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

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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.

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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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