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April 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 
Janice Elliott
Boston, Massachuetts
Nancy Frees Fountain
Houston, Texas
Katie Hong
Seattle, Washington

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

News From Our Friends

 >New Report: The National Alliance to End Homelessness: The State of Homelessness in America 2013

>New Resource: The Solutions Database from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

>Visit our Tools & Resources webpage to learn more

 Events Calendar

>More Upcoming Events, Conferences, & Opportunities

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



News from Funders Together newsfunders
Funders Together Prepares for
1st-Ever Funders Institute in July
What is the Funders Institute? The 2013 Funders Together to End Homelessness Funders Institute: Harnessing Potential, Powering Change is an inspiring and unique event designed to bring funders from across the country together to engage in discourse about catalytic, outcomes-focused philanthropy and funders' roles in systems change. It is planned, produced, and promoted in partnership with our members and the National Alliance to End Homelessness 
The 2013 Funders Institute includes our Harnessing Potential, Powering Change Pre-Conference Session, issue-focused discussion groups, opportunities to participate in our national Communities of Practice, and a closing a cocktail reception. Funders Institute participants who register for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness will receive a Funders Institute Kit with information about the Powering Change Workshop Track designed especially for Funders as well as funders-only special events.
Who Participates? The Funders Institute is open to all members of Funders Together, as well as staff, board members, and trustees of foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, and individual philanthropists. Membership in Funders Together is not required to attend the event, however, we strongly encourage anyone interested in this event to join us and discover the benefits of being part of a national network of more than 150 funders from across the country who are committed to ending homelessness. Sign up and join us!


What is the cost to participate? Participation in the Funders Institute is free for members of Funders Together to End Homelessness and for those who register for the National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness.* 


Please Note: Funders Institute registration is $175.00 for non-members. The price of registration includes the pre-conference session, issue-focused discussion groups, opportunities to participate in national Communities of Practice, and the closing cocktail reception. Register now by contacting Bevin Shagoury. Space is limited.


Visit our Events Calendar and Funders Institute page to learn more as we get closer to these exciting events!

News from Our Members newsfrommembers


At the recent Council on Foundations Conference in Chicago this past month, Sonya and Tom Campion of the Campion Foundation received the prestigious Woody Wickham award for their creative support of the film, To The Arctic.  After attending a gala dinner, the Campions participated in a panel discussion as honorees of this award.


The film, narrated by Meryl Streep with songs by Paul McCartney, chronicles an unforgettable journey of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic Wilderness they call home.  

Woodward (Woody) A. Wickham was Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a legendary philanthropic leader in the independent film and media fields. The Woody Wickham Award is given to honor an exceptional documentary film, and pay tribute to a man who was a passionate advocate for media in the public interest. Congratulations, Sonya and Tom!



David Wertheimer Blogs:

Thinking More Broadly About a Place to Call Home

David HeadshotIn the shadow of sequestration and increasingly constrained public sector resources, the goal of ending family homelessness seems to move continually further out of reach. Even without new budget cuts, the numbers are daunting: Today, public housing subsidies are not available for more than three-quarters of the Americans who could... Read More.




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News from Our Friendsfriendnews 

Registration Opens for
The National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2013
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Don't wait to register for this important annual conference on ending homelessness by visiting the National Alliance to End Homelessness's registration page.  Previous conferences have reached maximum capacity for registration several weeks in advance of the registration closing date--this is a crucial conference you don't want to miss. In addition, Funders Together is launching its first-ever Funders Institute in conjunction with this event. Learn more and register today!
USICH: Three Ways to Accelerate Ending Veteran Homelessness
During the April, 2013 meeting of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, along with representation from the White House's Domestic Policy Council and Office of Management and Budget, Council leadership reviewed progress at ending Veterans homelessness, recognizing that even with the progress to date, efforts must be accelerated to meet the goal of ending Veteran homelessness by 2015. Ending Veterans homelessness remains possible with the right investments focused in the right way. This article focuses on progress and opportunities in three key investment areas.
Last year I visited 37 different communities related to my work on ending homelessness. When I consider that my presence in some of these places was to provide a keynote or seminar that attracted people from many other cities, the number of communities I connected with climbs into the hundreds, if not thousands...Read More.
Dr. Susan Angell of Veteran's Affairs Guest Blogs:


