Track: Thriving and Vibrant Nonprofit Sector
Commitment: Innovating with Enterprise
National Imperative North Stars: Capacity for Innovation; New Financial Strategies

Level of Learning: Doer

Communities are engaging in multi-sector coalitions to improve health and other social outcomes, but have challenges sustaining these efforts. To date, coalitions – and community initiatives more broadly – have been primarily grant funded and have come and gone based on these limited duration grants.

Braiding funds from within and across sectors is a key strategy for sustainability. For example, a children’s asthma initiative might braid funding from Title V, Medicaid, hospital community benefit, EPA, HUD, philanthropy, and community development funds. Yet, braiding funds is not easy and requires an infrastructure with specific skills and capabilities.

Over the past two years, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has developed a concept of Healthy Communities Funding Hubs to complement the multi-sector coalitions engaged in improving community health. These hubs could play an important role for many community initiatives, providing an efficient way to bring together multiple sources of funding to invest in coalitions as well as interventions that improve social outcomes. More broadly, these hubs help make the business case for investments in evidence-based interventions that address some of the most complex social issues we face.

This interactive workshop will engage participants in identifying the challenges to sustainability and strategies for overcoming challenges in necessary governance, data and financial management capabilities, highlighting the Mental Health Center of Denver’s experience bringing various programs and their related funding streams together to meet the needs of a specific community.

Ultimately, achieving child and family outcomes requires sustained funding from multiple sectors. Attendees will leave the presentation with an understanding of Healthy Communities Funding Hubs, their role(s) in communities and states, and their potential to sustain community initiatives over time by braiding funds from multiple sectors.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why braiding various funding sources is a key sustainability strategy
  • Define the role of a Healthy Communities Funding Hub in braiding various funding streams to sustain community initiatives
  • Describe the core functions of Healthy Communities Funding Hubs and explain how these capacities can improve sustainability
  • Identify the benefits of Healthy Communities Funding Hubs for community-based nonprofits and the potential benefit of certification
  • Provide a specific example of how this concept aligns with the strategies of a nonprofit


  • Anne De Biasi, director of policy development, Trust for America's Health (@annedebiasi, @HealthyAmerica1)

Anne De Biasi
Director of Policy Development
Trust for America's Health
@annedebiasi, @HealthyAmerica1

Anne Ekedahl De Biasi is director of policy development at the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. She is responsible for defining the agenda and general strategy associated with the organization’s goal to create a modernized, accountable public health system and to integrate prevention into a reforming health care delivery and financing system.

De Biasi previously served as the first director of child health policy and advocacy at Nemours, director of public policy at the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and director of the Children’s Dental Health Project. She was president and CEO of the Oak Orchard Community Health Center and came to Washington, D.C. as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working as health care staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. De Biasi was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Virginia. She is a Leadership Rochester graduate and received a “40 under 40 Award” from the Rochester Business Journal. For six years, De Biasi served as chair and treasurer of the board of a faith-based nonprofit focused on HIV and hepatitis awareness, prevention, and harm reduction.