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Grant Writing/Fund Development Peer Learning Network, Face-to-Face, Sheboygan, WI
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Grant Writing/Fund Development Peer Learning Network

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: Lakeshore Community Health Center
1721 Saeman Avenue
Sheboygan, Wisconsin  53081
Contact: Lynsey Ray

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Grant Writing/Fund Development Peer Learning Network (PLN)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

9:30 am -3:00 pm

Lakeshore Community Health Center,

1721 Saeman Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081


Wednesday, May 30: Optional Networking Reception


Thursday, May 31: Overall Meeting Objectives:

  • Leverage the collective knowledge of the group to increase Health Center grant writing and fund development capacity
  • Strengthen relationships/networks among Health Center staff
  • Gain strategic ideas and tactical skills to use on the job


9:30-10:30      Welcome, Introductions, Why I Love My Health Center

The past year has been tumultuous for Health Centers from a number of fronts ranging from significant staff transitions and reorganizations at some Health Centers, PPS transition and an 1115 Medicaid waiver which proposed to implement drug testing and work requirements at the state level, several federal attempts to replace and replace the ACA and survival of the Federal Health Center Funding Cliff.

In an effort to create a space where we can collectively reconnect to the mission of Health Centers, please come prepared to share a story or show something that conveys why you love your Health Center and recommits you to the mission.


10:30-10:45      Bend


10:45-11:15       Speed Dating

WPHCA’s Grant Writing & Fund Development cohort has longstanding members within its membership who have a    wealth of knowledge, operational insight and experience. Over the past year, several new grant writing/fund development leaders have come onboard and will be joining our Peer Learning Network for the first or second time. This session will be designed to facilitate candid conversations between members.


11:15-11:45       Health Center Grant Writing & Fund Development Staffing Structures-Maximizing Existing Team & Board Members n Development Activities

Many Health Centers in Wisconsin rely on a single person for grant writing/development or a leveraging teams to engage in this work. As reorganizations have occurred over time at Health Centers and new staff are brought onboard to do this work, this discussion will provide an opportunity share emerging trends/staffing and volunteer structures to sustain and grow Health Center operations.


Key Discussion Questions:

  • What new strategies, tips, tricks are Health Center grant writing/development professionals utilizing to integrate their CEO into development activities?
  • How is your Health Center leveraging team members, all staff and Board members in fund development activities?
  • Who & how are Health Centers utilizing volunteers to engage in this work?


11:45-12:15       What New Fund Development Strategies Are You Looking Forward to Trying, Testing, and/or Implementing in 2018?

Individual giving, planned giving, Board engagement in fund development, strategies to diversify CHC revenue are conversations that we’ve touched on at previous Peer Learning Network meetings AND they still come up as topics participants want to talk about.


  Key Discussion Questions:

  • What successes have you had in developing individual giving programs?
  • What changes have you made to your structured employee giving programs?
  • What new major fundraising events are you considering?  Are they worth the ROI?
  • What changes have you made to board-led development committees?  What do the committee charters consist of?
  • How do Health Centers become less reliant on federal funding for operations?


12:15-1:00        Lunch & Health Center Tour


1:00-1:45          Evolution of the Health Center Model-How Are Health Centers Adapting to Meet Local Community Health Needs? How Are Fund Development Staff Supporting Growth Opportunities?


                             Key Discussion Questions:

  • What new service lines and/or programs has your Health Center taken on in the past year?  What is under consideration?
  • How have grant writing/fund development staff supported these efforts directly or indirectly?
  • How are grant writing/fund development staff using these opportunities to further demonstrate the value of Health Centers to community partners/stakeholders/funders?


1:45-2:15          Environmental Surveillance, Health Center Innovations, and Areas for Collaboration

A standing agenda item, this time will provide an opportunity for WPHCA and CHC staff to engage in intelligence sharing about policy and environmental changes at the state or national level that have potential implications for CHCs, including:

  • Recently released PINS/PALs or funding opportunities
  • HRSA announcements and/or intelligence regarding operational site visits
  • Other state and federal regulatory changes and/or changes
  • Health Center innovations in response to these changes
  • Opportunities for state-wide Health Center collaboration


   Key Discussion Questions

  • What is happening in the state or federal health care and health policy environment that have implications on strategic Health Center initiatives?
  • What environmental factors (opportunities or threats) have the potential to impact Health Center operations?
  • How are Health Centers planning for changes to the ACA, Medicaid and fundraising efforts around the potential changes?


2:15-2:45          Mentor for a Moment

This is an opportunity for participants to tap the collective learning network’s “brain trust” about pressing challenges or an interesting topic.  In this format, group members contribute by “mentoring” each other by providing insights and ideas to help their colleagues. Everyone can offer mentoring as well as receive it.


2:45-3:00          Wrap Up, Evaluation, and a Look to WPHCA’s 2018 T/TA Calendar

  • Future Fund Development
  • What topics?
  • What speakers?
  • Timing?


  • Fall Learning Session, September 12-13, Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan
  • Registration Open here
  • Now accepting 2017 Performance Excellence Awards due August 1, 2018. Find more information here


Cancellation Policy:
Registered participants may substitute another participant at no charge up to the day of the conference. Please inform WPHCA staff ( of the substitution as soon as possible to coordinate meals and participant materials. Participants may cancel at no charge up to 7 days before the event begins. No refunds are available for cancellations 6 days or fewer before the event begins.