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June 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
In This Issue:  
>First-Ever Funders Institute: Funders Together is Heading to D.C.
>Funders Institute Sponsors and Partners
>Welcome to Angela Day, Our New Policy and Advocacy Intern
>Funders Together Thanks Members for Donations & Membership Dues
>Funders Together Houston Releases Latest Newsletter

News From Our Friends

>Registration Closed for The National Alliance to End Homelessness's
>Sharon McDonald of National Alliance to End Homelessness Blogs: LGBT Homeless Youth: Support Through Data Collection

 Events Calendar

>National Alliance to End Homelessness's National Conference on Ending Homelessness | July 22-24

>More Upcoming Events, Conferences, & Opportunities

Special Announcementsspecialannouncements
First-Ever Funders Institute:
Funders Together is Heading to D.C

We're wrapping up registration for our inaugural Funders Institute and were excited to be bring funders and guests from across the United States and Canada together to engage in conversation about catalytic, outcomes-focused philanthropy, and funders' roles in systems change. The Funders Institute interactive events, expert speakers, and a unique way to connect with other funders and special guests.


Bryan Samuels, Commissioner at the Administration for Children Youth and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will deliver a keynote address emphasizing why homelessness matters to Health and Human Services and what the priorities are, the ways in which HHS is a partner in ending homelessness, and the importance of working with philanthropy to end homelessness.


Throughout the course of our Institute events, you'll learn more about the role of philanthropy in systems change and advocacy, participate in interactive discussions on population-specific issues (including youth, family, veteran, and chronic homelessness), and hear from our expert panel on best practices and where philanthropy has the potential to impact the greatest future change. We'll see you this month in Washington D.C.!


Funders Institute Agenda & Events

Pre-Conference Session*

Monday, July 22 | 7:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

Keynote Address: Bryan Samuels, Commissioner, ACYF

 Panel Discussions and Interactive Tabletalk Sessions

*You must be registered for the Funders Institute


Powering Change Workshop Track*

(Recommended for Funders)

Monday, July 22nd, 12p.m. - Wednesday, July 24th, 1 p.m.

National Conference on Ending Homelessness Workshop Track

*You must be registered for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness


Communities of Practice Meetings*

Monday, July 22nd | 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.|Youth Homelessness Tuesday, July 23rd | 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. |United Ways

*You must be registered for the Funders Institute


Closing Reception*

Tuesday, July 23rd | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Wine, beer, and hors d'oeurves will be served while funders 

relax and connect.

*You must be registered for the Funders Institute




 Funders Institute Partners & Sponsors
 Our Funders Institute Sponsors:


Powering Change Sponsor

Bank of America | $10,000


Networking for Change Champion Sponsor

Melville Charitable Trust | $7,500


  Leaders in Philanthropy Sponsor

Anonymous | $5,000


Harnessing Potential Sponsor

Miami Coalition for the Homeless | $1,500


Become a Sponsor:

Learn more about ways you can support the Institute.
Our Partners:
A special recognition for our grantors & dues-paying members.
The Pierce Family Foundation
The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
The National Alliance to End Homelessness
The Polk Brothers Foundation
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Melville Charitable Trust
Raikes Foundation | The Butler Family Fund
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
The William S. Abell Foundation | Fannie Mae
The Frees Foundation
Contact Allison Silva if you'd like to be recognized as a partner.  
News from Funders Together newsfunders


Welcome to Angela Day,

Our New Policy and Advocacy Intern


Funders Together is pleased to announce a new addition to the Funders Together staff. Angela Day brings a background in non-profit management and homeless human service to her position of Policy and Advocacy Intern. Much of Angela's career has been dedicated to homelessness and mental health. Throughout her career she has acquired over 10 years experience working with marginalized populations, managed a 'low-threshold' permanent supportive housing portfolio, and created housing programs specific to the homeless population. Angela joins us from the Graduate School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Throughout her Master's degree program she has focused her research and coursework on the areas of housing and homelessness. Angela will be focusing primarily on supporting our Advocacy platform as well as completing related research, and she'll be joining us in Washington D.C. in July. Please join us in welcoming Angela to our team.


Funders Together Thanks Members for 

Generous Donations, Membership Dues, & Grants


Welcome New Members:

Appleton Foundation

United Way of Rhode Island


Grants Received:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  

For our work in Family Homelessness



Newest Membership Dues:

Campion Foundation 

Appleton Foundation


Learn more about membership dues and the many ways you can support Funders Together.  
News from Our Members


David Wertheimer Blogs:
Elevating New Voices to End Homelessness
David Headshot It's been remarkable to watch the impact that social media has had in the arena of homelessness.  Not only have Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube become venues for raising awareness about this issue among large numbers of viewers and readers, but those venues have also become sites at which people who are homeless can find support... Read More.
Funders Together Houston Releases Latest Newsletter
Funders Together to End Homelessness shares its Houston Affiliate Newsletter, highlighting the specific progress, successes, and reflections on local convenings and forums within their regional funders network.  
Sharing Your Stories


Funding an innovative project? 

 Looking to leverage funding

Have exciting news about your work in homelessness? 
We'd love to highlight your work.
Share your news with other funders in our Blog & Bulletin  
    | Contact| Bevin Kathleen Shagoury | Program Assistant| 



News from Our Friendsfriendnews 

Registration Closes for
The National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2013
The National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is at capacity and has closed its registration. If you missed your opportunity to register in time, you may want to sign up for the Waiting List to see if you can still secure a spot at this exciting event. The following details from the National Alliance's website detail next steps for securing a spot on the Waiting List:

Waiting List Information:

For those of you who had planned to register, but were unable to, we are taking names to add to a wait list, in the event that a spot becomes available. If you are interested in being added to the conference registration wait list, please email your name, organization, and email address to the Alliance's Development and Administrative Associate Jennifer Olney directly at Should a spot become available, we will contact you to let you know, and register you at the rate in effect the day you joined the wait list:


* Registrants added to the list on between 3:05 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 26 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10 will be charged $700.



  Sharon McDonald of National Alliance to End Homelessness Blogs: LGBT Homeless Youth: Support Through Data Collection


Data on youth homelessness is notoriously lacking. However, we estimate that around 550,000 youth under the age of 25 are homeless and on their own at some point each year. Most of these young people will experience brief episodes of homelessness. Others will experience longer episodes of homelessness and require more significant support. While it's still unclear whether youth who identify as LGBT... Read More.
Tools & Resourcesresource
Interagency Council Releases Report:


Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness sets the goal of ending homelessness for all veterans by the end of 2015. The 2012 Point in Time Count reported that, as a nation, there has been a 17% reduction in total number of homeless Veterans since 2009. While some communities have reported small reductions or even increases in the total number of

Veterans experiencing homelessness, other communities have reported remarkable success. USICH has identified five communities that...

...Read the Full Report.



Many homeless youth do not have a high school diploma for a variety of reasons, such as frequent moves between home and school, significant life stress, and a lack of family support. Without a basic education, homeless youth are at risk of limited employment opportunities and poverty during their adult lives. Yet despite experiencing homelessness, some youth are able to continue participating in school, demonstrating resilience. Educational resilience refers to continuing education despite adverse circumstances, such as homelessness... Download the Chapter Summary of this Report to learn more. 


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.



Funders Together to End Homelessness's
Washington D.C., July 22-24, 2013
"Reframing For the Future"

Washington D.C., July 22-24, 2013 
Registration has closed. For Waiting List information, visit the registration page.


Visit our website's Events Calendar for up-to-date information, or recommend an event and we'll share it.

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Editor | Bevin K. Shagoury