Foundations on the Hill 2015

Wed, March 18, 2015 (All day) to Thu, March 19, 2015 (All day)
Washington, D.C.

The website for Foundations on the Hill 2015 is up and registration is now open!

D.C. often seems far away – and it is – but what happens there has profound impacts here. 

Showing up matters. 

Each year, Philanthropy Northwest members and staff travel to Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill to build relationships with federal elected officials, educate them about philanthropy’s role in society, and connect with other funders interested in public policy. Please join us this year on March 18 and 19. 

“Foundations on the Hill allows me to share the impact of philanthropy in Montana and learn about national policy issues that affect both the issues I’m working on and the charitable sector itself.”
Mary Rutherford, Montana Community Foundation
  • Develop and strengthen your relationships with your members of Congress
  • Share your views on the latest charitable legislation
  • Tell stories about the good work your foundation is doing in the Northwest
  • Connect with other funders interested in public policy
All Philanthropy Northwest and Council on Foundations members are invited to attend. Past attendees have included the Alaska Community Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Idaho Community Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Montana Community Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, and more. 
Philanthropy Northwest is the delegation captain for the Northwest. We set up meetings with Members of Congress, provide you with information about the trip, and coordinate meeting agendas and talking points. 


An Opportunity to Meet Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary of USDA Rural Development

Philanthropy Northwest members will have a special opportunity to meet with Lisa Mensah, the newly appointed Under Secretary of USDA Rural Development. Confirmed in late 2014, she has experience in the private financial sector and has worked extensively on small and micro business development, housing, financial and savings policy. Prior to joining USDA, she was the founding Executive Director of the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute. Lisa is a native Oregonian.


Hotel Information: The official hotel will be Washington Court Hotel and the room rate is $319 per night. Book your reservations early -- rooms often sell out! 

All reservations must be made individually through the hotel’s Reservations Department by calling 1-800-321-3010. Reference Council on Foundations to get the preferred rate. The cut-off date is Friday, February 20, 2015.

Foundations on the Hill is part of Philanthropy Week in Washington 2015 with these planned events:

  • A Welcome Reception
  • 2015 ACR Summit for Leaders
  • Meetings On The Hill
  • Congressional Briefings


Visit the Foundations on the Hill website to register.

Please let us know that you are planning to attend, so that we can include you in our delegation meetings with members of Congress. As a courtesy, we are also happy to register you for Philanthropy Week events.

Allison Eltrich, Philanthropy Northwest, at 206-267-9955 or