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I spent the first day of spring 2013 fast-walking Capitol Hill with foundation colleagues from all across the country. Hundreds of us were there for Foundations on the Hill, philanthropy’s annual push to remind lawmakers why giving matters.
In brief encounters with our elected officials and their staffs, we tried to connect the dots between their [...]

Florida foundations made their voices heard in Washington this week. Florida Philanthropic Network led a team of 12 Florida grantmakers for visits with Florida’s representatives and senators as part of the annual Foundations on the Hill event on March 19-20, 2013. The event was co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, the Forum of Regional Associations of [...]

Following the success of Kentucky’s inaugural Foundations 101 meeting, I was part of a group of several funders in Alabama who joined together earlier this month to reach out to the local staffs of our elected officials for our own 101 session.
Unlike the barnstorming meetings some of us attend each year during Foundations on the [...]

As the CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville, I travel to Washington, D.C., each year and make the rounds as part of Foundations on the Hill, supported by the Council on Foundations and the Southeastern Council of Foundations. For most of us, this journey is a sprint, since we visit dozens and dozens of [...]

I didn’t go to “Foundations on the Hill” (FOTH) but was there in spirit through the data and stories collected by FSG and CF Insights. On March 21-22 representatives of organized philanthropy gathered in Washington, D.C., for two days of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and their staff.
For a taste of the experience and why it [...]

Florida Philanthropic Network led a team of 14 Florida grantmakers to Washington, D.C., on March 21-22, 2012, for visits with Florida’s full 27-member congressional delegation and their staffs, as part of the annual Foundations on the Hill event, which was co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. At [...]

As foundations work to foster and build relationships with their elected officials and staff, both at home in their districts, 2012 presents a rare challenge to keep in mind: redistricting. The person who is your congressional representative today may not represent you a year from now. New York is losing two congressional seats. Texas is [...]

My badge at Foundations on the Hill last week sported a blue ribbon that read “First-time Attendee.” Ah, a newbie, fresh face, initiate. Welcome to Washington.
My two-day Capitol adventure got underway Wednesday morning with a series of panels and briefings hosted by the Alliance for Charitable Reform. From the “labyrinth of transparency” to L3Cs and [...]

 In the news business, some of the best advice I ever got from an editor was: “Show me. Don’t tell me.”
In other words, the most compelling articles are usually packed with descriptions and real examples and people speaking for themselves. You have to go out and talk to people, connect with them, weave it all [...]

Over 200 foundations across the United States, next week will converge on D.C. to strengthen partnerships among the philanthropic and public sectors. In our fourth consecutive year, KDK-Harman Foundation, will participate in the annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) public awareness campaign aimed at voicing the importance of a vibrant philanthropic sector with federal representatives.
“Throughout [...]

Florida Philanthropic Network is pleased to once again be leading the state’s delegation to Washington, D.C., for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), March 21-22. Although we coordinate visits with our members of Congress back in their home districts throughout the year, FOTH is a critical part of our annual public policy engagement work.
Because Florida is [...]

I admit it. I’m a policy wonk who happens to serve a foundation that understands the importance of public policy and advocacy work. We consider weighing in where our participation may be a catalyst for positive change in our state, our region, and our nation. That’s why the annual trek to Washington, D.C., for Foundations [...]

“If we are not at the table, we run the risk of being on the menu.” How I remember that comment from last year’s Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Sure enough, we had a close call this past season with efforts to trim the charitable deduction. This alone provides a major incentive for CMF and [...]

On March 21-22, organized philanthropy will gather in Washington, D.C., for Foundations on the Hill, two days of face-to-face meetings with our nation’s legislators.
It’s important that you be there. Shrinking government budgets put an ever-brighter spotlight on foundations. To some in Washington, we’re a big pile of cash waiting to be spent. To others, we [...]

Many observers view 2012 as a year when little will get done legislatively, as the candidates and political parties jockey for position in advance of the presidential election. Contrary to that opinion, this year is actually a huge opportunity for interested parties-like foundations-to build relationships with key policymakers and their staffs in advance of the [...]

Being a fall associate at the Council on Foundations comes with a steep learning curve. One of the areas I knew the least about was community foundations. First, what is a community foundation? Second, and more important, how can community foundations make an impact on policy at the state and federal levels and what can [...]

After watching a high-stakes stalemate in Congress over the federal budget this summer, the philanthropic community is now preparing for a critical fight over the role of charitable giving in American society.
Since 2009, the Council on Foundations has fended off repeated efforts by the White House to cap the charitable deduction at 28 percent as [...]

Representatives from Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation, J. Marion Sims Foundation, The Duke Endowment, The Spartanburg Community Foundation, The Springs Close Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina met with Representative James Clyburn (D-SC6) at his district office in Columbia. Assistant Minority Leader Clyburn is one of 12 appointees on the new congressional [...]

Last Thursday marked the official kick-off of KDK-Harman Foundation’s involvement in District Days, a nationwide outreach campaign to connect with policymakers at all levels of government to engage in crucial conversations. The result of these conversations is to inform decision makers about the state of our communities and give them on-the-ground perspectives of how decisions [...]

One of the great things about being Secretary of Agriculture is that I get to see first-hand how truly vast our great nation is.  It’s been my privilege to represent USDA and President Obama from Alaska to Florida and from North Dakota to New Mexico.  Of course, I also spend quite a bit of time [...]

While America’s slow economic recovery continues and Washington policymakers grasp at ideas to drive down joblessness and drive up growth, philanthropy is doing its part to address the jobs challenge. That was the message conveyed by several sector leaders to members of Congress, their staffs, and workforce policy leaders during a congressional briefing last week.
With [...]

We have an employment crisis, an education crisis, a national deficit and debt crisis, and oh by the way: poverty is still on the rise. The very fabric of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is being shaken, molded, and refined by American citizens who have accepted the so-called “new normal,” yet have [...]

For more than 200 years, Americans have carried their voices to Washington D.C., and guarded their freedoms through Congress. Each generation has followed suit relying on the basic principles of our republic: government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Alexander Hamilton’s words, displayed above the entrance to the U.S. House of [...]

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