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Email: gasp@dersf.org

GASP - Grantwriters' Anxiety Support Program

Grantwriters' Anxiety Support Program (GASP) helps new and intermediate grant writers (0-3 year’s experience) build confidence and skill in their work.  


GASP provides an opportunity for those working in the nonprofit development field or for those interested in learning more about careers in development: 

  1. to share proposals currently in development with peers and “mentors” who will offer feedback and 
  2. to discuss topics of interest regarding the grant seeking process.  
  3. GASP also offers participants a chance to develop new professional relationships, help in a dvancing their careers and strengthening the support network for Bay Area development professionals. 

 to hear about the latest and greatest resources the Foundation Center has to offer.

Offered in San Francisco  and other East Bay locations (see program information).





Full participation in DER programs may be eligible for CFRE International certification points.

Presented by Development Executives Roundtable (DER)


GASP is offered at no-cost to participants


Creating a Successful Environmental Grant Proposal

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
4:00-6:00 PM

The Foundation Center
312 Sutter Street, Suite 606
San Francisco


To Register:

Environmental grantmaking has deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this region has largely been on the cutting-edge of funding environmental and conservation causes. Join us for a lively discussion with representatives from prominent funders to hear about the current state of environmental grantmaking and what future trends they are anticipating. Attendees will also learn what grantmakers look for in proposals including pitfalls to avoid, what motivates them to endorse a proposal to their boards, and how to best position your organization for future fundraising success. Following the moderated panel, we will have a Q&A session and networking time to meet the panelists and other attendees.




*Tina Batt, Program Officer, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Tina joined the Foundation in 2011. As Program Officer in the Environment Program. Tina’s work focuses on efforts to advance park management and land stewardship in California. Before joining the Foundation, Tina previously served as executive director of the Muir Heritage Land Trust, where she was a founding board member. Tina chaired the Bay Area Open Space Council and co-chaired the Contra Costa County Open Space Measure. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Creative Writing from Vermont College and a mid-career Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


*Francesca Vietor, Program Director, Environment, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement, San Francisco Foundation

Francesca oversees the foundation’s public policy efforts and work to improve the environmental health and well-being of the Bay Area’s most impacted communities while preserving the region’s natural environment. Francesca is also a commissioner on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she leads policymaking for the City and County of San Francisco’s water, wastewater, and municipal power services. Before that, she was executive director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, where she advanced nutrition education and food justice issues. Previously, she was president of the Urban Forest Council, president of the Commission on the Environment, and chair of the Mayor’s Environmental Transition Team. She has served on the boards of the Center for Environmental Health, Commonweal, and the Environmental Working Group. Francesca holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Georgetown University, and she pens a blog for The Huffington Post.


*Ash McNeely, Senior Foundation Staff, Pacific Foundation Services

Ash joined Pacific Foundation Services in 2012.  Ash serves as executive director of the Sand Hill Foundation, a family foundation in Silicon Valley that focuses on regional efforts to protect the environment and help families break the cycle of poverty.  She works also as a senior program officer for the Kimball Foundation in San Francisco, with a focus on the arts, environment, and youth development, and for select additional Pacific Foundation Services clients wishing to enhance their philanthropic activities.



*Patrick Heryford, Institutional Giving Officer, Yosemite Conservancy


Registration information: 

GASP is presented free of charge.  Space is limited, so please register by May 27th!




Paula Randall, Development Director, Community Institute for Psychotherapy; Development and Communications Consultant


To Register:


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