Development Primer

If you're new to healthcare development (under five years experience), or are support staff and board members in need to understand the elements of healthcare development, this course is for you. 

The Fundamentals of Healthcare Development

This fast-paced, fundamental workshop focuses on the basic elements of healthcare philanthropy and the role of development in a healthcare organization. This workshop reviews major areas of healthcare development, including: major, planned, and annual giving; capital campaigns; policies; finance; marketing; and many other topics. The workshop is highly recommended for those new to healthcare development (with less than five years experience), and for support staff and board members who need to understand the elements of healthcare development. 

The Development Primer will be available as an on-demand online course in spring 2021, and will be offered in-person at the 2021 AHP Annual International Conference in Boston, on October 20-22. 


It is with sincerest gratitude on behalf of AHP’s membership, that I thank the team that have refreshed and reimagined the AHP Development Primer. This group brought their expertise in adult learning, instructional design, and philanthropy to their true love of teaching to create a modernized introductory course for those entering the world of healthcare philanthropy. 

Alice Ayres, MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

A special thanks to the Primer Committee:

Ann Thompson-Haas, MA, MBA, FAHP
Chair, Primer Committee
Principal and Lead Consultant
Larkwood Consulting, LLC


Dorothy A. Allen, FAHP
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Hospice of Saint Francis Foundation


Michelle Campbell, FAHP, (HM) FIA
President and CEO
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation


Theresa Pesch, RN
Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

Special assistance in developing Canadian content provided by:

Ian M. Fraser, MBA, FAHP, FCEP
Legacy Advisor & Estate Planner