Our Events

DER provides quality fundraising education and networking opportunities that are affordable and fun, with seminars, workshops and expert panels designed for everyone from those who are new to fundraising to those with more advanced development skills. Please see our list of upcoming events and register online for an event that interests you. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us for more information on our event programs. 

See our Programs page for more details on the various types of event programming we offer.

June Luncheon

Ready, Set, Grow!
How To Meet Ever-Growing Fundraising Goals


Susan Jacobson & Melissa Perez, Speakers

Registration closes Wednesday, June 6, at noon.

Speakers’ Bio:

Susan Jacobson is an expert on maximizing fundraising productivity from both annual and capital campaigns, with a special focus on major gifts. She has held senior development positions at University of California San Francisco, United Way of the Bay Area, the Buck Institute for Age Research, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, and the San Francisco Education Fund. As an independent consultant prior to joining Robert Glavin, Inc., Susan’s clients included the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Goodwill Industries, the Jewish Community Center, and the California College of Art. When her children were in elementary school, Susan wrote the popular guide book, “Getting the Public School You Want in San Francisco.” Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Melissa Perez’s career bridges the nonprofit and corporate communities ranging from household names like AT&T, United Way and the San Francisco Opera, to small nonprofit start-ups like We Teach Science and SPAAT.  She has served in both staff and board roles.  This gives her particular insight into corporate partnerships, volunteer engagement, and board leadership. In addition to fundraising experience with annual fund, major gifts, and foundation and corporate grants, Melissa has particular expertise in complex corporate partnerships and management of the development office team. Throughout her career she has woven together volunteerism and philanthropy to create meaningful experiences for fellow employees, board members and funding partners. Melissa graduated from The University of Texas with a BBA in Marketing.

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June Roundtable

Are You Ready For Major Gifts?


Troy Arnold, Joel Evans, Barbara Kimport

Registration closes Monday, June 11, at noon.

Our Panelists

Troy Arnold
Director of Development & Communications
San Francisco Education Fund

Troy Arnold has dedicated his career to fundraising for nonprofits that promote positive social change, successfully raising more than $30 million since 1995. Troy has worked in fundraising leadership positions for local and national organizations with a variety of missions, including education, youth development, anti-poverty strategies, and the environment. He also served as a Major Gifts Officer for the American Red Cross. Immediately prior to joining the San Francisco Education Fund, Troy provided fundraising consulting services to a variety of local Bay Area nonprofits, focused on leadership coaching, fundraising planning and major donor cultivation, stewardship and solicitation. He serves on the Development Executives Roundtable Program Committee and is a former DER board member. Troy has an MA in U.S. History from Binghamton University.

Joel Evans
Capital Campaign Manager
San Francisco Zen Center

Joel Evans has 30+ years of experience in fundraising, with assignments in fine arts, higher education, social services, and spiritual organizations. Before moving to the Bay Area twelve years ago, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at MIT. Settling in to the Bay Area, he managed campaigns and other assignments with the fundraising firm Brakeley Briscoe for five years; then managed a capital campaign to rebuild the famous St. Anthony Foundation kitchen; then became director of development at Openhouse, which provides services and programs for LGBT seniors. Today, Joel is managing a capital campaign to renovate the Julia Morgan facility of the San Francisco Zen Center in time for its centenary in 2023. Joel has a BA in Russian Studies from Yale University.

Barbara Kimport

Barbara Kimport is an advisor and mentor, working with non-profit boards, executive directors and development staff on fund development planning and execution at every stage from fledging efforts to capital programs. She most recently served as Interim Director of Development at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific with oversight of their major gifts program. Barbara previously served as Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Coaching Corps and was Interim CEO and Vice President, Development for San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Barbara has run development operations and major capital campaigns at the YMCA of San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Zoological Society and has consulted with a variety of social services, educational and environmental organizations on strategic planning and resource mobilization. Her professional accomplishments are complemented by local community service including board service at The Episcopal Impact Fund, The Homeless Prenatal Program, The Urban School of San Francisco, the Katherine Delmar Burke School, and the Edgewood Children’s Center. Barbara earned her J.D. from Stanford University Law School.