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This is the first post in a new blog series that will look at the impact of sequestration on services to the homeless. If you or your grantees have a story to share, please tell us. And please, keep telling your elected officials how sequestration is impacting your communities, particularly the most vulnerable among us.…
by Deborah Fung, Executive Director, the Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
This article was a response to What Are Foundations For?, a forum and debate about philanthropic institutions and their role in democracy, in which the author shares his views that “foundations do not simply express the individual liberty of wealthy people; we all pay, in lost tax revenue, for foundations, and, by extension, for giving public expression to the preferences of rich people.”
Deborah Fung’s response below first appeared, along with other responses, in The Boston Review.…
by Barbara “Bobbie” Ibarra, Executive Director of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless
From the early 1800′s to the early 1900′s, people throughout the United States who could not afford a home were confined to “poorhouses” or “workhouses,” for the “crime” of being poor, and were required to remain there, performing hard labor under harsh conditions until they died or were discharged.…
By Anne Miskey, Executive Director
Part of philanthropy’s responsibility to the most vulnerable in our society is to call on government―both elected officials and non-elected staff on both sides of the political aisle―to work in ways that are just, effective, and efficient. To this end, representatives from Funders Together and our partners at the National Alliance met this summer with senior staff from various federal agencies to discuss homelessness in America.
By David Wertheimer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a broad range of events in our nation’s capital that, once again, confirmed for me that we can and will succeed in our long-term goal of ending homelessness.