The role of funders in ending homelessness

We all understand the importance of private funders in supporting the goals of the private sector. That’s why the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is engaged in preliminary talks with funders who are interested in learning more about what roles private foundations play in other cities. We organized an initial exploratory call with Funders Together to End Homelessness after hearing them speak at the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in August.

Funders Together is a national nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to local and regional funders who are interested in organizing around the goal of ending homelessness. What we learned in that call is that Nashville is in a great starting place with the Focus Strategies Report, which allows funders to have a starting discussion on the role they could play to implement a systemic approach to move Nashvillians out of homelessness.

The next steps? The Homelessness Commission will continue our conversation with local funders and if there is critical interest, we will help them link with resources available through Funders Together.

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