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.


On June 23, please consider attending Giving USA Review of Results and Analysis: A National Perspective and A Bay Area Perspective, a panel discussion at the World Affairs Council building, hosted by CCS and the Foundation Center. We’re pleased to be facilitating an informative discussion with respected local fundraising leaders from across the non-profit sector. We will also be sharing highlights and insights of the soon to be released Giving USA report and will have ample time for audience questions and discussion.

Event Details
Tuesday, June 23, 2017
10:00 am to 11:30 am
World Affairs Council Building
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

If you plan on attending, please click here.

LinkedIn and Facebook: Bay Area development professionals are invited to join CCS and the Foundation Center on June 23 in a Giving USA panel discussion with respected local fundraising leaders from across the non-profit sector. We’ll also be sharing highlights and insights of the soon to be released Giving USA report and will have ample time for audience questions and discussion. Visit the link to register.https://goo.gl/Aa5v4D

Twitter: 6/23 Join @CCSFundraising & @FCSanFrancisco for a Giving USA panel discussion with fundraising leaders across the nonprofit sector. Register: https://goo.gl/Aa5v4D


Getting From Here to There: Career Pathways for Development Professionals in Institutional Giving






REBECCA SCHUETT – Director, Corporate & Foundation Philanthropic Partnerships at California Academy of Sciences

Rebecca has more than 20 years of experience working with Bay Area corporations and foundations. The past 11 years have been with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. As Director, Corporate & Foundation Philanthropic Partnerships, Rebecca leads the Academy’s local and national strategy to enlist institutional partners and solicit contributions from corporations and foundations.

Prior to the Academy, Rebecca spent three years at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA as Director of Corporate Support where she raised over $2 million annually.

Rebecca served on the board of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) from 2012-2015; co-chaired the chapter’s National Philanthropy Day in 2013 – 2014; and was on the host committee for the AFP International Conference in San Francisco in May 2017.

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in English from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts, also in English, from Humboldt State University.


GENEVE VILLACRES – Manager, Community Relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Geneve has been a member of PG&E’s California External Affairs group for more than 8 years. She has extensive experience with creating and executing high-impact programs that align company public outreach objectives with the needs of various diverse communities.  At PG&E she manages their Education and K-12 workforce pipeline programs.


JEFF TIELL – Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation

Jeff has worked at the Jim Joseph Foundation since January, 2015. Prior to his work at the Foundation, Jeff worked at the intersection of community development and education with the Oakland Unified School district, and most recently for Encore.org, a social change organization focusing on utilizing the skills and experience of those in mid-life and beyond to improve communities.


CHERYL A. CLARKE – Fundraising Consultant and Trainer

Cheryl A. Clarke, J.D. is a nationally known author, trainer and fundraising consultant. She is the author of Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising and co-author of Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes. A natural-born storyteller, Cheryl effectively integrates stories in her work assisting nonprofit organizations raise funds from individual and institutional donors.


Inspire Your Board to Raise Money Joyfully!



Susan Howlett has been raising money joyfully for over 40 years, as a trustee, development director, executive director, and consultant to thousands of nonprofits across the continent.  Author of two acclaimed books, (Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully, andGetting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals) she’s been core faculty in the year-long Fundraising Management Program at the University of Washington for decades.  Subject Matter Expert in grants, and long-time leader in Northwest professional associations, Susan won the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award from her local AFP in 2004. She speaks, trains, and consults nationally, known for her liberal use of humor, stories, and chocolate.