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The Collaboration Conference 2015

November 16–17, 2015

Houston, Texas

B6 Breakout Session: Balancing Individual Interests and Shared Goals

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:45 AM–12:00 PM CST
Arboretum 5 (Second Level)

One of the greatest challenges for stakeholders in cross-sector collaboration is staying true to their organizational missions while also behaving in a way that advances shared goals and benefits the broader community. During this session, you will hear from grantmakers from three different cities — Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego — that are partnering with business and government to eradicate homelessness by increasing and aligning funding streams. Speakers will provide honest perspectives about what it takes to capitalize on each partner’s contributions, overcome deadlock among key stakeholders and develop community ownership of social change efforts. Join this discussion to learn how grantmakers can navigate elephants in the room and the bumps in the road that arise when we work more collaboratively. You will leave with ideas for strengthening your own public-private partnerships; leveraging government funding through investment of smaller, philanthropic dollars; and using the collective voice of philanthropy to move toward shared, community goals.

Primary Points Of Contact

Anne , Miskey

Session Designers

Anne Miskey, Funders Together to End Homelessness


Nancy Sasaki, Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Prior to joining Alliance Health Care Foundation in 2011, Nancy’s career with Planned Parenthood spanned 29 years, beginning as a Health Educator in Austin, Texas. In addition to Austin and San Diego, Nancy has also worked as the CEO in Los Angeles and the interim CEO in Hawaii. She is most proud of the work she has done to expand access for women in need in each of the communities served, enhance cultural awareness for employees and customers/patients, and to bring creative and innovative alternatives to the organization. Nancy also worked as the Executive Director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

Kelli King-Jackson, The Simmons Foundation

Kelli joined The Simmons Foundation in 2012 after more than 15 years engaged in nonprofit advocacy work around issues such as access to health care, community engagement, and youth/young adult leadership. Kelli has delivered presentations and workshops to audiences, including: America’s Promise Alliance, National Children's Health Summit, The University of Texas Law School Nonprofit Organizations Institute, True Colors Fund, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the Texas Association of School Administrator’s. Since joining The Foundation, Kelli has worked extensively on homelessness. In addition to being a member of the local Funders Together to End Homelessness chapter, she is the funder representative on the local Continuum of Care Steering Committee. Most recently Kelli joined the HUD LGBTQ youth homelessness prevention pilot initiative where she serves on the Steering Committee and is the chair of the funding subcommittee.

Kelli is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Sociology.  Kelli is also an alumna of Leadership Houston.  Kelli is married to JT and the parent of two young adult children. Kelli is a social media aficionado who enjoys reading, politics and spending time with family and friends.

Emily Bradley, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Emily Bradley works to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County through Home For Good, a countywide, cross-sector initiative led by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. At United Way, Emily focuses on strategic communications, activation of a broad base of stakeholders, and the expansion of the Home For Good Funders Collaborative, a group of 25 public and private partners jointly investing in regional solutions to homelessness. Prior to joining the Home For Good team, she served as a Financial Stability Fellow at United Way while attending graduate school. Her previous experience also includes working in grants and planning at a local nonprofit consulting company, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a two-year federal capacity building grant, and working in community development at the local government level for seven years. Emily holds degrees in Political Science and International Development Studies from UCLA, and a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management from the University of Southern California. 

Session Materials