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March 21, 2012

Board of Directors
David Wertheimer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA 

Leslie Strnisha
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH 

Deborah Fung
Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
Boston, MA 


Tom Nurmi
William S. Abell Foundation
Chevy Chase, MD 


Ann Woodward
Melville Charitable Trust
Boston, MA 


Nancy Barrand
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 


Sonya Campion
Campion Foundation
Seattle, WA 


Terri Donlin Huesman
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations  
Columbus, OH 


Nancy Frees Fountain
The Frees Foundation
Houston, TX 


Bill Pitkin
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 


Debbie Reznick
Polk Bros. Foundation
Chicago, IL 


Martha Toll
Butler Family Fund
Washington, D.C.  


Joe Weisbord
Fannie Mae
New York, NY 

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> Butler Family Fund Invests in Employment Programs that Target Homelessness
> LA's Home for Good Surpasses First Year Housing Goals & Launches Second Year
> Food for Thought: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Homelessness



Funders Together extends a warm welcome to our newest members.



Corporation for Supportive Housing Announces Social Innovation Fund Grantees

> Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces $201 Million in New Continuum of Care Awards


> Find details about upcoming conferences and webinars.


The Corporation for Supportive Housing leads a five-year Social     Innovation Fund initiative. 
Pathways to Housing begins planning to  implement their "Housing First" treatment model to serve veterans. Find out  how you can help. 
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Butler Family Fund Invests in Employment Programs that Target Homelessness


Martha Toll, Funders Together board member and executive director of the Butler Family Fund, blogs about the Fund's investment in employment solutions to homelessness. The Fund's grantmaking strategy is driven by a belief that employment is key to self-sufficiency for homeless and formerly homeless people. Read more about the Fund's approach to granting and the programs it supports


LA's Home for Good Surpasses First Year Housing Goals & Launches Second Year


December 2011 marked the first anniversary of LA's Home for Good initiative, which seeks to end chronic and veteran homeless by 2016. Melissa Chinchilla, program associate at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, blogs about Home for Good's successes -- such as surpassing its housing goals and launching a funders collaborative -- and plans for the future. Learn more about Home for Good's first-year accomplishments


Food for Thought: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Homelessness


David Wertheimer, Funders Together board chair and deputy director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, blogs about a grant the Foundation awarded to the Family Policy Council of Washington State based on growing interest in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the unknown but possible relationships between ACEs and homelessness. The grant's purpose was to add relevant questions to an annual behavioral health survey. The survey ultimately confirmed a correlation between the two factors.  Read more about the implications uncovered by the data


Tell Us Your Story!


Do you have news you'd like to share with other funders about your work in homelessness? Funding an innovative project? Looking to leverage funding? Your news could appear on our blog or in our bulletin. To share your news, contact Allison Silva at 

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Funders Together is delighted to welcome the following grantmakers to our network:


The Boston Foundation | Boston, MA
Leo Quigley, senior program officer
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation |

Cincinnati, OH

Chris Bochenek, vice president and sr. program manager


Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition | Chattanooga, TN

Autumn Mason, finance director


The Everychild Foundation | Pacific Palisades, CA

Anne Cooley Youngblood, board member

The Home Depot Foundation | Atlanta, GA
Kelly R. Caffarelli, president


JPMorgan Chase & Co. | Los Angeles, CA

Antonio Manning, regional manager, global philanthropy


May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust | Sausalito, CA

Caitlin Brune, program officer


The Norcliffe Foundation | Seattle, WA

Susan Pohl, president, and Arline Hefferline, foundation manager


North Georgia United Methodist Housing & Homeless Council | Norcross, VA

Rev. Virginia Tinsley, director


The Powell Foundation | Houston, TX
Caroline J. Sabin, executive director 


Ray C. Fish Foundation | Houston, TX
Paula Hooton, executive director


Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation | Los Angeles, CA

Diana Buckhantz, executor


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An Emerging Framework for Ending Youth Homelessness Webinar

Hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Network for Youth (NN4Youth)

March 22, 2012 2:00 EST


The National Alliance to End Homelessness is co-hosting a webinar with the National Network for Youth (NN4Youth) on Thursday, March 22 at 2 pm ET. The webinar will examine available data on youth homelessness, estimate the number of youth across a typology, and give a summary of promising strategies to more effectively end homelessness for unaccompanied youth. The webinar will feature Deborah Shore, executive director and founder of Sasha Bruce Youthwork and chair of NN4Youth; Paul Toro, Wayne State University; and Samantha Batko and Andre Wade, program and policy analysts at the Alliance. This webinar will provide an opportunity for registrants to participate in a dialogue about a recently released brief on this framework. Register for the webinar


Homelessness Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence Webinar

Hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the District Alliance for Safe Housing, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

March 29, 2012 3:00 EST


This webinar is the second in a series of webinars on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence; it will feature Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of the District Alliance for Safe Housing, and Linda Olsen, housing program coordinator at  the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence For a recording of the first webinar in the series, "Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence," please click here.

