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

Our Collective Impact in 2018

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I am proud, honored, and humbled to lead this vibrant network of philanthropy committed to preventing and ending homelessness. In 2018 especially, we embodied the words of Dr. King and stretched our learning to action journey to understand the conditions that daily cause our work together to be necessary.

Last month, we celebrated MLK Jr. Day, but I don’t know that we can fully celebrate it until his dream is realized -- the dream for economic and racial justice that would make homelessness truly rare, brief, and one time. And one that would end the disparities we see in the homelessness and housing system because of historic and current structural racism.

But we can honor his life and legacy by recognizing the work we are doing to realize his dream. Our dream; for a more just, caring, and inclusive community. Our 2018 Impact Report is not only a reflection, but a reminder of the work we must continue to do together to prevent and end homelessness.  

Thank you to our members, board, staff, and partners who have allowed Funders Together to End Homelessness to have an impact on the field of philanthropy and contribute to the movement to end homelessness.

Let us go in to 2019 thinking about how we can use our voice to create a future where housing is truly a human right, and the conditions that lead to homelessness cease to exist.  Dr. King and so many others in the civil rights movements set out a vision for economic and racial justice, and it’s our collective responsibility to carry out their work for a more equitable world.

View our 2018 Impact Report here.


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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