Major Gifts Mastermind

09/25/2020 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM PT


Pioneers like Benjamin Franklin, J.R.R. Tolkien and Thomas Edison met regularly with other smart people to tackle challenges and support each other in what later became known as mastermind groups.  DER is now bringing this time-tested practice to the Bay Area fundraising community!   Joining a DER mastermind group will help you build a strong network of like-minded professionals, gain advice and feedback from your peers, identify new connections, reduce feelings of "being alone" in your organization and stretch beyond old boundaries.  Currently, small donations are up during this time but high impact, large donations are down. Now is a great time to meet with and learn from each other and to develop together!  Our pilot mastermind group (which we hope will be the first of many) will be a cohort of 6-8 major gift fundraisers in the field of education.


The group is scheduled to meet virtually via Zoom from 12:00-1:30 PM on Friday, September 25, October 23, November 13, January 8, January 29 and February 26 (dates subject to change).  The group is open to DER members only, at an introductory rate of $30 for the series.  If you are not a DER Member, you may apply to be part of the Mastermind with the understanding that if you are selected, you will join DER as a member.


To ensure a quality experience for all participants, facilitators Christine Poremski Rodrigues and Regina Neu will invite 6-8 members to join the group based on need, experience, and interest.  Participants will be asked to commit to attend all groups, actively participate, maintain confidentiality and abide by mutually agreed-upon ground rules.



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Christine Poremski Rodrigues, Owner, R&P Associates and DER Board Member

Christine is a consultant and owner of R&P Associates. With an MBA from UCLA and more than twenty-five years’ experience in management, fundraising and marketing, she works with nonprofit organizations to create strategic plans, prepare for leadership transitions, develop online training and more. She credits DER with helping her transition to the nonprofit sector in 2003.

Regina Neu, Principal, Neu Consulting

Regina Neu, Principal of Neu Consulting, has enjoyed a long career in the nonprofit sector. She not only served as Executive Director for Young Audiences of the Bay Area and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Francisco and the Peninsula, but has also held various management positions at the Atlanta College of Art and art museum education positions on the East Coast. In her role as a consultant, Regina helps small to mid-sized nonprofits increase their efficiency, manage change, and overcome challenges. In addition to being a former DER board member, she is also an experienced educator who has taught nonprofit administration courses at San Francisco State University and at California State University, East Bay.



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Registration for this event is required and open to DER Members only.   However if non-DER members are welcome to apply with the understanding that if you are selected to participate in the Mastermind, you will join DER.   Registration is $30.   Please see the link to a form with questions and a place to submit your resume as part of your registration in the footer.  We will also follow-up with the form and request for your resume as needed.


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Venue: Masterminds will be virtual Zoom meeting.  Zoom details and calendar invites to each Mastermind will be sent to each registrant's email address from upon selection Please be sure to check your SPAM or Junk folder for the Zoom information or contact on Friday, August 21st 8 AM if you have NOT received an email with your event information.

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Cancellation Policy: If you are not selected for the DER Mastermind group or need to cancel your registration before September 11th for any reason, your $30 may be refunded or we can offer you credit towards a future DER event. We also welcome your registration fee as a tax-deductible donaton.  If you cancel your registration after the deadline (9/11), the payment will be considered a tax-deductible donation to DER.  Thank you for your support!


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