PolicyWorks Institute & Foundations on the Hill 2018

Washington, District of Columbia
Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 12-14, 2018
Liaison Capitol Hill DC
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations. Foundation trustees and staff work with their regional or national philanthropy serving organization to schedule meetings on Capitol Hill to personally discuss their work with members of Congress.

Foundations on the Hill is the one time each year when philanthropy speaks with a strong, collective voice on Capitol Hill. Our goals are to inform and educate Congress about philanthropy; create visibility for philanthropy on Capitol Hill; advocate on issues affecting foundations and communities; and encourage Congress to view foundations as a resource on key public policy issues. This year in the midst of tax reform we encourage as many foundations to join in this effort as possible to preserve and protect the full value and scope of the charitable deduction.

Who Should Attend
FOTH is intended for anyone serving as a staff or board member for any type of foundation or other philanthropic organization, including but not limited to community foundations, family foundations, private independent foundations and corporate foundations and giving programs. We welcome seasoned foundation representatives and newcomers alike. Training and support will be provide through your Delegation Captain representing your regional association or national philanthropy membership organization.

Register Today!

FOTH Registration is $175 per person (includes Monday’s opening reception, breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and grab and go bags on Tuesday)

Hotel Information
The Forum has reserved a block of rooms for FOTH participants at the Liaison Capitol Hill DC. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Capitol Hill, which can be a big help when you’re running back and forth from the Hill on a busy day. See the "Lodging" tab for additional information.

Monday, March 12, 2018
3:00-6:00 PM: Registration Open

3:30-5:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Creating Unlikely Alliances for Action
    Moderator: Rob Fersh, CEO, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
    Our country is facing serious challenges in the active engagement of our citizens in civic life and the resolution of major pressing issues including recidivism rates, immigration, educational attainment and many other challenges. We have great leaders in every sector who are pulled away from the table based on political divides. How do we find the spaces where our values or ideas align and enable us to put the brain power and leadership muscle to work on these critical issues? 

    Speakers: Stuart Butler, Senior Fellow – Economic Studies, Brookings Institution; Romanita Hairston-Overstreet, Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust; Shelley Waters Boots, Senior Consultant, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    Breakout 2: Foundations on the Hill Orientation
    Is this your first time doing Hill visits, or are you looking for a quick refresher on working the Hill? If so, join us for this FOTH orientation session.

5:30-7:00 PM:
Foundations on the Hill Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
8:30-11:00 AM: Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders
This annual FOTH event will offer programming to cover the most late-breaking policy issues in Washington and offer an insider's view of what's happening in Congress in the moment—offered in partnership with our colleagues at The Philanthropy Roundtable. Discussions will include the following:

Congressional and Administration Staff Panel
Congressional and administration staffers will offer their unique perspectives on the lead-up to tax reform last year as well as highlight some of the concerns they’ve heard since.  They’ll offer lessons the sector can learn from that process, and insights into what lies ahead for the year. This opportunity to hear from and ask questions of those privy to the inner-workings of Washington is always a highlight of the Summit.

Elinor Carson Ramey, Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (invited), Christopher Arneson, Tax Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Staff, Mark Warren, Tax Counsel, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and former Tax Counsel to the Ways and Means Committee under Chairmen Dave Camp (R-MI) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) (invited)

The Congressional and Administration Staff Panel is off the record.

Tax Reform Reflections and 2018 Predictions

Building on the insider perspectives we gain from the staff panel, practitioners and policy influencers will join us to reflect on the 2017 tax bill and what we might see in the sector as the law is applied. They’ll offer their perspectives on lessons learned and possible glitches in the new tax law – we expect there will be a few – of which the charitable sector should be aware.

Alexander L. Reid – Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Harold Hancock – Partner at McGuireWoods LLP and  Wes Coulam – Member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP

Johnson Amendment Panel
The Johnson Amendment – legislation that prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from intervening on behalf of or in opposition to political candidates or campaigns – was thrust into the spotlight last year when President Trump urged Congress to repeal it. While the Johnson Amendment was ultimately preserved in tax reform, the debate over repeal has divided many, even within the nonprofit sector. Some argue that the Johnson Amendment stifles free speech while others argue it appropriately keeps partisan politics and spending out of the charitable sector. With repeal still a goal of the President and many on Capitol Hill, this panel will host a broad discussion of the issue, featuring panelists offering both sides of the argument.

Panelists to be announced

11:00-5:00 PM: Hill Visits

6:00-9:00 PM: Delegation Dinners & Dine Arounds

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7:30-9:00 AM: Breakfast Plenary- Veterans Issues: Philanthropy’s Advocacy Role Across Silos

  • Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Catharine Grimes, Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Don Cooke, Vice President, Philanthropy, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • David Sandman, President and CEO, New York State Health Association
9:00–4:30 PM: Hill Visits

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Philanthropy Caucus Reception (Hosted by the Council on Foundations)

Special Opportunity: National Museum of American History Tours

Constitution Avenue, NW
Between 12th and 14th Streets
Washington, D.C

Join Dr. Amanda Moniz, David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, at the National Museum of American History for a tour of the Giving in America exhibit and learn about the Smithsonian’s new curated collection of artifacts around charity, volunteerism and giving in America. There are two tours scheduled, which require advance registration and are limited to 20 people for each tour. Each tour should last no more than an hour, but you are of course welcome to stay and enjoy more of the museum before our evening receptions or visit the exhibit on your own anytime your schedule allows. To register for a tour, please contact Parys Grigsby at Parys@unitedphilforum.org. Tour groups will be instructed where and when to meet Dr. Muniz for the start of their tours. The museum is a 30-minute walk or 8-minute ride from Hotel Liaison.

Tour  Dates and Times:

  • Monday, March 12th at 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 14th at 3:00 pm

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, & American Express

    Please make checks payable to: United Philanthropy Forum

        Mail to:
        United Philanthropy Forum
        ATTN: Parys Grigsby
        1020 19th St NW, Ste 360
        Washington, DC 20036

    Note: Please indicate that the check is for Foundations on the Hill.  Thank you.
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