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Local Learning: All Hands on Deck: Changing the System to End Homelessness

Communities across the country are making progress and a positive impact on ending homelessness through partnership and collaboration. No one sector can do it alone, but through strategic public-private partnerships and a strong focus on racial equity and systems change, we can move the needle on ending homelessness in our communities.

Philanthropy, alongside its public sector partners, can play an important role to help center the voices of our neighbors experiencing homelessness in improving the systems that support them, and can help build political and public will to drive policy changes. These partnerships are crucial for our region, where high housing costs that drive homelessness and housing instability are also leading to the resegregation of our communities and higher concentrations of poverty.   

This briefing is the second in a series that NCG is hosting in partnership with Funders Together to End Homelessness. In our first briefing, participants heard from leaders who are spearheading multi-faceted efforts in housing across the Bay Area. In this session, we will delve into the distinct role philanthropy plays in supporting systems change to prevent and end homelessness. 

Join us to:

  • Learn how funders across the country are facilitating and supporting systemic change to advance efforts to end homelessness
  • Discuss how funders can collaborate across systems to drive policy change and build both political and public will
  • Discuss the role philanthropy can play to support these efforts. This event is a partnership between Funders Together and Northern California Grantmakers


  • Amanda Misiko Andere, Chief Executive Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Andrea Evans, Senior Planner, Policy, Tipping Point Community
  • Bill Pitkin, Ph.D, Director, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Please note this event takes place at 1:30 pm PST.

December 03, 2018 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St
Suite 360
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
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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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