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We enjoy engaging with philanthropic professionals and often speak at national conferences, seminars and public events. View our events schedule and latest news to see what the Dini Spheris team is up to.

News

AT&T Performing Arts Center Offered $12M by Moody Foundation

The Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2017

Congratulations to our former client, AT&T Performing Arts Center (ATTPAC), the recipient of $12 million from the Galveston-based Moody Foundation.

Kirsten Cameron Schachter to Join Dini Spheris


March 28, 2017

The Board of Directors of Dini Spheris is pleased to announce that Kirsten Cameron Schachter will join the firm as a Senior Consultant on April 17, 2017. Kirste...

Cynthia Colbert Riley to Join Dini Spheris


March 13, 2017

The Board of Directors of Dini Spheris is pleased to announce that Cynthia Colbert Riley will join the firm as a Senior Consultant on July 1, 2017. Cynthia has ...

Resource Center Dallas Exceeds Campaign Goal


February 7, 2017

Congratulations to our client, Resource Center Dallas for exceeding its campaign goal!

Dini Spheris Offers Development Best Practices Series


January 3, 2017

At Dini Spheris, we know a strategic fundraising program is a necessary ingredient for success, which is why we are so excited to partner with United Way of Gre...

Dallas Holocaust Museum Announces New Home in West End

D Magazine
October 27, 2016

The Dallas Holocaust Museum recently announced details of plans to build a new facility in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas. The new 50,000 squ...

Sheridan Joslin, Principal, Moves to Dini Spheris Dallas Office


June 1, 2016

It is with great enthusiasm that Dini Spheris, principal and fundraising consultant, Sheridan Joslin relocates to the Dallas regional office of Dini Spheris. Fo...

Dini Spheris Founder, Dick Dini, Rest in Peace


May 23, 2016

It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the news that our firm’s founder, Richard “Dick” Dini, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 21. Mr. Dini was a ge...

Resource Center Moves into New Building


May 23, 2016

Congratulations to Resource Center on the Grand Opening of its new LGBT Community Center...

Notre Dame School Celebrates Its Donors and Receives Blessing of the Building


April 26, 2016

On April 20, Notre Dame School celebrated its “Hearts and Hammers” campaign by inviting the major donors to tour the renovated building which has be...

Dini Spheris Principal David Jones to become CEO of George Bush Presidential Library Foundation


April 20, 2016

It is with great pride that Dini Spheris bids farewell to longstanding Board member, principal and consultant, David Jones. David came to Dini Spheris 28 years ...

Star of Hope Mission Breaks Ground for New Cornerstone Community℠ Campus


April 7, 2016

  Congratulations to Star of Hope, Houston’s premiere service provider to homeless men, women and families, on the groundbreaking for the exciting new Co...

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Exceeds its Campaign Goal


March 8, 2016

Congratulations to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on exceeding its campaign goal.  In addition to exceeding its goal, Tobin Center also announced a w...

Dallas Zoo Begins Construction on $13.5 Million Hippo Habitat

Dallas Zoo Blog
February 26, 2016

Construction on the 3.5-acre Simmons Hippo Outpost at the Dallas Zoo has begun.  The immersive waterhole habitat will include a giant underwater viewing area. ...

Notre Dame School of Dallas Recipient of Crystal Charity Ball

Notre Dame School Blog
February 10, 2016

Notre Dame School of Dallas is proud to be one of only seven beneficiaries of the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball.  Notre Dame School requested $676,020 in support o...

Construction on New Camp Strake to Begin Soon

The Observer
January 21, 2016

By Jacob McAdams Representatives of the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts presented plans for the new Camp Strake in San Jacinto County at the first Coldspring/San Ja...

Mosbacher Bridge Dedication

Houston Chronicle
January 20, 2016

David Jones, Principal for Dini Spheris, served as a member of the coordinating committee for the Mosbacher bridge project. The dedication of ‘Mosbacher Brid...

Congress Approves Permanent IRA Charitable Rollover

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
December 18, 2015

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) is pleased to announce that Congress has officially approved tax legislation that will permanently extend the IRA C...

Notre Dame School of Dallas Campaign Reaches 90% Completion

The Dallas Morning News
November 8, 2015

Congratulations to our client, Notre Dame School of Dallas for reaching 90% completion in their Hearts and Hammers Campaign ...

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Announces $73.1 million Raised


November 4, 2015

On November 3, 2015, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio announced its $80 million Putting Children First campaign was moving into its public phase. The ca...

Events

June 15, 2017

2017 AHP Big Ideas Conference

Time:8:00 AM

Location: Arizona Grand Resort and Spa
8000 South Arizona Grand Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85044

AHP Big Ideas Conference will be held on June 15-17, 2017. This is the fourth year for AHP to host its Big Ideas Conference. The conference is designed to help ...

May 19, 2017

2017 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference

Time:8:15 AM

Location: Irving Convention Center
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75039

Dini Spheris is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference. This conference provides a great opportunity to learn and network with ...

