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Foundations on the Hill

Foundations on the Hill

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is a two-day event for foundation executives and staff, board members and philanthropic leaders to meet with their federal lawmakers in Washington. Hosted by the United Philanthropy Forum, the gathering brings foundation leaders to DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. Annually, CNJG brings a delegation of members to meet with representatives of New Jersey's Congressional offices.

The overall purpose of Foundations on the Hill is to:

  • Inform and educate Congress about philanthropy
  • Advocate on issues affecting foundations
  • Build CNJG’s relationships with lawmakers and their staff
  • Create visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
  • Encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues

The FOTH event was last held on March 11-13, 2019. Over 250 grantmakers and foundation leaders from throughout the nation attended the annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) gathering for a nearly 3-day event to visit with our Congressional Representatives. This is the 15th year that CNJG has joined the philanthropic leadership from throughout the nation to meet with our Representatives as part of FOTH. The CNJG delegation included: Bob Atkins, New Jersey Health Initiatives; Etta Denk, Bank of America; William Engel, Hyde and Watson Foundation; Jeremy Grunin, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation; Kiki Jamieson, Fund for New Jersey; Marion O’Neill, PSEG Foundation; Michael Unger, Atlantic Foundation; Atiya Weiss, Burke Foundation; and Theresa Jacks from the CNJG staff. We were delighted to have Linda Czipo, Center for Non-Profits join our delegation for the third straight year.

The overall goal of FOTH is to communicate to members of Congress and their staff the important role philanthropy plays in serving the public good, and for us to reinforce and strengthen the relationships we have developed with our elected officials and their staff. As a result of the mid-term elections, we met with four (4) freshmen elected Representatives, an unprecedented number in the New Jersey delegation in more than a decade. While we were able to meet with all the offices, it was especially memorable that we met directly with Senator Menendez, Congressman Gottheimer, Congressman Smith, and freshmen Congressmen Malinowski and Van Drew. Among the many issues discussed was the universal charitable deduction and the 2020 Census.

Foundations on the Hill is hosted by United Philanthropy Forum in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Giving. This annual event provides an opportunity for foundation executives, staff, and board members, and philanthropic leaders to meet with our federal lawmakers in Washington to communicate the invaluable impact of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in our communities throughout the nation.

Foundations on the Hill 2020 is scheduled for March 9 - 11. For more information, please contact Theresa Jacks.

Read the post from David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the United Philanthropy Forum,  The Forum’s 2019 Foundations on the Hill Proved, Once Again, That Speaking Out Matters