Policy Champions: How Philanthropy Can Activate and Influence Policymakers
Metropolitan East (Main Level)
It is a critical time for philanthropy to regroup and reassess how we educate and activate policymakers on both sides of the aisle. This session will discuss strategies to more effectively influence policymakers to view the philanthropy sector as a key ally in their work. The goal is to better understand how to harness the voice and resources of philanthropy to ensure policies are put into place that both support the sector as a whole and support the issues and populations philanthropy invests in.
Speakers: Nick Johnson, Senior Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Ruth Madrigal, Principal, Washington National Tax Exempt Organizations, KPMG LLP and Jamila Thompson, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. John Lewis (GA-05)
Orientation for New Foundations on the Hill Participants
Metropolitan West (Main Level)
What to Expect on the Hill
Hear from seasoned Hill staff about what they are thinking when they meet with constituents and what they want to hear from you. This session will discuss how to utilize the time you have with Congressional staff to convey your message and gain their understanding and support.
Facilitator: Kyle Caldwell, President and CEO, Council of Michigan Foundations
Speaker: Mark Ratner, Legislative Director/Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
How to Run Effective Hill Meetings
What is the secret sauce for having a successful Hill meeting? This conversation will provide tips and advice from seasoned FOTH participants on how to get the most out of your meetings with members of Congress.
Facilitator: Matt Hennessy, Senior Manager of Public Policy, United Philanthropy Forum
Speakers: Karla Mercado, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Philanthropy California, Southern California Grantmakers; Cynthia Pritchard, President & CEO, Philanthropy Delaware; and Anthony Richardson, Executive Director, The Nord Family Foundation