Funders Together Overview

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An overview of the mission, goals and services of Funders Together to End Homelessness, including a description of the Funding Principles for Ending Homelessness.

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Funders Together Overview

  1. 1. FundersTogether.org
  2. 2. Homelessness in America 25.8 million in unassisted renter households at < 50% AMI (1/3 of all renters) 13.4 million people live in six million worst case needs households 3.5 million experience homelessness in a year 760,000 homeless on a given night 155,000 chronically homeless individuals
  3. 3. Funders Together <ul><li>A national network of </li></ul><ul><li>foundations and corporations </li></ul><ul><li>supporting strategic </li></ul><ul><li>and effective </li></ul><ul><li>grantmaking </li></ul><ul><li>to end homelessness </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who We Are <ul><li>An affinity group of like-minded foundations and corporate donors </li></ul><ul><li>Founded November 2004 by 5 foundations and 2 corporations and implementing partners who made $37 million in supportive housing investments </li></ul><ul><li>Have 120+ organizational members and $75 million+ committed to ending homelessness </li></ul>
  5. 5. A National Network 123 organizational members across 26 states
  6. 6. How We Work <ul><li>National in scope, regional in approach </li></ul><ul><li>Share best practices in funding, collaboration and advocacy across the country </li></ul><ul><li>Support the work of our implementing partners, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Alliance to End Homelessness </li></ul>
  7. 7. What We Believe <ul><li>Homelessness is a solvable problem </li></ul><ul><li>If we do not make the investments now, the problems of homelessness will cost more in the long-term </li></ul><ul><li>Housing and prevention are proven and cost-effective solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Private philanthropy can not do it alone </li></ul>
  8. 8. Operating Goals <ul><li>Build a national network of funders who support proven, evidence-based programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support the study, research and collaboration needed to refine and improve practices and polices </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for the increase of local, state and national resources </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  9. 9. Long Term Goals <ul><li>Create the systems change needed to end homelessness for 2 million Americans </li></ul><ul><li>Raise and leverage at least $100 million for housing and services by the end of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Create 90,000 more units of supportive housing by 2014 (60,000 of the overall goal of 150,000 have already been developed) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Funding Principles <ul><li>Homelessness in America is unacceptable, and it is solvable. </li></ul><ul><li>We know that adequate, affordable and accessible housing is the solution. </li></ul><ul><li>We know that quality housing with supportive services can get our most vulnerable homeless families and individuals out of shelters and off the streets and change their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Please read the following principles and strategies for suggestions for how funders can get involved. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Principle 1 Housing is the key Promote housing-based solutions with access to appropriate services, that are integrated into our communities, as the primary investment for ending homelessness.
  12. 12. Principle 2 Recruit partners - make deals Initiate and collaborate through strategic partnerships among funders, local policymakers, business leaders, and government, as well as advocacy, housing and service providers.
  13. 13. Principle 3 Think upstream Support effective prevention programs and strategies, such as discharge planning, employment training, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and family reunification efforts.
  14. 14. Principle 4 Share the vision Raise awareness of homelessness and help implement existing local ten year plans to end homelessness, while building public will for long-term strategies locally and nationally.
  15. 15. Principle 5 Build a bank of knowledge Encourage and support research, demonstration projects, and data collection to identify and confirm evidence-based approaches for serving the homeless population.
  16. 16. Principle 6 Be an agent for change Promote needed systems change, including increased coordination across government departments and agencies and efforts to transition providers from shelter-based to housing first models.
  17. 17. Principle 7 Follow the money Work actively to leverage national policy and financial support for these efforts.
  18. 18. Funders Together <ul><li>Creating local and regional networks that: </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in best practice, evidence-based </li></ul><ul><li>programs and projects to end homelessness; </li></ul><ul><li>Fund research and pilot programs; </li></ul><ul><li>Support initiatives and collaborations that encourage systems efficiencies; </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for public resources devoted to housing and services. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Member Benefits: Access to Colleagues & Best Practices <ul><li>Free monthly e-newsletter and issue alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Conference series for funders </li></ul><ul><li>Chance to share data and knowledge about your national and community support </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy opportunities to shape policies and support systems change </li></ul><ul><li>Support for regional partnerships and targeted communities </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and knowledge-sharing events at key national gatherings (COF, NAEH, CSH, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive map of members, case studies, effective programs (coming summer 2009) </li></ul>
  20. 20. National Steering Committee <ul><li>William S. Abell Foundation , Tom Nurmi </li></ul><ul><li>Barr Foundation , Melinda Marble </li></ul><ul><li>Butler Family Fund , Martha Toll </li></ul><ul><li>Campion Foundation , Sonya Campion </li></ul><ul><li>Corporation for Supportive Housing , Deb DeSantis </li></ul><ul><li>Fannie Mae , Joe Weisbord </li></ul><ul><li>Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation , Deborah Fung </li></ul><ul><li>Frey Foundation of Minnesota , Jim Frey </li></ul><ul><li>Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , David Wertheimer </li></ul>Conrad N. Hilton Foundation , Bill Pitkin Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , Nancy Barrand Melville Charitable Trust , Robert Hohler (chair) National Alliance to End Homelessness , Nan Roman Osteopathic Heritage Foundation , Terri Donlin Huesman Rockefeller Foundation , Darren Walker Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland , Leslie Strnisha
  21. 21. Joining Funders Together There is no fee for joining and participating in Funders Together; only a commitment to strategies and activities designed to end homelessness described by the Funding Principles for Ending Homelessness. To learn more and to join, please contact: Jason Born, Director of National Outreach, [email_address] or 617.236.2244.
  22. 22. How You Can Connect Group Name: “Funders Together” Email www.FundersTogether.org jason@melvilletrust.org

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