April 25, 2017

Campaign Planning and Management Course

Time:9:00 AM

Location: Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Rice University 6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1827

On April 25, Holly Lang and Nicole McWhorter will discuss campaign planning and management in this full day course. Attendees will learn about all aspects of la...

March 7, 2017

Series Session 6 – The Donor Cycle: Prospect Stages and Methods

Time:9:00 AM

Location: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Dini Spheris partners with United Way to offer the six-part series, “Development Best Practices: Taking your Development Program to the Next Level.”

March 1, 2017

Series Session 5 – The Development Plan: Shaping Strategy, Goals and Actions

Time:9:00 AM

Location: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Dini Spheris partners with United Way to offer the six-part series, “Development Best Practices: Taking your Development Program to the Next Level.”

February 21, 2017

Series Session 4 – Infrastructure: Ensuring Efficient Capacity, Resources and Operations

Time:9:00 AM

Location: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Dini Spheris partners with United Way to offer the six-part series, “Development Best Practices: Taking your Development Program to the Next Level.”

February 17, 2017

State of Philanthropy in 2017 – Effecting Change in Uncertain Times

Time:11:00 AM

Location: The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

On February 17, 2017, please join us at the AFP Educational session where M. Anne Murphy will be speaking about the State of Philanthropy in 2017 – Effec...

February 16, 2017

The Art of Fundraising I: Prospects and Databases

Time:6:00 PM

Location: Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - Rice Campus
6100 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

On February 16, 2017, Rebecca Lamb, CFRE, along with Kaiti Kling of Baylor College of Medicine, will be teaching “The Art of Fundraising I: Prospects and...

February 7, 2017

Series Session 3 – Staffing: Effective Utilization of Fundraising Teams

Time:9:00 AM

Location: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Dini Spheris partners with United Way to offer the six-part series, “Development Best Practices: Taking your Development Program to the Next Level.”

February 1, 2017

Series Session 2 – Leadership: Board Governance and Development Volunteers

Time:9:00 AM

Location: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Dini Spheris partners with United Way to offer the six-part series, “Development Best Practices: Taking your Development Program to the Next Level.”

January 24, 2017

Series Session 1 – Philanthropy 101: Fundamental Elements of Strong Fundraising

Time:9:00 AM

Location: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Dini Spheris partners with United Way to offer the six-part series, “Development Best Practices: Taking your Development Program to the Next Level.”

November 18, 2016

AFP Greater Dallas Chapter 2016 National Philanthropy Day

Time:12:00 PM

Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Landmark Ballroom
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207

We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 AFP Greater Dallas Chapter National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon being held on Friday, November 18, 2016. National ...

November 17, 2016

AFP Greater Houston Chapter 2016 National Philanthropy Day

Time:11:30 AM

Location: Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010

We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 AFP Greater Houston Chapter National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon being held on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Nation...

November 16, 2016

AFP Permian Basin Chapter Monthly Luncheon

Time:12:00 PM

Location: Atmos Energy Building - Fischer Community Room
2304 Loop 40
Midland, TX 79706

On November 16, 2016, Dini Spheris Principal, Michelle Buchanan, will be speaking at the AFP Permian Basin Chapter November lunch and learn program. Michelle wi...

2016 Power Tools for Nonprofits Conference

Time:7:45 AM

Location: NRG Center
One NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054

Join us on November 16, 2016 at the 2016 Power Tools for Nonprofits Conference being held at NRG Center. Holly Lang and Rebecca Lamb, CFRE will be speaking on &...

November 15, 2016

AFP Permian Basin Chapter 2016 National Philanthropy Day

Time:11:30 AM

Location: The Petroleum Club of Midland
501 West Wall Street
Midland, TX 79701

Dini Spheris Principal, Michelle Buchanan, has been invited to be the guest speaker at the 2016 AFP Permian Basin Chapter National Philanthropy Day awards lunch...

November 10, 2016

AFP Colorado Chapter 2016 National Philanthropy Day

Time:11:00 AM

Location: Denver Center Theater Complex - Seawell Ballroom
1101 13th Street
Denver, CO 80204

We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 AFP Colorado Chapter National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon being held on Thursday, November 10, 2016. National Phi...

October 26, 2016

2016 AHP Annual International Conference

Time:8:00 AM

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, TX 60601

Dini Spheris Principal, Michelle Buchanan will be speaking at the 2016 Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Annual International Conference in Chicago,...

September 8, 2016

Colorado AFP Chapter 2016 Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute Annual Conference

Time:2:00 PM

Location: Beaver Run Resort
620 Village Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Dini Spheris is a proud sponsor of the Colorado AFP Chapter’s 2016 Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute (RMPI) Annual Conference on September 8-9, 2016. ...

August 24, 2016

Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable Summer Symposium

Time:8:30 AM

Location: The Inverness Hotel & Golf Club
200 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, CO 80112

Dini Spheris is proud to be a sponsor of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable’s 28th Annual Summer Symposium being held on August 24 and 25. Whether you...