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Webinar: Why Gender Pronouns Matter in the Work to End Homelessness

Wednesday, June 12 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

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“Please introduce yourself, where you’re from, and what your pronouns are.”  

You have probably attended a meeting that began with this introductory prompt. Maybe you registered for an event, like our upcoming 2019 Funders Institute, and saw that we asked for your gender pronouns as part of the registration process.  

If you’ve wondered about why we should care about others’ gender pronouns or why they’re important in ending homelessness, this webinar is for you. We’ll talk about why everyone should care about gender pronouns and why they are important to achieving equity and ending homelessness. As part of this webinar, we’ll also cover some frequently asked questions, like how to ask for one’s pronouns (not “preferred pronouns”) and why the singular “they” is not grammatically incorrect.  

Participants will walk away knowing more about why caring about gender pronouns is important in ending homelessness and how you can help advance equity with your increased understanding.  

During this webinar, we’ll hear from: 

  • Michelle Blassou, Program Associate, True Colors United 
  • Lauren Samblanet, Membership and Program Coordinator, Funders Together to End Homelessness 

FYI: We plan to record this webinar live and edit it into a short video as a resource for Funders Together members to refer back to and share with their colleagues moving forward. This recording and editing process will not affect participants, though we may build in some short pauses or scripted language that will help us in the editing process later. 

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.

June 12, 2019 at 1:00pm - 2pm
Lauren Samblanet ·
Lauren Waude Brian Paulson Nancy Curry Jaser Alsharhan Kelly Connor Allie Schatza Jody Marshall Sima Thakkar Kathy Mahoney

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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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