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

Stephanie Chan

  • Career Opportunity: Director of Membership and Programs

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is seeking to hire our next Director of Membership and Programs. You can view this job description as a PDF. 

    Posted April 29, 2022

     

    About Funders Together to End Homelessness 

    Our Mission: Funders Together to End Homelessness will mobilize its members to utilize the voice, influence, and expertise of philanthropy in ways that will advance lasting solutions to ending homelessness, including addressing its underlying causes like structural and racial inequities, and helping create policies and systems that center people with lived expertise. 

    About Funders Together: Funders Together to End Homelessness is the only philanthropic membership organization devoted to ending homelessness in the United States. We serve as a vehicle for members to be part of a broader movement and bring greater financial and intellectual resources to end homelessness and move toward housing justice, and we support the field of philanthropy by providing critical learning and networking opportunities around best practices and innovation to ensure investments are maximized.  

    COVID-19: Funders Together is an entirely remote organization, and all staff work from home unless traveling for work. Due to COVID-19 several of our in-person events have shifted to a virtual format, though we plan to slowly resume travel and in-person convenings in 2022. Employment with Funders Together is conditional on full COVID-19 vaccination, with exceptions for documented medical exemptions or religious accommodations.  

     

    Director of Membership and Programs Job Description

    This position reports to the Chief Strategy Officer and leads the membership strategy and activities (recruitment, retention, and engagement) and programming strategy and development for the organization.  

    Membership 
    • Serve as a point of contact for members and keep apprised of their interest, activities, challenges, and work and find ways for Funders Together to support and advance their goals in a mutually beneficial way.  
    • Engage current members to deepen interactions with Funders Together and other members through member benefits and services. Support members by understanding their goals and objectives within Funders Together and for their community and customize support and resources based on member needs.  
    • Research and scope out information about members and other funders working in homelessness, housing, or intersectional issue areas. Develop and execute a recruitment strategy for new members and convert existing Basic Members (non-dues paying) to Full Members (dues-paying).   
    • Lead efforts to track, assess, and report on member engagement.  
    • Oversee and manage the onboarding and orientation process for new members.  
    • Manage the Membership and Programs Coordinator, who currently supports the membership renewal process and membership administrative tasks.  
    Programs 

    We conduct two signature in-person events a year (during COVID-19 this temporarily shifted to a virtual format, and in 2022 we anticipate doing hybrid events), 1-2 webinars every month, and 1-2 smaller funder calls per month.  

    • Create annual programming strategy that meets the interests of our members, share timely and emerging work in housing and homelessness, and pushes philanthropy to learn about and advance housing and racial justice.  
    • Design and execute programming, including webinars, funder calls, convenings/events, and other relationship and network-building activities.  
    • Develop partnerships with other national and regional philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) to design joint programming and engage members across interest areas or geographic regions 
    • In partnership with the Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Networks, and Director of Communications, develop and promote online resources (e.g. recommendations, case studies, blog posts) to guide and influence philanthropy.    
    • Conduct outreach to members to engage them to participate in programming, serve as speakers, and/or author content.  

     

    Qualifications and Compensation 

    Required Qualifications 

    • Strong commitment to racial justice, housing justice and the mission, vision, and values of Funders Together to End Homelessness. 
    • Knowledge of homelessness, human services, or housing systems. 
    • Experience creating and facilitating programming for a philanthropic audience and adapting programming to both fit in-person and virtual formats.  
    • Self-starter with significant initiative, intuition, autonomy, and drive. Able to work independently with little need for close management.  
    • Personable, relatable, and relationship-oriented; must work well with all types of people and be able to bring out the best in those around them. 
    • Thoughtful and insightful, with the ability to anticipate, appreciate, and reconcile diverse and complex perspectives.  
    • Ability to adapt to changing or ambiguous circumstances smoothly.  

    Additional Qualifications 

    • Experience with Salesforce and other software and systems including NationBuilder, Zoom, and MailChimp.  
    • Experience identifying new revenue opportunities, forecasting revenues, managing budgets, and developing business models.  
    • Experience working in a small, virtual team that spans US time zones.  
    • Management experience a plus. 

    Other Details 

    • Given the remote nature of this position, staff must be able to maintain their own office and work schedule during core hours, which are currently between 10am – 4pm ET (with flexibility for candidates from other US time zones). Candidates must be based in and able to work in the United States.  
    • This is a full time, exempt, remote position. When it is safe to travel, this position requires domestic travel roughly 30-40% of the time and the ability and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends.  

    Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer 

    Compensation: $90,000 - $100,000, plus generous benefits including: 

    • 3 weeks of paid time off (increases to 4 weeks after 2 years), 12 paid holidays, and 15 paid sick days 
    • Paid parental leave and short- and long-term disability leave 
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance (80% employer paid), as well as flexible spending accounts (health, dependent care, and commuter) 
    • 5% employer contribution to 403b beginning the month following one-year work anniversary (employee can contribute immediately) 

     

    How to Apply 

    Please send your cover letter and resume as PDFs to Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, at [email protected] with “Director of Membership and Programs, First and Last Name” in the subject line.                                 

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive staff. We encourage people with lived experience of homelessness and housing instability to apply. 

    Due to the anticipated volume of applicants, we will only be contacting applicants we wish to schedule a phone screening with.


  • Career Opportunity: Programs and Communications Manager

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is seeking to hire a Programs and Communications Manager. You can view this job description as a PDF

    Posted April 29, 2022

     

    About Funders Together to End Homelessness 

    Our Mission: Funders Together to End Homelessness will mobilize its members to utilize the voice, influence, and expertise of philanthropy in ways that will advance lasting solutions to ending homelessness, including addressing its underlying causes like structural and racial inequities, and helping create policies and systems that center people with lived expertise.

    About Funders Together: Funders Together to End Homelessness is the only philanthropic membership organization devoted to ending homelessness in the United States. We provide critical resources and learning and networking opportunities to our members to increase their knowledge, capacity, and effectiveness in both the individual and collective work to prevent and end homelessness. Funders Together acts as a vehicle for members to be part of a broader movement and bring greater financial and intellectual resources to the work to end homelessness.

    COVID-19: Funders Together is an entirely remote organization, and all staff work from home unless travelling for work. Due to COVID-19 several of our in-person events have shifted to a virtual format, though we plan to slowly resume travel and in-person convenings in 2022. Employment with Funders Together is conditional on full COVID-19 vaccination, with exceptions for documented medical exemptions or religious accommodations.  

     

    Programs and Communications Manager Job Description

    This position provides support on both programming and communications activities at Funders Together and plays a key leadership role in connecting how we talk about our programming and our members to the broader Funders Together network.

    Programs 

    This manager will support general programming for our funder network as well as activities related to our regional and issue-based funder networks and communities of practice.

