Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bipartisan Success for FPN at FOTH

Everyone can get behind the charitable sector but not everyone realizes what an important role philanthropy can play in improving our communities. Raising awareness of the role that philanthropy plays in society is a primary objective of Foundations on the Hill. Florida Philanthropic Network President and CEO David Biemesderfer put it this way, “At a time when more people than ever are struggling to make ends meet in Florida during these difficult economic times, we hit the Hill to stress to our legislative leaders the important role that philanthropy can play to help our state recover and thrive.”

FPN’s FOTH meetings were a success on this front. In a recent blog post, Biemesderfer writes:

While on the Hill we were pleased to hear broad support for philanthropy throughout Florida’s congressional delegation – on both sides of the aisle. The visits have already led to an increase in support for key foundation issues in Congress. After the FPN team visited the office of Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL12), for example, he decided to support current bills to expand and extend the IRA charitable rollover provision and simplify the private foundation excise tax.

Read more at FPN’s blog.

It’s great to hear about all the productive meetings that regional associations and their delegations had with Members of Congress. Do you have your own success story to tell? Let us hear it in the comments.

FOTH Report: Philanthropy Northwest

Mindie Reule, Public Policy Program Manager at Philanthropy Northwest, has written an excellent blog post about her time at Foundations on the Hill, detailing some of the discussions her delegation had with Members of Congress.

I found this piece of intel particularly interesting:

In Philanthropy Northwest’s six-state region, we’re represented by five Senators on the Senate Finance Committee and two House members on the Ways and Means Committee—the committees that consider matters of taxation at the federal level.  We also co-hosted a reception with the Association of Small Foundations during which we heard from key Senate Finance Committee tax experts. What we heard—loud and clear—from those meetings is that comprehensive tax reform is coming. It will happen by the end of 2013 and everything is on the table. Everything.

Mindie promises to follow up on that with another blog post soon. In the meantime, check out her full post at Philanthropy Northwest’s blog.

Colorado’s FOTH Experience: A Good Story Will Get You There

Reports from this year’s Foundations on the Hill are beginning to pour in. Joanne Kelley from Colorado Association of Funders had this to say about their delegation’s visits:

There were 14 of us in all — representing just about every type of funder making grants to nonprofits in communities all over the state (and every one of the state’s congressional districts.)

We had foundations of every size and stripe.  Some of them fund broadly and others focus on a single issue. Some focus on the entire state, while others invest locally and in rural communities. We had corporate foundations, family foundations, even out-of-state foundations with family connections to Colorado.

It’s no accident that we managed to get ample time with all nine members of our congressional delegation.  Just as a good story captures your attention, our diverse group did just that.

Read more over at Colorado Giving Voice,  a blog from Colorado Association of Funders.

Do you have your own FOTH story to share? Let’s hear it!

Off to FOTH

Ohio Grantmakers Forum is ready. Are you? Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) starts on Tuesday. In a blog post earlier today, Claudia Herrold of OGF wrote that she and OGF President George Espy will be “joining more than 200 funders from across the country in DC on Wednesday and Thursday.”

OGF’s visit will be focused on two important points: 1)  the promotion and protection of the charitable sector and 2) the reinstatement of the IRA charitable rollover provision, which expired at the end of 2011, taking away an important charitable giving vehicle that has benefited hundreds of Ohio nonprofits, including community foundations.

What points will your delgation raise with your Members of Congress?

CNJG’s Facing Our Future Updated

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has released an updated 2012 version of the Facing Our Future Report.  This nonpartisan report updates the 2011 report and identifies specific, measurable options needed to refocus and redefine government services.  The report is an outcome of a volunteer leadership group comprised of individuals with extensive senior experience in state government under the umbrella of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to provide an objective, independent analysis of the long-term fiscal challenges facing all levels of New Jersey government in the next five years. Continue reading

FOTH in Bloom

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This year’s Foundations on the Hill is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  According to the latest predictions, the Cherry Blossoms should be at their peak bloom as philanthropy leaders come to town to meet with their Members of Congress.

But we’ve got more than beautiful flowers for you. Check out our list of expert speakers, designed to help prepare you for your policy meetings on the Hill. Continue reading

Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet Up

When you get a bunch of regional association staff in one room, you’re bound to come up with some great ideas. Following on the heels of the New England Regional Meet Up, the Mid-Atlantic crew met in Washington, DC at the offices of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

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