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Foundations on the Hill 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Washington, DC
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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

Foundations on the Hill is the one time each year when philanthropy speaks with a strong, collective voice on Capitol Hill. This will be more critical than ever for #FOTH17, which is scheduled just a few months after the start of a new administration and a new Congress. We need to ensure that Congress understands the value of philanthropy to our communities and our country, and to stress the importance of doing all that we can to encourage more charitable giving to benefit our communities-particularly as discussions of tax reform become more prominent in Washington.


The registration rate for this event is $125. Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Courtney Moore for further information about registering at this time.

Please contact Erin Skene-Pratt with any questions about the event. Visit the State Directory to identify the contact for your state.


Regional associations of grantmakers and any IRS recognized foundations or corporate giving programs are eligible to participate in Foundations on the Hill. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Erin Skene-Pratt.

Foundations on the Hill Schedule of Events

Monday, March 20, 2017

12 - 4:30 pm Registration Open
Hyatt Regency, Outside of Capitol Room (Lobby Level)

1:00 - 3:00 pm Pre-Session: Philanthropy & Civic Engagement
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Room (Lobby Level)

3:30 - 4:30 pm FOTH Orientation
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Room (Lobby Level)

5:00 - 6:30 pm FOTH Welcome Reception
Hyatt Regency, Congressional A Room (Lobby Level)

6:30 - 7:30 pm SECF Reception featuring Fund for Shared Insight (Supplemental to FOTH Agenda)
Hyatt Regency, Congressional A Room (Lobby Level)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open
The Liaison, Metropolitan Ballroom (Lobby Level)

7:45 - 8:15 am Breakfast served
The Liaison, Outside of Metropolitan Ballroom (Lobby Level)

8:15 - 11:45 am  Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders 
The Liaison, Metropolitan Ballroom (Lobby Level)

11:45 am - 12:00 pm  Send Off to the Hill
The Liaison, Metropolitan Ballroom (Lobby Level)

12:00 - 5:00 pm  Hill Visits

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 am Registration Open
Hyatt Regency, Outside of Capitol Room (Lobby Level)

7:30 am Breakfast served
Hyatt Regency, Outside of Capitol Room (Lobby Level)

8:00 - 9:00 am Philanthropy & the Free and Independent Press
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Room (Lobby Level)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Hill Visits

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Philanthropy Caucus Reception
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043

Pre-FOTH Programming

Delegation Captain Calls

Mark your calendars for the following FOTH delegation captain calls to discuss FOTH participant recruitment, programming, meetings on the Hill and other logistics.

All-Attendee Webinar

An all-attendee webinar was held on Tuesday, March 14 from 2-3 pm ET to shed light on what you will encounter on the Hill including insight into the current political climate and congressional priorities. During the webinar we heard an in-depth analysis of the key policy issues to be discussed at Foundations on the Hill. Speakers: Nick Deychakiwsky, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Maggie Osborn, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers; Hadar Susskind, Council on Foundations; and Sandra Swirski, Alliance for Charitable Reform.

Access the resources

Resources 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 Promotional Language
See how other regional associations are promoting Foundations on the Hill with their members including email and on their websites.

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

Briefing Papers on Congressional Delegates
As a part of preparing their delegations for their Hill meetings, some regional associations put together 1-2 page highlights of each Member of Congress including biographical details, legislative priorities, recent media coverage of interest, committee assignments, prior activity, etc.

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 the most commonly used titles and principal functions of key staff in your Representative or Senator’s office.

Key Congressional Leadership
A list of the Tax Policy Committee and the Ways and Means Committee who will be leading the conversation around changes to the charitable deduction as part of overall tax reform.

Meeting Resources

Final Delegation Captain Resources
To assist you in your efforts, and those of your delegation, we are sharing resources for FOTH 2017 for your use and personalization. 

Capitol Hill Map
Printable 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 Leave Behind Packets
Sample handouts and leave behind packets developed by regional associations for Foundations on the Hill.

