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Webinar: Philanthropy’s Voice in Policy, Practice, & Power-Shifting for Housing Justice

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 2:00PM ET, 1:00PM CT, 12:00PM MT, 11:00AM PT 

Co-sponsor: Neighborhood Funders Group, Philanthropy New York

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As Funders Together and our network work toward housing justice as our north star, we must figure out we transform, not just reform the policies and systems that prevent people from having stable and safe housing. In this webinar, we will hear how Funders Together member the Butler Family Fund has shifted their strategy and focus toward policy and advocacy and grassroots organizing to break the cycle between the criminal legal system and homelessness. 

We will also be joined by Austin Justice Coalition and Action Center on Race & The Economy, two community partners who work at the intersection of racial and economic justice. They will discuss how philanthropy can resource and partner in the transition away from broken systems, such as our current criminal-legal system, into transformative housing solutions. 

This webinar is the second in a series highlighting how our members across the country are grappling with difficult juxtapositions between supporting immediate policy reform while co-creating a more visionary, liberated future.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar we will

  • Share how organizations can find their voice and place in policy work (regardless of how large or small their organization is) 
  • Explore how funders can nurture more balanced relationships with their grantees
  • Understand the supports and shifts required from a movement leader’s lens
  • Define strategies funders should consider to shift power within and outside of their organizations 


  • Saqib Bhatti, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Action Center On Race & The Economy (ACRE) - he/him
  • Chas Moore, Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition - he/him
  • João Paulo M. Connolly, Organizing Director, Austin Justice Coalition - he/him
  • Molly Schultz Hafid, Executive Director, Butler Family Fund – she/her 
  • Tia Smith, Director of Membership & Programs, Funders Together to End Homelessness (Moderator) - they/them 


Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. You will receive your Zoom link once a Funders Together staff person has approved your registration.  

Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Tia Smith, Director of Membership and Programs.   


This webinar will take place via Zoom meeting. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Tia Smith prior to the webinar or Jack Zhang during the webinar. 

This webinar will last 75 minutes. 

March 28, 2023 at 2:00pm - 3:15pm
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    published this page in Programming 2023-03-02 19:31:50 -0500

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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