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Minneapolis In Person Convening Agenda

May 13-15, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN 


Day 1 | May 13th  

Location: Youthprise, 3001 Broadway St. NE, Suite #330, Minneapolis, MN 55413 


8:30AM to 9:00AM:      Travel to Youthprise

Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30AM. Breakfast is available at the hotel before we leave. 

9:00AM to 10:30AM:    Welcome and Community Reconnecting 

10:30AM to 10:45AM:   Break 

10:45AM to 11:00AM:   Welcome to Minneapolis 

Susan Bass Roberts (Pohlad Family Foundation)

11:00AM to 12:00PM:    Introduction to Minneapolis 

David Hewitt (Director of Housing Stability for Hennepin County) and Nola Speiser (Workforce Director for Hennepin County suburban area) 


Jim Crow of the North

12:00PM to 12:45PM:    Lunch 

12:45PM to 1:15PM:      Race Equity in MN 

David Hewitt (Director of Housing Stability for Hennepin County) and Joy Stephens (City of Minneapolis Racial Disparity Director)

1:30PM to 2:30PM:        Foundations and Race Equity in MN 

 Marcus Pope (Youthprise), Anita Patel (Bush Foundation), Terri Thao (Nexus Community Partners), and Courtney Cushing Kiernat (Pohlad Family Foundation)


Building an Inclusive Culture: Spreading and Embedding an Equity Lens at the Bush Foundation

2:30PM to 2:45PM:        Break

2:45PM to 3:45PM:        Facilitated Activity and Small Group Discussion 

3:45PM to 4:00PM:        Reflections and Closing 

6:00PM to 7:30PM:        Dinner 


Day | May 14th  

Location: YouthLink41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403 


8:30AM to 9:00AM:      Travel to YouthLink

Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30AM. Breakfast is available at the hotel before we leave. 

9:00AM to 9:30AM:       Reflections from the previous day 

9:30AM to 10:00AM:     The Evolution of Employment and Housing Integration

Heidi Boyd (Hennepin County) and Brian Paulson (Pohlad Family Foundation)

10:00AM to 10:20AM:    Exploring MN’s Strategies of Integrating Employment and Housing 

Representatives will be present from YouthLink, The Link, Goodwill Easter SealsAvivo, StartToday, RISE, RS Eden, and Oasis. 

10:20AM to 10:30PM:     Break 

10:30PM to 11:30PM:     Exploring MN’s Strategies of Integrating Employment and Housing Continue

11:30PM to 12:00PM:     Sustaining The Work That Has Begun 

12:00PM to 12:15PM:     Q&A 

12:15PM to 1:00PM:       Lunch 

1:00PM to 2:30PM:         Funders Role in MN  

Brian Paulson (Pohlad Family Foundation), Ellen Waters (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network), Stephanie Battles (Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations), Sam Blackwell (Great Twin Cities United Way)


Employment Engagement And the Myth of the Dual Customer

MSP-Win Data Dashboard Examples- Number of Working Adults of Color Needed to Eliminate Disparities,

Number of Adults Earning a Family Sustaining Wage

Report Card


2:30PM to 2:45PM:        Break 

2:45PM to 3:45PM:        Facilitated Activity and Small Group Discussion 

3:45PM to 4:00PM:        Reflections and Closing 

Dine Around Dinner


Day | May 15th  

Location:  The John and Denise Graves Foundation, 2929 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55407


8:30AM to 9:00AM:       Travel 

9:00AM to 9:30AM:       Opening and reflections from the previous day 

9:30AM to 10:30AM:     Federal and State Policy

Jennifer Ho (Minnesota Housing Finance Agency)

10:30AM to 11:30AM:    SNAP E&T

Tikki Brown (MN SNAP E&T)  and Jim Durdle (Goodwill Easter Seal)


Goodwill Easter Seal PPT

SNAP Recipients Data

11:30AM to 12:00PM:     Facilitated Discussion 

12:00PM to 12:45PM:     Working Lunch: Discussion on policy recommendations presented by the work group 

12:45PM to 1:00PM:       Evaluation and Closing 

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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