Philanthropy can play a unique role in strategically investing in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. As much as possible, philanthropic dollars should be used to fund gaps and areas in which public funders are less likely to invest. This includes:

  • Systems’ capacity;
  • Promising, cost-effective, ideas;
  • Youth voices and engagement;
  • Communications and public education;
  • Policy advocacy and;
  • Research, data-collection, and evaluation.


In addition to bringing money to the table, philanthropy can also:

  • Convene and bring diverse stakeholders together;
  • Align multiple funders (both public and private) to pursue joint outcomes and priorities;
  • Use their institutional leadership to raise awareness; and
  • Share and disseminate knowledge and lessons learned.


Service Providers identify organizational barriers to serving LGBTQ youth [1]