The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the Council on Foundations have announced that Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) 2012 will take place March 21-22, in Washington, D.C. This is the 10th year for the public policy event, where participants have the opportunity to promote the important role philanthropy plays in serving the public good.
FOTH gets bigger and better each year. More than 250 foundation and grantmaking representatives from 35 states and the District of Columbia attended FOTH 2011, including 77 first-time attendees. These attendees had meetings in 35 Senate offices and nearly 150 House offices. Let’s continue the momentum by promoting a political environment that is constructive for philanthropy.
Registration for FOTH 2012 is now available online at www.foundationsonthehill.org.
A marriage of government, philanthropy and nonprofits that brought $30 million in new federal funding to Connecticut to help needy families during the recession is outlined in a report by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
How a Public/Private Partnership Brought $30 Million and 6,650 Jobs to Connecticut (PDF) describes the significant challenges and innovative solutions of the partnership that successfully secured millions in federal stimulus funds for the state in 2010 and 2011. The state’s philanthropic community, government representatives and nonprofit advocates partnered to leverage the funds through the Emergency Contingency Funds of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Continue reading
by Patti Johnson, Coordinator of SECF EngAGEment Initiative, Southeastern Council of Foundations
The Southeastern Council of Foundations joined the Grantmakers in Aging EngAGEment Initiative in the summer of 2010 with the goal of informing its members about issues related to aging. Because SECF’s geographic service area is larger than any other regional association’s (11 southeastern states in two time zones), we knew from the outset that ours would be a technology-intensive approach. It is difficult to host a luncheon or a day-long meeting that will attract significant participation when so much territory has to be traveled. Instead, we’ve concentrated our efforts on providing web-based, peer-to-peer learning, encouraging SECF members to share information about issues and programs related to aging that is of interest to them. Our approach is webinar-based, with support from an active online community within the SECF website, YouTube and Facebook.