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.

November 5th Workshop


Presented by Jennie Winton and Abbey Meyers, Mission Minded

Whether your organization is considering a capital, endowment or annual campaign — or is already in the midst of one, this session will outline the steps to create your strongest campaign case yet. Many leaders wrongly believe that mission-based needs alone will stoke donor support. In fact, the most successful campaigns carefully balance the right mix of reason with emotion and urgency.

This lively session with Mission Minded Founding Partner, Jennie Winton and Brand Strategist, Abbey Meyers features rich examples to help you up your fundraising campaign game, and plenty of time to practice the new tools you’ll learn to excite and engage your donors. You’ll leave inspired and equipped to apply what you’ve learned.

Registration closes for this workshop on Friday, November 1st at noon.


About Our Speakers

Jennie Winton co-founded Mission Minded in 2002 and has created hundreds of powerful brands for nonprofits nationwide ever since. Jennie’s passion is helping nonprofit leaders clarify how they talk about their work, leading to greater organizational vitality and stability, revenues, and expanded ability to deliver on the mission. A former adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business and Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco, and Marin County CASA volunteer, she is currently a member of Development Executives Roundtable, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Annual Fund and Admissions Committees at Marin Country Day School. Prior to founding Mission Minded, she was Chief Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross Bay Area chapter.

Abbey Meyers is a Brand Strategist with impressive project management and brand positioning skills. A believer that all good narratives should have a backbone, she loves the art of effective storytelling through a fusion of facts, fun, and future potential. She enjoys bringing the creative grit from for-profit sectors to clients including California Symphony, Packard Foundation, and Army and Navy Academy. Passionate about enhancing our quality of life through good food and intuitive movement, Abbey volunteers for organizations like Eat Breathe Thrive which provide resources for healthy eating, emotional resilience, and positive embodiment. Before joining Mission Minded, Abbey worked at various advertising agencies where she found herself drawn to her client’s philanthropic efforts.