    • Support the execution of annual funder convenings by drafting materials such as program agendas and outlines, writing event and session descriptions, supporting speaker outreach, and coordinating logistics (virtual and in-person formats)
    • Support the delivery of general programming by drafting program descriptions, gathering materials such as speaker bios and headshots, and providing live support and notetaking during virtual and in-person programming
    • Manage follow up and follow through after programming, including sending follow up communications to program participants and speakers and creating webinar recording and resource pages
    • Support the delivery of regional and issue-based networks and learning communities by helping to schedule recurring meetings, sending out meeting agendas,
    • Manage the programming and communications calendars to bring cohesion and thoughtful strategy to how when and how we plan and communicate our programming
    Communications
    • Work with the Director of Communications and Policy to plan and execute communications strategy to articulate Funders Together’s and our members’ impact in preventing and ending homelessness and advancing housing justice
    • Manage the communications calendar in conjunction with the programming calendar, and create communications to promote Funders Together programming, resources, and updates
    • Create or support development of resources for members, including monthly member newsletters, annual reports, emails, blog posts, and other online resources and marketing materials
    • Manage Funders Together’s digital presence, including website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
    • Maintain organization’s listservs to ensure accurate subscriptions and manage content and technical needs

     

    Qualifications and Compensation 

    Required Qualifications 

    • Strong commitment to racial justice, housing justice, and the mission, vision, and values of Funders Together to End Homelessness.
    • Strong written communications skills with ability to understand the target audience’s point of reference and key questions
    • Experience with Salesforce and other software and systems including NationBuilder, Zoom, and MailChimp
    • Ability to work independently in a virtual setting
    • Personable, relatable, and relationship-oriented; must work well with all types of people and be able to bring out the best in those around them
    • Ability to adapt to changing or ambiguous circumstances smoothly

    Additional Qualifications 

    • Knowledge of homelessness, philanthropy, human services, or housing systems or interest in establishing a knowledge of these topics
    • An eye for and skills related to visual imagery and graphic design
    • Experience working in a small, virtual team that spans US time zones

    Other Details 

    • Given the remote nature of this position, staff must be able to maintain their own office and work schedule during core hours, which are currently between 10am – 4pm ET (with flexibility for candidates from other US time zones). Candidates must be based in and able to work in the United States. 
    • This is a full time, exempt, remote position. When it is safe to travel, this position requires domestic travel roughly 30-40% of the time and the ability and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends.  

    Reports to: Director of Communications and Policy

    Compensation: $60,000 - $65,000, plus generous benefits including: 

    • 3 weeks of paid time off (increases to 4 weeks after 2 years), 12 paid holidays, and 15 paid sick days
    • Paid parental leave and short- and long-term disability leave
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance (80% employer paid), as well as flexible spending accounts (health, dependent care, and commuter)
    • 5% employer contribution to 403b beginning the month following one-year work anniversary (employee can contribute immediately)

     

    How to Apply 

    Please send your cover letter and resume as PDFs to Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications and Policy, at [email protected] with “Programs and Communications Manager, First and Last Name” in the subject line.                                 

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive staff. 

    We encourage people with lived experience of homelessness and housing instability to apply. 

    Due to the anticipated volume of applicants, we will only be contacting applicants we wish to schedule a phone screening with.  

     


  • Pay FTEH Full Member Dues

    Thank you for submitting your Full Membership dues online. Funders Together’s membership dues are determined by your organization’s grantmaking budget for preventing and ending homelessness, per the scale below. Your dues contribution makes a significant difference in our ability to sustain our work.

    After submitting your dues, a Funders Together staff person will send a formal acknowledgement letter within a week or reach out if your transaction did not go through. 

    Full Membership Dues

    Annual Grantmaking Budget for Preventing and  Ending Homelessness

    Suggested Level of Annual Support

    Under $200,000

    $300

    $200,000 and under $500,000

    $1,000

    $500,000 and under $1 million

    $2,000

    $1 million and under $5 million

    $4,000

    $5 million and under $10 million

    $7,000

    $10 million and under $20 million

    $10,000

    $20 million and over

    $15,000

     

    Membership Dues for United Ways

    Annual Grantmaking Budget for Preventing and  Ending Homelessness 

    Suggested Level of Annual Support for United Ways

    Under $200,000

    $300

    $200,000 and under $500,000

    $1,000

    Over $500,000

    $2,000

     

    If you have any questions, concerns, or encounter technical difficulties, please contact Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, at [email protected] or 617.245.0314 x105.

     

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  • 2021 Funders Institute Speakers

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    Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by first name. 

    Barbara Poppe

    Founder and Principal
    Barbara Poppe and Associates

    She/Her/Hers

    Barbara Poppe is the founder of Barbara Poppe and Associates and the former executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. During her tenure, Opening Doors, the first comprehensive federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness was launched in June 2010. Ms. Poppe is a nationally recognized expert on homelessness and results-driven public-private partnerships. Barbara Poppe and Associates, established in 2014, is an independent consulting firm that develops the capacity of communities and organizations to tackle complex issues using a collaborative systems approach to achieves results and impact. Ms. Poppe is a frequent national, state, and local speaker on homelessness and serves on the national board of the Enterprise Community Partners and the national advisory board for the Center for Evidence-based Solution to Homelessness.

     

    Chantelle Fisher-Borne

    Project Director, Out in the Initiative
    Funders For LGBTQ Issues

    She/Her/Hers

    Chantelle joins Funders for LGBTQ Issues after almost two decades working in the nonprofit sector. Her professional career began in the public health field with a focus on community development and LGBTQ youth. She has worked to address issues of affordable housing and homelessness through transforming community based services to better meet the needs of families living in poverty. Most recently, she has been working in the philanthropic sector as a consultant supporting funders concerned about issues of poverty and economic justice. Chantelle has a proven track record of working with groups tackling tough issues such as poverty, homelessness and religious based bigotry in the South.


    Chantelle is inspired by the legacy of resilience and resistance found in communities throughout the South. In recent years, she and her wife were the lead plaintiffs for North Carolina’s lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on adoption and marriage rights for same sex couples. Years ago, she helped build the first statewide network of LGBTQ affirming faith leaders in North Carolina and worked with nonprofit organizations to build their capacity to address issues of oppression with a focus on institutionalized racism.

    The descendant of Catholic Cajuns, Chantelle spent the first 25 years of her life in southern Louisiana and has lived in North Carolina for the past 15 years. She and her wife, who is originally from Mississippi, are proud to call the South home. They have two kids that keep them happy and busy on most days. In her spare time, Chantelle likes to go for a run and cook food with friends.

    Chinwe Onyekere, MPH

    Director of Equity and Inclusion
    HealthSpark Foundation

    She/Her/Hers

    In her current role as Director of Equity & Inclusion at HealthSpark Foundation, Ms. Onyekere is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision for equity and social justice within the foundation and with its community partners. This vision guides HealthSpark’s philanthropic investments and partnership with the Montgomery County community to create an equitable and just safety net.

    Before coming to HealthSpark Foundation, Ms. Onyekere served as the System Director for Health Equity and Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official at Main Line Health, Ms. Onyekere was responsible for system-wide efforts focusing on community health and equity, overseeing graduate medical education, as well implementing innovative models for addressing social determinants of health, health care disparities, and quality of care.

