Foundations on the Hill 2017

Washington, District of Columbia
Monday, March 20, 2017
Foundations on the Hill 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
United States

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Online Registration is Now Closed

We are no longer accepting online registrations for Foundations on the Hill including the Alliance for Charitable Reform's Summit for Leaders. Please contact Courtney Moore about registering at this time. 

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is a two-day event that brings together foundation leaders from across the country to DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations. Foundation trustees and staff work with their regional association to schedule meetings on Capitol Hill to personally discuss their work with members of Congress.

The purpose of #FOTH17 is to:

  • Inform and educate Congress about philanthropy
  • Create visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
  • Advocate on issues affecting foundations
  • Encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues
The registration rate for this event is $125.

2017 Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders

Due to overwhelming response this year, we have moved the ACR Summit for Leaders to The Liaison hotel across the street from the Hyatt Regency at 415 New Jersey Ave NW, in the Metropolitan Ballroom on the lobby level of The Liaison.

The next two years will be a time of vulnerabilities as well as opportunities for the philanthropic sector. The likelihood of sweeping tax reform has risen dramatically with the election of a Republican president along with Republican control of both the House and the Senate. As part of the tax reform discussion, we've already seen lawmakers propose provisions that may threaten charitable giving. With many tax issues still undecided, nothing is completely on or off the table. The Alliance for Charitable Reform’s Summit for Leaders will be held as part of Foundations on the Hill, on the morning of Tuesday, March 21. Programming will feature leaders in philanthropy, policy experts, and congressional staff. We invite you to join us to get the insider's view of Congress and learn about what we can do to protect private giving and educate lawmakers about the critical role of charitable organizations in a free society.

Participation in the #ACRSummit is included with your FOTH registration fee. If you would like to register for the ACR Summit only, please select the "Summit for Leaders Only" registration option.

Philanthropy & Civic Engagement Pre-Session
Presented in Partnership with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Our country is facing serious challenges in the active engagement of our citizens in civic life, as evidenced by the recent 2016 elections. Voter turnout hit a 20-year low in those elections, with just over half of voting-age citizens casting ballots. At this critical moment in time for our country, what is the role for philanthropy in civic engagement, and democracy more broadly?

Helping us answer this question will be the leaders of two national organizations focused on engaging philanthropy in civic engagement and democracy issues. Kristen Cambell from Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement will provide an overview of the current climate for civic engagement in our country and discuss why civic and democratic practice is important for the work of all funders—no matter what issues you support. Alexis Anderson-Reed from the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation will take participants through the nuts and bolts of how foundations should support democracy and civic engagement work. We’ll also hear from some funders about how and why they are involved in supporting the “civic space.”

This session is open to all participants of #FOTH17, as well as to CEOs, board members and staff of foundations and other philanthropic organizations that are not involved with #FOTH17. If you are attending Foundations on the Hill, you may register for this session here or without a #FOTH17 registration here.

About the Philanthropy & the Free & Independent Press Session: Breakfast and Presentation

Democracy in America is facing deep and serious challenges. Political debate leading up to the 2016 election was sharply polarized and the quality of information in front of voters was badly eroded, with increasing prevalence of fake news casting a haze over the electorate. Since the election, the situation seems to have only gotten worse, with political leaders challenging the integrity of the independent press, even while making blatantly false claims of their own. But a free press, enshrined in the First Amendment, is fundamental to our nation’s democracy. And philanthropy has an important role in serving the information needs of communities. Even before the turbulent political season, journalism was facing major challenges, with daily newspapers continuing to shrink and fold in many communities. Now, there is even greater urgency for foundations to support a free and independent press. In our session we will hear about important developments in Washington, from experts in media and philanthropy. And we will also explore ways that foundations can work with media outlets to strengthen media coverage of critical issues – at the local, state and national level.

  • Moderator: Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders
  • Chris Daggett, President & CEO, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Steven Ginsberg, Senior Politics Editor, Washington Post
  • Erin Kahn, Executive Director, Raikes Foundation
This session will take place over breakfast on Wednesday, March 22. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am and the program will be 8:00 - 9:00 am. There is no additional cost for this program and is included as a part of FOTH registration.



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