Learn – Network – Grow

In a Community of
Fundraising Peers

Since its founding, DER’s regular luncheon workshops have provided professional development staff and consultants, Board members and other volunteers—as well as those exploring new career possibilities—opportunities to learn about nonprofit fundraising in an informal and welcoming environment.



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 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropy:

Creating a Culture of Giving


Co-Sponsored with Foundation Center West and 

San Francisco Business Times




Dr. Lakshmi Karan

Executive Director, Genentech Foundation and Charitable Giving Program

Heidi Racherla

Senior Vice President, Community Engagement Market Manager, Bank of America

Charlie Hale

Head of Public Policy and Community Partnerships, Pinterest



Michele Ragland Dilworth

Director, Foundation Center West; Panel Moderator




Thursday, November 10, 2016

12:00-1:30 PM

Program starts promptly at 12:15,

please arrive early if you are picking up lunch.




Foundation Center - San Francisco

312 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94108

Map and Directions 




As the San Francisco Business Times’ Corporate Philanthropy supplement demonstrates, there are many generous corporations in the Bay Area that are committed to contributing their time and resources to worthy local nonprofit organizations year after year. For this program, Foundation Center West’s annual Corporate Giving Panel, we highlight corporations in our community that are dedicated to fostering a culture of giving within their companies.

Panelists will discuss: how their grantmaking has evolved over the years; how corporate giving is ingrained to the business culture at their representative companies and what they look for when seeking new nonprofit partnerships.



 HEIDI RACHERLASenior Vice President, Community Engagement Market Manager, Bank of America

Heidi Racherla serves as the Enterprise Business and Community Engagement Market Manager for the San Francisco-East Bay Market, supporting Market President Thong Nguyen and the leadership team in local and enterprise-wide efforts in community engagement and philanthropy, business integration and key influencer outreach, employee development, satisfaction and volunteerism. Heidi has over twenty years  experience in the banking industry and joined Bank of America in 2001. During her fifteen year tenure, she has held all branch positions, including Financial Center Manager and most recently Consumer Market Manager and Operations Market Manager, leading a team of over 350 associates. In 2014 and 2015, her market was recognized in the National Top 10% and Region Top 3. As of June 2016, she has transitioned to the EBCE Market Manager role as the next exciting chapter of her career at Bank of America. 

 DR. LAKSHMI KARANExecutive Director, Genentech Foundation and Charitable Giving Program.

Dr. Lakshmi Karan is the Executive Director of the Genentech Foundation and also leads the company’s charitable giving program. She is responsible for providing vision and direction to ensure overall alignment and success of Genentech’s philanthropy.

Lakshmi’s career has spanned multiple sectors working globally with Fortune 500 companies, social enterprises and private foundations. She holds a Masters in Computer Science and a Masters and PhD in International Relations.

 CHARLIE HALE - Head of Public Policy and Community Partnerships, Pinterest.

Charlie Hale is the Head of Public Policy and Community Partnerships at Pinterest, which includes Pinterest's social impact and philanthropic work. Prior to Pinterest he was at Google where he managed public policy for Google, which included projects like the self-driving car project, balloon internet, drone deliveries and others. He also managed geopolitical policy for Google Maps, Earth and Streetview, as well as Google’s Access division. Previously, Charlie worked for the State Department in Washington DC and Egypt. He is a co-founder of the Global Health Corps, a nonprofit operating in East Africa and the United States. He also sits on the board of Envaya, a technology nonprofit, and is Board Chair for the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA in San Francisco.

  MICHELE RAGLAND DILWORTH - Director, Foundation Center West; Panel Moderator



Aaron Rashba and Stephanie Brown


This workshop is approved for 1.5 CFRE credits.


Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is the primary credential for career fundraisers, and CFRE candidates are expected to have participated in ongoing educational activities. 

Many DER workshops and luncheons programs are recognized by CFRE International (Certified Fund Raising Executives) as qualifying for 1.5 - 2 CFRE Education credits. Forms are distributed at qualifying DER events for individuals to submit to CFRE International.


 $25.00 - non-DER members, $15.00 - DER members,

FREE - Bring your own lunch






Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Registration is based on a "first come, first served" basis and must be completed no later than TUESDAY, November 8th at 12 pm. Our programs often sell-out before the registration deadline, so register early!

If you are placed on the wait list, the DER Administrator will contact you if a space becomes available.



Individuals who sign up to attend a DER lunch and pay their fee online but subsequently cancel their registration will not be entitled to a refund. However, if they cancel prior to the online registration cutoff date, they will be entitled to a credit for a future lunch. To qualify for the credit, they must notify the DER Administrator (administrator@dersf.orgvia email 48 hours prior to the scheduled luncheon.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DER Administrator at administrator@dersf.org.





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