2013 Annual Report: Funders Together to End Homelessness

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An update from the only national network of grantmakers working to end homelessness


<ul><li><p> This year has been an exciting one! As a result of efforts across the country, the number of people reported as experiencing homelessness is down by 17% since 2005, despite a housing crisis and a recession. Because of the collective efforts of government, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy to maximize the impact of every dollar and moment spent on preventing and ending homelessness, this astounding decline was possible. As the only national network of funders committed to ending homelessness, we know that funders have an incredible capacity to be catalysts for change. Our mission: harness philanthropys expanding potential for impact and change to help end homelessness. Our power to convene stakeholders, align systems, drive innovation, advocate for funding, and influence the adoption of best practices uniquely positions us to spur the continued decline of homelessness in America. Your catalytic power is precisely why Funders Together to End Homelessness exists: to create a space for funders to come together and learn from each other; to share resources and experience and create a collective voice for change; and to ensure that every dollar we spend to prevent and end homelessness accomplishes just that. In 2013, we have made significant progress in these areas, as outlined in this report. Together, we can change the conversations around homelessness on local, regional, and national levels, and ultimately end and prevent homelessness in our country. </p><p>David Wertheimer, Board Chair Anne Miskey, Executive Director </p></li><li><p> David Wertheimer, Chair Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation Leslie Strnisha, Vice-Chair Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Tom Nurmi, Secretary William S. Abell Foundation Joseph Weisbord, Treasurer Fannie Mae Sonya Campion Campion Foundation Ryan Chao The Annie E. Casey Foundation Janice Elliott Melville Charitable Trust </p><p>Nancy Frees Fountain* The Frees Foundation Deborah Fung* The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation Katie Hong Raikes Foundation Barbara Bobbie Ibarra Miami Coalition for the Homeless Bill Pitkin Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Deborah Reznick Polk Bros. Foundation Martha Toll Butler Family Fund </p><p>*We thank Nancy and Deborah for their service, which concluded in 2013. </p><p>L-R: Alexis Perlmutter, Program Manager, Communications &amp; Public Affairs; Allison Silva, Program Manager, Membership &amp; Resource Development; Anne Miskey, Executive Director; Holly Sullivan, Finance Manager; Bevin Shagoury, Program Manager, Administration &amp; Special Initiatives; Angela Day, Policy &amp; Advocacy Intern. Not pictured: Tigran Shougarian, Research Intern; Don Branson, IT Consultant. </p></li><li><p> A pivotal success for Funders Together was our first Funders Institute in July 2013. Hosted in conjunction with the </p><p>National Alliance to End Homelessness 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, participants from 19 </p><p>states, Canada, and Great Britain participated in the first national </p><p>convening geared specifically toward foundations and United Ways. </p><p>New connections, great information, fun format! I felt this was a convening that was needed for me in the work that I do. We dont have many funders of this work in [my state] so it was great to meet and hear from other funders across the country. </p></li><li><p> Collaboration and partnerships are at the heart of our approach to ending and preventing homelessness. </p><p>Launched in 2010 and 2011, respectively, the Los Angeles Homeless Funders Group and Funders Together Houston organized intentionally as public-private </p><p>funders collaboratives in order to align efforts, build upon each others strengths, leverage resources, and work at a </p><p>systems level to end homelessness. </p><p>In December 2013, Funders Together San Diego launched to expand philanthropic engagement in ending homelessness in San Diego County, which is home to the </p><p>nations third largest homeless population. </p></li><li><p> The Funders Together Learning Series is designed to inform funders </p><p>efforts, including convening, relationship building, grantmaking, and advocacy. In 2013, we added </p><p>dozens of briefing documents, toolkits, and blog posts on topics such as </p><p>systems change, effective grantmaking, youth homelessness, </p><p>and sequestration. </p><p>I have used at least a half dozen of [Funders Togethers] written documents for a training I am doing for the local housing authority. Because they are short at 4 6 pages, but well written and detailed, they resonate well ... </p></li><li><p> Our networking events provide members with the opportunity to develop strategic </p><p>relationships, exchange valuable information, and highlight their work. </p><p>In 2013, we hosted and facilitated 15 events in 11 cities in conjunction with major conferences on philanthropy and </p><p>homelessness, as well as by request. </p><p>Our family foundation is very involved in convening local funders and key community stakeholders ... 