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Thank you, Tabitha!

Funders Together thanks Tabitha Blackwell for her impactful tenure as our Director of Networks and Programs!

It is bittersweet for us to announce that Tabitha BlackwellFunders Together Director of Networks and Programs, will be leaving on May 4, 2022. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her over the past four years and experience the joy and energy she brings into every room she enters.

Our organization, members, and collective work towards housing justice has been greatly impacted by her contributions. During her time at Funders Together, Tabitha has grown and supported our regional networks in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Baltimore, and Chicago, and formed and led the Funders Network for Youth Success and the Health System Funders for Housing Justice Network, as well as two of our communities of practice: Foundations for Employment and Housing and United Ways Partnering to End Homelessness. She has also been instrumental around the planning and implementation of our annual Funders Institute and Funders Forum.  

While we will greatly miss her, we are incredibly excited for her as she joins Book Harvest Durham as their Executive Director, where she has served as a Board member for six years and board chair for the past four years. In her new role, she will expand upon her 15 years of experience in literacy, book access, and education and will continue locally to impact the lives of families and children.

Please join us in thanking Tabitha and wishing her the best!

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Blog 2022-04-13 12:21:22 -0400

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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