his studies on interfaith dialogue and community development. Michael resides in the neighborhood in which he grew up in East Nashville with his two children, Genevieve and Adelaide.

     


  • Funders Together Welcomes Ann Oliva, Next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

    Funders Together to End Homelessness extends a warm welcome to Ann Oliva as the next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH).


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  • 2022 Funders Institute Registration Payment

    **Please note that Funders Together charges a 2.25% PayPal processing fee to credit card transactions which is reflected below in the totals.

    Joint Registration for Funders Institute + NAEH Conference  

    Joint registration to both the National Conference on Ending Homelessness and Funders Institute will be available through Funders Together. Funders who register for both the Funders Institute and National Conference through Funders Together will receive $50 off the registration fee for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. 

    • Dues-paying members: $895 ($875 + 2.25% PayPal fee)
    • Non-dues paying members and non-members: $1,110 ($1,075 + 2.25% PayPal fee)

    Joint registration for the Funders Institute and National Conference on Ending Homelessness closes on Monday, June 27 at 1pm ET.

    Funders Institute Only Registration 

    Funders can also register for just the 2022 Funders Institute on Monday. This option allows you to attend the Monday portion of the Funders Institute, including our funders networking reception, but does not allow access to the NAEH conference, plenary, or funder workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

    • Dues-paying members: $205 ($200 + 2.25% PayPal fee)
    • Non-dues paying members: $410 ($400 + 2.25% PayPal fee)

    Registration to the Funders Institute only closes Friday, July 15 at 1pm ET.

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  • Thank You for Your 2022 Funders Institute Payment

    Thank you for your payment for the 2022 Funders Institute. You will receive you confirmation/receipt email shortly. Please view our COVID-19 safety, cancelation, and transfer policies here

    Hotel rooms fill up quickly, so please register for your hotel room today. 

    Washington Hilton Dupont Circle
    1919 Connecticut Ave NW 
    Washington, DC 20009 
    1-888-225-9664

    The 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Washington Hilton. Discounted room rates are $239.00 plus taxes until the room block closes on Tuesday July 5, 2022, or when the room block fills up. Call 1-888-225-9664 and reference “2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness” or book online by clicking here.

    In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions to Stephanie Chan at [email protected]


  • published COVID-19 Policies and FAQs in 2022 Funders Institute 2022-05-12 12:20:57 -0400

    COVID-19 Policies and FAQs

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    If there are other questions you have, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer. 


    COVID-19 Protocols

    General Policies

    Because we are sharing space with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, Funders Together will follow the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ COVID-19 safety protocols, which includes a requirement to provide proof of being up to date on all vaccinations for COVID-19 prior to admittance to the conference venue.  

    To ensure the safety of staff and attendees, Funders Together is also requiring masks to be worn indoors during our Funders Institute, except when actively eating or drinking. Masks will not be required during outdoor gatherings or meetings.  

    Masking
    • Funders Together will require masks to be worn indoors during the Funders Institute except when actively eating or drinking. Funders Together will not require masks during outdoor gatherings. 
    • Please note that in the rest of the conference hotel, masking is optional. 
    NAEH Conference Registrants

    If you are registering for the NAEH conference through Funders Together, we will send you the National Conference on Ending Homelessness vaccination attestation form and waiver of liability form to sign through DocuSign. 

    People registered for the NAEH conference will also need to bring proof of vaccination (card, photo of vaccination card, or app) to receive a wristband from a NAEH health checkpoint.

    Other Questions

    How many people will there be at the Funders Institute?

    • We are expecting roughly 50 people at the Funders Institute. 

    What else are you doing to keep participants safe?

    • Funders Together is encouraging our participants to take a rapid test before attending the Funders Institute, even if you feel well. We will have a limited number of masks and rapid tests at our registration table for those who need one. 
    • We encourage participants to practice community care and consent by asking other participants whether they are comfortable with hugs or handshakes and for individuals to also enforce their boundaries if not comfortable with physical contact. 

    Registration 

    Joint registration to both the National Conference on Ending Homelessness and Funders Institute will be available through Funders Together. Funders who register for both the Funders Institute and National Conference through Funders Together will receive $50 off the registration fee for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. 

    • Dues-paying members: $875 
    • Non-dues paying members and non-members: $1,075 

    Funders can also register for just the 2022 Funders Institute on Monday. This option allows you to attend Monday portion of the Funders Institute, including our funders networking reception, but does not allow access to the NAEH conference, the plenary, or the funder workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

    • Dues-paying members: $200 
    • Non-dues paying members: $400 

    Please note that the registration for the Funders Institute and joint registration for the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is exclusively for 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, please contact Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

     

    Cancellation and Transfers 

    Monday, June 27 at 1pm ET 

    Joint registration for Funders Institute and NAEH conference closes 

    Before June 30, 2022 

    Funders Together will process cancellation and transfer requests for JOINT registration before June 30. Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute or NAEH conference registration by emailing Stephanie Chan 

    Thursday, June 30, 2022 

    Joint registration payment due date 

    June 30, 2022 – July 8, 2022 

    Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute by emailing Stephanie Chan 

    Submit request to cancel or transfer your NAEH conference registration by completing the NAEH Cancel Registration Form ($150 cancellation fee) 

    After July 8, 2022 

    Cancel or transfer your Funders Institute by emailing Stephanie Chan 

    Submit request to cancel or transfer your NAEH conference registration by completing the NAEH Cancel Registration Form (no refund) 

    Friday, July 15, 2022 at 1pm ET 

    Deadline to register for the Funders Institute 

    Deadline to transfer or cancel Funders Institute registration; after this date no Funders Institute refunds will be given 

     

    To cancel a registration, send a request to Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer. Refunds for paid registrations are subject to approval and a cancellation fee. You will receive an email when your refund has been processed.  

     

    Accessibility 

    • In the registration form, there is an opportunity to let us know what accessibilities you need.  
    • Currently, we are not planning on a having a virtual option to participate in this year’s Funders Institute.  

    Will the Funders Institute be recorded? 

    We will record any keynotes or presentations, and recording will be available to Full Members of Funders Together after the event. That said, we are planning to have much of the 2022 Funders Institute be small, discussion-based conversations that will not be conducive to recording.  

     


  • Introducing Michael Durham as the Funders Together Director of Networks

    We are excited to announce that Michael Durham (he/him/his) will join Funders Together as our Director of Networks on May 16, 2022. He steps into this role after nearly nine years with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a membership and advocacy organization representing the healthcare arm of the U.S. movement to end homelessness.  

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