Meeting with Funders Together to End Homelessness

This Tuesday, Doug Sawyer, President and CEO of United Way of San Diego County, and Jennifer LeSar, President and CEO of LeSar Development Consultants, convened a a group of local leaders for a meeting with Funders Together to End Homelessness.

Anne Miskey, Executive Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness; David Wertheimer, Board Chair (also a deputy Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); and Leslie Strnisha, Board Vice Chair (also Senior Program Director for Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland) discussed bringing best practices to communities, national milestones, and accelerating the pace on ending homelessness.

Funders Together is the only national network for grantmakers working to end homelessness, and they “promote a catalytic approach to philanthropy that goes beyond effective grant-making to active civic engagement in solving homelessness.” The leaders from Funders Together advised that efforts to end homelessness should be “client centered, provider informed, funder directed, and results driven,” and that community funders (public agencies, public and private non-profits, and foundations) need to work collaboratively across sectors to share data and promote systems change.