Imagine if your pillow was a cold concrete slab. It was for too many people I met on the night of the 2013 Washington, D.C. Point-in-Time count. With a scarf and a clipboard, I joined Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric K. Shinseki, Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and others to conduct a census of people who were spending the night on the street in D.C. with low temperatures in the 30s...Read More.  

Tools & Resourcesresource

New Report: The National Alliance to End Homelessness: The State of Homelessness in America 2013


The State of Homelessness in America 2013 examines trends in homelessness between 2011 and 2012 as well as the economic, housing, and demographic context in which homelessness changes over time. The report shows that, overall, the homeless population decreased by less than 1 percent, but this is not the full story. While the number of people experiencing homelessness as part of a family increased slightly, the number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and those identifying as veterans decreased significantly. Read the Report Here.


The Homeless Hub shares Canadian Homeless Research Network's Free Downloadable E-Book:
 Youth homelessness is a seemingly intractable problem in Canada. In communities across the country, people are increasingly aware of the sight of young people who are without a home, sleeping in parks, sitting on sidewalks or asking for money. What do we know about these young people, and what should we do? Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice aims to fill a gap in the information available on this important issue by providing an easily accessible collection of the best Canadian research and policy analysis in the field. Download the Free E-Book Here.

from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness


Investing in proven solutions is a key premise of Opening Doors.
The commitment to end homelessness compels communities to focus their resources on solutions that work, while encouraging well-designed innovations for continuous improvement. The USICH Solutions Database is a searchable source of up-to-date information drawn from around the country that federal, state, and local partners can use to further their collaborative efforts to end homelessness. Access the Database Here.


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 in-person events, and we'll put you in touch with other grantmakers in homelessness.

 Upcoming Webinar: Opening Doors to Innovation

May 8, 2013


Join USICH and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans to discuss how Housing First practices can improve client outcomes in a transitional housing setting and help our nation's Veterans and others who experience homelessness move more quickly into permanent housing. Participate in a conversation with Dr. Josh Bamberger from the San Francisco Department of Health and Dr. Tom O'Toole from Veterans Affairs Medical Center Providence, RI on the clinical dimensions of Housing First and how it can help to deliver improved care to clients and speed up their transitions into permanent housing.

On this webinar you'll learn more about Housing First as a clinical practice from healthcare providers in both community and VA-based settings. You'll also hear from a local transitional housing provider for Veterans who innovated their program with Housing First principles to enhance the success housing Veterans experiencing homelessness. Join this free webinar on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm ET and be a part of the conversation on Twitter at #usich.

Register and Learn More Here.




  CEP logo
May 21-22, 2013
CEP's 2013 National Conference will provide foundation CEOs, trustees, and senior managers with resources and knowledge to maximize their philanthropic impact. Join your peers for thought-provoking conversations, new research from CEP, and insights from thought leaders outside philanthropy. More information-including rates, schedule, and hotel accommodations-is available at the Center for Effective Philanthropy's website.


A special pre-conference seminar for CEP assessment tool subscribers will be held May 20, 2013. The event will provide an opportunity for candid, confidential conversations about interpreting and acting on results. The seminar will include small-group discussions as well as interactive sessions focused on the leadership challenges of moving from data to impact.

May 29-31, 2013
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) will be held May 29-31, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.


For more than fifteen years, the WREC has been a leading forum for family self-sufficiency and poverty researchers, State and local administrators, practitioners and program operators and Federal officials and policymakers to network with peers and discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies.





"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 now open.
For more details, visit the registration page.
Funders Together to End Homelessness's
Washington, D.C.
July 22-24, 2013


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