    Ms. Onyekere’s professional experience has provided her with the unique opportunity to develop a keen understanding of how to create and manage programs that have the potential for far-reaching impact on people's health, the quality of care they receive, and the systems that provide that care. During her tenure as a Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ms. Onyekere focused on reducing health care disparities, reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, and identifying innovative ideas for breakthroughs in health and health care. After RWJF, Ms. Onyekere served as the Executive Director for Health Leads New York, where she had the opportunity to establish a new model of health care delivery, in which patients' unmet resource needs are addressed as a standard element of patient care. 

    Ms. Onyekere received her Master of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate in Business Essentials from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Ms. Onyekere was awarded the 2015 Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders by The Forum of Executive Women and accepted into the 2019 Class of Leadership Main Line.

    Deborah Gilbert White, Ph.D

    Founder and Coordinator
    HerStory Ensemble

    She/Her/Hers

    DeBorah Gilbert White is a diversity and inclusion specialist, social justice and community advocate for people experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or formerly homeless.  She is founder of HerStory Ensemble LLC, an awareness, education, and advocacy community-based group focused on women and homelessness.  She serves as a member of the National Coalition for the Homeless Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau, where she shares her story and work connected to homelessness.  HerStory Ensemble LLC is a member organization of the National Coalition for the Homeless, Delaware Continuum of Care (DE CoC), and the Delaware H.O.M.E.S. (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, Stability) Campaign.  She and her organization work as advocates locally and nationally for protective homeless policy and legislation.

    DeBorah’s experience with shelter homelessness led to her advocacy work for homeless rights and housing justice. She has been working in community since 2012 toward a Delaware Bill of Rights for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness, and to dismantle stereotypes, myths, and misinformation about homelessness. Her work continues today to eliminate discrimination based on housing status, to stop the criminalization of homelessness, and to promote more low-income and affordable housing.

    Dr. Gilbert White is author of Beyond Charity: A Sojourner’s Reflections on Homelessness, Advocacy, Empowerment and Hope, a memoir to be released September 2021.

    Dylan Waguespack

    Public Policy and External Affairs Director
    True Colors

    He/His/His

    Dylan Waguespack is the Public Policy and External Affairs Director at True Colors United, where he develops, directs, and implements our federal, state, and local administrative and legislative public policy agenda. Before joining True Colors United, Waguespack was a political communications and advocacy consultant working in Baton Rouge, La and Washington, D.C. His past clients include the National Center for Transgender Equality, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Secure and Modern Elections, Louisiana Budget Project, and more.

    Before opening his consulting firm, Waguespack served as Executive Director of Louisiana Progress, the progressive movement-building partnership where he started his career as an intern in 2011. While there, he drafted and successfully lobbied for a number of bills to expand opportunity for children, youth, and families impacted by homelessness, including protection from eviction for survivors of domestic abuse, expanded eligibility for child care assistance for families experiencing homelessness, and in-state tuition and campus housing for current and former homeless and foster youth in postsecondary education.

    Waguespack is a proud New Orleanian and a graduate of Ben Franklin High School. He lives in Northeast D.C. with his partner, Matthew, and his dog, Ham.

     

    Edward Jones

    Vice President of Programs and Philanthropic Advising Services
    The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)

    He/His/His

    Edward Jones is the Vice President of Programs and Philanthropic Advising Services at ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, where he deeply embraces the organization’s vision. In his role, he leads philanthropic professional development & convening activities as well as supports the design and implementation of the organization’s racial justice and equity program initiatives for over 900+ members and partners across the globe. Prior to joining ABFE, he was the Director of Conference Programming at the Council on Foundations, before joining ABFE. Edward is a founding member of Black Benefactors, a social investment club/giving circle comprised of individuals, local businesses and organizations that are dedicated to addressing the societal ills facing Black people in the DC region. He is also a founding member of Black Philanthropic Alliance and board member of Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc. a regionally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, overall health and well-being organization. Jones also serves as a board member with Weissberg Foundation. He serves on the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Racial Equity Working Group, an active member/volunteer of Zion Church in Maryland and founding member of its Justice League. Edward is a commissioner of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Serve DC Commission for volunteerism. Born in Los Angeles, Edward is a graduate of the University of Akron, OH and long time resident of D.C.

     

     

    Elly Bludworth

    Director of Youth Housing
    SMYAL

    She/her/hers

    Elly is the Director of Youth Housing at SMYAL. She is originally from Sanford, Florida, but has lived all over the country. She’s always wanted to live in DC and views this as her forever home. Throughout her career, she has worked as a Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking Victim Advocate, a Shelter Supervisor, and a Forensic Interviewer. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year Orlando, and spent two years as a Resident Assistant and one year as a Head Resident Assistant at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Elly is passionate about creating a world where youth have a voice; where housing isn’t a barrier to success.

    Outside of work, you can find Elly training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, lifting Atlas stones and logs while training Strongman, or taking innumerable pictures of her dog, Amara, and her cat, Mr. Crowley. Elly also loves cooking and baking vegan food for her friends.

     

    Eric Ares

    Senior Manager, Homeless System Change
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles

    He/His/His

    Eric Ares is the Senior Manager, Homeless System Change with the UWGLA Home Food Good Initiative. In this capacity, he works with public agencies, service providers, community organizations, and people with lived expertise to create policy and system solutions that better serve the immediate service and long-term housing needs of people experiencing homelessness. Prior to joining UWGLA in 2018, he worked as a community organizer and policy advocate alongside unhoused and/or extremely low-income residents in the Skid Row/DTLA community. When he’s not working, he enjoys losing to his 7 year-old daughter at UNO and unironically cheering for the LA Clippers.

    Eric Tars

    Legal Director
    National Homelessness Law Center

    He/His/His

    Eric Tars serves as the National Homelessness Law Center’s legal director, leading its human rights, civil rights, and children’s rights programs and managing its cutting edge litigation, strategic policy advocacy, and outreach and training initiatives at the international, national, and local levels. Eric helped spearhead the launch of the Law Center’s national Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, has served as counsel of record in multiple precedent-setting cases, including Martin v. Boise in the 9th Circuit, and is frequently quoted in national and local media, including NPR, AP, New York Times, Washington Post, and VICE News.

    Before coming to the Law Center, Eric was a Fellow with Global Rights’ U.S. Racial Discrimination Program and consulted with Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute and the US Human Rights Network, where he currently serves as the vice-chair of the Network’s Board.

    Eric received his J.D. magna cum laude as a Global Law Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Haverford College and studied international human rights in Vienna at the Institute for European Studies and at the University of Vienna.

    Eric also teaches human rights advocacy as an adjunct professor at Drexel University Kline School of Law.

    Harmony Giovanni

    Youth Advocate
    Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL)

    She/her/they

    I have been featured in articles posted by “Washington Blade” & “Street Sense Media.” I am currently a community board member working with “Greater Washington Community Foundation” which is an organization that gives grants to LGBTQIA+ Organizations in the Local & even outer layer communities. I have been working with SMYAL as a consultant for two years in raising awareness about transgender equality & equity.

    Mark Horvath

    Founder
    Invisible People

    He/His/His

    Mark Horvath has broken the mold. He’s not doing what makes sense. He is living out his passion and doing what burns deep inside of him. Mark has developed Invisible People to give a face and voice to homelessness, something he knows all too well since he once lived among them. His work is extremely innovative and his ingenious use of social media for storytelling is a model for both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds.

