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Council on Foundations logo The effective exchange of ideas between citizens and Members of Congress is the cornerstone of our representative democracy.

The Partnership for a More Perfect Union is a center at the Congressional Management Foundation dedicated to that tenet – bringing about a United States where Members of Congress and citizens have a vibrant, active, and engaged relationship characterized by mutual respect and a sense of shared purpose.

When a Foundation joins the Partnership, you are helping to make that vision a reality and ensuring that your philanthropy is more effective.

The Council on Foundation has joined the Partnership to help its members build relationships with elected officials that will lead to constructive public policy outcomes. Council on Foundations members will receive special discounts for joining the Partnership. Those who join will not only be helping to improve the relationship and communication between citizens and Members of Congress, you will also enjoy many benefits that will help improve your own communications to Capitol Hill.

If you are interested in more information about the Partnership, please contact us.

Featured Reports

How Citizen Advocacy Is Changing Mail Operations
on Capitol Hill

This report investigates how email and the Internet are affecting office procedures in Congress.

#SocialCongress: Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill

This report represents the first research into congressional staffers' attitudes about their offices' use of social media.

Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill

This report is based on a survey of 260 congressional staff on their opinions and practices related to constituent communications. Contrary to popular belief, constituents trump lobbyists.

Read more about the "Communicating with Congress" Project

Featured Video

What Congress is Looking for in Constituent Communications

What Congress is Looking for in Constituent Communications 

Featured Blog Posts

Advocacy Spotlight: “I Promise I Will Not Eat My Motorcycle”

CMF is excited to introduce a new feature in which we look at advocacy campaigns that follow best practices for communicating with Congress. This month, we’re talking with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) about their legislatively successful and award-winning “Kids Just Want To Ride!” advocacy campaign.

Asset Mapping: Quantifying and Qualifying Your Impact, District-by-District

How do you illustrate the myriad ways your organization impacts a particular congressional district? Asset mapping is a hot topic and the subject of our most recent Advocacy Leaders Network workshop. Following are four takeaways about mapping your organization’s assets.

SOPA and PIPA Advocacy Efforts Show the Components of Successful Campaigns

Much ballyhoo has been made about the loosely coordinated mid-January effort to encourage citizens to contact Congress and voice opposition to two pieces of Internet-related legislation. However, the strategies and tactics of those opposed to SOPA and PIPA actually just relied on some tried and true elements of advocacy which have existed for the last 50 years.

Why Congressional Websites Matter

In 1998, CMF embarked on a ground-breaking research project to study best practices in congressional websites and help Congress use technology to improve communication with their constituents. Three years later the initiative was boosted by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts with an ambitious goal: develop a methodology for evaluating more than 600 congressional personal office, committee and leadership websites. 

Read more from the CMF blog

In order to download the Presentation Summary for the Annie E. Casey Foundation please use the link below.

pdf aecf - cmf - summary - dec 2012.pdf



pdf Partnership for a More Perfect Union – Program Overview (PDF, 680 KB).
Download 2-page overview on benefits and costs for foundations joining CMF’s Partnership for a More Perfect Union.

pdf Benefits of Advocacy (PDF, 205 KB).
Download 2-page overview of the benefits of relationship-building with legislators, specifically designed for the Council on Foundations.