Tax Reform Talking Points
As Congress considers comprehensive tax reform, the Charitable Giving Coalition compiled these talking points for a February 16, 2017 fly-in to urge Congress to preserve and protect the full scope and value of the current charitable tax deduction.

Thank You LetterTemplate letter to send to your Member of Congress after a meeting during Foundations on the Hill 2017.

Key Issues

Background and resources on policy issues of interest on the federal level. 

Charitable Deduction
2017 marks the 100thanniversary of the charitable deduction. Since 1917, the federal charitable tax deduction has provided a tax deduction for donations made to nonprofit organizations by taxpayers who itemize their tax returns, roughly one-third of all Americans. See the Forum's position and resources on this issue.

Donor Advised Funds
Donor advised funds are powerful tools – both for average people who want to make lasting commitments to their communities, as well as those with significant financial resources who are looking for an alternative to a private foundation. See the Forum's position and resources on this issue.

Johnson Amendment
A current law, also known as the "Johnson Amendment," prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities. Three bills introduced in the 115th Congress would adversely affect this law. See our position and resources on this issue. 

Simplification of the Excise Tax
A uniform excise tax rate would increase funds available for local communities by freeing private foundations from the administrative task of calculating the amount of additional eligible expenditure needed to qualify for the lower 1% rate. See the Forum's position and resources on this issue.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington Exterior

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202- 737-1234

Enjoy easy access to all the attractions of our nation's capital from this ideal location in the heart of a popular downtown neighborhood. Walk to the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums and the National Mall, tour government centers, visit monuments and museums, cheer on the Nationals or the Capitals - all just minutes from the hotel.

The Forum's block of rooms for this event is now closed. The Hyatt Regency no longer has rooms availabile during #FOTH17 (as of 3/13/17). There are also other hotels within 1-2 blocks of the Hyatt (availability & pricing as of 3/13/17):


Check In: 3:00 pm*
Check Out: Noon

*All guests arriving before 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available. Hyatt bell staff can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on their departure day.


The staff at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is committed to ensuring that they meet and exceed all of the requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The staff at the wheelchair accessible hotel is trained to accommodate guests with special needs, so that all of guests, including those with disabilities, are able to have an enjoyable and safe stay.


Hotel valet - $56/Night


From/To Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA):

Taxi: Taxis to our hotel near the Washington DC metro are available outside the baggage claim area. Fare is approximately $14 - $18 (10-20 min)

Metro Washington, DC Subway: Take the Yellow line from the airport to the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop. Transfer to the Red line to Union Station (2nd stop). The Union Station Metro stop is located three blocks from the hotel. Fare is approximately $2.70 (20-25 min). Fares may vary based on time-of day. To check fares, visit the WMATA website.

Super Shuttle: Available 7 days a week. Shuttle vans are located at the airport, outside the baggage claim area at Ground Transportation. Look for blue vans with yellow lettering. The shuttles make multiple stops and drop off directly at the hotel. Advance reservations may be made by calling 800-BlueVan (800-258-3826) or on Super Shuttle's website. Approximate fare is $14 one way, timing is dependant upon number of stops required by passengers.

From/To Dulles International Airport (IAD):

Taxi: Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim. Fare is approximately $60 - $80 (50-60 min)

Super Shuttle: Approximate fare is $26 one way ($10 for additional passengers in same party).

From/To Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI):

Taxi: Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim. Fare is approximately $63 (1 hour)

MARC TRAIN Washington, DC: This is a commuter train from BWI to Union Station, which is 3 blocks from the hotel. Approximate cost is $7 one way. The MARC train runs weekdays only. Click here for complete schedules and fares.

Super Shuttle: Approximate fare is $37 one way ($12 for additional passengers in same party).

From/To Union Station/Amtrak Washington, DC:

Walking: Hotel is located near Union Station, just 3 blocks away. Follow exit signs to get to the front of Union Station Washington, DC. Take E Street (between the semi-circle of flags) to the intersection of E Street, NW and New Jersey Avenue, NW. The hotel will be directly in front of you.

Taxis: Taxis are available outside the main entrance of Union Station. Approximate fare is $5.50, with possible surcharges.