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.

Moves Management: Strategies to Retain Donors and Increase their Giving

Friday, February 19, 2021:  Networking 11:45 to 12 noon; Program 12 noon to 1:30 PM

Jack Alloto, California CFRE Ambassador, will discuss what strategies and tactics fundraisers can use to move prospects to active supporters and engage current donors further to move them to higher giving levels. Registration is open so please register now!  Please join the virtual room at 11:45 AM on Friday, February 19th.  “Doors” open early for networking and a social icebreaker with the DER board.  Our presentation will begin at 12 noon sharp!

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Jack Alloto, California CFRE Ambassador

Jack Alotto, MA, CFRE is a Trainer with the Fundraising Academy at National University in San Diego. He has facilitated many seminars including Planned Giving, Ethics, Securing the Gift, and Stewardship and Cultivation. He has led many CFRE candidates to the successful completion of the credential and is a California Ambassador for CFRE.

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Registration for this event is required.  The cost of the event is $20 for DER members and $40 for non-members.   (NOTE: To receive the discounted members’ rate, you must sign in to your account before registering.)  Click here to join DER or renew your membership!!  Registration deadline is February 18th at 5 PM!

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Cancellation Policy: If you contact us to cancel your registration before the deadline (02/18 at 5pm), 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!

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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, 02/18 by 8 PM from DER’s Administrative Director. A reminder will be sent to each registrant the morning of  our panel 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.