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

Funders Network for Youth Success


Homelessness is more than a lack of a place to sleep tonight. For a young person, it means instability, fear, and often an inability to effectively learn and prepare for adulthood. This issue of homelessness affects every aspect of a young person’s life, including school, employment, and health.

Born from our youth-focused community of practice, Foundations for Youth Success, The Funders Together to End Homelessness’s Funders Network for Youth Success is a national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to prevent and end youth homelessness. Members of the Funders Network for Youth Success will have access to:

  • Resources, such as webinars, member calls, newsletters, articles, and blog posts
  • Opportunities to learn about philanthropy's unique role in supporting the AWHA Grand Challenge and other efforts to center racial and LGBTQ equity
  • Networking opportunities through in-person convenings
  • Opportunity to engage in advocacy with other funders
  • Learn about innovative ways to support public policy in your community and nationally
  • Connection to key national partners

To join the Funders Network for Youth Success, please email Director of Networks Michael Durham at [email protected].

Why Join the Funders Network for Youth Success?

Who Can Join?

The Funders Network for Youth Success is open to all full and basic members of Funders Together who are currently investing or interested in best practices and solutions to youth homelessness or intersecting issues, such as education, and juvenile or criminal justice. There is no fee associated with joining the network and members can join at any time. 

Youth Network Leadership Committee

The Funders Network for Youth Success Leadership Committee is a small peer group of funders that are actively engaged in work to prevent and end youth homelessness. They continuously explore best practices and opportunities for funding. Members of the Leadership Committee recognize the importance of the national work to local efforts and advocate to improve outcomes in our communities and country. The Funders Network for Youth Success Leadership Committee steers content, learning, and offers expertise and peer coaching to members of the network.  If you are interested in being nominated for this committee, please contact Michael Durham at [email protected]

Leadership Committee Members:

Youth Homelessness Resources

Funders Together to End Homelessness has collected resources that will provide you a snapshot of the current youth homelessness landscape for funders and support funders in identifying the role they can play in advancing the work happening both nationally and locally. We will be updating the page with timely resources as they become available, so be sure to check back often!

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  • Tabitha Blackwell
    published this page 2022-04-30 15:30:32 -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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