Dini Spheris is the latest evolution of an idea that began in 1969 in Houston, Texas. Then 30-something consultant Richard F. Dini, having led Rice University through its first successful capital campaign, decided the Southwest should enjoy the benefits of a regionally based consulting firm, so he established R.F. Dini and Associates.

In 1994, the firm became Dini Partners. Over the next 17 years, Dini Partners flourished and expanded the ranks of the firm’s owners and partners. In 2011, the firm leaders made a bold decision – the partner-owners transformed the company into an employee-owned enterprise.

Today, Dini Spheris is a name that reflects the composite strength and dedication of every employee-owner. And for our clients, Dini Spheris means an unwavering commitment to success and the confidence that you have our support every step of the way. Today, we continue our tradition of excellence and results in fundraising.

The Dini Spheris 2024 Virtual Fundraising Bootcamp is a one-hour, once-a-month series (11:30 AM – 12:30 AM) running from January to November hosted by nonprofit fundraising consultants, Dini Spheris. Through the series, professionals from the Dini Spheris team will guide participants down the path toward fundraising excellence by exploring strategies, methods, and best practices for organizations big and small to incorporate into their portfolios.


The 2024 schedule is as follows:

  • January 30, Introduction to Fundraising Essentials Bootcamp
  • February 27, Qualifying New Prospects and Initial Outreach
  • March 12, Language that Works in Philanthropy
  • April 30, Developing Effective Prospect and Donor Strategies
  • May 28, Strengthening the Ask and Deepening Donor Understanding
  • June 25, Managing and Prioritizing Portfolios
  • July 30, Focus on Prioritization and Effective Strategies
  • August 27, Emerging Trends in Philanthropy
  • September 24, Compelling Partnership Language and Effective Ask Techniques
  • October 29, Advancing Portfolio Management Skills
  • November 19, Wrap-Up and Application of Learnings

Following each Dini Spheris 2024 Virtual Fundraising Bootcamp training is a thirty-minute opportunity (12:30 PM – 1:00 PM) called “Dial an Expert”. The Dial an Expert Program allows training attendees to contact an experienced member of the Dini Spheris team that can provide guidance for singular situations or answer further questions. Note, this program is not designed to provide answers to complex problems or be utilized for capital campaign or strategic planning efforts.


The Dial an Expert Program for 2024 follows the same schedule as the Virtual Fundraising Bootcamp:

  • January 30
  • February 27
  • March 12
  • April 30
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 30
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29
  • November 19