Learn – Network – Grow

In a Community of
Fundraising Peers

MGM Locations:


The Foundation Center

312 Sutter Street @ Grant

San Francisco, CA

6th Fl. Conference Room



Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation

2201 Broadway (near Grand)

Oakland, CA

6th Fl. Conference Room

note: building entrance is off of 22nd St.



Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM







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

Major Gifts Magic!

Major Gifts Magic (MGM) is a free, peer support forum for major gifts officers and directors to share major gifts fundraising strategies and tactics, meet challenges, and solve problems. Peer leaders with expertise in each session's topic will help address issues identified by the group. MGM co-hosts Valerie Schutz and Regina Neu facilitate discussion and encourage all participants to contribute. 

All MGM meetings are free of charge and held either at the
Foundation Center in San Francisco, or other East Bay locations (see below for more details). 

 Major Gifts experience preferred. 


Partnering with Volunteers for Major Gifts Cultivation and Solicitation 


Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
3:00 - 5:00 PM




San Francisco Foundation Center
312 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco



Board members, committee members and other hands-on volunteers play an important role in helping fundraising staff cultivate and solicit donors. It is the role of staff to prepare them to be successful. Our speakers, a fundraiser and a board member, will share tales from the trenches. They will discuss how they work together and what tools they use to work together effectively.

Major Gifts Magic is a free, peer support forum for major gifts officers and directors to share major gifts fundraising strategies and tactics, meet challenges, and solve problems.



Katia Merriam
Senior Director of External Relations
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Foundation

Katia has dedicated more than 20 years to the non-profit
sector, specializing in special events, corporate sponsorship, 
donor relations, marketing, and volunteer management. She currently works with the Foundation's auxiliary groups,
leadership volunteers, and event committees, which annually
raise over $2.8 million for hospital programs. She builds
awareness and goodwill, fosters financial support, and builds community among the hospital's constituents. Previously,
Katia worked with senior level executives, trustees, major
donors, corporate partners, and volunteers to execute
large-scale fundraising events at the San Francisco Art
Institute and the San Francisco Opera Guild.  She received
her Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University, and BA from Colorado College.


Laura Clydesdale
Volunteer Chair
Notes & Words
Children’s Hospital Oakland

As a Children’s Hospital Oakland volunteer, Laura manages over 300 volunteers and acts as liaison to important influential donors. She is an executive coach and consultant, to affect behavior and culture change, team building, and increased effectiveness. She leverages her many years of experience in top organizations where she led The Gap's Accelerated Development Program, as well as the integration of the Banana Republic catalog, stores and on-line site. Prior to The Gap, at General Electric she spearheaded their Six Sigma program through out the Asia-Pacific Region's Finance Departments spanning many countries and cultures.




Associate Director of Philanthropy

The Nature Conservancy



Fundraising Consultant 




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