Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with Funders
Whether it is capital funding for a new senior center, a mini-grant for a garden, or a simple request for donations of craft supplies, the challenges around fundraising are often the same. How to find the right funder? How to write a winning funding request with few resources? How to successfully measure outcomes? But the funders perspective isn’t that easy either. During this session, hear directly from funders on their funding preferences and strategies to select winning projects. This panel of various funders will discuss application processes, evaluation criteria, the importance of measurable outcomes, and strategies to ensure project success throughout the project period. This session will help identify the keys to your fundraising success!
Rebecca Wickline (Moderator)
Vice President of Partnerships & Business Development, National Recreation and Park Association
Rebecca joined NRPA in 2009 and serves as the vice president of partnerships and business development. In her role, Rebecca establishes and guides the strategic philanthropic fund raising goals of the organization.
Prior to her NRPA role, Rebecca served as Managing Director at Hayes & Associates for five years, a fund raising consulting firm that raises $10 million annually for non-profit organizations. Rebecca has almost 15 years of fundraising experience and has raised more than $25 million for organizations such as the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, USO, Fisher House, National Immigration Forum, Mile High Youth Corps, and many more. Rebecca received her Bachelor's degree and Masters of Business Administration from Ohio University.
St. David's Foundation
Elizabeth Krause leads the St. David’s Foundation’s community investments in five areas. In opportunities to be active, she works to increase park equity and community engagement. In women’s health, she works to ensure that healthy women are the cornerstone of healthy families, communities, and economies. In dental health, she works to overcome cost barriers to dental care while promoting prevention. In access to healthy food, she works to improve the goodness and kid appeal of school food, while increasing the availability of affordable, fresh food in communities. In health insurance enrollment and use, she supports maximizing the enrollment of low income people in the public and private coverage programs for which they are eligible, while helping them to use their benefits. Elizabeth represents St. David’s Foundation on several local, state, and national multi-stakeholder initiatives and affinity groups.
Elizabeth previously spent 11 years with the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) where she started as a program officer and completed her tenure as Vice President of Policy and Communications. Elizabeth built CT Health’s disparities and equity portfolio, laying the groundwork for the adoption of health equity as the CT Health’s central focus in 2013. Elizabeth led community-based coverage and health reform efforts, contributing to a significant drop in Connecticut’s uninsured rate. She seeded an independent health equity policy advocacy organization and paved the way for the inclusion of community health workers in the state’s movement toward value based care. She additionally oversaw a body of children’s oral health policy work. Elizabeth started her career with the Public Health Prevention Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While with the CDC, she completed a rotation with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, helping states fulfill traumatic brain injury registry functions. She got her first taste of philanthropy on rotation with the CDC Foundation where she facilitated public-private partnerships in mobile mammography and emergency preparedness. On field assignment at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, she was instrumental in starting up the state’s Office of Health Equity. She also served temporary assignments with the CDC Global AIDS Program in Rwanda.
Elizabeth holds a bachelors degree from Smith and a masters degree from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Grants Coordinator, Indiana DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation
Lisa has worked in the natural resources and environmental consulting fields for 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Majoring in Wildlife Management, from Purdue University. She has worked in state government for 9 years and for the past 3 years has been working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Outdoor Recreation, as a Grants Coordinator.
Lisa is currently responsible for administering multiple grant projects for parks and outdoor recreation from 4 state and federal programs; providing technical assistance to grant seekers, grant recipients and the general public; representing the division on committees; and coordinating with other government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and advisory boards.
Lisa enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, gardening and photography in her spare time. She is very active in her local community and is the KIB Adopt-A-Block Captain for her neighborhood block. She is a member of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, on the Board of Directors for the Purdue Ag Alumni Association, and a Red Cross Volunteer.
Senior Director of Civic Initiatives at Fairmount Park Conservancy
Jennifer joined the Fairmount Park Conservancy, non-profit champion of Philadelphia's 10,000 park system, in 2012. As Senior Director of Civic Initiatives, Jennifer helps oversee 'Reimagining the Civic Commons' - an innovative, collaborative network of public space organizations in Philadelphia. Together, the collective demonstrates ways that civic assets can be connected as an integrated system and how they can be developed to foster talent, opportunity and engagement. In addition, we partner with leading researchers to experiment with programmatic and design interventions that will help us inform how citizens access civic assets. Jennifer oversees the Neighborhood Parks Stewardship Program, a unique partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and our network of 100 volunteer park friend groups. Together we organize, resource and celebrate our wonderful city parks and the volunteers who advocate for them.