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

Webinar: Ending Homelessness is Possible! Here’s How Funders Can Help 

Wednesday, May 20 | 10:00 am ET | 9:00 am CT | 8:00am MT | 7:00am PT

Funders Together is excited to partner with Philanthropy West Virginia on a two-part webinar series on homelessness how it intersects with other systems. This webinar is open to any funder, but the numbers and context we share will be tailored to West Virginia.

Ending homelessness is possible. In order to do so, communities must work together to understand who is homeless and why, as well as support the solutions we know end homelessness. Philanthropy has an important role to play in this work, which includes supporting systems change, public-private partnerships, and advocacy.   

Join the first of this two-part webinar series, brought to you by Philanthropy West Virginia and Funders Together to End Homelessness, to learn about the root causes of homelessness and the evidence-based practices that we know end homelessness. We’ll look specifically at homelessness in West Virginia and what organizations are doing to house people before discussing how funders can use their resources most effectively to support these solutions.  

By the end of this webinar, we hope participants will know:  

  • Who experiences homelessness and why,  
  • What ends homelessness and helps people remain stably housed,   
  • How funders are working to prevent and end homelessness, even if they don’t consider themselves “homelessness funders,” and   
  • How philanthropy can support real systems change. 

We’ll kick off this webinar series on May 20 by laying some foundational knowledge about homelessness and housing instability. On August 26, we’ll delve deeper about how homelessness intersects with other systems, such as employment and education, and how funders can work at these intersections.   


  • Free for members of Philanthropy West Virginia and Funders Together 
  • $30 for non-members of Philanthropy West Virginia and Funders Together 

Please register for this webinar through Philanthropy West Virginia. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Hilaria Swisher, Program and Engagement Coordinator at Philanthropy West Virginia or Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together. 

May 20, 2020 at 10:00am - 11:15am
Stephanie Chan ·

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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