This September, San Diego Foundation will host the second annual San Diego Fundraising Conference to support local nonprofit professionals. The conference theme — “Navigating the Future of Philanthropy” — reflects this accessible opportunity for development professionals to learn from national experts about how to navigate an ever-changing fundraising landscape.

“San Diego Foundation is committed to inspiring enduring philanthropy and enabling community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region,” said Mark Stuart, CFRE, President & CEO of SDF. “Through the San Diego Fundraising Conference, we lift up our local nonprofit community and build up its capacity to better serve our region and connect donors with meaningful charitable causes.”

The one-day conference, held on Sept. 20 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in downtown San Diego, is selling out quickly, with early bird registration available at $125 until midnight, May 31; regular registration of $150 will be available until the event sells out or Aug. 30, 2024

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This year’s conference will feature many speakers, including Kim Klein, internationally known as a fundraising consultant, trainer and facilitator, and author of “Fundraising for Social Change,” and Karen Osborne, fundraising expert and Senior Strategist with the Osborne Group, an international nonprofit consultancy.

About Kim Klein

Kim Klein

Kim Klein is internationally known as a consultant, trainer and facilitator. She has been in fundraising for over four decades and has presented workshops in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. She has a certificate in Spiritual Direction and believes the role of nonprofits is to, in the words of Peter Maurin, “create a world in which it is easy to be good.”

She has just completed the 8th edition of her classic book, “Fundraising for Social Change.” This edition is co-authored with Stan Yogi and amplifies examples of organizations and social movements which have demonstrated how raising money from individuals gives organizations maximum power and autonomy.

She recently retired from teaching at the School of Social Welfare at University of California Berkeley and lives in Berkeley with her wife and two cats.

About Karen E. Osborne

Karen E. Osborne

Karen believes in the power of philanthropy, generosity and service. She built her career around these passions not only as a major and principal gifts officer, vice president, speaker, teacher, consultant, and coach, but also as a donor, volunteer and board member.

For 18 of Karen’s 45 professional years, she held leadership positions – Director of Major Gifts, Director of Development and Vice President for College Advancement – at colleges and universities. For the past 27 years, Karen served first as President and now Senior Strategist at The Osborne Group, an international management, consulting and training firm.

Karen enjoys a rich volunteer life. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded her the Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching and Public Speaking, and the Ashmore Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession. In addition to volunteering for professional organizations, she serves as chair of the governing board of Easterseals Florida and volunteers in her community and church.

Karen is also a suspense, historical and mystery writer of several books, including “Getting It Right,” award-winning and best-selling “Tangled Lies,” award-winning “Reckonings,”  and the award-winning, historical suspense, “True Grace,” released September 2023. Her weekly vlog, “What Are You Reading? What Are You Writing?” showcases authors and other creatives.

About the San Diego Fundraising Conference

San Diego Fundraising Conference registration includes access to multiple learning sessions from fundraising professionals; a reusable tote bag with a copy of the book “Fundraising for Social Change” and a water bottle; and a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee throughout the day. The cost of registration represents the fair market value of the conference. For more information or to register, visit

Presented by PNC Bank, the San Diego Fundraising Conference is also supported by sponsors Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Alliant, the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter, Blair Search Partners, BQuest Foundation through SDF, David C. Copley Foundation, The Fund Raising School at Indiana University, Manpower Temporary Services, Moss Adams, Nordson, Peacemakers Fund at SDF, Price Philanthropies, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and University of California San Diego.