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.

DER December Social: 2020 – The Good, The Bad, The Ridiculous

December 10, 2020 4:30 to 6:00 PM via Virtual Zoom

The DER Board welcomes the DER Community to come together in December for a festive story-telling gathering to share fundraising successes, challenges, and even the ridiculous from the past 12 months. Together we’ll celebrate how each of us has persevered during the pandemic and spend some time to get to know each other a bit more intimately via  breakout room sessions. This event is $10 for DER Members and $20 for DER Non-Members.

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Registration for this event is required.  If you cancel before December 8th, 2020 at 5 PM you will get a credit towards future DER programming.  Cancellations after December 8th will not receive a credit.

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Venue:  This social event will be held on a virtual Zoom.  Final details will be sent to all registrants the evening before the event, December 9th by 8 PM and a reminder the morning of to each registrant’s email address from administrator@dersf.org.  Please be sure to check your SPAM or Junk folder for the Zoom information or contact administrator@dersf.org if you have NOT received an email with your event details and information the morning of our social event.

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