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

Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Funders Together to End Homelessness organized weekly funder calls for philanthropy to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. Starting September 2020, these calls will move to being monthly calls on Wednesdays at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT.


Agenda for December 9

During this call, you'll hear updates from three different place-based funders about their COVID-19 response for housing and homelessness and how they're thinking about the next phase of their work. Representing Liberty Hill and their focus on social justice in Los Angeles, Jessa McCormack will talk about Stay Housed LA and their work with community land trusts and local coalitions pushing for COVID relief. Junior Dillion will talk about the Wilson Foundation's housing work in Rochester, NY during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, sharing what's happening at the community level in San Diego to support people experiencing homelessness is Amy Denhart, Director of the Funders Together San Diego regional network.

We hope these three perspectives will give participants new ideas and questions and brainstorm what philanthropy can do in the coming months.


  • Jessa McCormack, Program Manager for Housing Justice, Liberty Hill (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Junior Dillion, Program Director, Wilson Foundation (Rochester, NY)
  • Amy Denhart, Director of FTEH-San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, Funders Together to End Homelessness (moderator)


Please register for this COVID-19 Funder Call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

Please note: If you were previously on the recurring calendar invitation, that calendar invitation has been deleted and you will need to register for each call you wish to attend.


Participation in our programming is limited to 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, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

December 09, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4pm
Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs ·

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  • Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop
    published this page in Programming 2020-09-08 12:42:23 -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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