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Webinar: Advancing Housing Justice Through Policy Engagement

Thursday, August 27 | 1:00p ET | 12:00p CT | 11:00a MT | 10:00a PT

Events of 2020 have spurred an increased interest in policy engagement from funders, knowing that an equitable recovery from COVID-19 and systems transformation will require a real push for change. We know that many funders are also asking very similar questions: What is my foundation legally allowed to do and not do? How can we be successful advocates when we don’t have a dedicated policy staff member? How do we use our policy team to push for racial and housing justice? How can we support our grantees in doing advocacy work?

Funders Together is excited to bring philanthropy this policy webinar for funders who are newer to policy and advocacy work or who are looking to gain insight from their peer’s policy efforts. Join this webinar for a quick primer on what actions philanthropy can take related to policy and advocacy and hear from a few funders – some with dedicated policy staff and some without – about their work and how they use their voice and influence to advance real change by supporting and pushing for equitable policies to end homelessness.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about what philanthropy can legally do related to policy and advocacy
  • Hear from funders – with and without dedicated policy staff – about how they engage in policy and advocacy work at different levels of government
  • Hear how they support their grantees in thinking about policy and advocacy


  • Angela d’Orazio, Senior Program Officer, Homelessness, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  • Seyron Foo, Senior Advocacy Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Sara Monge, Public Policy Officer, Colorado Health Foundation

How to Register

To register for this webinar, please use the button below and enter your information. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom log-in information.

Please note: This webinar is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your ability to participate, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.  

August 27, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Programming 2020-07-23 17:24:34 -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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