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Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness (CFTEH) is an intersectional funder collaborative and a local network of the national Funders Together to End Homelessness organization. CFTEH currently includes nearly 30 Chicago-area funders working to align their grantmaking and maximize their impact with public sector partners. In 2020, CFTEH funders collectively invested more than $25 million to address homelessness in the Chicago area supporting close to 200 grantee partners.

About Funders Together to End Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness’s (FTEH) mission is to mobilize its members to utilize the voice, influence and expertise of philanthropy in ways that will advance lasting solutions to ending homelessness, including addressing its underlying causes like structural and racial inequities, and helping create policies and systems that center people with lived expertise. Through this national network, CFTEH works alongside the funder collaboratives in many peer cities to prevent and end homelessness across the country.

FTEH began in 2004 as an informal network of seven funders who came together to focus on ending chronic homelessness. In 2010, national FTEH became a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has built a national network of 250 funders.

Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness Partner Organizations

Anonymous*
The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Arnold Ventures
Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
The Chicago Community Trust*
Crown Family Philanthropies*
Cuore e Mani Foundation*
Knight Family Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Michael Reese Health Trust*
Northern Trust

The Owens Foundation
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
Pierce Family Foundation*
Polk Bros. Foundation*
Prince Charitable Trusts*
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation*
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
RRF Foundation for Aging
United Way of Metro Chicago
VNA Foundation
Waterton Philanthropic Fund*
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
*Asterisked funders have generously contributed to the CFTEH incubation effort

Meet the CFTEH Team

Emily Krisciunas, Director of Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness

Emily Krisciunas is the inaugural Director of Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness (CFTEH), joining the team in May of 2020. CFTEH is an incubation project of Michael Reese Health Trust and a collaborative of funders working to address homelessness in the Chicago region. Prior to her role at Michael Reese, Emily served as Deputy Policy Director in the Chicago Mayor’s Office where she worked on issues related to housing, homelessness and the 2020 Census and served on the Board of Directors for Chicago’s Continuum of Care. She began her career as a grant writer at Ignite, an agency that supports young people experiencing homelessness on Chicago’s south side. She holds a BA in English and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an MPA from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy.

CFTEH is co-chaired by:

Rachel Reichlin, Senior Program Officer, Michael Reese Health Trust
Debbie Reznick, Senior Program Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation
Dimitra Tasiouras, Program Director, Circle of Service Foundation