One of the biggest barriers we face as funders is figuring out how to invest our limited resources in ways that will make a meaningful and lasting change in the way homelessness is viewed and treated in our country. In order to move beyond managing the problem and actually get at the root causes, we need to constantly be learning from experts in the field and other funders. We need opportunities to come together and share best practices and policies, discuss what’s working well and what’s not, hear about innovative solutions on the horizon, and how to best align our funding to meet our collective goal of ending homelessness for good.
15 years ago, there were hundreds of funders working to end homelessness but no central organization to coordinate their individual efforts and support them.
In 2004, the Trust joined with seven other funders to launch Funders Together to End Homelessness (originally called the Partnership to End Long-Term Homelessness) to move our country closer to ending chronic homelessness.
Six years later, Funders Together to End Homelessness was founded as an independent nonprofit organization and an expanded mission of ending all types of homelessness with a focus on investing in systems change. Today, the organization boasts over 175 members and is focused on three major goals:
- Improve grantmaking to prevent and end homelessness by keeping funders apprised of best practices and innovation in the field; compiling and sharing the latest data, research, and trends; and offering guidance by providing tools, research, and experts in the field.
- Increase collaboration and alignment of funder strategies by fostering and developing opportunities for public-private partnerships, regional funders networks, and sharing best practices.
- Help funders become advocates for change by reducing policy barriers, leveraging funds, and creating bridges between different systems to have a real impact on ending and reducing homelessness.
The Melville Trust’s Role
The Trust was one of the initial founders of Funders Together and provided in-kind support and seed funding. We remain a dedicated funder and engaged member of the network. Janice Elliott, the Melville Trust’s Executive Director, serves on the board of Funders Together.
More about Funders Together to End Homelessness
Funders Together provides a wide array of resources for funders interested in learning more about ending homelessness. Their Grantmakers Toolkit on Ending Homelessness is great place to start. They hold networking sessions throughout the year where funders can connect with each other and learn about best practices in the field. Funders Together also has five regional networks of grantmakers in Canada, Florida, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego.
For more information
Please contact Amanda Misiko Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness: firstname.lastname@example.org