Foundations on the Hill 2016

Foundations on the Hill 2016

Event details

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 to Wednesday, April 13, 2016
12:00am to 12:00am PDT

About this event

Join Philanthropy Northwest April 12-13 in Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill 2016!

Each year, Philanthropy Northwest members and staff travel to Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill to connect and build relationships with federal elected officials, educate them about philanthropy’s impact in our region, encourage them to view foundations as resources on public policy issues and connect with other funders interested in public policy.

Regardless of your experience doing policy work, we invite and encourage you to attend.

In addition to meeting with our members of Congress, Philanthropy Northwest members also enjoy unique experiences thanks to our robust relationships with government officials. Last year, we were the only regional network invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable for foundation leaders and senior White House officials to discuss how government and philanthropy can collaborate on place-based initiatives; we were also honored to host a special evening with USDA Under Secretary of Rural Development Lisa Mensah.

This year, we are excited to confirm that we have arranged an informal conversation with a senior White House Domestic Policy Council leader on the evening of April 12 – an experience available only to Philanthropy Northwest members. We will provide additional details as we get closer to the date.

“Every foundation that is interested in having a systemic and lasting impact should make attending Foundations on the Hill a priority. After this experience, I will never pass up the opportunity to personally speak with representatives about the work and the impact our foundation is having in their districts.”
—Piper Henry, Medina Foundation board president

Why It’s Important

Develop and strengthen relationships with your members of Congress.

Convey your views on the latest legislation affecting your issues and the sector as a whole.

Share stories about the good work your foundation is doing in the Northwest.

Connect with other funders interested in public policy.

Who’s Coming

Past Philanthropy Northwest delegates have included The Alaska Community Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Idaho Community Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Montana Community Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Medina Foundation, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and more.


Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to set up and prepare you for meetings with members of Congress as well as provide on-the-ground logistics support.

We are pleased to offer two hotel choices for your stay:

  1. Programming for Foundations on the Hill will be at the Washington Hilton, the result of collaboration between the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. This hotel, however, is 5 miles away from Capitol Hill, where our meetings with members of Congress will take place, though we understand a bus will be provided to transport participants back and forth to Capitol Hill, a 30-minute journey. These rooms are available at a discounted rate of $279/night. Registration link. The special conference rates will be available until March 17, 2016.
  2. Philanthropy Northwest has also reserved similarly-priced accommodations at the Phoenix Park Hotel, which is within walking distance of Capitol Hill. Philanthropy Northwest staff will be staying at this hotel. Rooms are $296-$344/night. Please contact Gloris Estrella directly if you are interested in securing one of these rooms.


Registration for FOTH is now open and available here. The registration fee remains $100.

“It is important that we as philanthropic leaders and partners with nonprofits help congressional leaders understand the critical role our partners and their supporters play in helping communities be strong. This is a great opportunity to let your voice be heard as a part of a chorus of voices speaking up.”
—Steve Moore, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust executive director

We hope you’ll join us for this unique experience to get to know your federal legislators and other government officials!

Philanthropy Northwest at the White House Office of Social Innovation roundtable at Foundations on the Hill 2015.

Foundations on the Hill is hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in partnership with the Council on Foundations.