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

Virtual Training: Understanding Power

Monday, April 17, 2023 | 1:00PM ET, 12:00PM CT, 11:00AM MT, 10:00AM PT

This is a 2-hour virtual training. 

Housing justice requires the assurance of safe, secure, affordable, and dignified living conditions where people have power and agency over how and where they live. Advancing housing justice, though, requires all of us to take a bold, unapologetic look at the dynamics that perpetuate racial inequity and take the necessary steps to rectify it. Funders Together has an intention to move the philanthropic sector towards investing in power-building and power-sharing, understanding that philanthropy has tools beyond grantmaking to end homelessness and achieve housing justice.  

Before we can build, share, and map power, we must understand what power is and the many ways it shows up in our work as individuals and institutions. In this 2-hour, interactive virtual training, Liberation House will guide participants into understanding what power is. We will analyze the power that we have as individuals and institutions and explore hidden types of power, with the goal of building the muscle to critically analyze power in all forms on our path toward housing and racial justice.  

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training participants will have: 

  • Knowledge of what power is and the different types of power;  
  • An analysis of one’s own power over, under, and with; and 
  • A foundation on which to develop deeper knowledge and skills to map and build power. 

This training is part of the learning curriculum for Foundations for Racial Equity (FRE), and we are opening participation to funders outside of FRE. This training is designed to be participatory and interactive, and participants will be expected to share in large and small groups. Use of webcam is highly encouraged, and attendees are encouraged to participate as fully as possible for the duration of the program.  


Registration fees include:

  • Members of the current FTEH Foundations for Racial Equity Cohort: Free
  • Full dues-paying members: $40 
  • Basic (non-dues paying) members and non-members: $80 

Participation in this webinar will be capped at 60 attendees.  


Cancelation and transfer policy 

  • Thursday, April 13 at 12pm ET / 9am PT: Deadline to cancel your registration for a full refund. After this time no refunds will be issued. 
  • Monday, April 17 at 12pm ET / 9am PT: Deadline to request a registration transfer to a colleague.  

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Other 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, please contact Jack Zhang, Programs and Communications Manager. 



Jonathan Lykes

Jonathan Lykes - Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House 

Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and academic. His interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Jonathan’s current position as Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House merges his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement and systems change work to teach liberation praxis by pushing the revolutionary edge of radical transformative movement work. Lykes is also the Director of Policy and Programs for Black Youth Project/GenForward Survey. Lykes is also a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a movement of young adults using a Black Queer Feminist lens to advocate for community and institutional change. Through BYP100, Jonathan curated a freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received his master’s degree from the School for Social Service Administration.  

Jawanza James Williams

Jawanza James Williams - Consultant at Liberation House & Director, Vocal NY 

Jawanza James Williams (He, Him) is a Black, Radical Queer, Abolitionist and Socialist. He is currently the Director of Organizing at VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization building power among poor and low-income New Yorkers. Williams is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a founding member of its Afro Socialists and Socialists of Color Caucus and a member of Black Alliance for Peace. He was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, attended Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, receiving a BA in 2012. He has a track record of creating strategic initiatives and bringing together networks of elected officials, content creators, grassroots advocates, and consumers to implement those initiatives.



This 2-hour virtual training will take place via Zoom. Use of participant webcam is highly encouraged.  

If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Jack Zhang, Programs and Communications Manager.  

April 17, 2023 at 1:00pm - 3pm
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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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