Returning to the nation's capital for a second year, Tucker Community Foundation was among the West Virginia delegation attending Foundations on the Hill recently.
The two-day legislative and public policy conference in Washington, D.C., is sponsored by Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
Foundations on the Hill provides an opportunity for grantmakers to meet with elected officials to demonstrate the power and reach of philanthropy and its impact on their communities.
Members of a West Virginia delegation attending Foundations on the Hill in Washington, D.C., are from left, Paul Daugherty, president of West Virginia Grantmakers; Jim Denova, of the Benedum Foundation; Susie Nelson, of the Community Foundation Ohio Valley; Diane Hinkle, of the Tucker Community Foundation; and Tom Tinder, of the West Virginia Bar Foundation.
The delegation met with Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., and staff members of Congressman David McKinley, R-1st District; Congressman Nick Rahall, D-3rd District; and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd District. Among the legislative issues discussed were: preservation of the charitable deduction, simplification of the Private Foundation Excise Tax and re-enactment of the IRA Charitable Rollover.
In addition, the group addressed the support for the Rural Philanthropy Growth Act, an act that would dedicate existing USDA funds to provide challenge grants and capacity building grants to build rural endowments that would benefit economically distressed counties. The delegation also met with members of the Appalachian Regional Commission.