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Local Learning: Oregon Funders for Housing Justice

Portland, OR | Monday, June 3, 2024 | 10:30am - 1:30pm PT 

Homelessness has surpassed the point of crisis in Oregon, now drawing additional attention through the Supreme Court case involving the city of Grants Pass and the recriminalization of drug possession largely related to public use by people living unhoused. Amidst this crisis, hope coexists.

On June 3rd in Portland, join your funder colleagues for a deep dialogue on principles of housing justice and where funders can align on strategic priorities. From 10:30am -1:30pm PT, we’ll hear from Funders Together CEO and racial justice leader Amanda Andere and feature the successes of regional funder networks who have invested in housing justice and effectively worked to reduce homelessness.

We will conclude with an invitation for ongoing collaboration across the state and set the stage for the Grantmakers In Health conference that same week.

Join us in Oregon! Lunch will be provided.


  • Who: Only grantmakers who fund in Oregon are eligible for this gathering. Any funder who is interested in or actively funds homelessness, housing, or housing justice initiatives is welcome to attend.
  • Where: Oregon Community Foundation’s Portland Office:1221 SW Yamhill St Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205
  • When: Monday, June 3, 2024, 10:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time. 
  • Contact: Michael Durham

RVSP here; space is limited!

Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

June 03, 2024 at 10:30am - 1:30pm
Oregon Community Foundation’s Portland Office
1221 SW Yamhill St
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205
United States
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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2024-04-17 10:13:52 -0400

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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