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Webinar: New Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative

Monday, January 25, 2021 | 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT

We cannot end youth homelessness until we prevent it. Feasible, sustainable solutions require many things, including the participation of young people, the reliance on evidence, consideration of multiple public systems with roles in youth well-being, the benefit of knowledge gained on the front lines, a vision of equity, and a posture that empowers young people. 

In this webinar, we will be exploring the Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, which will be developing a national strategy to prevent youth homelessness that integrates all those components and reflects a diverse array of stakeholder voices. Chapin Hall will discuss how they are developing this collaborative agenda and movement for action and evidence-building around prevention. While this national work will be launching early next year, we will hear from the Washington State Office of Homeless Youth about their multi-prong state-level work on the prevention of youth homelessness, which includes co-designing with young people with lived expertise. Whether on the national level or on the state level, funders can play a role in supporting the focus on rigorous prevention research and evaluation. Join us for this engaging conversation with funders and providers who are exploring strategies to prevent youth homelessness. 


  • Casey Trupin, Director of Youth Homelessness, Raikes Foundation
  • Matthew Morton, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 
  • Shree Lakshmi (SL) Rao, Senior Foster America Fellow, Office of Homeless Youth, Washington State Department of Commerce 
  • Charles Rutheiser, Senior Associate in Center for Community and Economic Opportunity, Annie E. Casey Foundation 

How to Register

Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom, which will be resent the day before and day-of the program. If you have any questions about registration in the hour before this webinar, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, corporate-giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

January 25, 2021 at 3:00pm - 4pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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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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