All over, Apra chapters are organizing events that highlight industry innovation, information and connection. Learn what Apra chapters have been doing this quarter, and discover upcoming events that you can pencil into your schedule.
Apra Canada – Apra Canada now has 200 members in total after sending a second wave of membership dues reminders in September. On October 24, the chapter held its first roundtable session with 30 participants in person and 50 by phone. The University of Toronto hosted the session, and there were three volunteer moderators: Katherine Scott, Sarah Marcotte and Holly Clark. Topics that were requested by members included relationship mapping, pipeline management and capacity ratings. This event was inspired by NEDRA, who shared their think tank concept at the Chapter Leaders Summit in March.
Apra Canada elections took place in November with seven strong candidates putting their names forward for the five vacancies.
Apra Carolinas – Apra Carolinas gathered at UNC-Wilmington on October 5-6 for its fall conference. They learned about UNCW's anatomage table (pictured below) at the pre-conference event, ways to use Excel, a planned giving loyalty program, top indicators of philanthropy, database conversions during a campaign, and utilizing an online form for contact reports.
Congratulations to the 2017 Apra Carolinas award winners, Mary Collin (Professional of the Year) and Beth Inman (Distinguished Service Award). And congratulations to the winners of the Apra Carolinas chapter scholarships for 2018, Dana Green from Lenoir-Rhyne University (Professional Development Scholarship) and Emily Hinz from UNC Charlotte (Road Trip Scholarship).
Apra Metro DC – Apra Metro DC hosted a roundtable discussion on prospect research, relationship management and data analytics on December 6 at The George Washington University. In addition, this past October, the Apra Metro DC hosted a presentation with featured speaker Bond Lammey, managing associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner and Apra International board member, who discussed research resources and tools. The presentation was held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The chapter continues to program events and workshops to provide professional development and networking opportunities to all its members.
Apra Michigan – Apra Michigan had a successful fall conference on November 10 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, around the theme of networking, learning and something new. The keynote speaker was Jason Franklin, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU. He covered trends in philanthropy, giving circles and donor-advised funds from the point of view of a philanthropist, entrepreneur and philanthropy scholar. Attendees also heard from Kristen Hartnagel, a professional sales coach on behavioral styles and how to work with different personality types. In addition, Apra member Scott Brett, assistant director of prospect research and development, talked about his experience as a former development officer in addition to prospect management and prospect research. Finally, there were peer-to-peer presentations from Kelli North at University of Michigan, board member Jackie Carreno and Amelia Bowen from Michigan State University.
Apra Minnesota – Apra Minnesota conducted a small shop skill swap (S4) at Concordia University in St. Paul on November 9. Eighteen members from a range of sectors including healthcare, higher education and community-based organizations gathered in a roundtable fashion to share best practices for single-person and small prospect development shops. This newly minted skill swap series is designed to engage membership on an intimate level; the chapter's first workshop grew organically from membership at its post-conference coffee and conversation meetup this past August. Part of the conversation at S4 included constituent prioritization and methods for managing expectations and time with gift officers and their portfolios. Apra Minnesota looks forward to continuing this series with ideas and topics that grow from membership.
Apra Pennsylvania – Apra Pennsylvania hosted its annual chapter conference on November 6 at the American Bible Society in Philadelphia, sponsored by Target Analytics. Featured speakers included Jesse Croom and James Garcia, representing York College of Pennsylvania, and Nick Sollog of The Sollog Group. The conference featured roundtable discussions (one pictured below) and TED Talk-style sessions shared by the American Bible Society, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation and Wilson College.
In October, Apra Pennsylvania co-hosted a webinar with Apra Carolinas, featuring Kelly Labrecque and Heather Willis of the Helen Brown Group. The webinar addressed real estate ownership, values and trends from two distinct perspectives: the quirks of New York City property and the nuances of farms and ranches.
Apra Wisconsin – Apra Wisconsin held its 2017 fall conference on September 22 at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Amelia Aldred, senior research analyst at the University of Chicago, was the keynote speaker, and she focused on international research. This session prodded attendees to consider the many differing perspectives on philanthropy, privacy, laws, and customs around the world. Apra Wisconsin took a page from Apra Greater New York’s playbook, and held networking roundtables, where they discussed “Think Local/Prospect Local.” They finished the conference with a guided tour of two MPM exhibits: Crossroads of Civilization, and a local favorite, The Streets of Old Milwaukee.
Apra Canada – Apra Canada is currently working on matching their newly elected directors to positions of interest before announcing the 2017/18 board to its membership. Save the date for the bi-annual Apra Canada conference: October 17-19, 2018, in Toronto at the DoubleTree by Hilton. This conference will be led by co-chairs Katherine Scott and Crystal Leochko Johnston. Join as a delegate and/or presenter!
Apra Carolinas – Apra Carolinas are looking forward to their 2018 spring conference — April 13 at Elon University — and their 2018 fall conference — October 19 at University of South Carolina.
Apra Indiana – Apra Indiana is currently working to reinstate a scholarship for Apra Indiana members that will cover the cost of any Apra-affiliated conference registration as well as a one-year membership with Apra International. This scholarship will be based on merit and financial need.