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2019 Funders Institute

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 3:00pm EDT
2660 Woodley Rd, NW Washington, DC 20008
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Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to present our annual Funders Institute, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. The Funders Institute is our largest event for funders to learn from each other and experts about philanthropy’s role in preventing and ending homelessness.

The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on deep community work that’s advancing racial equity and how funders can support it, conversation about keeping homelessness and housing stability as key topics during the 2020 presidential election and Census, and peer learning on how funders should support their grantees in addressing racial disparities.  

The Institute consists of a full day on Monday, July 22 and a funder-only workshop on both Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24 during the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

Program Overview

The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on advancing racial equity from the ground up in homelessness, how to effectively influence public policy, and building the capacity of grantees to do racial equity work. Some of the major themes we will explore include:  

Advancing Racial Equity from the Ground Up 

While Black people comprise 13% of the general population in the United States and 26% of those living in poverty, they account for more than 40% of the homelessness population, suggesting that poverty rates alone do not explain the over-representation. As we continue to work with policymakers and our homelessness system to reduce these disparities, we also need to better support people deeply embedded in communities who are fighting for racial justice.  

During the 2019 Funders Institute, we'll discuss the importance of supporting culturally-specific organizations working to end homelessness and local organizers who are fighting for affordable housing. We'll talk with foundation leaders about how we need to work differently to make our organizations more equitable and support those who are already deeply embedded in communities fighting for racial justice. 

How to Effectively Influence Public Policy

We'll have a conversation with Congressional staffers about what is most effective and helpful in understanding issues and crafting policies. Funders will have an opportunity to share what's most top of mind for them and how philanthropy can engage and support public policies that help people experiencing homelessness or facing housing instability.

What Funders are Doing to Support Grantees in Racial Equity Work

Many funders have been asking how to best support their grantees to do racial equity work. On Wednesday, we'll have an intimate discussion with foundation staff about how they are building their grantees' capacity to learn about racial equity and shift the way they work.

View the working agenda here.