The application is now closed but if you have questions or requests, please email Ryan Helton at

Join this five-month Mastermind series for small shop development directors to share your experience, discuss best practices and new trends, and learn from your peers. As a group, we will explore key aspects of a successful small shop: using data to develop an annual strategic plan; ethical storytelling and community-centric fundraising; making your board work for you: cultivating, training, supporting your board; building and managing a communications plan; designing events around donor stewardship; and working with direct service staff, building trust, and getting support. Each session will include a guest facilitator who has established and successful experience on the topic we’re discussing.

This cohort series is designed to be part presentation and part facilitated conversation. The content will be curated to the experience and interests of the selected participants. To ensure a quality experience for all participants, facilitator Chanda Lockhart will invite 8-10 members to join the group based on their application (overall experience, interest, diversity)


Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 am | Zoom Meetings

February 9, March 9, April 13, April 27, May 18, June 15

Cost: $100 for DER members, $150 for nonmembers

Deadline for application: Friday, January 21

Who you are:


  • You’re an in-house development professional. This series is not for consultants or board members.
  • You’re currently working in a small shop: 1-3 person development team (including all full and part time employees and contractors). We’ll accept one person per organization.
  • You have been in your current role/organization for at least six months.
  • Your organization’s donor base is in San Francisco and/or the Bay Area.
  • First time directors or senior managers ready for a director-level position are encouraged to apply.

Your commitment to our mastermind:


  • Attend all six sessions – absence from two sessions will excuse you from the group.
  • Review the session materials in advance and come prepared to share your thoughts and actively participate in the cohort discussion.
  • Attend from a quiet space (or using noise canceling headphones) where you won’t be distracted. Turn off your work email and chat, and silence your phone.
  • You are ready to have conversations about community-centric, anti-racist and assests-based fundraising.

Chanda Lockhart, Director of Development and Outreach, Gateway Public Schools


Chanda Lockhart has 13 years of fundraising experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a passion for education and youth development, LGBTQ+ youth programs, and food access and insecurity service organizations. She is the founder of #ladyboss, a professional women’s meet-up group, dreams of cooking with Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, and her Instagram feed is all food dishes that she hopes Ottolenghi will find impressive.