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Our Programs

DER’s event-based seminars and workshops cover the very latest in fundraising education. Whether you are new to the field and want to learn fundraising basics, or you are an intermediate or advanced development professional who wants to deepen your knowledge and troubleshoot challenges with your peers, you will find DER programs that are right for you.

Many DER workshops and luncheon programs are recognized by Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE) International. CFRE certification is the primary credential for career fundraisers, and CFRE candidates are expected to have participated in ongoing educational activities. Typically DER event qualify for 1.5 – 2 CFRE Education credits. Forms are distributed at qualifying DER events for individuals to submit to CFRE International.

event calendar

Luncheon - A Roadmap to Impact Measurement

03/24/2017 12:00 pm - 03/24/2017 1:30 pm

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Luncheon Series

Major Gifts Magic (MGM)

Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB)

Grantseekers Anxiety Support Program (GASP)

Hank Rosso Forum

Luncheon Series

Major Gifts Magic (MGM)

Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB)

Grantseekers Anxiety Support Program (GASP)

Hank Rosso Forum

Luncheon Series

Since its founding, DER’s regular luncheon workshops have provided professional development staff and consultants, board members and other volunteers—as well as those exploring new career possibilities—opportunities to learn about nonprofit fundraising in an informal and welcoming environment. The luncheon coordinators bring top-notch professionals to present on topics of prime interest to DER members and guests. Past topics have included Major Donor Development, Working with Boards, and Effective Communication.

Each luncheon includes opportunities for networking, where participants can ask questions, share ideas and share job leads.

Major Gifts Magic (MGM)

MGM is a free peer support forum for directors and major gifts officers to share major gifts fundraising strategies and tactics, address challenges, and solve problems. Peer leaders with expertise in each session’s topic will help address issues identified by the group. MGM Co-Chairs Gillian Gray and Jill Jacobs facilitate discussion and encourage all participants to contribute.

Most MGM meetings are free of charge and held either at the Foundation Center or Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, or at various East Bay locations. Major gifts experience is preferred. Any questions, please email us at mgm@dersf.org.

MGM Workshop Location

Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB)

Get support from others on the front lines! FAB provides a forum where intermediate fundraisers can share and learn from others about the challenges and opportunities in fundraising, and where those who are new to fundraising can troubleshoot specific issues with the group. FAB sessions feature dynamic discussions and provide opportunities to build professional relationships and advance your career. It is a welcoming place to share frustrations and develop creative solutions with peers.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Calling all public speakers, events coordinators and programming leaders! DER is looking for two passionate co-facilitators to take over Fundraisers Anxiety Busters (FAB). FAB delivers pragmatic education and support services for newer fundraising professionals. We meet the first Thursday in March, June, September and December in either San Francisco or Oakland. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader responsible for organizing and hosting FAB speaker events, and partnering with the DER Board to run our regional programming.

Please contact Meg Cruz at mcruz@dersf.org.

Grantseekers Anxiety Support Program (GASP)

GASP gives grantseekers the opportunity to learn directly from the grantmakers in our community. Foundation program officers and institutional giving experts give tips on the grant preparation process, and grantseekers are able to ask key questions prior to starting a grant application in order to be efficient with their time and energy. Participants also get to network with seasoned consultants and peers from other organizations.

Hank Rosso Forum

Henry A. “Hank” Rosso (1917-1999) was a founding Director of The Fund Raising School, founder of Development Executives Roundtable, and an individual who cared passionately about fundraising education. Author of the groundbreaking book Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, Hank envisioned a profession of people who were not only expert fundraisers, but who uphold the moral and ethical standards of philanthropy. In Hank’s words, “Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.”


SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 4, 2017

The 2nd Hank Rosso Forum

Accelerating Social Change: Move Fast and Fix Things

We are not alone. With more investors, businesses, government agencies and new nonprofits focused on doing good, lines are blurring, movements are happening and our world is benefiting. As social change accelerates, the nonprofit public sector needs to make sure it continues to lead. Competition is stiff, and qualities like integrity, collaboration, agility and transparency are more important than ever.

Join Development Executives Roundtable (DER) and the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), for  an afternoon of tough questions, inspiring dialog, and problem solving with speakers from the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors as we explore the possibilities and benefits of working together to accelerate social change.

When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1:30-5pm with reception to follow at the Omni Hotel
Where: Bank of America Auditorium, 555 California Street, San Francisco,

Registration will open on Friday, April 21st, 9 AM

If you plan to attend, please complete the Hank Rosso Forum 2017 survey to let us know and receive a special reminder when registration opens.