Whitburn Center

Whitburn Wednesdays Event Series

The Whitburn Wednesdays Event Series covers a wide range of pressing issues and features panelists representing a diversity of viewpoints. The events take place most months of the academic year, either in person and/or virtually. Click below to learn more and RSVP.

Grant Writing: Tips and Tricks for the Public and Nonprofit Sectors 

Virtual Meeting Wednesday, November 9 from 12 to 1 p.m.

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Are you interested in becoming a better grant writer? Join us for a conversation with grant writing experts Jessica Wildes, MPA and Erin Schultz-Wege, MSW. You will learn tips and tricks for writing successful grant proposals for public and nonprofit organizations. We will be covering topics such as how to find grants that are a good fit, changes in the funding landscape, storytelling and creativity in the writing process, building relationships with funders, and the importance of collaboration. 

Check out the speaker biographies below!

Jessica Wildes, MPA is the Communications & Economic Development Director for the City of West Bend, WI. He role consists of internal/external communications, organization-wide grant writing, economic and business development, marketing, and more. She is the executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District Board, serves the West Bend Tourism Commission, and is a member of the Communications Advisory Board for Mount Mary University. Previously, Jess served three years as Marketing Director for the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and seven years in Recruitment Marketing Director roles for Mount Mary University in Milwaukee and Northland College in Ashland. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications and art from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. She enjoys volunteering for area nonprofit organizations and special events.

Erin Schultz-Wege, MSW is the Executive Director of SOAR Fox Cities. She drives the strategic development and operations implementation for the organization. This includes driving fundraising, grant writing and management, overseeing marketing and leading a team of 14 employees to fulfill SOAR’s mission of empowering people with differing abilities. Erin has written and secured millions of dollars in state, federal and foundation grants and will share that she is especially passionate about grant writing and management. Erin is a member of the Appleton Rotary Club, serving on its board of Directors since 2020 and has served in various additional board/volunteer roles with a number of nonprofits throughout Northeast Wisconsin. She grew up in Campbellsport, WI and earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Collaborative MSW Program in 2014. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marian University in Fond du Lac, is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute, and holds nonprofit leadership certificates from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.