Each year, Philanthropy Northwest brings funders to Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) to meet with members, committees and caucuses of the U.S. Congress. For the first time, this year’s FOTH will be virtual! This format makes it easier than ever to bring critical issues in the Northwest to the policy forefront in D.C.
Now is the time to bring the united voice of philanthropy to address mounting challenges, including the pandemic and racial inequalities, as well as the strength of the institutions of our democracy. FOTH is an opportunity for foundations to champion policies that incentivize charitable giving and improve the well-being of the communities they serve. For example, the Philanthropy Northwest delegation will continue to support community leaders in advocating on the pressing issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Two federal bills, Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act of 2019, were signed into law last fall to help address MMIWG. Funders can sustain the momentum on this issue — and many others — with their lawmakers by building solutions together that support Northwest communities.
Whether you are familiar with or new to FOTH, or familiar with or new to public policy advocacy, your voice can lead to meaningful changes for the communities you serve. As a past participant in Philanthropy Northwest’s FOTH delegation put it, “Decisions and prioritization of matters or policies are often based on constituent comments and engagement. The progress we seek will only materialize if we collectively partner and campaign for our priorities.”
Join our staff and peers in the Philanthropy Northwest network and across the country for FOTH 2021 from March 16-18 and March 23-25. If interested, please read more about the event and how to register and contact us with any questions.