Who We Are
Watch this video to hear Board Chair David Wertheimer answer, “What is Funders Together to End Homelessness?”
Funders Together to End Homelessness is the only national network for grantmakers working to end homelessness. Originally created in 2004 as the Partnership to End Long-Term Homelessness, Funders Together was re-launched as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2010. We promote a catalytic approach to philanthropy that goes beyond effective grant-making to active civic engagement in solving homelessness.
Our mission is to harness philanthropy’s expanding potential for impact and change to help end homelessness in America.
Our goal is to build a national network of funders who are committed to solving homelessness through leadership, education, and advocacy; strategic collaboration and grantmaking; and effective promotion and replication of promising practices in their communities and across the nation.
In keeping with this goal, we are aligned with “Opening Doors,” the federal government’s 2010 strategic plan to end homelessness, which seeks to:
- Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in five years
- Prevent and end homelessness among veterans in five years
- Prevent and end homelessness for families, youth, and children in 10 years
- Set a clear path for ending all types of homelessness
What We Do
In support of our mission and goal, Funders Together:
- Promotes effective, strategic, and innovative solutions to homelessness, particularly those that align with the “Housing First” approach
Advocates for increases in and more efficient use of local, state, and national resources dedicated to ending homelessness
- Educates funders and other stakeholders about homelessness and related policies and programs and the need to align public and private resources toward common goals
- Advocates for the research, data, and evidence needed about what works to solve homelessness and what doesn’t, and share such information broadly when we have it
- Convenes funders, providing opportunities for them to share lessons learned, ask questions, seek advice, get recommendations, identify collaborative opportunities, and more.