Tacoma/Pierce County is one of 10 communities across the U.S. participating in the multi-year Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) initiative. Please join the Pierce County Funders Group to learn about the SPARC initiative from guest speakers Pamela Duncan from the City of Tacoma and Tess Colby from Pierce County and continue our discussion about Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Pierce County.
Join the Pierce County Funders for a two-part series focused on thinking about the systems that impact homelessness on a national and local level, and specifically in the area of youth and young adult homelessness. This first meeting will feature special guests, Funders Together to End Homelessness, a national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative and effective solutions to homelessness.
Homelessness is in a state of emergency in King County, Washington. Funders have a unique opportunity to be of assistance. Please join us and voices from the field and government partners for this important and urgent conversation.
Federal officials presented the Opening Doors report to the Obama administration, detailing the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Learning Strategy Director | Homelessness and lack of affordable housing have reached states of emergency in parts of our region. As government agencies and voters move to address this crisis, funders may be wondering where their investments would be most useful. What should philanthropy's role be in addressing homelessness? Are there holes in funding that public dollars cannot fill, where philanthropy could step in? In a conversation we hosted earlier this month in Seattle and plan to continue at our conference next month in Missoula, we examined new data and recommendations with our members and partners. more »
Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Knowing that nearly half of all low-income Montanans experience at least one civil legal problem each year that goes unaddressed, the Montana Access to Justice Commission, with support from Philanthropy Northwest member Montana Justice Foundation, conducted a study to better understand the gaps and barriers to civil legal aid access. Their findings have implications for funders across all states and all sectors — and have us asking ourselves whether there is a need for broader conversation. more »
Jon Stahl, Communications Director | Last week we were thrilled to welcome a capacity crowd of 70+ philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, government officials, nonprofit leaders and academics to Boise, Idaho for the second event in our 2015 Local Matters series. Here's what we talked about. more »
Dan Brettler, Gordon McHenry, Jr. and David Wertheimer, Gates Foundation | There are many different crises that can catapult a family into homelessness: Loss of a job, domestic violence, accidents or serious illness, and inter-generational poverty – to name just a few. In addition, despite efforts to coordinate, past experiences in responding to homelessness have shown us that, although admirable, fragmented, non-integrated efforts to solve this problem by organizations and systems working independently and on their own have not stemmed the tide of this crisis. The good news is that we now know what works. more »