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Our Thank You to Matthew Doherty

Funders Together to End Homelessness thanks Matthew Doherty for his service as Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Last week, it was announced that Matthew Doherty would no longer serve as the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). This news both shocked and saddened us. We are incredibly honored to have known and worked closely with such a strong housing and homelessness ally and advocate in his capacity at the Council.

On behalf of Funders Together, we want to thank Matthew for his engaged leadership and unwavering dedication to the movement to end homelessness. As USICH Executive Director, he was a critical and transformative partner for these efforts and stepped up continuously as a co-conspirator to elevate the importance of racial equity and centering people with lived expertise. His understanding of collaboration and public-private partnerships propelled stakeholders to implement and sustain proven solutions and best practices, such as Housing First, that have transformed communities. We know his passion for this work will follow him into future endeavors and look forward to being in partnership, once again, to end homelessness.

We also want to thank Jasmine Hayes, as she steps into the role of interim Executive Director, and USICH staff, for their integral part in what the Council has accomplished. Funders Together is committed to continuing our dynamic partnership between the Council and philanthropy to uphold our shared values of supporting solutions that promote racial and LGBTQ equity and putting those with lived expertise at the center of the creation of those solutions. Your role in ending homelessness is a crucial one, and we will move forward in our efforts together, carrying on the vision and values Matthew illustrates.

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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