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. </p></li><li><p> Working in partnership with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness </p><p>and private philanthropy, Funders Together coordinated an evaluation of the first national Point-in-Time Count </p><p>of unsheltered youth. The data collected from this nine-city initiative, called Youth Count!, will help inform </p><p>best practices across the United States. </p></li><li><p> Funders Together helped private philanthropy align its work and resources with the government framework set forth in the Homeless Emergency Assistance </p><p>and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. Working together, we can create a coordinated emergency response </p><p>system that finds housing quickly and permanently for those in need. </p></li><li><p> Our Funding Partners support our operations, member services, and advocacy because they believe that philanthropy can be mobilized to end homelessness. Because of them, Funders Together is poised to lead the charge. Thank you for your continued support. </p><p>Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation Conrad N. Hilton Foundation </p><p>Fannie Mae Melville Charitable Trust </p><p>Oak Foundation </p><p>Anonymous Butler Family Fund </p><p>Sonya Campion Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation </p><p>Janice Elliott Enrico and Sandra di Portanova </p><p>Charitable Foundation Episcopal Health Charities </p><p>Nancy Frees Fountain Health Foundation of Central </p><p> Massachusetts Barbara Bobbie Ibarra </p><p>Jay &amp; Rose Phillips Family Foundation Loeb Family Charitable Foundations May and Stanley Smith Charitable </p><p> Trust </p><p>Michael McConnell Anne Miskey </p><p>OneFamily Foundation Pierce Family Foundation </p><p>Bill Pitkin Polk Bros. Foundation </p><p>Deborah Reznick Siemer Institute for Family Stability </p><p>Martha Toll United Way of King County United Way of Rhode Island </p><p>Valley of the Sun United Way Joseph Weisbord </p><p>David Wertheimer William S. Abell Foundation Zarrow Families Foundation </p><p>Bank of America Campion Foundation </p><p>The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation </p><p>The Frees Foundation Miami Coalition for the Homeless </p><p>Raikes Foundation </p></li><li><p> Alaska The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority United Way of Southeast Alaska California Alliance Healthcare Foundation Annenberg Foundation Appleton Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation California Community Foundation The California Endowment Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Everychild Foundation Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Los Angeles JPMorgan Chase &amp; Co. Kaiser Permanente for the Southern California Region May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust McCarthy Family Foundation Michael McConnell The Parker Foundation The San Diego Foundation San Diego Grantmakers Homelessness Working Group San Diego Social Venture Partners Silicon Valley Community Foundation Sobrato Family Foundation UniHealth Foundation United Way of Greater Los Angeles United Way of San Diego County United Way of Silicon Valley Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation Colorado The Denver Foundation Connecticut The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven The Fund for Greater Hartford Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Melville Charitable Trust United Way of Connecticut District of Columbia Butler Family Fund Fannie Mae The Morris &amp; Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Nurmi Family Foundation Florida Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Gulf Coast Community Foundation Miami Coalition for the Homeless </p><p>Georgia The Home Depot Foundation North Georgia United Methodist Housing &amp; Homeless Council United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Illinois The Boeing Company, Global Corporate Citizenship Program The Chicago Community Trust Irvin Stern Foundation The Owens Foundation Pierce Family Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts Robert R. McCormick Foundation Siragusa Foundation Indiana Central Indiana Community Foundation United Way of Central Indiana Maine Maine Community Foundation Maryland The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation United Way of Central Maryland William S. Abell Foundation Massachusetts Barr Foundation The Boston Foundation The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts Highland Street Foundation The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation United Way of Greater Plymouth County United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley United Way of Pioneer Valley Michigan Peggy Gagen, United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Grand Rapids Community Foundation McGregor Fund Minnesota Frey Foundation of Minnesota Greater Twin Cities United Way Jay &amp; Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota </p></li><li><p> Nebraska Lincoln Community Foundation Omaha Community Foundation Nevada Susanne and Gloria Young Foundation New Jersey The Nicholson Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation United Way of Northern New Jersey New York Charles &amp; Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation Just and Fair Schools Fund Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Robin Hood Foundation North Carolina United Way of Forsyth County United Way of the Cape Fear Area Ohio Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / The US Bank Foundation The Columbus Foundation The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Interact for Health Levin Family Foundation Nationwide Insurance Foundation Osteopathic Heritage Foundations Siemer Institute for Family Stability Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation The Maxine and Joseph Zarrow Family Foundation Zarrow Families Foundation Pennsylvania Falk Foundation The Heinz Endowments Hillman Family Foundations The Homeless Assistance Fund The Pittsburgh Foundation Richard King Mellon Foundation Rhode Island United Way of Rhode Island South Dakota John T. Vucurevich Foundation </p><p>Tennessee Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition Plough Foundation Texas Andrews Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation The Baron and Blue Foundation The Baxter Trust Enrico and Sandra di Portanova Charitable Foundation Episcopal Health Charities The Frees Foundation Greater Houston Community Foundation Houston Endowment The Powell Foundation Mary Lou Pringle Prudential Community Resources Ray C. Fish Foundation The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation Rockwell Fund Saint Martins Episcopal Church The Simmons Foundation United Way of Greater Houston Virginia The Community Foundation Serving Richmond &amp; Central Virginia Hampton Roads Community Fund Washington Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation Campion Foundation Casey Family Programs Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Loeb Family Charitable Foundations Medina Foundation The Norcliffe Foundation OneFamily Foundation Raikes Foundation Safeco Insurance Foundation United Way of King County United Way of Pierce County Canada Calgary Homeless Foundation The Home Depot Canada Foundation Victoria Foundation </p></li><li><p> STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION </p><p> 2013 </p><p>Assets </p><p> Cash and cash equivalents $ 102,014 </p><p> Pledges receivable 295,238 </p><p> Prepaid expenses and other assets 18,980 </p><p> Property and equipment 2,562 </p><p> Total assets $ 418,794 </p><p>Liabilities and Net Assets </p><p>Liabilities: </p><p> Accounts payable $ - </p><p> Accrued expenses 43,009 </p><p> Total liabilities 43,009 </p><p>Net assets: </p><p> Unrestricted 373,785 </p><p> Temporarily restricted 2,000 </p><p> Total net assets 375,785 </p><p> Total liabilities and net assets $ 418,794 </p><p>STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES </p><p> Unrestricted </p><p>Temporarily Restricted </p><p>Total </p><p>Revenue and Support: </p><p> Grants and contributions $ 340,597 $ 2,000 $ 342,597 </p><p> Membership dues 37,488 - 37,488 </p><p> Rental income 17,500 - 17,500 </p><p> Net assets released from restriction 150,000 (150,000) - </p><p> Total revenue 545,585 (148,000) 397,585 </p><p>Operating expenses: </p><p> Program services 566,607 - 566,607 </p><p> Fundraising 67,798 - 67,798 </p><p> Management and general 105,951 - 105,951 </p><p> Total operating expenses 740,356 - 740,356 </p><p> Change in net assets (194,771) (148,000) (342,771) </p><p> Net assets at beginning of year 568,556 150,000 718,556 </p><p> Net assets at end of year $ 373,785 $ 2,000 $ 375,785 </p></li><li><p> Its about bringing funders together to promote an efficient and effective system. We know the building blocks, we know what needs </p><p>to be done, we just have to do it. We cant solve homelessness until we get the money and resources aligned. We need to get as </p><p>many stakeholders pulling in the right direction as possible. </p><p> 89 South Street, Suite 803 </p><p>Boston, MA 02111 617.245.0314 </p><p>www.funderstogether.org </p><p> www.facebook.com/funderstogether @funderstogether </p></li></ul>