15th Annual Budget and Tax Briefing


15th Annual Budget and Tax Briefing: Navigating the Challenges Ahead Together
March 22-23, 2018
Washington, DC

The Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) hosts an annual Budget and Tax Briefing to provide funders and philanthropic advisors with a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss pressing political developments, federal and state budget and tax issues, and emerging advocacy and communications strategies for protecting programs and policies that support low-income families, workers and communities. This meeting is free of charge and open to foundation representatives and philanthropic advisors only.

President Trump and Congressional proposals call for massive cuts and harmful changes to federal healthcare and anti-poverty programs.  And higher deficits - in large part due to a sweeping tax cuts bill that benefits wealthy households and profitable corporations- will be used to justify cuts and changes to health care, nutrition assistance and other supports that help everyday Americans make ends meet. Please join us for a funders conversation about why federal budget and tax work matters to national, state and local funders and how philanthropy can respond to meet this moment.

Click here to view the draft agenda.

Click here to view speaker bios.

Click here to view participant list.

Click here for a list of related resources.

Many thanks to our planning committee:

  • Caitlin Hamood, Stoneman Family Foundations
  • Cassandra McKee, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Michael Laracy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Sandy Ambrozy, The Kresge Foundation


Can't make it to DC? Consider hosting a local watch party. Click here for more information.
Since 2014, local viewing parties have been organized to expand our reach to funders unable to travel to DC by web streaming our anchor federal budget and tax outlook plenary session. Typically, watch parties are organized as two-hour programs, where participants come together to view the federal budget and tax outlook presentation (live or as a recording on a later date) and then engage in a discussion with local experts on how the federal landscape impacts critical programs and services in their state. There is no fee to participate. Watch parties participate via a URL link. The only technology needed is an internet connection. 

2018 Watch Party Hosts


Meeting Venue: The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC  is located in Penn Quarter, at the intersection of 7th and F streets NW.  

The funder strategy meeting on day two (March 23) will be held at a different location- Independent Sector, 1602 L Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036.


Washington Reagan National Airport (5 miles)
Washington Dulles International Airport (28 miles)
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (34 miles)
Union Station (1 mile)
Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station (across the street)
Archives/Navy Memorial – Penn Quarter Metro Station (2 blocks)
Judiciary Square (2 blocks)Metro Center Metro Station (0.3 miles)


  • Valet parking is available on-site at the Kimpton Monaco for $52/night + tax.
  • Get driving directions


A small block of rooms have been reserved at the Kimpton Monaco at the special rate of $349/night for the nights of March 21 and 22.  To reserve a room at this rate, please call or email Group Rooms Coordinator, Belinda Hayes Miller, at 202-449-7036 or Belinda.Hayes@hotelmonaco.com and request the "GIST Courtesy Block" to ensure that you are charged properly and our Room Block is credited.  Rooms must be reserved by February 1, 2018 to receive the special group rate.

Additional nearby hotels include: