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2020 Foundations on the Hill

Monday, March 9, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Join us for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), a two-day event that brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to meet with Congress and discuss issues of critical importance to philanthropy. FOTH is your opportunity to share the work of philanthropy so that Members of Congress can take the best practices developed from your grantmaking and scale it up to improve the lives of millions who call our country home.


Last year, our Philanthropy California delegation met with over thirty Congressional offices, including Congressman Adam Schiff serving California’s 28th congressional district.

As we approach a critical year, #FOTH20 is a crucial time to build and strengthen our relationships with policymakers that will have a profound impact on grantmaking and issues we care deeply about – from the 2020 Census to public charge, from housing to healthcare. Our time in Washington will help our elected officials understand the value of philanthropy to the social and economic fabric of our country, and to stress the importance of philanthropy and government working as partners to ensure the continued health of our sector.

What is Foundations on the Hill (FOTH)?

As a part of Philanthropy California, Southern California Grantmakers and our members join foundation leaders from across the country to ensure policymakers in Washington, DC understand the landscapes of the communities we serve. It is the one opportunity a year that foundations – whether their first foray into public policy or their thirtieth year on the Hill – when philanthropy speaks with a strong, visible, and collective voice on Capitol Hill.

The purpose of #FOTH20 is to:

  • Educate legislators and the administration about philanthropy’s role in civil society, the importance of the 2020 Census, and best practices on issues that you fund;
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with fellow policy-oriented peers and policymakers; and,
  • Encourage legislators to view foundations as thought partners and a resource on key public policy issues.

Hosted by United Philanthropy Forum, FOTH is a two-day event that brings foundation leaders to D.C. for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. We must change the unrealistic expectation that philanthropy will “step-in” to “fill-the-gap” and instead educate policymakers on the crucial role that philanthropy already plays in innovation. Additionally, we will focus our conversations on the 2020 Census, protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship (Johnson Amendment), and potential post-tax reform issues, such as the universal charitable deduction.

If you are interested in joining Philanthropy CA's FOTH delegation or have additional questions, please contact Seyron Foo at [email protected] or (213) 246-2367.

Hotel Information

The JW Marriott, Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20002

The JW Marriott Washington is roughly a 10-minute ride away from Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA) airport and roughly a 40-minute ride away from Dulles International Airport (IDA). The Hill is roughly a 10-minute cab ride and by metro, it is a 5-minute walk to Metro Center where you must board the Blue Line train to Largo Town Center to Eastern Market and walk another 5-minutes to get to The Hill.

Front Desk: (202) 393-2000
Reservations: (800) 393-2503


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Reserve Your Room

We have a block of rooms available at a discounted rate for our attendees for $329 per night through February 21, 2020. Our room block typically sells out before the official close date, so we encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible. You can reserve your room online.

About Philanthropy California

Philanthropy CA is an alliance of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG). Our combined membership represents more than 600 foundations, corporate funders, philanthropic individuals and families, giving circles and government agencies who invest billions every year to support communities across the state, the country and worldwide. Philanthropy CA taps into the deep regional expertise and connections of funders to increase philanthropy’s impact in building and sustaining thriving, equitable communities. Together, we can impact our members, the nonprofits they support and the communities they serve.



SCG, NCG, SDG Members: $175

Who May Attend
SCG NCG, SDG Members: Members only

Register through United Philanthropy Forum's website.

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