Learn – Network – Grow

In a Community of
Fundraising Peers


Development Executives Roundtable and AFP Golden Gate present:

Kay Sprinkel Grace, Chair

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 1:30-5:00                                                         
reception follows across street at OMNI Hotel

Where: Bank of America Auditorium | 555 California Street in San Francisco


The Rosso Forum
It is a dizzying world for us as philanthropy professionals! Philanthropy and the development profession are changing faster than most of us can track. with increasing calls to disrupt philanthropy -- and the proliferation of new ways of raising money that were unknown to us just a few years ago -- it is time to get together with other professional colleagues and explore the future.

Many of you know how much of what we regard as core to our profession grew out of the work of Hank Rosso, who disrupted philanthropy a half-century ago, a singular individual who helped transition philanthropy into the thriving, accessible and robust sector it is today.

On September 30, in San Francisco, we will do a deep dive into the issues and opportunities we confront today. We will lead off with a conversation with a strong advocate for disrupting philanthropy, followed by a panel of philanthropists whose investing varies widely, a panel of professionals from organizations that are adapting quickly to technological and other changes, and close with a conversation with The Fund Raising School's new Director, Bill Stanczykiewicz, talking with us about the direction the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and The Fund Raising School will be taking to both preserve and disrupt current practices.

Presented by AFP Golden Gate and DER (Development Executives Roundtable) -- which was founded by Hank Rosso 50 years ago -- you won't want to miss this afternoon gathering followed by a networking session over wine and refreshments. Kay Sprinkel Grace, a long time faculty member at The Fund Raising School, and a reknown author and consultant, will moderate the session.


Confirmed speakers as of 8/5/2015:

Dennis Bartels, Executive Director, Exploratorium
Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation
Grace Garey, Co-founder, Watsi
Kay Sprinkel Grace, Consultant, Forum Moderator
Matt Laufman, Senior Nonprofit Advisor, U.S. Trust
Patrice Martin, Co-Lead + Creative Director, IDEO.org
Bill Stancyzkiewicz, Director of The Fund Raising School
Dede Wilsey, Philanthropist

The Rosso Forum Chair: Kay Sprinkel Grace
AFP Golden Gate Co-Chair: Brittany Janis
Development Executives Roundtable Co-Chair: Aaron Rashba


Register Today!    

$50 | 
DER Members and Members of AFP other than Golden Gate Chapter:

$50 | AFP Golden Gate Members: 
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$60 | 
General Community: Same as above.*

Earns 3.5 CFRE Credits (pending approval)


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Thank you to the Rosso Forum's Generous Sponsors!



News from our Partners: 

San Francisco Foundation Center

Upcoming Half-Day Workshops at Foundation Center, with Eric Jacobson

August 18 Work Together Better: Improving Internal Communications: Strong internal communications can help to bridge divides, encourage collaboration, and contribute to higher performance.

September 15 Making Your Case for Support: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a convincing case for support, and how to use it to gain funding for your cause.


Each of these workshops are:

* very interactive and actionable!  

* held from 9:30am-12:30pm at SF Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco.   

* are $95

* Taught by Eric Jacobson. Eric has over ten years of experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He currently helps nonprofits and foundations make it easier to achieve their missions and attract support to their causes through strategic planning, smarter fundraising, and more effective messaging. During his time in philanthropy, Eric supported organizations small and large to improve their financial sustainability, enhance their communications, conduct scientific research, and develop their programs. He worked at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where he supported integrated management of California’s freshwater resources and managed a portfolio of grants focused on financial sustainability and communications. He also worked on the Andes-Amazon Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. There, he developed and implemented strategies and grants and led the development of a monitoring and evaluation system for the Initiative.


For more info, contact: Sarah Jo Neubauer, Manager, Capacity & Leadership Development, Foundation Center, sjn@foundationcenter.org



AFP - Silicon Valley Chapter


How do I develop marketing strategies for each of my organization's services, products, and modes of delivery? 

Announcing a 2-day seminar, Marketing for Fundraising, offered by AFP Silicon Valley Chapter and taught by Marnie Maxwell of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on August 24-25. 

Marketing for fundraising is much more complicated that just producing a brochure, sending a letter or tweeting bits of news. This course helps nonprofit staff evaluate donor needs and then develop fund raising programs and communications to meet those needs. 

SPECIAL OFFER: AFP Members – Take advantage of the $100 savings. If you are not a member, join AFP today to qualify for the AFP member discount. Join AFP

Course Details: 
Participants will learn how to: 
• Apply marketing strategies to encompass each of your organization's services, products, and modes of delivery 
• View prospects and donors groups through a marketing perspective 
• Use marketing and donor research for practical solutions 
• Understand the benefits and limitations of social media fund raising tools 
• Incorporate social media into the overall marketing and fund raising program 

Participants will also learn: 
• The eight functions of marketing 
• The critical difference between marketing and selling 

Participants will receive: 
• A study guide as a handy reference 
• Marketing planning worksheets 
• A clear understanding of various research options and how to use them 


For more information, visit



Thank you to DER’s Community Partners:


Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter 


Craigslist Foundation  


Foundation Center, San Francisco   


Grass Roots Fundraising 


Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 


Preservation Park Oakland

The CBO Center


The Globe Newspaper


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