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What we're reading in 2019

When we named racial equity as a priority in our strategic plan, we also named it a value to start our own internal learning journey as an organization and as individuals. Starting in 2019, each month, we feature a "What We're Reading" section in our Member News that highlights what people in the Funders Together network are reading to expand their understanding of racial equity. This page is an archive of past articles, blog posts, and books that were featured in past editions of the FTEH Member News. We hope this will spur inspiration for your personal or organizational racial equity work and that you'll learn alongside us.

What We're Reading in: 2021 2020



What We're Reading: Philanthropists Bench Women of Color, the M.V.P.s of Social Change
Who's Reading It: Funders Together Staff

In this New York Times Opinion piece, Vanessa Daniel, executive director of Groundswell, calls out the vast inequity in funding practices when it comes to supporting women of color who lead grassroots organizations. She outlines why and how women of color are shut out from funding and how philanthropy can change it's grantmaking to support these organizations in order to produce the greatest impact. 


What We're Reading: C4 Innovations'sCoordinated Entry Systems Racial Equity Analysis of Assessment Data Report
Who's Reading It: Stephanie Chan, Funders Together Director of Membership and Programs

This latest report from C4 Innovations build on previous work from their SPARC Phase One Study Findings and looks at how coordinated entry systems currently contribute and perpetuate racial inequities. It also provides recommendations and actionable next steps communities can take to transform the assessment and prioritization process. Reading it was a reminder that we need to actively incorporate an antiracist approach into designing all our tools. As we hear about more and more communities starting to examine their own coordinated entry system assessments, I am also passionate about making sure that there is coordination between communities as we embark on this work together. Let me know what your thoughts are about the report and if your community is looking at its own coordinated entry system.


What We're Reading: How to Be an Antiracistby Ibram X. Kendi
Who's Reading It: Funders Together Staff

Funders Together staff is diving into bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist as part of an all-staff book club. In this book, Kendi challenges readers to see and name all the forms racism takes and helps us to understand how we can dismantle racism in both the system and ourselves. Over the next few months, we're holding discussions about how racism shows up not only in our personal lives, but in efforts to end homelessness, and how we can work, individually and collectively, to become antiracist.

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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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