Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness (CFTEH) is a local chapter of the national Funders Together to End Homelessness organization and currently includes 20+ Chicago-area funders working collaboratively on issues related to housing stability and homelessness. Michael Reese Health Trust launched the incubation of CFTEH in May of 2020 by hiring the group’s first-ever Director to lead the effort and amplify the group’s vision and influence.
CFTEH is an evolving public/private partnership that aims to increase the visibility of issues related to homelessness, address underlying systemic issues like racism and economic inequality, coordinate resources and unlock new sources of funding. Over the last three years, CFTEH funders have collectively invested nearly $40 million into direct services, research, advocacy and systems building.
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
The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
The Chicago Community Trust*
Crown Family Philanthropies*
Kadens Family Foundation
Knight Family Foundation
Michael Reese Health Trust*
Pierce Family Foundation*
Polk Bros. Foundation*
Prince Charitable Trusts*
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation*
RRF Foundation for Aging
United Way of Metro Chicago
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 joined CFTEH in 2020. Previously, she served as Deputy Policy Director in the Chicago Mayor’s Office where she worked on issues related to housing, homelessness, poverty alleviation and the 2020 Census. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Emily worked for nearly a decade in nonprofit fundraising and communications. She served as Assistant Director of Development at Marwen and as Associate Director of Development and Communications at Ignite. 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 Officer, Circle of Service Foundation