Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) takes place virtually March 23-24, 2021.
IPA's FOTH delegation will join more than 300 philanthropy representatives from around the country, as we meet virtually to speak with our elected officials about the policies that matter most to our sector. Attendees advocate on behalf of the philanthropic sector and educate lawmakers about the importance of philanthropy in America, and the impact it has on their districts and constituencies.
Held in conjunction with United Philanthropy Forum, Council on Foundations, and Independent Sector, FOTH is an annual advocacy opportunity for grantmakers and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) to meet with their federal lawmakers. This event is the one time a year when philanthropy comes together to speak with one, unified voice to our policymakers about the unique and vital role that charitable giving plays in America.
Foundations on the Hill:
- Informs and educates Congress about philanthropy
- Creates visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
- Advocates on issues important to foundations
- Encourages Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues
- Builds your organization’s relationship with lawmakers and their staffs
Your Attendance Has Impact
When polled by the Congressional Management Foundation, congressional staffers consistently indicated that direct constituent interactions have the highest influence on lawmakers’ decisions—more than any other advocacy strategies.
By joining FOTH, your members of Congress better understand the impact of the work you do in Indiana and the policies necessary to ensure you can effectively carry out your missions. Building relationships with members of Congress and their staff is critical to influencing policymakers on issues that matter most and gaining their support for the philanthropic sector.
Go here to register for FOTH 2021. Regardless of your experience in policy work or participating in legislative visits, we invite and encourage all members to join.
How It Works
Prior to FOTH, IPA will schedule meetings on Capitol Hill with your member of the Indiana federal delegation. During FOTH, our staff and other IPA members will join you in these meetings.
IPA's FOTH delegation lead, Holly Davis, will ensure you are fully prepared for these meetings and aware of all scheduling updates. You will be given policy priorities and topics of interest to discuss and invited to a pre-FOTH call for additional guidance.
While IPA members are meeting with members of the Indiana delegation, philanthropy partners from across the country will be meeting with their members as well.
"I think everyone should consider a FOTH experience at least once. It is a chance to be part of the democratic experience and to really appreciate the process from our legislators perspective. As nonprofits, we need to understand the special space we occupy as a tax exempt entity—tax law is what defines our professional space—and Congress can narrow it, making our jobs harder, or broaden it, giving us more freedom to serve our constituencies. We need to make sure they understand the implications of each vote."
TRACY SOUZA | Heritage Fund–The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
"I came away understanding more about how the political sausage is made and how to better make our case with legislators on the state and federal level when my community’s issues need legislative solutions to complex problems. I was also able to talk to a Senator’s staff about an initiative that is important in Kosciusko County—the shortage of child care. I am now connected to the staff person leading child care/education initiatives on behalf of the Senator.
STEPHANIE OVERBEY | Kosciusko County Community Foundation
"After 18+ years in the field, I took this opportunity—and I honestly wish I had done so earlier. There were other first-timers on this trip. But you wouldn't know it because we were prepped and on message for every meeting. Our wonderful IPA staff prepped the group in advance and provided us with information that was the envy of other groups attending FOTH."
LIZ TATE | Retired Grantmaker
"FOTH is our opportunity to bring impactful stories of success to the forefront to ensure policies remain aligned with funding, and to provide sound recommendations on those that do not. I would encourage all foundation leaders to participate, to strengthen our collective voice around issues that affect us and the nonprofits we support."
RACHEL GOODSPEED | CareSource Foundation