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SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Planning for Success – Effective Resource Development at Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs)

September 17, 2019; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF)

Is your SILC interested in fundraising, but not sure where to begin? This webinar is perfect for SILCs that would like to begin fundraising, but want more information on the rules and best practices of SILC resource development.

Our presenters are both SILC Executive Directors that have successfully increased revenue for their SILCs while ensuring that their activities are compliant and tied directly to the State Plan for Independent Living. They will cover the relevant regulations for SILCs to follow, real-world examples of funding sources for SILCs, and how to plan for future growth.

You won’t want to miss this exciting webinar!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate.

Target Audience: SILC Chairs, Executive Directors, and staff.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe the regulatory requirements regarding SILC resource development.
  • Describe strategies for aligning authorities with resource development activities.
  • Identify ways the SILC can ensure consumer control of projects.
  • Describe examples of creative approaches & strategies to SILC resource development in the states of New York and Texas.
  • Encourage discussion about resource development, including the purpose of raising additional funds and how to monitor fundraising activity and future growth.

Meet Your Presenters

Sandra Breitengross Bitter is the Executive Director of the Texas State Independent Living Council where she has led partnerships with the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, and Centers for Independent Living that brought millions of dollars to the State to fulfill the mission of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Breitengross Bitter is well-known statewide for her successes and speaks at national conferences regarding Texas SILC’s projects involving accessible transportation; accessible, affordable, and integrated housing; peer support services; and personal care attendant support services that increase independence for Texans with disabilities. She also serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Texas Emergency Management Advisory Committee Disability Task Force. Breitengross Bitter previously served as the Project Analyst for the SPIL and served as a key author. Before joining the Texas SILC in 2012, she was a Legislative Director and Senior Policy Advisor for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. As a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill for over eight years, she specialized in transportation and infrastructure policy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from California Baptist University.

Brad Williams has been the Executive Director of the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) for the past twenty years. Previously, he ran a CIL in the Southern Adirondacks for a decade.

Brad helped to create the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) in New York and directed it during its formative years. The network has a long legacy of systems change.

Brad has been a SILC Consultant with the SILC-Net and APRIL networks. He developed best practices related to different SPIL practices and presented or co-presented with peers on webinars and at conferences over the years on a wide variety of subjects.

The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is operated by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities. 

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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