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

United Ways Partnering to End Homelessness

Funders Together deeply values our more than 20 United Way members across the country. We recognize that United Ways play a crucial role in communities’ efforts to end and prevent homelessness, and uniquely combine direct service, advocacy, and convening with their capacity as grantmakers. We hold space for solidarity and accountability between United Way members to lean into their distinctiveness while focusing on their role as funders.  

United Ways Partnering to End Homelessness meets via Zoom every other month, alternating our gatherings between peer-sharing discussions, topic-based discussions, or presentations from guest speakers. We are responsive to the needs of those who comprise the group, elevating pressing issues and connecting dots within disparate conversations in the movement to end homelessness.  

Participation is limited to full members of Funders Together, but we recognize that United Ways’ budgets for membership associations is smaller than other grantmakers, so we provide United Ways a separate dues schedule. Learn more about membership. 

If you have questions about the United Way network, contact Michael Durham at [email protected].   

Current Roster

  • Valley of the Sun United Way: Phoenix, AZ
  • Orange County United Way: Irvine, CA
  • United Way of the Bay Area: San Francisco, CA
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Los Angeles, CA
  • United Way of Ventura County: Ventura, CA
  • United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties: Fresno, CA
  • Mile High United Way: Denver, CO
  • United Way of Broward County: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta: Atlanta, GA
  • United Way of Central Indiana: Indianapolis, IN
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack County: Boston, MA
  • United Way of Central Maryland: Baltimore, MD
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way: Grand Rapids, MI
  • United Way of Forsyth County: Winston-Salem, NC
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH
  • United Way of Greater Toledo: Toledo, OH
  • United Way of Rhode Island: Providence, RI
  • United Way of the Midlands: Columbia, SC
  • United Way of Greater Nashville: Nashville, TN
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: Dallas, TX
  • United Way of King County: Seattle, WA
  • United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County: Milwaukee, WI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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