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

Stephanie Chan

  • Webinar Archive: The Inflow Pilot: Cross-system Collaborations to Drive Measurable Reductions into Homelessness

    We cannot end homelessness if we also do not understand and address the inflow of people into the homelessness system. Funders Together has heard an interest from our members to learn more about inflow work happening around the country. Funders Together is excited to share the work of one of our partners, Community Solutions, who is partnering with Built for Zero communities to develop and test replicable models to drive reductions in inflow in a diverse set of BfZ communities. 

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  • Webinar: Learn More About Joining Foundations for Racial Equity, Cohort 2

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 MT, 11:00 PT

    If we are going to end homelessness, we must acknowledge and address structural racism and racial inequities as root causes of homelessness and housing instability. Funders need to focus on changing the systems that create and perpetuate racial disparities and inequities. Doing so is not an easy or quick task, nor is it solely the role of philanthropy. But together, we can take steps to educate ourselves and use our influence locally and nationally to push for housing justice.  

    In 2019, Funders Together launched the first cohort of Foundations for Racial Equity. Starting in June 2021, we will convene a second cohort of Foundations for Racial Equity to support more funders in moving the needle toward greater racial equity in homelessness and housing.  

    Join this informational webinar to learn more about Foundations for Racial Equity and whether participating in the second cohort is right for you.


    Webinar goals:

    • Hear what the goals of the community of practice are and examples of the conversations the community of practice will have
    • Hear who should participate and expectations for participants
    • Learn what participants from the first cohort learned and how their work changed during the community of practice
    • Learn how to apply to be a part of the second Foundations for Racial Equity cohort


    • Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, Funders Together to End Homelessness
    • Participants from the first cohort, to be announced

    This webinar will take place via Zoom and will last 60 minutes. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be posted publicly on the Foundations for Racial Equity page after the webinar.


    How to Register

    Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom, which will be resent the day before and day-of the program. If you have any questions about registration in the hour before this webinar, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

    Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.


    January 14, 2021 at 2pm

  • Webinar Archive: Re-imagine LA: Dismantling Systemic Racism by Investing in Health, Housing, and Jobs

    In unprecedented times, we need historic measures. Measure J to Re-Imagine LA would set a national precedent, permanently investing billions of dollars directly toward the health, housing, and economic justice that our communities, particularly our communities of color, have been calling out for.  

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  • 2020 Virtual Funders Institute Technology FAQs

    We're excited that you will be participating in the 2020 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 August 11-13. We've put together this guide to help answer any technology questions or concerns you might have.

    If your question is not answered here, please reach out to Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager, at lsamblanet@funderstogether.org.

    Find the Funders Institute agenda here.

    Technology Platform & Call-In Info

    We will be using Zoom Meetings for all parts of our virtual Funders Institute. Registered participants will receive call-in information directly from Zoom for each day that they have registered. (i.e. If you registered for all three days of the Funders Institute, you will receive three emails from Zoom, one for each day.) Participants' call-in information is unique to them and unique to each day they've registered for.

    Participants will receive emails from Zoom with their unique call-in information about a week and a half before the Funders Institute, as well as the night before each day and the day-of. We highly recommend using the links in the email from Zoom to create calendar events for yourself.

    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.

    Do I need to turn on my webcam? How do I ask questions or share comments?


    • The first hour of each day will be a plenary conversation. You do not need to turn on your webcam for this conversation unless you are a speaker.
    • Participants will also be muted upon entry. If you have questions for speakers or staff or comments you'd like to share with all participants, please use the chat box function.

    Breakout Sessions

    • After each the plenary, there will be concurrent breakout sessions. We encourage participants to turn on their webcam for these breakouts and to take themselves off mute to ask questions and share their thoughts.
    • Each breakout conversation will have a Funders Together staff person to assist with facilitation and technology.

    How do I choose my breakout sessions?

    Be on the lookout for an email that contains a link for you to select your breakout sessions or click here to select your breakout session preferences.

    We will be populating breakout sessions in advance on the back end of Zoom so that participants do not have to worry about multiple links during the Funders Institute. If you do not fill out the breakout session form in advance, staff will reach out to follow up with you directly. If we still do not hear from you, we will assign you to a breakout session.

    How will breakout sessions happen?

    After the plenary, we will use the breakout rooms feature in Zoom for our concurrent breakout sessions. A few helpful tips about breakout rooms:

    • There will be a Funders Together staff person in each breakout session who will introduce themselves and help facilitate.
    • Your chat box becomes private to only people in your breakout room.
    • If you want to leave the breakout session and join a different one, hit "Leave Room" in the bottom right. That will bring you back to the main session, and Stephanie Chan can help move you to a different room.
    • After the breakout sessions, we will bring everyone back together for a few closing remarks.

