Established in 1964, the Washington, DC, regional office of the Foundation Center is celebrating 50 years of providing free access to information and training on fundraising in the Washington metropolitan area.
Creating the Washington, DC, location was "a wild idea" of F. Emerson Andrews, the founding chairman of the New York-based Foundation Center. He thought of it as another way to help private foundations to improve their public image and counter the attacks of Congressman Wright Patman, a story detailed in Andrews' 1973 book Foundation Watcher.
Services provided by staff in our DC office have evolved from hand transcribing the IRS returns of U.S. foundations to providing access to information and training through digital networks for grantmakers and grantseekers around the globe. We are proud that, from the very beginning, our services and resources have been freely available to the individuals and organizations trying to create a better world.
50th Anniversary Events
Open House and Reception
On October 16, Foundation Center-Washington, DC held an open house and reception as well as the following events.
Ask the Grantmaker
This local grantmakers panel discussed what foundations look for from grantseekers, insights on funding trends and best practices, as well as other timely topics in philanthropy. Listen to or download the recording:
(1 hour, 24 minutes, 19 seconds)
Telling Your Story: Maximizing Your Organization's
Lindsay Nichols from GuideStar and Marcus Owens from Caplin & Drysdale discussed strategies for using the Form 990 to expand transparency, communicate more effectively, and increase your organization's credibility and visibility. Listen to or download the recording:
(1 hour, 32 minutes, 8 seconds)
Mix and Mingle
Representatives from the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Capital Cause explored the services available for emerging nonprofit professionals.
These events are supported by the Meyer Foundation.