Upcoming Events

Major Gifts for Small Shops

Topic:  Major Gifts
Event Date:  March 27, 2019
Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 2:00 pm

Additional Information:

This interactive, hands-on workshop will focus on how smaller development teams, even those with one staff, can integrate major gifts into its fund development program. The two-hour session will consist of a panel discussion, followed by breakout groups. It is part of a series that began with a focus on major gifts officers, followed by moves management, and continues with this program. Panel: Susan Corlett, Fund Development Consultant; Katiti Crawford, Director of Donor Engagement, SFJAZZ; Anjali Englund, Major Gifts Officer, Alameda County Community Food Bank; Brenda Laribee, Fund Development Consultant; moderator: Lisa Hoffman, Coach – Consultant.

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Topic:  Transforming Depression and Anxiety
Event Date:  April 14, 2019
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Additional Information:

Please join a gentle day of compassionate mindfulness, meditation and therapeutic practices to find ease and comfort in dealing with depression and anxiety. You’ll learn how to identify and interrupt automatic, entrenched thoughts and feelings that so often lead to that familiar downward spiral. You’ll also find support and kind community as you try out skills and tools to reduce the pain and challenge of these difficult states of mind and heart. The workshop takes place at San Francisco Zen Center’s friendly Conference Center, contributing to a warm and safe space.

Workshopping Moves Management

Topic:  Major Donor Cultivation and Stewardship
Event Date:  April 25, 2019
Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 2:00 pm

Additional Information:

This hands-on session provides an opportunity for participants to plan moves management activities for their prospects and donors, with the goal of “moving” them closer to an initial or higher level major gift. Panelists will provide a brief overview of moves management best practices, and then lead breakout groups to workshop prospects. Please bring your prospect names and profiles to this session!
Panelists: Shernaz Polad Boga, Associate Director of Leadership Gifts, ACLU Foundation of Northern California; Susan Corlett, Susan Corlett Consulting; Katiti Crawford, Director of Donor Engagement, SFJAZZ; and Leigh Illion, Director of Leadership Gifts, Alameda County Community Food Bank; Brenda Laribee, Fund Development Consultant; Moderator: Lisa Hoffman, Coach – Consultant. Registration not yet open.

What Is the Most Important Thing?

Topic:  Wisdom and priorities
Event Date:  July 15, 2019
Start Time: 7:30 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Additional Information:

An interactive and experiential exploration of San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi’s teachings in Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, which frequently mention “the most important thing” and “the most important point.” Please be part of this 4 week class during the summer of 2019 – we will apply the core class question to what we actually prioritize in our day-to-day actions. Included in our study will be related Buddhist precepts and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as touchstones and tools for embodying this ancient wisdom in our modern lives. We will look at what we have explored in relationship to our own experience: What is the most important thing? How do we hold true to it in navigating relationships, work, self-care, these charged political and cultural times…? Monday, July 15 – Monday, August 5. Registration not yet open.

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Topic:  Calm through meditation
Event Date:  November 3, 2019
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Additional Information:

Please join a gentle day of compassionate mindfulness, meditation and therapeutic practices to find ease and comfort in dealing with depression and anxiety. You’ll learn how to identify and interrupt automatic, entrenched thoughts and feelings that so often lead to that familiar downward spiral. You’ll also find support and kind community as you try out skills and tools to reduce the pain and challenge of these difficult states of mind and heart. The workshop takes place at San Francisco Zen Center’s serene and beautiful Green Gulch Farm, a 45 minute walk to Stinson Beach. Registration not yet open.