    After an extended period of unemployment due to the 2008 crash and losing everything facing homelessness a second time, Mark grabbed his camera and started to use social media to help tell the stories of people experiencing homelessness. With only a $45 start-up budget and lots of tenacity, Mark has used social media to reach the general public and change how people perceive a very serious social crisis that’s mostly ignored.

    Mark regularly works on cause campaigns with major brands like Hanes, Ford, Pepsi, General Motors, and Ritz Crackers, and has consulted for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Police Department, Utah, the City of San Francisco, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and more. In addition, Mark has served as a guest lecturer at educational institutions across the globe including Geneva Forum on Social Change, UCLA, USC, NYU, and Syracuse University. In 2018, The Nonprofit Times included Mark in their 2018 Power & Influence Top 50 nonprofit executives.

     

    Martha Toll

    Author and Funders Together board member

    She/Her/Hers

    Martha Anne Toll recently completed twenty-six years as the founding Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund. Under her leadership, the Fund developed and expanded two major philanthropic programs with a deep commitment to racial equity: advocacy to end homelessness and to fight injustices in the criminal “justice” system. Martha now works fulltime as a writer. Her debut novel, Three Muses, is the 2020 winner of the Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction and is forthcoming in Fall 2022. Martha regularly publishes book reviews and essays on NPR Books and in The Millions, as well as in the Washington Post, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She has served as a nominator for the annual NPR Book Concierge since 2017. Her personal essay, “Dayenu,” was selected for inclusion in the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19.

    Martha graduated from Yale College and received her law degree from the Boston University School of Law. She lives with her husband, a climate activist, and their espresso machine just outside of Washington, DC. They are the lucky parents of two daughters.

     

    Michael Parkhurst

    Housing Opportunities Program Officer
    Meyer Memorial Trust

    He/His/His

    Michael has a need to do work that makes a difference and to learn new things constantly along the way.

    He is fascinated by the space where social justice, public policy, market forces and the practical challenges of real estate come together. Michael also admires and enjoys working with the dedicated and creative people working on housing issues throughout Oregon.

    After a stretch in academia, Michael worked in local government for about 15 years in community development, housing policy and revitalization. He also served on the board of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc. for nearly a decade.

    Michael came on board at Meyer in 2014.

    Mike Dickerson

    Co-Founder
    Ktown for All

    He/His/His

    Mike Dickerson is a co-founder of Ktown for All, an advocacy group in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Ktown for All does outreach in Koreatown to build relationships with unhoused neighbors that inform its political advocacy

     

    Monique King-Viehland

    Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy
    Urban Institute

    She/Her/Hers

    Monique King-Viehland is associate vice president for metropolitan housing and communities policy at the Urban Institute where she is leading new work on racial equity and housing justice, as well as working with researchers on policy, communications, and business development to grow compelling bodies of work and embedding racial equity across Metro’s practice areas.

    King-Viehland previously served as executive director of the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) where she oversaw 580 employees and a budget of $600 million. She was the first woman and African American to take the helm of the 40-year-old agency. She led the agency through significant transformation, including the merger of the Community Development Commission and housing authority into one unified agency to augment cross-agency thinking and client service, increase organizational effectiveness, and reposition the agency as a forward-thinking, industry leader in the provision of housing, community, and economic development.

    She enhanced the LACDA’s efforts to fight the homelessness and affordability crises, including a 10-fold increase in affordable and supportive units funded, increasing project based rental voucher commitments by more than 100 percent while providing housing and housing assistance to hundreds of thousands annually. In 2019, she was recognized as an LA Power Woman by Bisnow.

    King-Viehland has 20 years of experience in housing, community, and economic development. She is a member of the LAHSA Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness and a member of the Policy Advisory Committee for the California Roadmap HOME 2030 initiative.

    In late 2020, King-Viehland served as a member of the US Housing and Urban Development Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition Team.

    She graduated with honors from Smith College and has a master’s in public policy from Carnegie Mellon.

    Ryan Moser

    Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs
    Corporation for Supportive Housing

    He/him/his

    Ryan Moser is an innovator and futurist grounded by twenty years of experience in housing, justice, health and human services, education and international development. Currently the Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs at CSH, they are responsible for CSH’s Data & Analytics, Strategic Alignment, and Impact Investment portfolios. Ryan is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, ceramicist and guitarist with a BA from the University of Richmond and an M Ed from Pennsylvania State University. When Ryan isn’t at work he’s probably chasing after his kid and happy to be doing it.

     

    Sarah Amour-Jones

    Director of Communications
    Melville Trust

    She/Her/Hers

    Sarah joined the Melville Trust in spring 2020 as Director of Communications. In this role she is helping to elevate the work of the Trust and its grantees; shift national and state-based narratives around homelessness and affordable housing; and develop and implement strategic communications that support the Trust’s mission of ending homelessness.

    For eleven years prior to joining the Trust, Sarah served as a communications, program and research consultant to foundations, nonprofits and academic institutions. Earlier in her career she worked as Special Projects Manager for philanthropist David Haas, Officer of Program Administration at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Marketing Director at Free Press and Editorial Assistant at the British Film Institute.

    Sarah earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

     

     

    Sarah Hunter

    Owner-Worker
    Housing Justice Collective

    She/her/hers


    Sarah is a big-picture strategist with experience at the local and federal levels. She looks across all the moving parts of a system, community, or set of efforts and turns them into collective vision. Specializing in housing and homelessness solutions, Sarah formerly served as Policy Advisor to Secretary Julián Castro at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She led the original design of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, and spent several years as a technical assistance provider, learning and emerging alongside communities in its implementation. Previously, Sarah spent time as a community organizer, leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) youth policy and practice shifts, and centering the experinces of young people. If you need your motorcycle repaired, a puzzle figured out, or a ridiculous metaphor for some complex problem you’re experiencing or solution you're seeking to design, she’s your go to. She is currently based in the Washington, DC Metro area.

     

    Tara Raghuveer

    Founding Director of KC Tenants
    Homes Guarantee Campaign Director at People's Action

    She/Her/Hers

    Tara Raghuveer is the founding director of KC Tenants. She is also the Homes Guarantee Campaign Director at People’s Action, a national network of grassroots organizations committed to racial, economic, gender, and climate justice. Tara is an Australian-born, Indian-American immigrant who came to the US with her family in 1995 and grew up in Kansas City.

