Developing Development Program

Providing you the resources and tools to help in your organization’s long-term success.


DDP is an 8-month+ fund development program designed to help organizations build the tools and strategies they need to deliver their organization’s fundraising goals and empower the communities they serve. With guidance from a dedicated coach, organizations have the opportunity to find solutions to their specific development challenges. Going into its 18th consecutive year, DDP is the only program in our region that brings together both staff and board members to create and implement a robust fund development plan.

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DDP 2023

This year’s Developing Development Program (DDP) curriculum is designed to recognize the need for both immediate fundraising strategies and to rebuild fund development practices for long-term financial security. Through customized approaches, participants will have the opportunity to apply fundraising best practices in a way that is relevant to the culture of their organizations, the communities they serve, and the unique opportunities and challenges of the current moment.

With more discussions happening around what the “new normal” will be, the space we create in DDP will help you strengthen your organization in order to help shape what positive social impact will look like for years to come.

What You’ll Get

Developing Development Program (DDP) is a complete training and coaching experience for up to four members of your staff and board.

  • Custom coaching for your team focused on driving a fund development and relationship-building strategy
  • 6 training sessions for up to four staff and board members — you can rotate participants throughout the program
  • Detailed assessment of your fund development program
  • Relationship-building tools and creative practices to apply towards your long-term fund development goals
  • A supportive and collaborative cohort of nonprofit peers
What You’ll Learn

DDP will prepare you with practical tools to build a dynamic development strategy and learn how to seize opportunities for your organization. You and your team will learn how to map the path forward amid an evolving nonprofit landscape. Topics for DDP 2023 include:

  • Building a team-based approach to fund development
  • Engaging your board leadership in fund development
  • Writing your fund development plan
  • Developing your case for support
  • Making the ask including how to motivate contributors to make “stretch” gifts
What sets DPP apart?


  • Your organization will be matched with an executive-level consultant who will work with your entire DDP team of staff and board members for 8 months. As your coach, your consultant will provide a comprehensive Fund Development Assessment of your existing fund development program after completing a series of stakeholder interviews and analyzing your data, guide you through key development benchmarks for a diversified fundraising portfolio and, most importantly, support you in implementing a customized Fund Development Plan. With the guidance of your consultant, you will complete various projects throughout the program, including preparing for and making “the ask” to key individual donors.

Class Training

  • Good stewardship depends on your entire team, not just one or two individuals. Participants will explore diverse fund development topics focused on individual giving and sustainability. DDP participants are encouraged to invite up to four staff and board members to each session. We recommend that participants include the Executive Director, a development staff member, and at least one board member. You may rotate participants throughout the program.

Peer Learning

  • You will join a diverse cohort of fellow nonprofit leaders and board members to form a supportive and confidential forum in which to share knowledge and personal experiences and to explore new strategies for dealing with challenging situations. Together, you will learn to communicate your nonprofit’s evolving priorities and positive social impact to your supporters.

Program Fees

Special rate thanks to our generous program sponsors Wells Fargo and Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation.

The full program value of $7,500 has been partially underwritten by our generous sponsors.

Up to four staff and board members can attend each session of the 8-month program:

  • Early Bird Fee: $2,500/organization
  • General Fee: $2,750/organization

Fees are due only after acceptance into the program.


Apply through our online form below and contact Meghan Maloney, Associate Director of Volunteers and Cohort Programs, at [email protected], (213) 613-9103 x 119 with any questions.

Upon receipt of application, you will be contacted to schedule a video interview via Zoom.

We have limited partial sponsorships available to organizations that qualify based on mission and area of focus. Any sponsorships that you are eligible for will be awarded upon acceptance into DDP.
Please inquire further when you apply.
2023 Schedule

While the majority of sessions will be held on Zoom, please note that some DDP sessions will now be held in-person at The California Endowment building in Downtown Los Angeles. Public health guidelines will be adhered to throughout the program and adjustments will be made accordingly. These sessions will start from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. P.S.T. You may bring all four members to each session.

Organization-Coach matching and program pre-work will begin in February 2023.

  • Wednesday March 29, 2023 (in person)
  • Wednesday April 26, 2023
  • Wednesday May 24, 2023
  • Wednesday June 21, 2023
  • Wednesday July 26, 2023
  • Wednesday September 27, 2023 (in person)

Coaching will continue through October 2023 to support implementation of your newly-minted development plans!

Questions? Want to Know More?

For more information, please contact Meghan Maloney, Associate Director of Volunteers and Cohort Programs, at [email protected], (213) 613-9103 x 119.

DDP Clients

Before joining the DDP program, our strategy was based on throwing shots in the dark on how to approach development; it wasn’t consistent. DDP helped our staff to learn some best practices, putting together for the first time ever an advisory board that will really engage donors at the local level of our national organization.

Shimica Gaskins
Children’s Defense Fund – California

DDP provided a space for board members to broaden their perspective on fund development and to realize it was not the responsibility of just one person, but up to an entire team of staff and board members. We learned how important it was to cultivate our base of loyal donors, and not neglect them. This was helpful when the COVID-19 pandemic hit because it allowed us to secure funding that was not budgeted and continue providing resources for our families during this unprecedented crisis. It was an eye-opening experience!

Patricia Siqueiros
Variety Boys and Girls Club

Video Testimonials

Recent DDP Cohorts

2021 – 2022

  • Adelante Youth Alliance
  • CLUE: Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice
  • MY HERO Project
  • North East Trees
  • Outward Bound Adventures
  • Safe Place for Youth

2020 – 2021

  • Arlington Garden in Pasadena
  • CASA of Los Angeles
  • Downtown Women’s Center
  • Innovative Housing Opportunities
  • Los Angeles Parks Foundation
  • Sun Valley Museum of Art
  • Wishtoyo Foundation


  • Brave Trails
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Equality California
  • First Congregational Church Los Angeles
  • Jewish Women’s Theatre
  • Korean American Family Services
  • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center
  • PLUS ME Project
  • Valley Jewish Community Center
  • Variety Boys & Girls Club
  • Young Storytellers Foundation
  • YCWA of San Gabriel Valley