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.


The Care and Feeding of Your Database:

Why Good Data Is So Important

Robert Weiner, President, Robert L. Weiner Consulting

Speaker Bio:

Robert is an independent consultant specializing in helping nonprofit professionals make informed, strategic decisions about information technology such as CRM systems, donor databases, email marketing software, and staffing. He has consulted with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, ranging from volunteer groups to The Nature Conservancy, UC Berkeley, UNHCR, American Jewish World Service, and Earthjustice. He is the co-host of TechSoup’s Databases and Software forum and a frequent speaker on nonprofit software and best practices in data management. www.rlweiner.com

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How Has The Philanthropy Field Evolved?



Lynn Luckow brings a wealth of experience.  He has held executive and senior advisory roles as CEO Publisher for Josey Bass; President of Northern California Grantmakers, Board Chair Craigslist Foundation, and a range of nonprofit leadership advisory boards (Project Open Hand, World Arts West, Smuin Ballet)

Today, Lynn Luckow is CEO and Co-Founder of Like Minded – www.LikeMinded.org – which helps agencies, neighborhood efforts and civic projects to create, crowd-fund, and demonstrate impacts.   (He sees members of DER and AFP as primary audiences which might benefit from LikeMinded tools.)

Coincidentally – while leading Josey Bass NonProfit Sector – Lynn worked closely with his colleague Hank Rosso (DER Founder.)

He was instrumental in helping Rosso publish his legacy work:  “Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.”


Jim Bracken – As Principal of NonProfit Communications, for over 25 years, Jim has provided strategic video and web production to many Bay Area foundations, agencies and public commissions.  Jim especially enjoys helping nonprofits create in house content, tools and processes that drive and sustain development, evaluation and outreach efforts.

Brenda Cook, M.S., CFRE – Brenda is an independent fundraiser with leadership roles at Dominican University of CA, Stanford Medicine, and Sacramento State since moving to CA from the East Coast over ten years ago.


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