For Jodi McLaughlin, MLIS, a lack of a professional community to turn toward for assistance while building a team made her feel like she was floundering — until she got involved with the Apra Pennsylvania Chapter. Hear her story on how local chapter involvement reinvigorated her passion for prospect development. Read the feature.

Managing Parents as Prospects: Automated Scoring and Prospect Management
By Alex Fujita Brandhorst and Michelle Zad-Langan, University of Denver
For colleges, it’s important to identify and build relationships with the incoming class’s parent prospects, however, this can be a time-consuming task. Learn how members of the University of Denver Advancement Team created an automated system to quickly and efficiently identify top prospects.

Learning All I Can: A Self-Proclaimed Newbie’s Journey From Prospect Development and Fundraising to Prospect Research
By Samantha L. Kafka, CHI Health Foundation
A new job always comes with challenges. For Samantha L. Kafka, starting a new opportunity as a prospect researcher was, and still is, a big learning curve as she previously worked in prospect development and fundraising. Read on to hear her story about the transition and what she has learned.

Learning by Doing: Apra’s Inaugural Data Science Dashboard Challenge
By Michael Pawlus, University of Southern California
Apra recently held its very first data science challenge where participants were given a shared dataset and tasked with designing a dashboard. Hear from the winners about the challenge, working in teams and takeaways from participating.