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  • 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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    Last updated: September 17, 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.

    Keynote Introduction by Martha Anne Toll, author of Three Muses and Funders Together Board Member

    Martha Anne Toll, Funders Together board member and the founding and former executive director of the Butler Family Fund, will introduce our keynote speaker, Clint Smith III. 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

    • 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

    Sultan Shakir, Executive Director, 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. I do the work I do because... 

    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. 

     


  • published 2021 Funders Institute FAQ in 2021 Funders Institute 2021-08-20 15:02:56 -0400

    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]

    If you 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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  • published 2021 Funders Institute in Programming 2021-06-22 15:46:57 -0400

    2021 Funders Institute

    2021 Virtual Funders Institute on September 28-30, 2021, 2-4p ET daily

    2021 Virtual Funders Institute

    September 28-30, 2021

     

    Funders Together to End Homelessness’ annual Funders Institute on September 28-30, 2021! The Funders Institute is one of Funders Together's annual events that brings funders together to learn, connect, and act to end homelessness and advance racial and housing justice. Over these three days, participants will hear from leaders in the field, make new connections with funders from across the country, and find joy together.

    "The connections we've made through Funders Together, the insight into what's happening at the federal level, and the intellectual architecture you provide for how to structure philanthropic work around racial equity have been incredibly helpful." --FTEH member

    This year, join us as we dive deep on what narrative change research is telling us, how philanthropy can fight against the criminalization of homelessness, and what's happening nationally to push for housing as a human right and housing justice. We're also building in more time for networking and for participants to hear about what other funders are working on with topics ranging from an affordable housing initiative, eviction prevention, and equitable evaluation. This will be an incredibly timely Funders Institute you won't want to miss!

     

    Dates and Time

    • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 
    • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 
    • Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 ET (1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT) 
    Optional Networking Reception

    There will be an optional networking reception on Wednesday, September 29 at 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 3pm MT / 2pm PT. This reception is open to anyone registered for the Funders Institute. Registered participants will receive a link from Zoom to join the reception. 

     

    Registration

    Registration Fee
    • $90 for Full (dues-paying) Members  
    • $180 for Basic (non-dues paying) Members and Non-Members 
    Participation Eligibility

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

     

    Agenda

    See a working agenda with session topics and speakers.

     

    FAQ

    Find answers on the FAQ page about technology, registration deadlines, cancelation policies, and accessibility. 

     

    WHEN
    September 28, 2021 at 2:00pm
    WHERE
    Virtual
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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

  • Making the Case for the Equitable Evaluation Framework™

    As our philanthropic members increasingly center equity within their work, the staff of Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), PEAK Grantmaking, and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) recognized an opportunity to apply an equity lens to a tool that already exists in the toolbox of most funders: evaluation.  

     

    Through meetings and conferences we attended over the past few years, we were drawn in by the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI), which asked us to imagine, “What might be possible if evaluation was conceptualized, implemented, and utilized in a manner that promotes equity?”

     

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  • 2021 Funders Forum FAQ

    <<Return to the main Funders Forum page

    We're excited that you will be participating in the 2021 Virtual Funders Forum! 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 March 23-24.

    If your question is not answered here or you do not have your Zoom link, please reach out to Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager, at [email protected].

     

    Technology Platform & Call-In Info

    We will be using Zoom Meetings for all parts of our virtual Funders Forum. Participants will receive an email from Zoom with their unique call-in information no later than March 8 and will receive reminders each week, the night before, and morning of the Funders Forum.

    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 Funders Together staff person will help move you into a breakout session manually.

    • Desktop client or mobile app: version 5.3.0 or higher
    • Chrome OS: version 5.0.0 (4241.1207) or higher

    Logging in to the Funders Forum

    • 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.

    Will there be captioning available?

    Captioning will be available on Tuesday, March 23 during the plenary session, however there will not be captioning during the breakouts. On Wednesday, March 24, captioning will be available for both hours of the event.

    Will the Funders Forum be recorded?

    Parts of the Funders Forum will be recorded and 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.

    Key Dates

    January 12, 2021 Registration opens
    March 19 at 11:59p ET Deadline to request a refund
    March 22 at 1:00p ET Deadline to request a registration transfer
    March 22 at 1:00p ET Online registration closes
    March 23 and 24, 2:00p ET 2021 Funders Forum

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy

    Transferring Your Registration

    • If you can no longer attend the Funders Forum and would like to transfer your entire registration to a colleague, please email Lauren Samblanet. We will accommodate transfer requests through 1pm ET on Monday, March 22, 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 Forum and wish for a colleague to also attend, they will need to have their own separate registration.  

    Canceling Your Registration

    • Because we do not need to factor in space and food costs for this virtual Funders Forum, we are able to have a more lenient cancelation and refund policy for this event. We will accept registration refund requests through Friday, March 19 at 11:59 pm ET.  There will be no partial refunds. 
    • If you can no longer attend the Funders Forum and would like to request a refund, please contact Lauren Samblanet 

  • 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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Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness