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.

Virtual Event: It’s 2020: Let’s Get Political Join us Friday, June 19th at 12 noon!

Society has become more political, through volunteering, activism, culture, and philanthropy. Many nonprofit organizations shy away from political engagement with their donors due to ambiguity around laws and a customary approach to avoid politics. Discover ways how your 501 (c) (3) nonprofit can involve donors in political engagement and keep your donors, and their giving, focused on you. Melissa Perez, DER Board Member and Senior Consultant at Glavin Jacobson, Inc., will lead a discussion with Rachel Baker, Director of Special Initiatives, The HLI@Tides, and Paul Ocampo, Development Director of Asian Law Caucus; Nolan Pack, Director of Development, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; and Joey Castaneda former Deputy West Coast Investment Director at Pete for America.


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Rachel Baker, Director of Special Initiatives, the Haas Leadership Initiatives, a project of the Tides Center

Rachel is a creative and strategic thinker who likes to look for where the ball is going next. She leads the Haas, Jr. Fund’s work to strengthen nonprofit digital mobilizing and fundraising capacity, including the Money/Message/Mobilize Initiative for immigrant rights organizations in California. Previous roles include executive director of Coaching Corps, a youth development intermediary; interim director of research at SeeChange Evaluation; and evaluator with Public/Private Ventures. Rachel speaks Catalan, Danish and Spanish. She has a master’s degree in city planning from M.I.T., a BA in sociology from Bryn Mawr College and lives in Berkeley.

Paul Ocampo, Director of Development, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Paul has been with ALC for over eight years. Previously, he assisted in editing an anthology of writings by veterans titled Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. He also co-wrote a petition responding to SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant legislation and demanding universities in Arizona maintain the classroom as safe spaces for all students. Paul was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S. at the age of eleven. He earned a B.A. in English at U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Melissa Perez, DER Board Member and Senior Consultant, Glavin Jacobson, Inc.

Melissa is a Senior Consultant with Glavin Jacobson. She has worked with small local nonprofits and large institutions such as United Way and San Francisco Opera. Throughout her career she has woven together volunteerism and philanthropy to create meaningful experiences for fellow employees, board members and donors.

Nolan Pack, Director of Development, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Nolan Pack is the Director of Development at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he works to shift resources away from the prison industrial complex and toward solutions that advance racial and economic justice. He recently led the completion of a $22M capital campaign for the Restore Oakland center, a hub for local grassroots organizing and the Ella Baker Center’s permanent home. With roots in activist spaces and coalition organizing, Nolan approaches development work as a movement building tool that can be a powerful catalyst for social change. Nolan is a queer, neurodivergent, second-generation Cuban American.

Joey Castaneda, former Deputy West Coast Investment Director, Pete for America

Joey Castaneda was most recently was Deputy West Coast Investment Director for presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Previously, he was an Associate at the Office of Susie Tompkins Buell & Mark Buell where he facilitated political fundraising and engagement operation and administered grants fostering the growth of women’s leadership locally, nationally and globally, and inspiring climate activism and education. Joey spent much of his early professional career working for non-profit arts organizations including the San Francisco Opera and Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.   Joey received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communication from U.C. Davis. He is currently on the Board of Mission Graduates and a member of the Latino Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Giving Circle.