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March 2013
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Board of Directors
David Wertheimer  
Seattle, Washington 

Leslie Strnisha |Vice-Chair|
Deborah Fung |Treasurer|
Tom Nurmi |Secretary|
Chevy Chase, Maryland 

Sonya Campion
Seattle, Washington 
Nancy Frees Fountain
Houston, Texas

Barbara "Bobbie" Ibarra

Miami Coalition for the Homeless 

Miami, Florida


Bill Pitkin
Los Angeles, California
Debbie Reznick
Chicago, Illinois
Martha Toll
Washington, D.C.
Joe Weisbord
New York, New York

Funders Together 
Funders Together is supported by generous grants from several of our member foundations. We encourage members to make a donation or a grant to help support our mission and services.

Funders Together is a 501(c(3) nonprofit organization.
To make a donation, contact Bevin Shagoury at
>Funders Together Thanks Members for Donations & Membership Dues

>Funders Together Prepares for Youth Learning Community
>Funders Together Prepares for 1st Pre-Conference in July
>David Wertheimer Blogs: 900 Heads Are Better Than 1 


News From Our Friends

>Visit our Tools & Resources webpage to learn more

 Events Calendar

>Links to Upcoming Events, Conferences, & Opportunities

Special Announcementsspecialannouncements
Funders Together Thanks Members for 
Generous Donations & Membership Dues


Donations, Sponsorships, &  Dues:

 Funders Together is excited to report that the Raikes Foundation, United Way of King County, Campion Foundation, and Medina Foundation are all sponsors of our Funders Together Networking Series: Where Catalytic Philanthropy Begins with Conversation.



Thanks to the William S. Abell Foundation for their generous $5,000 grant in support of our work with homeless veterans.


Welcome To Our New Members:

Andrea Kurtz |Senior Director, Housing Strategies


Siemer Institute for Family Stability

Rob Podlogar | National Director


Our Newest Dues-paying Members Are:

Michael McConnell

Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

Raikes Foundation

Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts


 View our Membership Dues Form here.


News from Funders Together newsfunders
Funders Together Prepares for Youth Learning Community

Funders Together is excited about our new Youth Learning Community, the first of a series of focused Learning Community topics to be announced throughout the year. Currently in the planning stages, Funders Together's Youth Learning Community Planning Committee is comprised of experts in youth and young adult homelessness. More information will be released on our website soon about the events in this Learning Series.


Funders Together Announces for 1st Pre-Conference in July

In conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness's National Conference on Ending Homelessness from July 22nd - July 24th, 2013, Funders Together is pleased to announce our special, funders-only pre-conference. Our pre-conference will occur the morning of July 22nd, from 7:30 - 12 p.m., prior to the official 'kick-off' of the National Alliance conference; in addition, we will have a "Funders Track" of selected workshops that will be of most interest to our members. Visit our Events Calendar as we update it with more information regarding this exciting event.

News from Our Members newsfrommembers


Kollin Min Blogs: The Music of Ending Homelessness


The music in my home when I was growing up was an unusual blend of 70's Korean pop ballads, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Who. Today when I come home from work I'm more likely to hear Gangnam Style, the Harlem Shake, or Macklemore coming from my kids' iPods. Times may have changed, but music is still a large part of what makes a home, and that's why Richard Carter's story has meant so much to me. ...Read More.



David Wertheimer Blogs: 900 Heads Are Better Than 1 

What happens when you bring together more than 900 of the nation's leading players in the work of ending family and youth homelessness from the non-profit, government, advocacy and philanthropic sectors? The answer?  Remarkable things. Last week, this happened in Seattle, at a conference organized by thNational Alliance to End Homelessness. ...Read More.



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The National Alliance to End Homelessness Announces
Online registration is slated to open Tuesday, April 16, 2013. received a record number of registrations for our February, 2013 conference, which forced them to close registration early, and they anticipate high registration numbers again in July. For more details, visit the registration page. And don't forget to Save the Date: Funders Together is Hosting a "Funders Pre-Conference" in conjunction with the National Conference.




In December, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness heard from Dr. Dennis Culhane from the VA's National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, who shared progress and opportunities for greater collaboration to achieve the results needed to reach the goal. Dr. Culhane's analysis and report are now available: 
Ending_Homelessness Among Veterans: A Report by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

News from Our Regional Funders Networks Regional



The Houston Police Department reveals the Homelessness Outreach Team's new Outreach Van.
Funders Together to End Homelessness congratulates Funders Together Houston on their 1-year anniversary, the successes of the past year, and looks forward to working with them in the future. We've enjoyed collaborating with a committed group of funders working together to make an impact on their community. To read about highlights and reflections from Linda O'Black, Vice President of Community Impact of United Way of Greater Houstonand Linda May, Executive Director of The Simmons Foundation,
Tools & Resourcesresource
This HEARTH brief describes how philanthropy can be instrumental in supporting the development of additional permanent supportive housing units and creating the systems by which this housing is targeted to persons with the highest needs, such as those who are most vulnerable, frequent users of emergency health care systems or frequently incarcerated. 

The purpose of this paper, published by The Homeless Hub of Canada, is to provide a summary of research on interventions that aim to end or reduce homelessness. Researchers' goals were to gain an understanding of the different populations for whom interventions have been tested and the type of interventions evaluated, as well as to create an inventory of the indicators used to assess the effectiveness of interventions. 

In this report, Family Matters, also published by The Homeless Hub, programming is examined to evaluate how reconnecting with family may help some young people avoid long term homelessness. In doing this review, the authors raise some important questions about the Canadian response to youth homelessness. They argue for a rather radical transformation of this response, one that reconsiders the role of strengthened family (and community) relations in preventing and responding to youth homelessness. Learn more... 

Housing costs vary across the nation, but the lack of affordable housing affects low-wage workers in all corners of the country. This tool calculates state-specific data regarding housing costs, supply, and demand.    Use this tool...

We also provide our members with useful information about the ways in which grantmakers can and should pursue their own advocacy activities.

Our Journey to Advocacy & The Advocacy Spectrum are two resources new to our website, from the Campion Foundation. We also encourage you to check out Bolder Advocacy, the Campion Foundation's Advocacy Blog, for information around how to effectively use advocacy to end homelessness.



Visit our Tools & Resources webpage to learn more. 

Events Calendarsavedates


Please contact 
Allison Silva | Program Director, Membership & Resource Development 
if you plan to attend any of the following events, and we'll put you in touch with other grantmakers in homelessness.





"A Critical Moment for Philanthropy" 
Chicago, Illinois
April 7-9, 2013
Pre-Conference April 6 - 7, 2013
Includes a Pre-Conference, Film & Video Festival, Arts-Based Evening Networking Events, and more.



 "Advancing the Policy & Practice 
of Crisis Response Systems" 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania and the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs invite you to attend a two-day conference showcasing the latest research from Australia, Canada, Europe, and the U.S. in advancing the policy and practice of homelessness crisis response systems. Learn more and register here.



Washington, D.C.
July 22-24, 2013
Online registration is slated to open Tuesday, April 16, 2013. For more details, visit the registration page.

Save the Date: Funders Pre-Conference: 

Washington, D.C.
July 22, 2013




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for up-to-the-minute events updates.

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