     

    Terri Davis-Merchant

    Program Director
    Trinity Church Wall Stree

    She/Her/Hers

    Terri Davis-Merchant serves as the Program Director for the Housing & Homelessness initiative with the Philanthropies team at Trinity Church Wall Street. In this capacity, she manages Trinity’s grantmaking in furtherance of its ten-year strategy to combat homelessness and to support the development of affordable housing in New York City. Previously, Terri was the Director of Predevelopment Planning at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where she managed the Request for Proposals process for upcoming affordable housing development projects on publicly owned land as well as solicited ideas for the Agency’s future pilots and initiatives. Her past roles have included legislative advocacy around various housing issues as well as financing for and the legal representation of community-based organizations building affordable housing. Terri received her BA in African American studies from Yale University and JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

     

    Dr. Tiffany Manuel (Dr. T)

    President and CEO
    TheCaseMade

    She/Her/Hers

    DrT (as she prefers to be called) is a dynamic speaker, bestselling author and the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. In her role at TheCaseMade, DrT works with hundreds of passionate social changemakers, innovators and adaptive leaders around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communitie

    Tonia Wellons

    President and CEO
    Greater Washington Community Foundation

    She/Her/Hers

    Tonia Wellons is the President & CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the largest public foundation in the Greater Washington region. Leading an organization with a staff of 35, nearly $400 million in assets under management, and $70 million in annual grants, Tonia oversees the day-to-day business of the organization, serves as chief development officer, and works with the Board of Trustees and staff to determine the strategic priorities of The Community Foundation. Tonia has successfully launched and led programmatic and development efforts for several key initiatives at The Community Foundation, including the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, VoicesDMV, the Resilience Fund, and the Partnership to End Homelessness. She also has purview over all grantmaking, community engagement, and strategic partnerships.

    Prior to joining The Community Foundation in July 2016, she served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration as head of global partnerships at the Peace Corps. Tonia previously served as fund manager of a multi-donor initiative focused on financial access and inclusion at the World Bank Group. She also spent a significant part of her career working on USAID-funded capacity development initiatives during the immediate post-apartheid era in South Africa and the broader sub-Sahara region.

    Tonia is a 23-year resident of Prince George's County and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development Policy from the University of Delaware, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University. 

    Tonia serves on the board of Leadership Greater Washington and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She also serves as co-chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund DMV’s Black Justice Fellowship and a member of the Federal City Council and the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness.

     


  • Understanding How We Might Shift the Paradigm: Reflections from the Making the Case Collaboratory

    For the past six months, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), PEAK Grantmaking, and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) have been on a journey of self-reflection and situational assessment to explore principles from the Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF) and consider long-standing beliefs and assumptions in our learning and evaluation practices that show up as orthodoxies.

     

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  • 2021 Funders Institute Agenda

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    Agenda is subject to change without notice. Last updated: September 21, 2021

     

    Tuesday, September 28 | 2-4p ET / 1-3p CT / 12-2p MT / 11a-1p PT

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    Opening & Welcome

    Join us in kicking off the Funders Institute! Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together, will share an update about Funders Together's new strategic direction and focus on housing justice and liberation.

    Keynote: Fireside Chat with Clint Smith, Author of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

    Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to announce Clint Smith III as the keynote speaker for our 2021 Funders Institute. Clint Smith III is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. 

    As Martha Toll, author, Funders Together board member, and founding Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund, wrote in her Washington Post book review of How the Word Is Passed, Smith has “much to offer about teaching (and unlearning) history, the toxic effects of racism and public policy.” At a moment in time when people are deepening their awareness of structural racial inequities, it is critical to understand the legacy of slavery in our country and its ongoing consequences hidden in plain view. Join us for this keynote fireside chat between Clint Smith and Martha Toll to listen and challenge your own understanding of our history, the stories we tell about it, and the spaces we move through every day.

    Fireside chat facilitation by Martha Anne Toll, author of Three Muses and Funders Together Board Member

    Martha Anne Toll is the founding Executive Director at the Butler Family Fund and a board member at FTEH. She is now a full time writer. Her novel THREE MUSES, won the Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction and will be published a year from now, in September 2022. Under her leadership, the Butler Family Fund developed and expanded two major philanthropic programs with a deep commitment to racial equity: advocacy to end homelessness and to fight injustices in the criminal “justice” system. Martha now works fulltime as a writer. Her debut novel, Three Muses, is the 2020 winner of the Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction and is forthcoming in Fall 2022. Martha regularly publishes book reviews and essays on NPR Books and in The Millions, as well as in the Washington Post, The Rumpusand elsewhere. She has served as a nominator for the annual NPR Book Concierge since 2017. Her personal essay, “Dayenu,” was selected for inclusion in the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19.

    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    After our keynote, participants will have the opportunity to join one of three or four concurrent breakout sessions to dive deep on a specific issue related to homelessness, racial equity, and housing justice. 

    • 1A: The Intersection of Attacks on Critical Race Theory with Housing Justice Goals

    Across the country, there are vocal opponents of critical race theory (CRT) attempting to ban crucial racial analysis of systems and policies. For some, it may seem like these attacks on CRT are separate from the work of ending homelessness and that the best path forward is to pay little attention to this opposition. However, the disparities we see today are the result of the exclusion of people of color from opportunities for home ownership, wealth accumulation, and economic mobility and because of historical and persistent racial discrimination in employment, healthcare, education, and the criminal legal system. Philanthropy has as much a responsibility as anyone else to ensure that these attacks on CRT do not erode efforts toward racial and housing justice goals. Join this session if you are interested in brainstorming with other funders what philanthropy’s response can and should be.

    Speakers

    - Tonia Wellons, President and CEO, Greater Washington Community Foundation

    - Monique King-Viehland, Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Urban Institute

    - Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

    • 1B: What Should Philanthropy Do to Fight the Criminalization of Homelessness?

    No one wants to see unsheltered homelessness in their community. However, the urgency to address unsheltered homelessness has meant that many groups are pushing “solutions” that harm people experiencing homelessness, violate their rights, and do little to address the root causes of homelessness. In this session, participants will hear from local and national advocates about how they are pushing back against the criminalization of homelessness, resources that demonstrate the ineffectiveness of these laws, and how philanthropy can support local and national advocates in protecting the rights and safety of people experiencing homelessness.

    Speakers

    - Eric Ares, Manager, Homeless Systems Change, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

    Eric Tars, Legal Director, National Homelessness Law Center

    DeBorah Gilbert White, Founder and Coordinator, HerStory Ensemble

    • 1C: National Efforts to Push for Housing as a Human Right

    Housing is a basic human need. We know that safe, accessible, and affordable housing results in positive health, education, and economic outcomes, and we know that housing ends homelessness. So, what will it take to help others believe that housing is a human right and to change policy to guarantee housing for all? In this breakout session, we’ll hear from a national advocacy organization and a national grassroots organizer about their advocacy efforts, values, and ideas for how philanthropy can support their work.

    Speakers

    - Ryan Moser, Vice President of Strategy & Impact, CSH

    Tara Raghuveer, Homes Guarantee Campaign Director, People's Action

    - Sarah Hunter, Owner-Worker, Housing Justice Collective

    • 1D: Organizing Against Anti-Transgender Policies in the Fight for Housing Justice

    The National Center for Transgender Equality reports that one in five transgender people in the United States has been discriminated against when seeking a home, and more than one in ten have been evicted from their homes, because of their gender identity. With a lack of legal protections from gender identity discrimination on both the state and local levels, evictions and homelessness of transgender people will continue to persist. In this session, we will hear from national and grassroots organizers about the advocacy opportunities at the intersection of anti-transgender policies and housing and homelessness.

    Speakers

    - Chantelle Fisher-Borne, Project Director for the Out in the South Initiative, Funders For LGBTQ Issues

    - Dylan Francis Waguespeck, Public Policy and External Affairs Director, True Colors United

    Elly Bludworth, Director of Youth Housing, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL)

    - Harmony Giovanni, Youth Advocate, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL)

     

    Wednesday, September 29 | 2-4p ET / 1-3p CT / 12-2p MT / 11a-1p PT

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    Opening & Welcome

    We'll set the stage for the day's discussion with art, music, and reflections.  

