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2017 Foundations on the Hill Pre-Session: Philanthropy & Civic Engagement

Monday, March 20, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Washington, DC
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Presented by Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in Partnership with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Our nation’s democracy is facing serious challenges, as evidenced by the recent 2016 elections. Voter turnout hit a 20-year low, with just over half of voting-age citizens casting ballots, and Americans of all stripes are questioning if government can work for them. At this critical moment in time, what is the role for philanthropy in civic engagement, and democracy more broadly, and what impact does it have on the change foundations seek?

Helping us answer this question will be the leaders of two national organizations focused on engaging philanthropy in civic engagement and democracy issues. Kristen Cambell from Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement will provide an overview of current climate for civic engagement in our country and discuss why civic and democratic practice is important for the work of all funders—no matter what issues you support. Alexis Anderson-Reed from the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation will take participants through the nuts and bolts of how foundations should support democracy and civic engagement work. We’ll also hear from some funders how and why they are involved in supporting the “civic space.” 

  • Kristen Cambell, Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
  • Alexis Anderson-Reed, Deputy Director & Program Director, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
  • Steven Cole-Schwartz, Director, The Partnership Funds
  • Paul Waters, Program Associate, Democracy Fund

No charge

Who Should Attend

This program is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Foundations on the Hill event. It is open to all participants of #FOTH17, as well as to CEOs, board members and staff of foundations and other philanthropic organizations that are not involved with #FOTH17.