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.


Join us for the Hank Rosso Forum this Fall, a half-day event to 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.

  • Check-in starts at 1:30 at the Bank of America Auditorium – 555 California Street, San Francisco.
  • The program starts at 2:00 and ends at 5:30.
  • A reception will follow across the street at the Omni Hotel – 500 California Street.


July 12th Luncheon

Using a Board Scorecard to Improve Organizational Outcomes



Bob Johnson — Of Counsel, Counsel for Community Causes

Michael G. Dimengo — Principal & Senior Project Director, Counsel for Community Causes


Registration closes Wednesday, July 10th, at noon.


About Our Speakers

Prior to joining Counsel for Community Causes, Bob Johnson worked with two large national fundraising firms and independently with a variety of nonprofit organizations. Bob has raised more than $100 million for a wide variety of community causes. Credited with several successful fundraising innovations, he is an exceptional communicator and writer of fundraising materials. He earns kudos, and referrals, from all that he serves.

Mike Dimengo has served nonprofits coast-to-coast as a CEO, fundraising campaign director, executive search consultant, communications counsel, and beyond. Mike is personally driven to assist clients achieve their most ambitious goals. He is known for providing strategic counsel, creative solutions, timely and responsive services, and successful results for clients. He provides strategic planning expertise, excellent project management and communications as well as professional fundraising and grantsmanship experience.