    Networking

    You asked, we listened! Several of you have requested for more informal networking time. We will be intentional and thoughtful in how we create an energizing space for participants to connect with new peers or deepen connections with old friends, as well as process any thoughts and lessons from Day 1 of the Funders Institute.

    Networking Prompts

    1. Name, organization, location. Something awesome that's happening at work or in my community is...

    2. Something I heard yesterday that is sticking with me is...

    3. Open discussion. Take the conversation where there is energy!

    Funder Pop-Up Talks

    These short talks, also known as “pop-ups” from when speakers used to “pop up” from their table and share during our in-person events, are an opportunity for participants to hear about work that other funders are working on or thinking about. Pop-up speakers will share for roughly 8-10 minutes each, followed by time for Q&A. We will continue to add pop-up speakers as we confirm their topics, but we're already excited about the ones we are ready to share with you:

    • Pop-Up: Reflections About the Equitable Evaluation Framework and Homelessness

    From February through June 2021, HealthSpark Foundation and twenty other foundations participated in a six-month journey of self-reflection and situational assessment to unpack Equitable Evaluation Principles and explore current internal evaluation practices and orthodoxies. In this pop-up, Chinwe Onykere, Director of Equity and Inclusion at HealthSpark Foundation, will offer her reflections about what she learned and how it intersects with their foundation's work in ending homelessness. Read Funders Together's reflections from this learning cohort. 

    Speaker: Chinwe Onykere, Director of Equity and Inclusion, HealthSpark Foundation

    • Pop-Up: Lessons Learned from Our Affordable Housing Initiative 

    In their report, Moving the Needle: A Reflection on Five Years of Investment in Oregon’s Affordable Housing Landscape, Meyer Memorial Trust staff reflects back on the challenges, setbacks, clear “wins” and lessons learned from designing and implementing a strategic philanthropic initiative. In addition to robust and lively discussions among the team about what they take forward from this work, they reached out to dozens of key partners in nonprofits, other funders, and the government to get more perspective on how their Affordable Housing Initiative was received.  

    Speaker: Michael Parkhurst, Housing Opportunities Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust

    • Pop-Up: Lessons Learned from Administering Federal Resources and Preventing Evictions

    Since April 2020, United Way of King County, in partnership with the City of Seattle and King County, has provided rent assistance to more than 10,000 households impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. In this pop-up, Lauren McGown, Associate Vice President for Ending Homelessness & Poverty at United Way King County, will discuss how they administered their recent federal funds on eviction prevention and worked with local landlords to reduce the amount owed. In addition, she will discuss how they are supporting and working with a group of BIPOC community leaders who’ve formed the Equitable Recovery & Reconciliation Alliance (ERRA), which is intended to provide BIPOC community voices to lead the systemic changes needed to address economic recovery and redress systemic racism.

    Speaker: Lauren McGowan, Associate Vice President for Ending Homelessness & Poverty, United Way King County

    • Pop-Up: Faith Communities for Just Reentry Campaign's Policy Platform

    Fifteen to twenty thousand New Yorkers are caught each year in the cycle of homelessness and incarceration. Four in every five are people of color. During the COVID-19 pandemic, over 2,500 people have been released, many without identification, critical medication, or coronavirus testing. Trinity Church Wall Street will share the policy platform central to their Faith Communities for Just Reentry Campaign. Together, we can help our justice-involved neighbors find and sustain a place they can call home. 

    Speaker: Terri Davis-Merchant, Program Director for Housing & Homelessness, Trinity Church Wall Street

    Virtual Reception | 5pm ET

    Join us for networking, camaraderie, joy, and laughter during an optional, informal networking reception. This reception will last one hour and take place via Zoom. 

     

    Thursday, September 30 | 2-4p ET / 1-3p CT / 12-2p MT / 11a-1p PT

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    Opening & Welcome

    We'll set the stage for the day's deep dive into homelessness narrative change. We encourage participants to reflect in advance about how holding power and the ability to control the narrative are connected, examples of messaging campaigns outside of homelessness and housing that have been successful, and what messages related to homelessness you are hearing in your community. 

    Narrative Change Research: What is it Telling Us? 

    No one likes seeing homelessness in their community, but building the public will to address homelessness requires effectively framing the issue in a way that speaks to people’s values and the possibility of success. We also need to consider how we approach narrative change and shift our own thinking in order to be most effective and speak to people's values. With the right tools, we can do a better job crafting narratives that bring people together and create champions for our cause. During this plenary session, participants will hear findings from two narrative change research projects and how philanthropy can support the field in using the research to build public will.

    Speakers

    - Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President and CEO, TheCaseMade

    - Sarah Amour-Jones, Director of Communications, Melville Trust

    - Mark Horvath, Founder, Invisible People

    - Mike Dickerson, Invisible People and Ktown for All

    - Barb Poppe, Founder and Principal, Barbra Poppe and Associates

     

    Deep Dives: What Do We Do Now?

    After the plenary, participants will have an opportunity in breakout rooms to ask follow up questions and discuss and strategize what needs to happen next. How can philanthropy help support a repository of research that the homelessness field can easily access? How should philanthropy be using this research in their own policy and advocacy efforts? What work is still needed to shift the narrative around homelessness?

    Conversation Facilitators

    - Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President and CEO, TheCaseMade

    - Sarah Amour-Jones, Director of Communications, Melville Trust

    - Mark Horvath, Founder, Invisible People

    - Mike Dickerson, Invisible People and Ktown for All

    - Barb Poppe, Founder and Principal, Barbra Poppe and Associates

    - Marisol Bello, Communications Director of the New Narrative Hub led by Melville Charitable Trust and the Hilton Foundation 

    Closing Reflections

    We'll end with closing thoughts and remarks... and maybe an impromptu dance party. 

     


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    2021 Funders Institute FAQ

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    We're excited that you will be participating in the 2021 Virtual Funders Institute! We wish we could be together in person, but we're looking forward to the great content and conversations that will take place virtually on September 28-30, 2021.

    If your question is not answered here please email Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]

    Online registration is now closed. If you would still like to register for the Funders Institute, have questions about registration or have not received your Zoom link, please email Isaac Manchego, Administrative Support, at [email protected]

     

    Key Dates

    August 23, 2021 Registration opens
    September 24 at 11:59p ET Deadline to request a refund
    September 27 at 1:00p ET Deadline to request a registration transfer
    September 27 at 1:00p ET Online registration closes
    September 28-30, 2:00p ET 2021 Funders Institute

     

    Registration Questions

    Register for the Funders Institute. You can pay via credit card or check, and payment options are on the registration page. If you would like to register multiple people:

    1. Complete the registration form below and change the "Amount - Other" field to the total amount that corresponds with the number of people you want to register. (Example: Full member wanting to register 3 people=$270; Basic member wanting to register 3 people=$540)
    2. Send an email to Isaac Manchego with a list of the names, titles, and email addresses of everyone you want to register. Isaac will add them to our system on the back end and note that your payment is for multiple people. 

