Funders Together Bulletin Masthead
June 29, 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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>2012 National Private Sector Award goes to Funders Together!

> Funders Together is now a Guidestar Exchange Seal holder



Funders Together extends a warm welcome to our newest members



> Bill Major of the Zarrow foundation explains how housing development correlates to homelessness reduction in Tulsa 

> Terri Donlin Huesman of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and Karen Twinem of National Church Residences discuss innovative strategies to help sustain supportive services
> Funders Together Houston learn about a mobile mental health unit for people who are homeless, and about permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness
>Funders partner with government agencies to launch $35 million initiative targeting highest risk families 
>Chattanooga Homeless Coalition invites Funders Together Executive Director Anne Miskey to discuss philanthropy's role in ending homelessness
>Pierce Family Foundation gives inaugural grant to support Funders Together



> Bloomberg Philanthropies launches $9 million competition to mayors to address major urban challenges such as homelessness


The latest useful tools and resources on homelessness


Details about upcoming conferences and webinars
Special Announcementsspecial
Funders Together Receives National Alliance to End Homelessness' Annual Public Sector Award
This year, Funders Together to End Homelessness is the proud recipient of the Alliance's annual Private Sector Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in ending homelessness. We could not have accomplished this success without our members. Thanks to all of you for your participation in supporting best practices to end homelessness. For information on attending the awards ceremony, please see the Save the Date section below. 
GuideStar Exchange MemberGuidestar Gives Funders Together Stamp of Approval 
As part of our commitment to transparency and best practices, Funders Together is now a Guidestar Exchange Seal holder. We will continue to add more information to our Guidestar profile in the coming months. Check out our profile here.
Welcoming New Members welcome

Diane & Guildford Glazer Foundation | Beverly Hills, CA

Alexandra Shabtai, Program Officer


News from Our Members membernews

Housing Development Correlates to Homelessness Reduction in Tulsa

Funders Together member Bill Zarrow, executive director of the Zarrow Families Foundation, discusses the Building Tulsa, Building Lives capital campaign to end chronic homelessness on our blog. The campaign, led by Judy Kishner of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and Gail Richards with the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundationcontinues to expand and develop. As a result, with more housing development, chronic homelessness in Tulsa, Oklahoma has decreased from 200 in 2008 to less than 86 in 2012, by HUD's "one night count" definition. Over that same period, the campaign developed 425 new housing units for availability to people who are chronically homeless, recently homeless, mentally ill, exiting incarceration, transitional-age youth (age 18 to 25), and those at risk of becoming homeless.  Read more  


Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Supports Innovative Strategies to Sustain Supportive Services

Funding innovative, comprehensive, and sustainable strategies to prevent and end homelessness is a core component of Funders Together board member Osteopathic Heritage Foundations' Homelessness Funding Strategy. The strategy includes advancing local solutions focused on prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing. In Columbus, Ohio, local housing providers, including National Church Residences, are diversifying their revenue sources by becoming Medicaid-eligible behavioral healthcare providers for needed supportive services. This partnership is a great example of how philanthropy, private institutions and public agencies can contribute to positive outcomes. Read more


An update from the Funders Together Houston Network

Funders Together Houston's Advocacy Working Group met on June 14, 2012, at the Neuro-Psychiatric Center to learn about the emergency psychiatric services offered through the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) of Harris County. MHMRA's collaboration with the Houston Police Department allows them to staff mobile mental health units that serve Houston's homeless population. These mental health units decrease the number of homeless people with mental illness sent to jails and emergency rooms by connecting individuals to housing and intensive case management.


On June 19, 2012, Funders Together Houston's Private and Public Funders Group came together in a meeting hosted by the City of Houston. The discussion focused on current collaborative funding strategies and models used by other cities and opportunities for these models to be implemented in Houston. Discussion also included the Housing First model of ending homelessness and how the group might make an impact on chronic homelessness through a permanent supportive housing pilot project. They will meet again in July to plan for a collaborative Request For Proposals in the Spring of 2013.


Opportunities for Collaboration: Expanding Connections with the Child Welfare System. 

Funders Together board member, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has collaborated with the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Funders Together member, Casey Family Programs; and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in a partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families. Together, they have launched a $35-million initiative targeting the highest risk families, with the goal of stabilizing these families and keeping children out of foster care. $25 million will be made available over the next five years for replication and expansion of the Keeping Families Together project, a program supported by RWJF and implemented by the Corporation for Supportive Housing. The additional $10 million comes from private-foundation resources. Read more here


Funders Together Executive Director Anne Miskey presents at Chattanooga, TN Community Funders Forum

Earlier this month, Funders Together Executive Director Anne Miskey was invited to address more than two dozen philanthropists and social service agencies about homelessness at the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition's community funders forum. The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition, a public charity that grants to community organizations, is a member of Funders Together to End Homelessness. They are one of 70 organizations that will conduct a cost analysis study of homelessness this year. 


