Apra’s turning 30! This year marks Apra’s big 30th Anniversary, and that calls for some celebrating.
The Connections team has reached out to Apra members who have dedicated years to the organization and asked them a few questions regarding all things Apra: past, present and future.
Michael Quevli is a former Apra president (2012) and a senior consultant with Target Analytics, a Blackbaud company. He has been with Apra since 1996, and shared with us, “I would not be where I am today had I not joined Apra and became actively involved.” See what Quevli has to say about Apra, his professional career in prospect research and Twitter.
- Connections: When did you begin in prospect development, and when did you join Apra?
Quevli: I started in 1996 and joined Apra the same year.
- How have you seen prospect development change throughout your tenure?
The change has been, at the very least, extraordinary. I remember when it was always recommended to say that an organization did prospect research, and when all we provided back was data. Now, pretty much all organizations try to find some way to do prospect development, and we have a seat at the table for strategy sessions. The other major point is the technology — no other area in fundraising has changed so drastically as prospect development. This is why it is essential that prospect development is a vital key in everyone’s budget.
- What elements of prospect development have remained constant during the time in which you have worked?
Ethics has always played a strong key, as well as collaboration between our group.
- How has Apra benefitted you — professionally and/or personally — since you have been a member?
I would not be where I am today had I not joined Apra and became actively involved. If someone would have told me when I joined in 1996 that in 2012 I would be president of Apra, I would have thought they were crazy. It has and continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences. Personally, I have definitely grown in self-confidence and gained a network of friends to whom I know I can always reach out.
- Do you have any predictions for the next five to 10 years of prospect development?
If it has been anything like that last five to 10 years, it can be almost limitless. We will continue to gain respect and be a major player in the fundraising success of organizations.
- How has your work been affected by technological advances?
As I stated earlier, it is truly remarkable where we came from. We operated from books and spreadsheets, and now everything is at your fingertips. Access to data and analysis has greatly increased, along with how quickly you can receive and report that data.
- Currently, we are soliciting Apra stories from members via the hashtag #MyApraStory. Do you have an Apra story you would like to share?
I don’t tweet yet, but that is my goal for this year.