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Diving In
By Amy Modin, CommonSpirit Health
After entering the prospect development field four years ago, Karrie Swanson has been diving into various aspects of Apra including webinars and conferences. Now she’s embarking on a new chapter of involvement — a SWARO regional chair. Learn more about Karrie and her new role in this Zoom interview.

Editor’s Message: A Year Like No Other
By Jessica Balsam, University of Washington, Apra Editorial Advisory Committee Chair
From the COVID-19 pandemic altering how prospect development professionals partner with frontline fundraisers to conversations on race in fundraising being brought to the forefront, Apra members faced many challenges throughout 2020. But through it all, they still found time to reach out, develop and produce thoughtful pieces for Connections. Learn more about 2020’s top articles — and related bonus reading — in this message from Apra EAC Chair Jessica Balsam.

Apra Reviews: ‘Philantherapy — Tales From Your Fundraising Therapist,' a Podcast by David Garamella
By Emma Aguirre, Texas Tech University
In this edition of Apra Reviews, Emma Aguirre reviews “Philantherapy — Tales From Your Fundraising Therapist,” a podcast by David Garmella in which he interviews leaders in nonprofits about challenges in fundraising.

Reflections on the Adventure of Philanthropy: Q&A
By Jeffrey A. (Jeff) Walker, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)
After working more than 30 years in philanthropy, Laura Worcester recently retired. Learn more about her start in the industry, where she sees philanthropy going in the future and the valuable lessons she learned over the years in this Q&A.