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July 2013
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Board of Directors
David Wertheimer  
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, Washington 
Leslie Strnisha |Vice-Chair|
Deborah Fung |Clerk|
Boston, Massachusetts
Joe Weisbord |Treasurer| 
New York, New York
Tom Nurmi |Secretary|
William S. Abell Foundation
Chevy Chase, Maryland 

Sonya Campion
Seattle, Washington 
Janice Elliott
Boston, Massachusetts
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.
Funders Together 
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In This Issue:  
>The 2013 Funders Institute: Success in Washington, D.C.
>Funders Institute Highlights
>Thank You to Our Funders Institute Sponsors and Partners
>Happy 3rd Birthday to Funders Together!
>On Our Blog: Anne Miskey's Funders Institute Welcoming Address: Using Wisdom, Compassion, & Courage to End Homelessness
>Funders Together Thanks Members for Donations & Membership Dues
> David Wertheimer's Post-Institute Blog:

News From Our Friends

>Council on Foundations Conference for Community Foundations

September 22-25th, 2013

>The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness's National Conference

October 28th & 29th, 2013

>Ohio Grantmakers Forum: Philanthropy Forward Conference

November 12 - 14th, 2013

>Grantmakers for Effective Organizations: Supporting Movements Conference | November 18th & 19th, 2013

Special Announcementsspecialannouncements
The 2013 Funders Institute:
Success in Washington, D.C.
Above: Executive Director Anne Miskey welcomes guests during her opening remarks, emphasizing the 3 key traits of wisdom, compassion, and courage in partnering to end homelessness.
We're reflecting on the success of our inaugural Funders Institute last week in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the National Alliance to End Homelessness's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Funders and guests from across the United States and Canada came together to engage in conversation about catalytic, outcomes-focused philanthropy.
Above: Commissioner Bryan Samuels of Health and Human Services delivers his Funders Institute keynote address.
Bryan Samuels' keynote address, along with a presentation entitled "Coming Together to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Youth" emphasized why homelessness matters to Health and Human Services, and focused on 4 Core Outcomes for supporting homeless youth and young adults: Wellbeing, Stable Housing, Education and Employment, and the importance of making Permanent Connections
The address also highlighted the integral partnership between government and philanthropy to end homelessness. Review his Keynote Presentation using the highlight links below. 


Funders Institute Highlights:

Funders Together Staff at the Closing Reception:

L-R: Allison Silva, Program Manager; Anne Miskey, Executive Director; Angela Day, Policy & Advocacy Intern;

Bevin Shagoury, Program Assistant


  We're pleased to share links of highlights from the events of the Inaugural Funders Institute. If you didn't have a chance to attend this year, or if you attended and would like to review some of the highlights,
please use the links below:
Pre-Conference Funders Institute Session.
including speakers, participants, and Interactive Tabletalk Sessions.
>Read and Review Commissioner Bryan Samuels' Keynote Presentation: Coming Together to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children & Youth.
on the Funders Institute sessions and events.
> Complete our e-survey and share your experience
and feedback with our staff.
>Request a copy of our Funders Institute Program
or other materials and information.


 Thank You To Our
 Funders Institute Sponsors
Happy 3rd Birthday to Funders Together!
On July 8th, 2013, Funders Together to End Homelessness board & staff celebrated three years of being the only national network for grantmakers working to end homelessness. It was fitting that we were able to celebrate with so many members, partners, and many of our board and staff last week in Washington D.C. to kick-off our first Funders Institute. Thank you to all who support our important work.
News from Funders Together newsfunders
On Our Blog:
Anne Miskey's Funders Institute Welcoming Address: Using Wisdom, Compassion, & Courage to End Homelessness
Anne Miskey listens in as she moderates the "Your Story" Interactive TableTalk Session at the 2013 Funders Institute on July 22nd.
As I look out into the room this morning I am reminded of the words of a famous philosopher who said that the 3 most important qualities of human beings were wisdom, compassion and courage. Again, looking around the room, I think it very obvious that we have a tremendous amount of wisdom.  We have the wisdom of those who do research, who look at data and outcomes and we have the wisdom of those of you working, day to day, in your communities to end homelessness....  Read More.
Funders Together Thanks Members for
Generous Donations, Membership Dues, & Grants
Grants Received:
The Melville Charitable Trust
The Nurmi Family Foundation 
Learn more about membership dues and the many ways you can
News from Our Members


David Wertheimer's Post-Institute Blog:
Above: Tim Richter, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, poses with David Wertheimer, Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness.
Last week, more than 1600 providers and advocates gathered in Washington, DC for the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  The largest gathering of its type ever, this year's conference had an important new dimension to it:  A record number of private funders came to share their ideas, experiences and lessons learned from communities... Read More.
Board Member Martha Toll Blogs:
Above: Martha Toll, Funders Together Board Member & Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund.
How does a philanthropic foundation with a clear mission and big vision, but  a relatively small endowment extend its reach? Since its inception, the Butler Family Fund has grappled with this challenge. Governed by a family board whose members live in the US and the UK, the Fund has two primary giving areas: criminal justice reform, and preventing and ending homelessness. The Butler Family Fund strives to be lean and strategic, with the flexibility to address pressing needs and test innovative solutions. We consider it a "tugboat pulling the ocean liner" approach. ...Read More.
Share Your Story. Create a Movement. End Homelessness.


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News from Our Friendsfriendnews 


News from the U.S. Interagency Council:

Cabinet Secretaries Advance Efforts to End Family Homelessness

This article appeared on the U.S. Interagency Council's newsletter released on July 17th, 2013.


On July 9th, the Obama Administration convened a meeting to push forward its

agenda to end homelessness. US Interagency Council on Homelessness Chair, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, and Vice Chair, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, met with other Council leaders including Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Department of Labor Acting Secretary Seth Harris, USICH Executive Director Barbara J. Poppe, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service Wendy Spencer, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Melissa Rogers, and representatives from 11 other member agencies. The group discussed ways to leverage opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act and ways to better serve families who are experiencing homelessness... READ THE ENTIRE STORY


Tools & Resourcesresource
Young women who are experiencing homelessness are eager to re-engage with school. This is most likely to occur when there are a range of supports available to them by agencies and when school staff provides long-term support. Efforts to increase access to education for girls who have lived on the street must take into account the need for learning approaches that validate their life experience.
 ICPH Releases New Report:
The circumstances that can push low-income families into homelessness are numerous, and risk factors such as family instability, employment problems, and health concerns rarely occur by themselves. In the latest research brief from ICPH, "Housing Instability: A Continuum of Risk," national data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study are used to map the connections across multiple causes of homelessness and show how a family's probability of needing shelter rises and falls depending on how these risk factors combine.  ...Download the Report.

Visit our Tools & Resources webpage to learn more. 

Events Calendarsavedates
Please Contact 
Allison Silva | Program Manager, 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.
Council on Foundations Conference for Community Foundations 
San Diego, California
September 22-25, 2013
 NCEH 2013The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference
Ottawa, Canada
October 28-29, 2013


Philanthropy Ohio
Ohio Grantmakers Forum:
Philanthropy Forward Conference
 Columbus, Ohio
November 12 - 14, 2013
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
Supporting Movements Conference
 Washington D.C.
November 18 - 19, 2013
 Visit our website's Events Calendar for up-to-date information, or recommend an event and we'll share it.
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