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

Stephanie Chan

Chief Strategy Officer
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As Funders Together's first Chief Strategy Officer, Stephanie leads the implementation of the organization's overall strategy to end homelessness through a racial and housing justice framework. Previously, she served as the Director of Membership and Programs and led programming to push philanthropy to center racial equity in their homelessness and housing work. In this Director position, Stephanie also successfully designed a membership strategy to expand the organization's network and diversify its revenue streams. While at Funders Together, Stephanie also supported HUD through an Intergovernment Personnel Act (IPA) assignment, where she helped the agency on activities related to President Biden's Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. 

Before coming to Funders Together, she worked at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), managing peer learning programs for foundation CEOs and senior leaders and designed and led workshops across the country on effective grantmaking practice. Prior to GEO, Stephanie managed a day center for people experiencing homelessness and later served as their communications director.

Outside the office, Stephanie serves as a co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle, which seeks to raise funds and awareness that will support local nonprofits working to uplift the lives of the region’s AAPI communities, grow anti-racism efforts, and build cross-racial solidarity. Stephanie earned her master of public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.


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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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