    Tell me more about the networking reception on Wednesday, August 12.

    On Wednesday, August 12 starting at 4:30 ET (3:30 CT / 2:30 MT / 1:30 PT), we'll have a virtual networking reception. We'll kick this reception off with a poetry reading by Philip Metres, followed by remarks and fun, generative conversation.

    All participants, regardless of which day(s) they have registered for, are invited to join the networking reception. All registered participants will receive an email from Zoom with unique call-in information. Please feel free to add this to your calendar or ignore it based on your ability to participate.

    Will the Funders Institute be recorded?

    Plenaries will be recorded and made 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.

  • 2020 Funders Institute Agenda

    The 2020 Funders Institute will take place virtually August 11-13 from 2:00-4:00 ET | 1:00-3:00 CT | 12:00-2:00 MT | 11:00-1:00 PT each day. We hope you will also join us on August 12 at 4:30 ET (3:30 CT / 2:30 MT / 1:30 PT) for a virtual networking reception. Participation in the virtual networking reception is open to any registered participant, regardless of day(s) they have registered for.

    Participants will receive unique call-in information directly from Zoom for each day they have registered for the Funders Institute and will receive reminders with call-in information the evening before and the day of. Please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, if you have questions.

    We will be updating this agenda on a regular basis. Please note that this agenda is subject to change without notice.

    If you have registered for the Funders Institute, complete this form to tell us which breakout sessions you wish to attend.

    Tuesday, August 11 | Designing Strategies for Housing Justice

    2:00 ET

    Welcome and Opening


    PLENARY: Pushing for Racial and Housing Justice through Strategic Policy and Advocacy 

    When we reflect on all that’s happened in 2020 to date, many of us focus on the outbreak of COVID-19, the reckoning with racial injustice across the country, and a long road to economic recovery. The events of this year present us with opportunities to push for racial and housing justice during the rest of this year and into 2021. This conversation will name concrete activities that can inform a strategic agenda to build political and public will to see the investments and policies needed for housing justice.   


    3:00 ET

    Concurrent Breakout Sessions


    Breakout 1A: How Philanthropy is Supporting Local and National Messaging and Narrative Work to End Homelessness

    At past Funders Together convenings, we've invited researchers, people with lived expertise, and organizers to talk about changing the narrative and building public will to end homelessness. But, how are funders involved in this work? In this breakout session, we'll hear from two funders: Elisa Harrigan, from Meyer Memorial Trust, about how they supported the messaging that helped a local ballot measure to tax wealthy households for homeless services get passed in Portland, OR. We'll also hear from Aimee Hendrigan and Sarah Armour-Jones, from Melville Charitable Trust, about the national narrative campaign they have launched to shift perceptions about homelessness and housing.



    Breakout 1B: Pushing for Housing Justice When Political Will Isn't Aligned

    We know what is needed to end homelessness: investments in permanent, affordable housing. Low-barrier shelters and services that do not discriminate based on gender. Policies and resources that are equitable and support the most marginalized people. But, what can philanthropy do when the political will in your community isn’t aligned? How can philanthropy help use their influence to push for equitable policies and stand against discriminatory, racist, and harmful practices?

    Join this breakout conversation for brainstorming and peer coaching from other funders who understand what it’s like to work in communities where equitable practices and policies are not part of the political discourse. 

    4:00 ET


    Wednesday, August 12 | Internal Shifts Toward Racial Equity and Systems Change

    2:00 ET

    Welcome and Opening


    PLENARY: Shifting Toward Systems Change and Racial Equity: A Conversation About Moving the Board and Grantmaking Strategy 

    It’s constant and evolving work to focus our grantmaking strategy on systems change and racial equity and to bring the board along on that journey. In this discussion with foundation leaders, we’ll hear how they have been educating their boards and reorienting their grantmaking strategy in equitable systems change and what they found helpful in that journey. 


    3:00 ET

    Concurrent Breakout Sessions


    Breakout 2A: Working Toward Racial Equity in Our Organizations

    Funders have been working for several years to shift their organizational culture and grantmaking to be more equitable. But, what does this look like for members of Funders Together? In this breakout session, we’ll hear from funders about what they’ve been working to change in their organizations to make them more diverse, inclusive, and equitable and have an honest conversation about how philanthropy can hold itself accountable to these values. 


