Welcome to the next step in the evolution of Apra! The new online format for Connections is a great example of the way Apra is evolving to meet the needs of our members in the ever-changing landscape of philanthropy and prospect development.
By now, I hope you are familiar with Apra’s new look. This new format, our new visual branding and website design were the result of feedback from members like you. We’ve been listening through focus groups, conversations on PRSPCT-L, email and social media about the kinds of content you are looking for. An online home for Connections not only gives us another way to deliver intelligence to members, it also provides another forum for showcasing the intelligence and experience of the thought leaders in our profession.
I am thrilled with the result and look forward to hearing from you, not only on how we are doing, but on what great thought leadership you will be providing us in the future.
2017 is Apra’s 30th anniversary, and there will be even more ways to participate. We'll be kicking off #MyApraStory in March to collect your favorite Apra moments. I am looking forward to hearing all of your stories — whether you have been a member for three months or 30 years. This organization has changed a great deal since our inception, and we will continue to evolve.
A truly engaged membership is the lifeblood of any organization, and I am proud to say that Apra members are some of the most passionate that I have ever encountered. Thank you all so much for your commitment to making our organization better and continuing to give us your input.
Jill Meister is director of prospect research and management at the University of New Hampshire, and the 2017 Apra president.