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Issue #0 Overview

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  2. 2. Funders Together<br /> A national network of foundations and corporations supporting strategic and effective grantmaking to end homelessness<br />
  3. 3. Who We Are <br />An affinity group of foundations and corporate donors<br />Founded in 2004 by 5 foundations, 2 corporations, and 2 implementing partners who committed $37m to ending homelessness<br />Have 120+ organizational members and $75 million+ committed to ending homelessness<br />
  4. 4. How We Work<br />National in scope, regional in approach <br />Share best practices in funding, collaboration, and advocacy across the country<br />Support the work of our implementing partners, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Alliance to End Homelessness<br />
  5. 5. What We Believe<br />“Philanthropy can experiment and test, working in partnership with government to find the best solutions, but the plight of the homeless is a societal responsibility which the society as a whole must be asked to meet.”<br />-- Frank Melville,Founding Board Chair, Melville Charitable Trust<br />Homelessness is a solvable problem<br />Investments now save money in the long run<br />Housing and prevention work and are cost-effective<br />Philanthropy can not do it alone<br />
  6. 6. Objectives<br />Build a national network of funders who support proven, evidence-based programs<br />Support the study, research and collaboration needed to refine and improve practices and polices<br />Advocate for the increase of local, state and national resources<br /> <br />
  7. 7. Long Term Goals<br />Create the systems change needed to end homelessness for 2 million Americans<br />Raise and leverage at least $100 million for housing and services by the end of 2010<br />Create 90,000 more units of supportive housing by 2014 (60,000 of the overall goal of 150,000 have already been developed)<br />
  8. 8. National Steering Committee<br />Melville Charitable Trust, Robert Hohler (chair)<br />William S. Abell Foundation,Tom Nurmi<br />Barr Foundation, Melinda Marble<br />Butler Family Fund, Martha Toll<br />Campion Foundation, Sonya Campion<br />Corporation for Supportive Housing, Deb DeSantis<br />Fannie Mae, Joe Weisbord<br />Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation, Deborah Fung<br />Frey Foundation of Minnesota, Jim Frey<br />Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David Wertheimer<br />William S. Abell Foundation,Tom Nurmi<br />Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Bill Pitkin<br />Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nancy Barrand<br />National Alliance to End Homelessness, Nan Roman<br />Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, Terri Donlin Huesman<br />Rockefeller Foundation, Darren Walker<br />Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Leslie Strnisha<br />
  9. 9. Join Funders Together <br />Email request to join to jason@melvilletrust.org<br />Or, fill out the simple online application at www.funderstogether.org/signup<br />Funders Together to End Homelessness • 220 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116 • 617.236.2244 • www.FundersTogether.org<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Partner Voices<br />“It is important to ask what the key interventions are that seem to be making a difference. You will not be surprised to hear among these key interventions are supportive housing and an emphasis on getting the most people with disabilities into housing. Moving people out of the shelter system more quickly both reduces the need for beds and reduces homelessness.”<br />Nan Roman <br />President<br />National Alliance to End Homelessness<br />Washington, DC<br />
  11. 11. Partner Voices<br />“Society has at times given up on our most vulnerable populations and incorrectly concluded that nothing can be done to address their issues, or to solve the cycle of despair resulting in long-term homelessness. We know differently – there are proven solutions that work. Effective, cost-efficient models that move vulnerable people off the streets and into affordable, permanent housing where they can receive the support they need to heal and build better lives.”<br />Deborah DeSantis<br />President and CEO<br />Corporation for Supportive Housing<br />New York, NY<br />
  12. 12. Partner Voices<br />“Ending homelessness is about empowerment. It’s about finding ways to help people to help themselves. It is about applying diligent and thoughtful guidance that enables each individual and each family to acquire self-reliance and independence. The people who help make that happen are among the most talented and dedicated and patient that I have ever worked with.”<br />G. Robert Hohler<br />Executive Director<br />Melville Charitable Trust, Hartford, CT<br />
  13. 13. Partner Voices<br />“Chronic homelessness is an issue that cuts across many funders’ interests – from health and health care, mental illness, and child welfare to prisoner reentry, poverty, and community development. No single funder or provider can solve it alone, and we cannot solve it without the involvement of both the private and public sectors.”<br />RisaLavizzo-Mourey<br />President<br />Robert Wood Johnson Foundation<br />Princeton, NJ<br />
  14. 14. Partner Voices<br />“People who are chronically homeless and who are not housed create very, very difficult circumstances in our cities. And wouldn’t it make better sense - wouldn’t our sense of fairness and justice be met by providing them with a supportive housing unit? This is not the 1980s when we were bewildered by this phenomenon. We understand it. We know what works. So the question is, do we have the will to actually implement what we know works, and what, quite frankly, doesn’t cost us any more money to do?”<br />Darren Walker <br />Vice President of Foundation Initiatives<br />The Rockefeller Foundation<br />New York, NY<br />
  15. 15. Partner Voices<br />“What unites us all, what powers us all... is the vision of a society where everyone has a place that they can call home. It is a vision we all believe can be achieved. We are sure that some day, sooner rather than later, others will look back upon this time and say: In such a great country, with such unbelievable resources, what on earth took them so long?”<br />Stephen Melville<br />Board Chair<br />Melville Charitable Trust<br />Hartford, CT<br />
  16. 16. Funders Together to End Homelessness • 220 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116 • 617.236.2244 • www.FundersTogether.org<br />16<br />Funders Together: <br />Homelessness Ends Here<br />

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