Philanthropy and Advocacy


Pictured L to R: CFNEA Trustee Judge John Rochester, Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama’s 3rd District, and Fred Smith, CFNEA Grants & Partnerships

CFNEA focuses on three things effective donor philanthropy, impactful grant-making, and collaborative community partnerships. The month of March has been busy.

Among serving our donors and community partners, we saw the relationship between philanthropy and advocacy at work. Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), an annual convening in Washington, D.C., was held from February 27th – March 1st, 2023. This event brought together foundation leaders nationwide to speak with our elected officials about the critical importance of philanthropy and our communities. CFNEA consistently sends a representative to join the Alabama delegation led by Trustee Judge John Rochester each year.

Our visit was productive, insightful, educational, and informative. Two areas we advocated for were maximized incentives that will benefit donors concerning universal charitable deductions and donor advised funds. To learn more about philanthropic statistics in the southeast, click FOTH_2023_state_summary_statistics_AL.pdf.

The 3rd District covers seven of CFNEA’s nine counties, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega.