Darian Rodriguez Heyman


“I commend you for your work toward creating positive change in the world, whether as a Commissioner, Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, or member of the Board of Directors on Project Ahimsa. Your dedicated community service and commitment is praiseworthy.” —Gavin Newsom, Former Mayor of the City & County of San Francisco

Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an inspiring, dynamic visionary committed to supporting and connecting tomorrow’s nonprofit, business, and environmental leaders. Heyman previously served as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation (2004–2008) and creator of its Nonprofit Boot Camp, where he worked to advance not just one cause or organization, but the effectiveness of the entire nonprofit sector. Today, Heyman continues his efforts to inspire leaders to action and connect professionals to the resources and best practices they need to build a better world through frequent keynotes and public speaking appearances around the world.

Heyman’s best-selling book, Nonprofit Management 101, has been hailed as the bible of nonprofit leadership, and his second book, Nonprofit Fundraising 101 (Wiley & Sons), the first truly comprehensive and practical guide to raising money for your cause, launched as the #1 new nonprofit release on Amazon.com and quickly reached best-seller status. He co-founded Social Media for Nonprofits (www.SM4NP.org), the world’s only conference series devoted to social media for social good, actively advises the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, and was appointed as a Commissioner for the Environment by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, where he helped pass the largest solar rebate program in the country. Heyman started his career by co-founding Beyond Interactive, the fastest growing digital advertising agency during the dot com boom,
which peaked at almost 400 employees in more than 20 countries after its sale to Grey Advertising, now WPP. Most recently, Heyman co-founded the mobile startup, Sparrow: Mobile for All, which partners with nonprofits and government agencies serving the poor to power their mobile campaigns.

Heyman has delivered keynotes alongside the likes of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Apple Founder Steve Wozniak, presidential candidate Ralph Nader, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang. He co-hosted both TEDxSoMa and TEDxPresidio, with a focus on the future of social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, and enjoys MCing conferences and creating an educational framework across the various sessions. He has led youth leadership, civil society, and green economy summits for the United Nations Environmental Programme, and has keynoted in Kenya, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, India, Australia, New Zealand and all over the US, including engagements for the State Department, Independent Sector, the Kellogg Foundation, AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals), the Grant Professionals Association, and Conference of Southwest Foundations, and a wide range of state nonprofit associations and universities.

Darian is an incredibly engaging speaker that always leaves his audiences with actionable insights and useful resources, ensuring they’re able to work more effectively and efficiently after his talks. He brings energy and interactivity to any program, covering a wide range of topics from social media and mobile to fundraising, board development, social entrepreneurship, the green economy, effective storytelling and messaging, next generation leadership, and innovative trends in philanthropy and social change. Candid, light-hearted, and right-on-target, audiences find him inspirational and provocative as Heyman delivers insights, trends, and useful tools and approaches to emerging and established audiences of nonprofit decision-makers, board members, foundation executives, philanthropists, and NGO staffers, as well socially responsible business leaders and youth. No matter whom he addresses, Darian always looks to build on his history of helping people with visions of a better world make them real.

“Darian has a wonderful ability to engage an audience and convey complicated concepts in a way that people can easily grasp. His dynamic style juxtaposed perfectly next to co-presenter Ralph Nader, and our audience left educated, inspired, and grasping
for more.” —James Barood, Speaker Program Director, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Heyman specializes in interactive programming— creating dynamic environments for learning. He has facilitated executive roundtables, moderated panels, and presented workshops and seminars to groups ranging in size from intimate circles of ten to jam-packed keynote auditoriums of 2,000.


Tr e n d s i n P h i l a n t h r o p y & S o c i a l I n n o v a t i o n : How can nonprofits and foundations navigate through these challenging economic times, and in so doing capitalize on some of the most exciting trends to face our sector, including social entrepreneurship, social media, mobile, and next generation leadership? Heyman delivers helpful resources and keen insights into how the landscape is changing, and how to seize related opportunities.

So c i a l M e d i a f o r So c i a l G o od : Facebook is now the equivalent of the third biggest country on the globe, and is growing at a rate equal to the subscription base of the LA Times every day. In a world where user-generated content is king, how can social benefit organizations use the power of Twitter, YouTube, and other “Web 2.0” powerhouses to raise funds, connect with constituents, and advance their missions?

To p Te n F u n d r a i s i n g Ti p s : Darian shares practical, tactical solutions from his book that help nonprofit leaders get dollars in the door. In this interactive workshop, which has been received incredibly well at dozens of venues across the world, Heyman provides concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, earned income, and online and peer-to-peer campaigns.

So l u t i o n Sa l o n s : Transcending the traditional monologue-driven approach to public speaking, Heyman specializes in engaging leaders in interactive, dialog-based executive roundtables designed to untap the power of live gatherings and encourage community building through resource sharing. In these real-time “thinkubators,” participants each share brief introductions and overview the most significant challenge facing their efforts, followed by a dynamic exchange of ideas, contacts, tools, and experiences.

So Y o u W a n n a b e a So c i a l E n t r e p r e n e u r ? : There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the term, but what exactly does it mean, and what does it look like in the real world? Heyman reviews the characteristics that differentiate leading social entrepreneurs from their peers, and conveys the “tips for success” needed when applying innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset to social change work.

Ne x t G e n e r a t i o n L e a d e r s h i p : With approximately 78 million Baby Boomers retiring, only 38 million Generation Xers to replace them, and with over 1.5 million 501(c)(3) organizations now registered in the USA, many people are concerned of a looming leadership vacuum in the nonprofit sector. What can and ought to be done to increase the flow of new leaders, retain and support our talent, engage the Boomers, and promote collaboration and alternatives to starting new organizations?

Ho n i n g Y o u r E l e v a t o r P i t c h – O n l in e a n d I n P er so n : In a world where attention spans continue to shrink, how can you set your cause apart in both conversations and email campaigns? Heyman presents an interactive workshop, where participants share their passions and pitch as he remixes them in real time and offers actionable insights on how to frame messaging in a way that’s compelling, concise, and contagious.

For booking inquiries please contact Darian Rodriguez Hey man directly at darian@darianhe yman.com or (415) 637 – 5062.

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