FOTH 2013

What is Foundations on the Hill?

Since 2003, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, have sponsored Foundations on the Hill, an annual opportunity for grantmakers and regional associations to meet with their federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

During Foundations on the Hill, regional associations, working with foundation trustees, executives and staff, schedule meetings on Capitol Hill to personally discuss their work with members of Congress. This year Foundations on the Hill will be part of “Philanthropy Week in Washington,” which is a new theme week for a week of activities, hosted by the Council on Foundations.

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. Visit the registration page for more information and to register.

Why Attend Foundations on the Hill?

It is critical that elected officials hear from their foundation constituents. By attending Foundations on the Hill, you can develop or strengthen your relationships with your members of Congress and share your views on the latest charitable legislation. Members of Congress are most influenced when constituents from their states or districts advance a cause on behalf of themselves and their national organizations. A meeting in Washington shows an extra level of dedication and commitment to that cause. Philanthropic leaders also learn about the political landscape and hear from experts how to effectively use public policy to advance core values of philanthropy.

How Can I Participate in Foundations on the Hill 2014?

Foundations on the Hill 2014 will take place on March 5-6. Registration for Foundations on the Hill is open to Council, Forum, and regional association members or nonmembers who are trustees, executives, and staff of grantmaking organizations and regional associations of grantmakers (see eligibility criteria). The Forum, in partnership with the Council, will provide all of the tools you need to make your meetings successful. We will connect you with your state’s delegation captain who will schedule meetings and connect you with other foundation representatives from your state. Sample meeting request letters, congressional contact information, talking points, issue papers will be posted on this website ( Before your arrival, you can keep up with the latest legislative and regulatory developments affecting foundations by subscribing to the Council’s Washington Snapshot.

If you are interested in attending Foundations on the Hill 2014 and have any questions, contact Tim Huber (703-879-0693) at the Council or Courtney Moore at the Forum (703-879-0809).