The Health and Housing Funders’ Forum fosters collaboration among philanthropic organizations to make a significant impact in the areas of healthy housing and healthy communities and seeks to re-envision housing so that it leads to better health for vulnerable populations. Funders’ Forum members are ambassadors in their spheres of influence, creating a multidisciplinary ripple effect in areas such as health equity, sustainability, housing and community development, and public health. The Funders’ Forum is a non-dues-paying collaborative that provides its members with a range of opportunities, tools, and resources, such as webinars, peer networking, and conferences.
The Funders’ Forum was founded by The Kresge Foundation and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) in 2009 to align philanthropic funding plans and priorities in the housing and health space. The idea for the Funders’ Forum originated at the 2009 National Healthy Housing Policy Summit, when several philanthropic organizations saw the value of partnering to advance investment in safe and healthy housing. A subsequent meeting in February, 2010 united many of these leaders and the group identified an action agenda for philanthropy.
At the annual in-person meeting in April, 2012, the group identified the following four outcomes:
- A comprehensive Healthy Housing field of practice exists at the intersection of housing and health.
- The Healthy Housing story is told in a compelling way to promote action across all sectors.
- Investments in Healthy Housing are aligned to maximize funding.
- A targeted Healthy Housing policy agenda is effective in promoting system-level change.
Each spring, the Funders’ Forum holds its annual in-person meeting. It also runs a bimonthly webinar series and holds occasional events to coincide with national philanthropic meetings. To learn more about the Funders’ Forum, please contact Michelle Harvey, NCHH’s Director of Administration, at 443.539.4166.