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy

    Transferring Your Registration

    • If you can no longer attend the Funders Institute and would like to transfer your entire registration to a colleague, please email Isaac Manchego. We will accommodate transfer requests through 1pm ET on Monday, September 27, 2021. 
    • Please note that this option is only for transferring your whole registration to a colleague. If you can only attend part of the Funders Institute and wish for a colleague to also attend, they will need to have their own separate registration.  

    Canceling Your Registration

    • We will accept registration refund requests through Friday, September 24 at 11:59 pm ET.  There will be no partial refunds, and after this date we will not be able to accommodate refund requests.
    • If you can no longer attend the Funders Institute and would like to request a refund, please contact Isaac Manchego.

     

    Technology Platform & Call-In Info

    We will be using Zoom Meetings for all parts of our virtual Funders Institute. Registered participants will receive an email from Zoom with their unique call-in information no later than two weeks prior to the event. We will send out reminders one week in advance, the night before, and each morning of the Funders Institute.

    We recommend using the links in the email from Zoom to create calendar events for yourself. Participants' call-in information is unique to them and should not be shared with anyone else.

    For best results, we recommend updating your Zoom to the latest versions, which will allow you to self-select into the breakout sessions you wish to join. If you are unable to self-select into a breakout room during the convening, a staff person will help move you into a breakout session manually.

     

    Logging in to the Funders Institute

    • Rename yourself: Please rename yourself in the participant list so that it reflects your first and last name and your organization.
    • Connect phone audio to computer: If you use your phone for audio in addition to joining via computer, please link your phone and computer by entering in your participant ID. You can find your participant ID in the pop up when you log in on your computer or by clicking the arrow (^) next to the mute/unmute button at the bottom of your screen.

     

    Accessibility 

    Accessibility Requests

    If you have specific accessibility requests, please contact Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, as soon as possible. Funders Together strives to make our programming as inclusive as possible and will do our best to accommodate accessibility requests. 

    Captioning and Live Transcription

    Live transcription will be available during the Funders Institute. To enable this, please click on the "Live Transcript" button in your Zoom menu bar during the meeting. 

     

    Will the Funders Institute be recorded?

    We will record as much of the Funders Institute as possible and will make recordings available to Full Members of Funders Together after the event. Full Members will need to be logged in to the Funders Together website in order to view the recordings. If you are not a Full Member of Funders Together and would like to learn more, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

     

    How Do I Get a Copy of Clint Smith's book, How the Word Is Passed?

    If you were one of the first 50 registrants for the Funders Institute, be on the lookout for an email from Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, with a form to complete to receive your free copy of How the Word Is Passed. If you receive this email but do not want or need a copy of the book, please let us know so that we can offer a copy to someone else who registered. 

    You can also purchase your own copy (or multiple copies -- the holiday season is coming up!) from a Black-owned bookstore.


  • Webinar Recording: What Is Liberation and How Do We Get There?

    The past few years, and especially over the past twelve months, we’ve seen more and more awareness about the need for racial equity and racial justice. With this progress we also need to understand what we mean when we say the words equity and justice, as well as what it means to work toward liberation and how we get there. 

     

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  • Webinar Recording: Medical Respite: Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing Landscape

    During COVID, we have seen how important housing is to allow people to safely social distance from others and practice safe hygiene activities, such as handwashing, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Given that an analysis on unemployment projects a 40-45% increase in homelessness, it will take coordinated, collaborative efforts to prevent people from becoming homeless, to support the healthcare needs of people currently experiencing homelessness, and to move people experiencing homelessness into safe, stable housing.

     

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  • Webinar Recording: Foundational Concepts for Racial Equity

    Over the past several years, the conversation about racial equity and addressing homelessness has shifted considerably. For many, the racial justice uprisings underscored the importance of deepening our knowledge and understanding of racism and what it means to be anti-racist. Part of “doing the work” also involves regrounding ourselves in foundational concepts to racial equity and bringing others along who are newer on their learning journey. 

     

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  • Webinar Recording: Washington State's Youth Homelessness Prevention Programs

    On June 16, Funders Together heard from the Office of Homeless Youth in Washington state about a strategy that sets a framework for homelessness prevention and highlights early recommendations and next steps. 

     

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  • Foundations for Racial Equity: Forging New Relationships to Address Inequity and Injustice in Homelessness and Housing

    On June 8-10, thirty-four funders from across the United States gathered virtually to kick off the second Foundations for Racial Equity (FRE) community of practice. We came together to forge new relationships, learn about the work that others are doing related to racial equity and ending homelessness, and to articulate goals that we want to work toward over the next two years. 

     

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  • Webinar Recording: Race and Homelessness in the US

    Over the past several years, the conversation about racial equity and addressing homelessness has shifted considerably as homelessness and housing leaders have pushed the field to have different conversations and look at data and solutions differently. In order to achieve equity and justice, we also know that it’s critical to understand the historical and current context of any issue.  

     

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  • Reflections on Measure J’s Success: A Charter Amendment to Advance Racial Equity in Los Angeles

    Measure J passed in California on November 2020, signaling a critical win in a long-fought battle for greater equity and reform by local advocates. The measure’s campaign was built and executed by BIPOC-led organizations who have been working for over a decade to transform our justice system and reverse structural racism’s long-term devastation of poor communities of color. 

     

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  • National Coalition for Housing Justice Letter to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

    Funders Together and members of the National Coalition for Housing Justice co-signed a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors expressing concern over the nomination of Dr. Drew Pinsky to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission.

     

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  • published 2021 Funders Forum in Past Events 2021-04-08 10:22:32 -0400

    2021 Funders Forum

    Banner with FTEH logo and text that says: 2021 Virtual Funders Forum: Housing Policies and Partnerships Rooted in Justice

    On March 23-24, we held our 2021 Funders Forum: Housing Policies and Partnerships Rooted in Justice, which focused on housing justice policy priorities at the national, state, and local levels, and opportunities for public-private partnerships. 

    Under a new Presidential Administration, housing and homelessness advocates are working to proactively push for policies and practices that are rooted in evidence and justice. And, as the country continues to grapple with the effects COVID-19 and racism has on homelessness, it is important for philanthropy to lean into public-private partnerships.

    See below for details and resources from the event. A blog post with reflections from the Funders Forum is coming soon.

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  • Five Black and Latinx Grassroots Leaders Addressing Housing Affordability

    Funders Together pushes philanthropy to both fund grassroots organizations that are working on housing justice and to make sure that their voices are being included in policy conversations. On March 30, Funders Together and California YIMBY hosted a briefing to introduce funders to five Black and Latinx led/serving grassroots organizations that want to work deeper in housing affordability issues and center racial equity in the process. Here are the profiles of the five organizations who shared how increased capacity can transform housing policy.

     

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  • Staying Focused on Racial Equity: Philanthropy’s Role in Implementation of American Rescue Act Dollars

    Organizers and advocates won groundbreaking victories in investments through the American Rescue Plan. The bill notably moves away from trickle-down economics and instead gives direct support to households in need and makes tremendous progress prioritizing the needs of people who are struggling with unemployment, housing instability, and health care coverage.