    • Lindsay Hill, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Raikes Foundation
    • Kristin Aldana-Taday, Program Officer, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


    Breakout 2B: Funding Commitments to Support Black Lives

    After the current protests for Black lives started in May, many of our organizations put out statements in support of Black lives. A few foundations have also decided to back those statements through dedicated funding for Black people and Black-led organizations. In this conversation, we’ll hear about three foundation that have made dedicated funding commitments to the Black community and talk about what the work looks like now that those announcements have been made.

    Join this conversation to learn more about Meyer Memorial Trust's Justice Oregon for Black Lives initiative, The Denver Foundation's Black Resilience in Colorado Fund, and The Zarrow Families Foundation's Commemoration Fund.



    Breakout 2C: Systems Change in Employment and Housing

    At the end of 2019, Funders Together concluded Foundations for Employment and Housing, our two-year community of practice that explored how philanthropy can bring the employment and homelessness systems together for real systems change. In this breakout conversation, community of practice participants will share what they learned and what they’ve been working on at the intersection of employment and homelessness.  


    • Brenyale Toomer-Byas, Senior Director for Economic Opportunity, Orange County United Way
    • Heidi Alcock, Director of Grant Development and Communications, McGregor Fund
    • Emily Harris-Shears, Senior Manager of Grantmaking & Capacity Building, Building Changes
    4:00 ET


    Virtual Networking Reception

    4:30 ET

    Virtual Reception Kick-off

    This virtual reception is only to anyone registered for the Funders Institute, regardless of which day(s) they have registered for. We'll find joy through music and art and deepen relationships during this virtual networking reception.


    Guest Artist: Philip Metres, Poet

    Philip Metres has written ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon 2020), Sand Opera, and The Sound of Listening. Awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship, three Arab American Book Awards, and two NEAs, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.

    Thursday, August 13 | Action and Accountability for Racial Justice

    2:00 ET

    Welcome and Opening


    PLENARY: Uniting for Black Lives and Calling for Action: A Statement from True Colors United and the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 

    After the murder of George Floyd, our inboxes were flooded with messages of solidarity. One of the clearest statements we saw was from True Colors United (TCU), in which CEO, Gregory Lewis, handed the pen to TCU staff and members of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness to craft True Colors United’s Statement on Black Lives. This statement balances what we know about systemic racism with clear calls to action and shows why we must listen to LGBTQ people of color with lived expertise. During this plenary, we’ll hear from Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Senior Program Director at True Colors United, about how TCU staff and members of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness crafted this statement and why we must follow the lead of people with lived expertise to find justice. 


    3:00 ET

    Action and Accountability


    In this breakout, participants will be broken up into triads to receive coaching, ideas, and advice about how to move forward a hope or dream to advance racial justice as a funder. This session will require active participation so that participants can receive the support they need to think through what it means to take action and be accountable in pushing for housing justice.

    Resource: Action and Accountability Instructions


    Asks & Offers 


    Before we close, we’ll harness the wisdom of the Funders Together network through an Asks & Offers exercise. Come prepared with a question you’d like resources or thought partnership on, as well as something you can offer to other funders.  

    Examples of asks could include:

    • Help strategizing on policy change in conservative communities
    • Racial equity consultants or trainers to lead specific conversations in your foundation
    • Examples of how you’ve pushed grantees to think about racial equity.  

    Examples of offers could include:

    • Sharing how your organization has incorporated racial equity into board meeting
    • Thought partnership around navigating difficult values conversations with grantees
    • A racial equity framework that your organization has used or developed 
    4:00 ET



  • Webinar Archive: Racial Discrimination in the Lives of Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

    New research from the HOPE HOME study in Oakland, CA examines the relationship between race, racial discrimination, and the experience of homelessness for older adults. In his research, Dereck Paul, an MD candidate at the UCSF School of Medicine, identified how structural racism contributed to study participants becoming or staying homeless and how structural racism may increase susceptibility to homelessness.

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  • published 2020 Funders Forum in Past Events 2020-02-26 14:46:18 -0500

    2020 Funders Forum

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    On February 19, 2020, we convened sixty funders in Oakland, CA for our annual Funders Forum to learn about philanthropy's evolving role in catalyzing solutions to ending homelessness. Held in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference, convening participants heard about policy changes happening at the national and local levels, how different groups are thinking about narrative change, the latest evaluation findings about rapid rehousing and diversion efforts, and much more.

    Resources related to specific conversations are linked below.

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Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness