I admit it. I’m a policy wonk who happens to serve a foundation that understands the importance of public policy and advocacy work. We consider weighing in where our participation may be a catalyst for positive change in our state, our region, and our nation. That’s why the annual trek to Washington, D.C., for the Council on Foundation‘s Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is a highlight of the year. In addition to being a welcome opportunity for face-to-face meetings with our state’s congressional delegation and staff, it’s also a prime opportunity to visit with peers, team up with regional associates, and exchange stories and ideas about how philanthropy can make our communities stronger.
Rasmuson Foundation, with its Anchorage location, is just about as far away from the nation’s capital as you can get. And while there are many wonderful things that make Alaska unique, our quality of life is in many ways shaped by federal legislation and the tax code — and their intersection with the nonprofit sector. These are things we share with our grantmaking peers across the United States.
FOTH is a chance for us to speak up for the causes that matter to us. It’s an opportunity to tell the stories of how our grants, convenings, and research make an impact back home. It’s a time to speak up on behalf of nonprofits, charities, and philanthropic organizations, and share examples of innovative ways we and our partners are tackling some of society’s toughest challenges. Part of the magic of FOTH is we receive direct feedback from policymakers, which helps in framing conversations and asking the right questions down the road.
Rasmuson Foundation’s commitment to participate in FOTH is grounded in a desire to strengthen the sector, learn from other practitioners, and explain how we are making a positive difference in the lives of real people across our great nation, in our state, and in the very neighborhoods in which we live.