Council on Foundations 2012 Annual Conference

Hosted by the Council on Foundations

April 29-May 1 I JW Marriott L.A. Live


This year's Council on Foundations annual conference will feature a tour of L.A.'s Skid Row. You may also be interested in sessions such as: Does Working with Government Have a Payoff?; A Conversation on What it Takes for Successful Global Partnerships; Boundary Spanning Leadership--Catalyzing Collaboration with Grantees & Each Other; and High Impact Investing for Economic Rebuilding: Workforce Partnerships between Philanthropy and Employers. Register for the conference



We are pleased to offer you a member discount rate for the Council on Foundations 2012 Conference. If you are planning to register, please contact to receive the FTEH PIN number and instructions on how to use it. 


Skid Row: The Real Deal Site Visit

Site hosts include: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Durfee Foundation, and Funders Together 

April 30, 2012 1:00-4:30 | Los Angeles, CA


Homelessness exists all over the United States, but misinformation abounds. A clear picture and cross-sector alignment of philanthropy, government, and service delivery are essential to the solution. Progress is being made! Please join us for an intimate walking tour of L.A.'s Skid Row, led by residents, service providers, and local funders. Participants will visit permanent supportive housing sites and an innovative community health clinic serving the area's residents.  


The tour will be followed by a panel discussion with leaders from 
Los Angeles foundations and organizations working to integrate health care and housing to address chronic homelessness, as well as national leaders Funders Together to End Homelessness.  Key themes will include: improving health and housing outcomes, the role of philanthropy in catalyzing systems change and building capacity, and building cross sector partnerships. Register now


National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness

July 16-18 | Washington, D.C.


Mark your calendars. More information on the National Alliance to End Homelessness' annual conference is forthcoming. 


Corporation for Supportive Housing Announces Social Innovation Fund Grantees

This month the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) announced the recipients of its Social Innovation Fund grants. Four teams of organizations will collaborate with CSH to develop integrated models linking supportive housing and healthcare. Grantee teams will serve more than 500 individuals and include groups from different sectors, such as supportive housing, primary and behavioral health care providers, and public sectors partners.



  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
  • Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition (Connecticut)
  • Economic Roundtable (Los Angeles County, CA)
  • Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County, MI)     

 Read more


Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces $201 Million in New Continuum of Care Awards


On March 13, 2012, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded nearly $201 million to 731 new local homeless programs across the country. This funding provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.


View the list of programs around the country that received funding 

Read the full press release 

Opportunities to Leverage Federal Fundingleveragefederalfunding 
As detailed below, Funders Together is working with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Pathways to Housing, and some of our members to help philathropy leverage federal dollars in support of effective solutions to homelessness. 
Corporation for Supportive Housing's Social Innovation Fund Initiative


The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) is leading aCSH Logo
groundbreaking, five-year national initiative to create innovative solutions at the intersection of supportive housing and healthcare. Backed by a prestigious federal Social Innovation Fund award, the initiative will pilot and test models of supportive housing linked to health services that will improve the health of vulnerable men and women caught in a "revolving door" of various high-cost emergency health services, while also helping to curb rising health care costs. CSH is seeking additional partners in philanthropy to be a part of this national effort. To learn more, contact Richard Cho, CSH director of innovation and research, at 

Pathways to Housing's Pilot Project: Housing First for Veterans


The U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have joined together in an unprecedented effort to end homelessness among veterans. The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program created 50 dedicated "Housing First" vouchers, which will be used to serve 50 veterans in 14 cities selected by Congress with the highest rates of homelessness among veterans. Congress charged the VA to reduce the number of veterans who are homeless in those cities.     


The VA plans to implement Pathways to Housing's Housing First individualized treatment model to serve these 50 veterans experiencing homelessness and mental health and addiction problems in each city. This pilot project seeks funding for elements essential to the creation of functional housing units, such as hiring of a housing specialist and furnishing the housing units. HUD and the VA are not permitted under federal rules to allocate the necessary resources to these essential elements. For additional information, please contact Jessie E. Ulsoy, Director of Policy and Development, Pathways to Housing, Inc. at 

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Through Funders Together, you can connect with other funders like you, share lessons learned and promising practices, and help build the movement to end homelessness in America. Your voice can help make the difference in your community and across the country.

Contact Allison Silva, member services and development officer, at with any questions about membership. 
                                                           Edited by Allison Silva and Divya Amladi