Pew’s D.C. Conference Center (Summer 2009 Trust Magazine perspective)

Source Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts

08/12/2009 - In Washington, D.C.—a city whose currency is ideas—diverse voices are a critical ingredient in every public policy discussion, and a vibrant nonprofit sector is a vital contributor to the deliberations.

Ensuring that the nonprofit community has a convening place to call its own within earshot of national policy makers and opinion leaders is the purpose of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ new state-of-the-art D.C. Conference Center at 901 E Street, NW. In an era of tightening budgets and ever-rising rents, the Center has been designed and built to meet the specific needs of nonprofit organizations.

Thirty-six rooms, all constructed with collaboration in mind, can accommodate meetings with as few as two guests and events with up to 160. An open floor plan and comfortable public areas will facilitate gatherings and ad-hoc networking among the many interrelated groups utilizing the space. And a full suite of in-house services—from catering to video conferencing to online collaboration tools—will enable nonprofit meeting planners and attendees to focus on the agenda and its objectives instead of worrying about logistics and other details.

In light of its longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and the goals of a green economy, Pew renovated the entire 901 E Street structure within guidelines established by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. Pew is working with the council to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which would signify that the building meets the highest green-building and performance measures and offers a clean, healthy setting for productive work.

Located within walking and Metro rapid-transit distance of the White House, Capitol Hill and numerous federal agencies, the D.C. Conference Center is more than just a meeting destination. It is a physical extension of Pew’s mission to generate knowledge and apply its power to solving today’s most pressing challenges. For reservations and more information, e-mail John Anderson, senior manager of the Conference Center, at, or phone him at 202.552.2148.

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