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.

February Luncheon

Applying the “Triple Bottom Line” Framework
in the Non-Profit Sector —


Tommy Edwards, Beneficial State Bank

Sarah Sieloff, Executive Director & Erica Rippe, Program Manager — Center for Creative Land Recycling
Annie Claybaugh, Director of Operations — Beneficial State Foundation
Emily Hobbs, Development Manager — Fair Trade USA


Hosted By


Registration closes Thursday, February 21st, at noon.


Our Moderator & Speakers

Tommy Edwards earned his MBA from Howard University.  He’s been in banking for 24 years.  He’s worked with The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bank and Bank of the West.  Tommy has been with Beneficial State Bank for 5 years as Client Treasury Manager.  Tommy is very active in the community.  He serves on the boards of Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Berkeley Playhouse and Lotus Bloom.  Hobbies include golf, tennis, snowboarding, sailing, watching most sports, cooking, traveling, jazz, opera, and musicals.

Sarah Sieloff is the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling.  Prior to joining CCLR, Sarah served as the Memphis Team Lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. Sarah is a Truman Scholar, and earned her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Erica Rippe manages the west coast workshops, trainings and national event marketing at the Center for Creative Land Recycling. Prior to joining CCLR, Erica worked for a third party environmental certification body, helping to certify consumer products for Recycled Content and Responsible Sourcing practices. She has experience working with local government and planning officials in the City of San Luis Obispo where she helped implement Climate Action Plans.

Annie Claybaugh serves as the Director of Operations for Beneficial State Foundation. In her role, Annie regularly maintains reporting and financial compliance with regulatory agencies, oversees all aspects of finance, accounting, and budgeting, manages human capital recruitment, and implements structures and systems to scale operations to further meet the organization’s growth and programmatic goals. Annie also participates in various culture committees and co-leads the internal sustainability team. In 2018, Annie was appointed to oversee the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, a statewide program funded by California Climate Investments that provides grants and fair interest-rate loans to low- and moderate-income Californians to purchase clean vehicles. Annie has volunteered as a food justice ally with City Slicker Farms and as the former communications and outreach co-lead for the San Francisco Women March. Fiercely passionate about women’s empowerment and environmental stewardship, she aims to intersect these principles through her current directorship on the board of GirlVentures, a nonprofit that inspires girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery, and collective action. Annie holds a degree in International Relations with an emphasis in South Asian economic development.

As a Development Manager at Fair Trade USA, Emily Hobbs works with institutional funders to grow the global Fair Trade model in order to support farmers and workers and to protect the environment. In her role, Emily develops partnerships with organizations that allow Fair Trade USA to increase its impact around the world—and here in the U.S. Before joining Fair Trade USA, Emily worked at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College and supported CSR and sustainability practitioners at hundreds of organizations with the development and execution of their programs. Prior to the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Emily worked in public relations and communications and executed digital marketing campaigns for brands like Seventh Generation and RadioShack. Emily received her MBA from Boston College.

About Our Host

Beneficial State Bank (Beneficial State) is a state-chartered, federally insured and for-profit bank and public benefit corporation. Its economic rights are majority-owned by the non-profit Beneficial State Foundation, which is in turn permanently governed in the public interest. That ownership allows the bank to prove and maintain an innovative model for banking that generates benefit for people and the planet and avoids harm to any while being financially safe and sound.  Today, Beneficial State has grown to over $1 billion in assets, 250 colleagues, and 17 locations in California, Oregon, and Washington. Beneficial State is both a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) as designated by the US Treasury and a Certified B Corp.