Listen to the WUTC radio interview with Anne Miskey here 

Read the Times Free Press article here


Funders Together Receives Inaugural Grant from the Pierce Family Foundation

Funders Together is pleased to announce a grant of $1,000 from Funders Together member, the Pierce Family Foundation. The Pierce Family Foundation's primary focus is on nonprofits working in housing and homelessness. They support the Cara Program, which assists motivated individuals affected by homelessness and poverty to transform their lives and achieve real, lasting success, by providing comprehensive training, permanent job placement, and critical support services. 

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

 Bloomberg Philanthropies' $9-million Mayors Challenge 

Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Mayors Challenge

this month. Cities must compete to develop innovative, replicable ideas to improve city life. Michael Bloomberg's private charity foundation will award $5 million to the city with the "boldest and most replicable" idea. $1 million prizes will be awarded to four additional runners up. In order to be eligible, a city must have a population greater than 30,000 individuals. In July 2011, Atlanta's mayor was awarded a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to dramatically reduce chronic homelessness. 


The submission deadline is September 14, 2012, after which 20 finalists will attend an "Ideas Camp." Then, following individualized coaching to prepare final submissions, winners will be announced in spring 2013.

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National Alliance to End Homelessness Launches Rapid Re-Housing: Ending Family Homelessness Map

The Alliance is collecting data on the effects of rapid re-housing programs on communities across the country. They launched the Rapid Re-Housing: Ending Family Homelessness Map which highlights areas in which communities were able to successfully place families in permanent housing at encouraging levels. The map describes the number of families affected, the average cost of assistance, and the positive results stemming from that assistance. The goal of the map is to display the progress rapid re-housing programs are making across the country and to encourage local communities to share the results with key stakeholders, decision makers, and policymakers so they can understand the tremendous impact these programs have had and can continue to have with sufficient resources. If you would like to provide rapid re-housing data from your community, please contact Sharon McDonald at

Save the Datessavedates

National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness

July 16-18, 2012 | Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel 


Despite the strides we have made toward ending homelessness, there is still much to accomplish. The National Alliance to End Homelessness invites you to share your stories, discover new approaches to preventing and ending homelessness, and build strategic partnerships at its annual conference. Workshops cover a breadth of topics, including: Re-tooling Your Transitional Housing Program, Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Health Care Reform and New Strategies to Address Chronic Homelessness, and Improving the Crisis Response for Youth. 

Funders Together executive director, Anne Miskey, will moderate a panel on collaborative funding strategies.


For workshop descriptions, take a look at the detailed conference agenda

Register now for a reduced fee.


In conjunction with the conference, the Alliance is holding its 22nd Annual Awards ceremony on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The conference fee does not include the cost for attending the award ceremony, but you can purchase tickets here.  


Capitol Hill Day

Hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness

July 18, 2012 | 1:30-5:00 p.m. | Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel
Capitol Hill Day offers a change for conference attendees to meet directly with their Members of Congress and their staff as both constituents and experts in their fields. Participants will meet with their congressional delegation and educate their members on homelessness in their community, its solutions, and how Congress can help make ending homelessness a federal priority. Last year more than 360 people from 41 states attended about 270 congressional meetings. For more information on Capitol Hill Day, please visit the Capitol Hill Day website or contact Maulin Shah

Funders Together Reception

July 17, 2012 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel, Congressional Hall C


Funders Together is hosting a special reception for funders at the Alliance's national conference. Please email if you plan to attend. 


National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium & Mental Health America Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Zarrow Foundations

September 19-21, 2012 l Tulsa, OK Convention Center


This conference features programs and research 

that address housing,Zarrow conference logo recovery, and community supports for people living with mental illness.  Discussion will focus on innovative approaches to the development of safe, decent, and affordable housing, and best practice models of support services needed to sustain recovery. 

Register now


Affordable Housing with Services Study Tour

Hosted by Grantmakers in Aging

September 10-15 |

Boston, MA 

& Burlington, VT


Grantmakers In Aging, along with LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, has organized a tour of five Northeast senior housing providers who have been at the forefront of policy shaping. Part of the tour will 

feature a visit to Hearth, an organization dedicated to ending elder homelessness.


In addition to learning about services and supports, there will be funders-only sessions covering the role of foundations and other grantmakers in fostering affordable housing for older adults.

Register by August 1



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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