Philanthropy’s Role in Opening Doors: blog from USICH
October 21, 2011
Funders Together, a national collaborative philanthropic network dedicated to ending homelessness, published a blog post authored by USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe and Deputy Director Jennifer Ho based on their recent meeting, Catalytic Philanthropy and Ending Homelessness: Aligning Resources and Creating Change in the Pacific Northwest. Their piece focuses on practical ways the philanthropic sector can invest in promising and best practices for ending homelessness, and the pivotal role that philanthropy plays in reaching the goals set forth in Opening Doors. The largest role philanthropy can play, Poppe and Ho note, is in collaborative leadership: making sure the right leaders from state and local government, service providers and the private sector are around the table investing strategically in solutions that work for a specific community. Philanthropic partners are a key ally for all community leaders in the effort to end homelessness, and this practical guidance is a starting point for continued dialogue.