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Our Programs

DER’s event-based seminars and workshops cover the very latest in fundraising education. Whether you are new to the field and want to learn fundraising basics, or you are an intermediate or advanced development professional who wants to deepen your knowledge and troubleshoot challenges with your peers, you will find DER programs that are right for you.

Many DER workshops and luncheon programs are recognized by Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE) International. CFRE certification is the primary credential for career fundraisers, and CFRE candidates are expected to have participated in ongoing educational activities. Typically DER event qualify for 1.5 – 2 CFRE Education credits. Forms are distributed at qualifying DER events for individuals to submit to CFRE International.

event calendar

MGM - Memory Training for Fundraisers

01/25/2017 3:30 pm - 01/25/2017 5:30 pm

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Luncheon Series

Major Gifts Magic (MGM)

Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB)

Grantseekers Anxiety Support Program (GASP)

Hank Rosso Forum

Luncheon Series

Major Gifts Magic (MGM)

Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB)

Grantseekers Anxiety Support Program (GASP)

Hank Rosso Forum

Luncheon Series

Since its founding, DER’s regular luncheon workshops have provided professional development staff and consultants, board members and other volunteers—as well as those exploring new career possibilities—opportunities to learn about nonprofit fundraising in an informal and welcoming environment. The luncheon coordinators bring top-notch professionals to present on topics of prime interest to DER members and guests. Past topics have included Major Donor Development, Working with Boards, and Effective Communication.

Each luncheon includes opportunities for networking, where participants can ask questions, share ideas and share job leads.

Major Gifts Magic (MGM)

MGM is a free peer support forum for directors and major gifts officers to share major gifts fundraising strategies and tactics, address challenges, and solve problems. Peer leaders with expertise in each session’s topic will help address issues identified by the group. MGM co-hosts Gillian Gray and Jill Jacobs facilitate discussion and encourage all participants to contribute.

Most MGM meetings are free of charge and held either at the Foundation Center in San Francisco, or at various East Bay locations. Major gifts experience is preferred. Any questions, please email us at administrator@dersf.org.

UPCOMING MGM WORKSHOP:

“Memory Training for Fundraisers” 

SPEAKER: Chester Santos, The International Man of Memory

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

MGM Workshop Location

Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB)

Get support from others on the front lines! FAB provides a forum where intermediate fundraisers can share and learn from others about the challenges and opportunities in fundraising, and where those who are new to fundraising can troubleshoot specific issues with the group. FAB sessions feature dynamic discussions and provide opportunities to build professional relationships and advance your career. It is a welcoming place to share frustrations and develop creative solutions with peers.

Grantseekers Anxiety Support Program (GASP)

GASP gives grantseekers the opportunity to learn directly from the grantmakers in our community. Foundation program officers and institutional giving experts give tips on the grant preparation process, and grantseekers are able to ask key questions prior to starting a grant application in order to be efficient with their time and energy. Participants also get to network with seasoned consultants and peers from other organizations.

Hank Rosso Forum

Henry A. “Hank” Rosso (1917-1999) was a founding Director of The Fund Raising School, founder of Development Executives Roundtable, and an individual who cared passionately about fundraising education. Author of the groundbreaking book Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, Hank envisioned a profession of people who were not only expert fundraisers, but who uphold the moral and ethical standards of philanthropy. In Hank’s words, “Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.”

Every other Fall DER partners with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Gate Chapter to present the Hank Rosso Forum, an opportunity to take a deep dive into the issues, opportunities and trends that face today’s fundraisers. This event typically features a panel discussions, speakers, and a networking reception.