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

Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

Wednesday, October 21, 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.

We will continue to aggregate and share resources on our COVID-19 Responses for Philanthropy resource page and have just released our updated COVID-19 Recommendations for Philanthropy.

Funder Call Format

Funder calls are active, discussion-based calls. To encourage open dialogue, these calls are not recorded. We start these COVID-19 funder calls with a brief update or resource from a field partner and then switch to discussion between funders on what is happening in their communities and how they are responding.

October 21 Agenda

Field update: Funders Together has updated our COVID-19 Recommendations for Philanthropy to provide a framework for philanthropy to respond to COVID-19 and, in the process, be a catalyst for racial and housing justice. These recommendations were designed to complement the Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response

During this month's COVID-19 funder call, we will discuss the updates to the recommendations.

Discussion: We plan for there to be ample time for updates and discussion between call participants. Please come prepared to discuss:  

  • What has the homeless response system been doing in your community in response to COVID-19? Knowing that many people experiencing homelessness were moved into hotels and motels, what is happening with that intervention?  
  • As a funder, what is most top of mind for you related to COVID-19 and homelessness right now?


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.  

October 21, 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 12:48:22 -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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