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Foundations on the Hill

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Council on Foundations. FOTH is a two-day event that brings foundation leaders to DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. 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 Foundations on the Hill 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 fee for Foundations on the Hill is $100. Please contact Courtney Moore (202-888-7428) with any questions about this year's event.

This year's Foundations on the Hill will be held during Philanthropy Week in Washington

Hotel Information

The rooms available at the special reserved room rate at the Washington Court Hotel are sold out. There are still rooms available at the host hotel, but not at the prefered rate. There are other hotels located in close proximity to the Washington Court, which are listed below.

Washington Court Hotel 
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20001

Check-in: 4:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm

Alternate Hotels Nearby

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-1234

Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-638-1616

For Delegation Captains

Pre-Meeting Resources

A Delegation Captain’s Guide for Congressional Visits
Guide for delegation captains at Foundations on the Hill  with helpful tips for scheduling meetings, preparing for meetings, conducting meetings, and more.

Roles and Responsibilities of Delegation Captains
Details on the key roles of delegation captains during Foundations on the Hill.

Sample Meeting Request Letter
Sample letter to request a meeting with your federal lawmaker during Foundations on the Hill.

House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committee Assignments- 114th Congress
Current rosters of who is on these two key committees

Heading to the Hill? Follow These Tips for Your Meeting with a Lawmaker
Article from ASAE's Association Now highlighting results from a new survey of more than 450 legislative staff that reveals some preferred protocol for planning and conducting meetings with members of Congress.

Meeting Resources

Capitol Hill Map
Map of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings on Capitol Hill, including the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, and House and Senate buildings.

Senate Philanthropy Caucus Reception Invitation
Invitation to share with your Senate offices to attend the March 18th reception

Philanthropy Week in Washington Talking Points 
Sample talking points from the Council on Foundations to discuss the power of philanthropy, tax policy, tax reform, donors advised funds, the private foundation excise tax, IRA charitable rollover, and the charitiable deduction

Post-Meeting Resources

Sample Thank You Letter
Sample Hill meeting thank you letter to send to each Congressional office you meet with during Foundations on the Hill.

Meeting Report Form
Online form to share feedback from each Hill meeting so that we can collect data Network wide.

Call Resources

Delegation Captain Call #1
Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 2 pm ET

Delegation Captain Call #2
Monday, March 2, 2015 @ 1 pm ET

For Participants

Foundations on the HIll and Philanthropy Week in Washington Schedule of Events
See what's planned for the week of March 16-19

Participant Call
Wednesday, March 11, 2-3 pm ET

Resources

Congressional Staff Roles
To those unfamiliar with Capitol Hill, the titles given to staff of Members of Congress can be confusing. In order to enable you to be most effective in communicating with Congress, we have listed below the most commonly used titles and principal functions of key staff in your Representative or Senator’s office.

Capitol Hill Map
Map of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings on Capitol Hill, including the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, and House and Senate buildings.

Foundations on the Hill and Philanthropy Week Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 17

6p.m. – 8 p.m. Philanthropy Week in Washington Welcome Reception
Location: 101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Come join your colleagues for a networking reception as we kick-off Philanthropy Week! RSVP required at www.philanthropyweek.org

Wednesday, March 18

8a.m. – 11a.m. Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders
Location: Washington Court Hotel
Hosted by the Alliance for Charitable Reform, the Summit will include sessions to learn about what we can do to protect private giving and educate lawmakers about the critical role of charitable organizations in a free society. RSVP required at www.philanthropyweek.org

11a.m. – 12p.m. Foundations on the Hill Welcome & Delegation Prep*
Location: Washington Court Hotel
We will have space available for delegations to strategize at the hotel before heading to the Hill if needed.

12p.m. – 4p.m. FOTH Meetings*
This is your delegation’s opportunity to meet with members of Congress. Your regional association will provide logistics for your meetings.*

4p.m. – 6p.m. FOTH Senate Philanthropy Caucus Reception*
Location: Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Members of the U.S. Senate and their staff will join us for brief remarks and an opportunity to mingle with RA staff and members.

Thursday, March 19

7:30a.m. – 9:00a.m. Breakfast Roundtables with Philanthropy Liaisons
Hosted by the Council on Foundations, federal philanthropic liaisons will join attendees for breakfast. RSVP required at www.philanthropyweek.org

Departments and agencies include:
 
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Corporation for National and Community Service 
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

9a.m. – 12p.m. FOTH Meetings*
This is your delegation’s opportunity to meet with members of Congress. Your regional association will provide logistics for your meetings.

12p.m. to 1p.m. FOTH House Philanthropy Caucus Luncheon*
Members of the U.S. House and their staff will join us for a brief program and opportunity to mingle with RA staff and members.

1p.m. – 5p.m FOTH Meetings*
Meetings continue on the Hill.

Friday, March 20

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Nonprofit Media: Towards a More informed Public
Location: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP - 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
As part of Philanthropy Week in Washington, the Council on Foundations is pleased to invite you to a breakfast roundtable to explore challenges that nonprofit media organizations face in becoming tax-exempt.

Nonprofit media organizations are diverse nonprofits that serve a valuable role in educating citizens through in-depth public interest reporting, including investigative journalism, news reports, explanatory journalism, solutions journalism, and specialty journalism, in order to elevate important social topics, particularly at the local level. However, a 2013 report from a committee of experts convened by the Council on Foundations, The IRS and Nonprofit Media: Toward Creating a More Informed Public, found that these organizations often struggle with the process of obtaining tax-exempt status from the IRS. The current IRS criteria for recognizing these organizations as tax exempt does not account for an evolving digital media landscape or newly accepted nonprofit operational practices.

A legal expert will bring us up to speed on the state of nonprofit media organizations today, and will examine persistent challenges these organizations face in achieving and maintaining tax exemption. We’ll also be joined by leaders from two nonprofit media organizations who will share first-hand experience from the field and explain their organization’s mission and operations, along with their experiences navigating tax exemption. RSVP required

*FOTH is hosted by the Forum in partnership with the Council on Foundations and will be held during Philanthropy Week in Washington. Events marked with an asterisk are included in registration for FOTH . Other events require additional registration.

Eligibility

All IRS recognized foundations and corporate giving programs are eligible to participate in Foundations on the Hill. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Courtney Moore (202-888-7428).