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.

January Luncheon

The 18-Month Syndrome
with Bob Fisher


Registration closes Wednesday, January 9th, at noon.


About Our Speaker

Robert Fisher started his fundraising career in high school and then in 1959 as Chair of the Combined Charities (aka United Way) Campaign for Harvard College, the campaigns to establish the second suicide prevention center in the U.S. and to build John F. Kennedy University (of which he was President), as Chair of the UJA/Yom Kippur War Campaign in 1973 for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, etc. He and his colleagues raised more than $300 million during his near decade as CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, earning the highest awards of the Golden Gate Chapter of AFP, both personally and for the Foundation. An early promoter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (now AFP), Bob has been published repeatedly in “Advancing Philanthropy” and in scholarly literature on fundraising subjects. For 15 years, Bob has been in the leadership development business, as President of Nonprofit Leadership, Education, and Philanthropy at Rusher Loscavio Fisher Nonprofit Executive Search, one of America’s oldest and most highly respected nonprofit search practices.