Our Programs and Events

Whether you are new to the field and want to learn the basics, or are more seasoned and wish to deepen your knowledge and troubleshoot challenges with your peers, DER has something that is right for you. Every month, DER delivers innovative and affordable fundraising education and networking events that are specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s development professional.

We offer multiple ways for you to learn and connect with your community.

  • Monthly Luncheons    At these individual speaker or panel events you’ll hear from experts in the field and stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with your fundraising colleagues and other nonprofit professionals. Luncheons are typically held on second Fridays and lunch is served!

  • Roundtables   An expert-guided peer learning and discussion session that affords each individual the opportunity to participate in a small group (25-40 people) setting.

  • Workshops    Groups of various sizes engage in a structured, interactive learning experience where participants leave with a plan or “work product” for implementation.
  • Hank Rosso Forum   Every other fall, DER partners with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Gate Chapter to present the Hank Rosso Forum in honor of DER’s founder and the author of Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.  At this half-day event, participants take a deep dive into the opportunities, challenges, and latest trends facing today’s fundraisers. An afternoon of panel discussions and speakers is followed by an intimate networking reception and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The topics covered in our events typically include major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, donor prospecting, appeals and stewardship, measuring impact, working with boards, and more. Development professionals who participate in the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executives) program can earn continuing education points at qualifying DER events. We provide all the information you’ll need to keep track of your progress.

We are always looking for speakers who have expertise on a topic or a success or learning experience to share. If you would like to suggest a program idea or volunteer to speak at a DER event, send an email to programs@dersf.org.

November 22nd – Corporate Philanthropy Panel

For the DER and Candid West’s annual Corporate Philanthropy Panel, we highlight companies within our community that are dedicated to fostering a culture of giving.

Our panelists will discuss how their grant making and the San Francisco Bay Area philanthropic landscape has evolved over the years, how corporate giving is baked into the business culture at their representative companies, and what they look for when seeking new nonprofit partnerships.

Registration for this event is required:  $25 for DER members and $45 for non-members.  To receive the discounted member rate, please sign-in to your account before registering.  Cancellation Policy: If you contact us to cancel your registration before the deadline (11/20 at noon), you may receive credit towards a future event. If you cancel your registration after the deadline, the payment will be considered a tax-deductible donation to DER.  Thank you for your support!

This event is approved for 2 CFRE points.






Our Panelists:

  • Erin Baudo Felter, Executive Director, Okta for Good
  • Amy Skeeters-Behrens, Executive Director, DocuSign IMPACT
  • Victor Cordon, Community Relations Program Lead, CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer
  • Our Moderator is Michele Dilworth, Director, Candid West

About Our Speakers

Erin Baudo Felter is the founding Executive Director of Okta for Good, Okta’s corporate social impact initiative. She is charged with leveraging Okta’s most important assets – our people, product and company resources – to accelerate the impact of mission-driven organizations around the world. Erin has worked at the intersection of business and social impact for over a decade and has held various corporate social impact roles at Zynga, Yahoo and Warner Bros. Erin holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Skeeters-Behrens serves as Executive Director of DocuSign Impact, DocuSign’s corporate citizenship initiative comprising employee volunteerism, DocuSign for Nonprofits, and the DocuSign Impact Foundation. Prior to DocuSign, Skeeters-Behrens spent 10 years at eBay where she held various leadership positions in the company’s philanthropic units. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Reputation for eBay Marketplaces. Before this, she worked as Director of Marketing and Social Innovation. Skeeters-Behrens currently serves on the board of Greater San Francisco’s Habitat for Humanity and was a founding board member of the PayPal Giving Fund. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Spain.

Victor Cordon is a corporate philanthropy professional passionate about fostering strategic relationships between donors and organizations. For five years, he managed fundraising events, research, and relationships for a technology social enterprise and one of the world’s most historic and iconic humanitarian organizations. Currently, Victor serves as the Community Relations Program Manager at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, bridging employee desire and energy to do good with the important work our nonprofit partners do for our communities every day. Victor also recently joined the Board of Directors at CounterPulse.

As the director of Candid West, Michele Ragland Dilworth is responsible for elevating and expanding the reach of Candid across the western region by building partnerships and strategies that help to strengthen services to the social sector. Michele has 20+ years of experience raising brand profiles, building teams, and contributing to the success of both private and nonprofit organizations. She began her career in high tech product development and marketing before transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she has worked in the arts (Asian Art Museum), social services (Edgewood Center for Children and Families), and global affairs (World Affairs Council/Global Philanthropy Forum). Among her many volunteer roles, Michele serves on the board of trustees for the San Francisco Friends School.