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

Webinar: Investing in Change - Supporting Advocacy and Policy Work

Thursday, March 28 | 2pm ET | 1pm CT | 12pm MT | 11am PT

How can philanthropy make the case for funding advocacy to end homelessness? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? What’s philanthropy’s role in educating new members of Congress on housing and homelessness issues? Can philanthropy support local ballot initiative work?

Funders Together is partnering with Alliance for Justice to answer these questions and more! We'll also hear from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation on how the Foundation is focusing on advocacy and policy work, including lifting up voices of lived experience.

This session covers:

  • Reasons for philanthropy to support advocacy and policy work;
  • Definitions of lobbying, and activities that are exceptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those which are permissible for private foundations;
  • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants;
  • How funders can educate and inform incoming Congressional leader on issues that affect housing and homelessness policy; and
  • Supporting local efforts, such as ballot initiatives and narrative change campaigns.

View our previous webinar with Alliance for Justice, Advocacy 101 for Funders

Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]  

If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

March 28, 2019 at 2:00pm - 3pm
Lauren Bennett ·
Andrea Iloulian Kristin Aldana-Taday Julian Pierce Melissa Stafford Jones Mike Schwartz Ellie Benson Angela Cox Todd Shenk Tammy Marashlian Christopher Wiggins Nancy Wolanski laurie kappe Layla Pedigo Emma Heffernan

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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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