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

Virtual Local Learning: Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network: Targeting Racial Disparities in Homelessness

San Francisco Bay Area, CA | Tuesday, August 25 | 10:30am - 12:00pm PT

Our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities is dependent on stable housing. Yet across the Bay Area, finding and keeping a home has slipped out of reach for many people in our communities, and the added impact of COVID-19 is putting more people at risk of losing their housing and endangering their health. People of color, particularly Black and Native Americans, have been disproportionately impacted due to the long history of policies excluding them from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility. 

Cities across the Bay Area have been intensifying their efforts to respond to the crisis, and stakeholders are collaborating to lift up regional strategies and solutions. Making a difference on such significant challenges requires collaboration and an intersectional approach, and philanthropy has an important role to play. 

Please join Northern California Grantmakers and Funders Together to End Homelessness for the launch of the new funder network: Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network, and become part of the effort to align philanthropy to advance racial equity and regional coordination in preventing and ending homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the network’s north star, purpose, and focus. We’ll discuss ideas on adopting a targeted approach on racial disparities in homelessness, gather information to shape our follow up action sessions, and create space for you to meet and connect with colleagues in the field. 


  • Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Chris Block, Chronic Homelessness Initiative Director, Tipping Point Community
  • Darnell Cadette, Manager, Community, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Jackie Downing, Executive Director, Crankstart Foundation
  • Brandy Jenkins-League, Program Manager, North County Housing Resource Center (NCHRC), Bay Area Community Services
  • Margot Kushel, Director, Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
  • Tomiquia Moss, Executive Director, All Home



About Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network

Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network is a partnership between Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and Funders Together to End Homelessness. The partnership draws on NCG’s expertise in bringing philanthropy together to build healthy, thriving, and just communities in Northern California and Funders Together’s work to mobilize philanthropy to use its voice, influence, and expertise to advance lasting solutions to end homelessness, including addressing structural and racial inequities.

August 25, 2020 at 10:30am - 12pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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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