A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness


Funders Together to End Homelessness Canada (FTEHC) is an affiliate network of Funders Together to End Homelessness based in Boston.  FTEHC includes public-sector, corporate, foundation, and philanthropic funders and is supported by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.

FTEHC has three primary goals as a network:

  1. Improve grantmaking. We aim to 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 through tools, research, and experts in the field.

  2. Increase collaboration and alignment. Community efforts to end homelessness are exponentially more effective and efficient when funders align their strategies, outcomes, and evaluation metrics.

  3. Advocate for change. Funders who want to truly end and prevent homelessness must engage in advocacy efforts in their respective communities and/or at the national level.  Through advocacy, funders can help reduce policy barriers, leverage funders, and create bridges between different systems to have a real impact on ending and reducing homelessness.

Our movement is growing. We hope you will join us.


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  • Raymond Oelrich
    commented 2018-11-17 10:43:54 -0800
    Today is THE best day on Earth for everyone reading this. Today is the ONLY day you can totally determine and decide what you will do with your life. Each second, every minute of each hour today YOU get to decide not only what you will do but HOW you choose to look at it. If you are pulling weeds for a job be thankful for those weeds or you would be out of work. If you are paying bills be thankful for those, that means SOMEONE believed enough in you to lend you that money or let you pay it later. If you are at work turn in the BEST day you ever had and keep doing that, you will be rewarded for it. Make this day special and memorable. Yesterday is but a cancelled receipt in the book of life, tomorrow is not yet here and possibly may never come. It is NOT guaranteed. People will die today, fact of life, many of them have Facebook accounts. Live EACH day like it may be the best and last day possible, so make it impactful in a positive way and keep doing that every day. We are all here to make a difference in someone’s life, starting today. Don’t waste it.
  • Raymond Oelrich
    commented 2018-11-17 10:33:05 -0800
    I agree with the idea two or more people working together is better than any one person, group or organization and I support that idea. Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Whenever two or more people share ideas a third brain is created. Sometimes an idea is of greater value in a mind it is transplanted INTO than the mind it originated from”.

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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