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

Sonya Campion

Co-founder, Campion Foundation

Funders Together Board Member

sonya_campion_sized.jpgSonya brings a successful career in fundraising to the field of philanthropy, with 25 years of development experience working with more than 125 organizations and successfully completing more than 25 major capital campaigns through her work as principal of The Collins Group, a regional fundraising consulting firm. She is a strong believer in the power of philanthropy and is an international fundraising speaker and trainer having recently taught at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands, as well as co-chairing with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the launch of the Northwest affiliate of Funders Together to End Homelessness.

Along with her husband, Sonya is co-founder and trustee of the Campion Foundation, which focuses on permanently preserving wilderness and ending homelessness. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Seattle-King-Snohomish County YWCA, Whitman College Board of Overseers, and the WA State Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, she is serving as co-chair for the Methow Land Conservancy’s Capital Campaign. She holds a B.A. in psychology with a minor in political science from Whitman College, and can often be found in wild places, from the Methow Valley to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


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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