     

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  • Funder Call Recording: Advancing Housing Justice Policies with the Biden Administration

    A new federal administration presents new and unique opportunities to advance racial and housing justice to end homelessness and housing instability. As philanthropy looks to engage with the Biden-Harris administration, funders must focus on ensuring that people with lived expertise are centered to help to build racially just housing infrastructure and that there are strong accountability measures to maintain it.

     

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  • 2021 Funders Forum Agenda

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    This agenda is subject to change without notice.

    Quick Links & Helpful Info

    • Tell us what you're hearing on social media! Use the hashtag #FTEH2021 on Twitter to be a part of the conversation.
    • If you have not received your Zoom link, please email Lauren Samblanet at [email protected]
    • See the Technology and FAQ page

     

    Tuesday, March 23

    2:00 ET
    Opening and Welcome
    Rename yourself in the participant box to reflect your full name and pronouns. Turn your webcam OFF and use the chat box to ask questions during the plenary.

    Resources

     2:15 ET
    Plenary: Advancing a National Policy Agenda for Housing Justice

    With a new presidential administration in office, housing and homelessness advocates have new opportunities to push for policies and processes rooted in evidence and justice. To kick off this year’s Funders Forum, national homelessness and housing leaders will discuss their top policy priorities and how the work happening in local communities can both support this national advocacy and be informed by it. 

    Speakers:

    • Jeremie Greer, Executive Director, Liberation in a Generation, and contributing author to Housing Policy Playbook - he/him
    • Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessnessshe/her 
    • Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalitionshe/her 
    • Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness (moderator) - she/her  

    Resources:

    3:00 ET
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    Participants will be able to self-select their breakout if they have Zoom version 5.3.0 or higher. Funders Together staff will assist participants who are not able to self-select their breakout rooms.

    Please turn ON your webcams and unmute yourself if you have a question or comment.

     
    Breakout A1: Mobilizing Philanthropy at the Local Level to Advance Housing Policy

    Local policy and advocacy efforts are critical to implementing policies and processes that will support people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. We know that funders all across the country are working together locally and are increasingly engaging in policy and advocacy. In this breakout session, Funders Together members will share how they are building the scaffolding to move a funders network toward really pushing for racially equitable policy changes, how they’re bringing funders together to follow the policy agenda of organizers, and mobilizing foundation leadership across a state to do joint advocacy.

    Speakers:  

    • Emily Krisciunas, Director, Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness (CFTEH) - she/her  
    • Jazmin Segura, Program Officer, Common Counsel Foundation – she/her 
    • Rebecca Allen, Senior Program Officer, Melville Charitable Trust – she/her 

    Resources

     
    Breakout A2: Supporting Community-Led Work and a Vision for Change

    Philanthropy has been having more and more conversations about building relationships and trust, funding grassroots organizing, and shifting power to communities and people to get us closer toward equity and justice. Incrementally more and more funders are starting to shift their strategies and grantmaking to do this, but we also know that this work, while crucial, is also not easy. In this session, we’ll hear from funders who are supporting the vision of organizers and taking steps to shift power. This conversation will go deep about how our work on housing and racial justice pushes us (as it should!) to navigate different perspectives between community, foundation staff, and board and what funders are learning about visions for new systems that are equitable and just.

    Speakers:

    • Paula Carvalho, Program Officer, Youth Homelessness, Raikes Foundation – she/her
    • Brian Paulson, Senior Program Officer, Pohlad Family Foundation – he/him
    4:00 ET
    Adjourn

    Day 1 of the Funders Forum will adjourn directly from the breakout sessions. Breakout rooms will remain open until a quarter past the hour in case participants wish to wrap up conversations.

     

    Wednesday, March 24

    2:00 ET
    Welcome and Opening

    Rename yourself in the participant box to reflect your full name and pronouns. Turn your webcam OFF and use the chat box to ask questions during the plenary.

    Resources

     2:15 ET
    Pop-Up Talks

    “Pop-ups” are a way for our network to quickly hear work that philanthropy and our homelessness and housing partners are engaged in across the country. These are brief, 5-minute presentations designed to share information and invite follow-up conversations after the program is over. 

    Speakers:

    • The HealthSpark Foundation in Montgomery County, PA, will share how they are supporting research to redesign their county’s coordinated entry system to create an equity-centered intake and triage tool that is more culturally responsive and antiracist than their current tool, used by many across the country.
      • Presenter: Emma Hertz, Director of External Affairs, HealthSpark Foundation - she/her
    • Funders for Housing and Opportunity, a national funder collaborative, will describe its support of narrative change work that links the three related crises of our times – COVID-19, the housing crisis, and our country’s racial reckoning. FHO will describe the evolution of its work to move housing out of a commodity context into a common good/human right framing – starting with field scans and analysis of how housing is currently framed, to specific message testing on housing, to its current support of work that equips housing justice fellows with practical communications tools and supports, informs systems-change policy work, and embeds these messages in arts and culture.  
      • Presenter: Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, Project Direcotr, Funders for Housing and Opportunity - she/her
    • With new leadership at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are new opportunities to advance racial equity in housing and homelessness. Richard Cho, Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at HUD, will share brief remarks about work already underway and priorities for the new Secretary.
      • Presenter: Richard S. Cho, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Housing and Services, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development - he/him
    • Anthony Love, Interim Executive Director at the United State Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), will share some brief remarks about priorities and areas of focus for USICH. 
      • Presenter: Anthony Love, Interim Executive Director, US Interagency Council on Homelessness - he/him
    2:40 ET
    Roundtable Conversations

    Roundtable conversations are open, generative conversations for funders to share what they’re working on or thinking about and to gather ideas and thought partnership on questions or challenges. Please select the conversation that is most useful and relevant to your work.

    1. Building Infrastructure for Public-Private Alignment on Narrative and Messaging Change
    2. Working with CoCs to Build a More Equitable Homeless Crisis Response System
    3. Supporting COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Messaging Efforts
    4. Providing Thought Partnership to HUD on Preventing and Ending Homelessness and Advancing Racial Equity

    Participants will be able to self-select their breakout if they have Zoom version 5.3.0 or higher. Funders Together staff will assist participants who are not able to self-select their breakout rooms.

    Please turn ON your webcams and unmute yourself if you have a question or comment.

    3:15 ET
    Transition Break
    3:25 ET
    A New Deal to End Youth Homelessness

    Ending youth and young adult homelessness will require transformation and re-orientation toward justice in the nation’s major systems serving young people—systems currently rooted in structural racism. The New Deal to End Youth Homelessness is a federal policy proposal that offers a roadmap to transform how young people, particularly Black, Brown, Indigenous, and LGBTQ young people, are supported in our society. During this closing plenary, leaders who helped create the New Deal to End Youth Homelessness will share their transformative vision for ending youth homelessness and how the process to achieve that vision must also be rooted in justice. 

    Speakers:

    • Marcella Middleton, Co-director, A Way Home America – she/her
    • Kevin Solarte, Director of Cross-System Initiatives, NIS Center for Housing Justice – he/him

    Resources:

    3:55 ET
    Closing Remarks

    We will wrap up the 2021 Funders Forum with closing remarks from Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness.

    4:00 ET
    Adjourn

Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness