Housing Justice Solutions: Field & Funder Webinar

On July 18 – 22, 2018 more than 325 residents; 101 non-profit-institutions, organizers, and activists; and 30 funders from across the country converged for the Homes For All Member Assembly in Atlanta, GA.

Participants included program officers and staff from the New York Foundation, Headwaters Foundation, Kendeda Fund, The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Solidago Foundation, Resist Inc., Hill Snowdon Foundation, Neighborhoods First Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Family Housing Fund, McCune Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Common Stream, Ford Foundation, Hyams Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, California Endowment Common Counsel and Neighborhood Funders Group as well as leaders from the Homes For All movement in Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Tennessee and New York.

NFG's Democratizing Development Program and Right to the City hosted a Field & Funder Convening, which created a powerful and critical space for funders and field leaders to develop a shared assessment of the work each group is moving around housing, development, and community. The convening also created space for funders and field leaders to identify funding gaps and opportunities to more effectively connect work from the local to the national level. 

How can funders coordinate, learn and strengthen our work together to address the housing crises? How can funders invest in organizing and community powerbuilding to address local development changes? Funders connected with extraordinary community leaders from across the country and joined an impactful learning tour with the Housing Justice League to learn more about the local solutions and challenges to gentrification and displacement in Atlanta. NFG also facilitated a half-day funder strategy session where grantmakers peer-shared institutional strategies as well as communications and narrative strategy efforts to shift public discourse around equitable and inclusive development.

This webinar will continue building a generative space for funders to expand on a learning community that addresses the housing affordability crisis in our country — a crisis that has stifled opportunity and threatens the health and stability of millions of Americans. In this webinar, funders will be able to improve their understanding of the role of investing in organizing models that align and grow housing justice solutions to scale. Learn more about how supporting the leadership capacity of groups that work on housing policy can further stabilize and build greater housing opportunities for low-income communities.

When philanthropy invests in democratizing development for people, the results include more equitable policies and programs, increased engagement of more marginalized people in the civic life of their communities, and improvements in the overall well-being of all people and the places in which they live.

We look forward to you joining the conversation.

  • Jerry Maldonado, Ford Foundation
  • Maria Mulkeen, Hyams Foundation
  • Sandra Davis, California Endowment
  • Elizabeth Posey, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Dawn Phillips and Right to the City Community Leaders
  • *** Additional perspectives from funder participants ***
Sponsored by:
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • The Hyams Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • Common Counsel Foundation
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Right the City/Homes for All
  • NFG's Democratizing Development Program
Field & Funder Convening Host Committee:
  • Dawn Phillips, Homes for All & Right to the City
  • Elizabeth Posey, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Amy Kenyon and Jerry Maldonado, Ford Foundation
  • Jazmin Segura, Common Counsel Foundation
  • Maria Mulkeen, The Hyams Foundation
  • Sandra Davis & Alex Desautels, The California Endowment 
  • Nile Malloy, NFG Democratizing Development Program
  • Amy Morris, NFG Amplify Fund 
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