Apra Chapter Capture – Q1 2019

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 you can pencil into your schedule.


Apra CARA is gearing up for their annual conference, which will be held for the first time in South Lake Tahoe, California, on May 16 and 17. We have an exciting program slated with speakers from across the country, representing the depth and breadth of the work done in the prospect development field. The chapter will be playing trivia in memoriam of former CARA board member Natalie Larmon. To learn more about the conference and to register check out the website.

Apra Indiana

Registration is now open for Apra Indiana’s Basic & Advanced Skills Workshop on June 4 and 5, 2019, at the Central Library in Indianapolis! Apra Indiana has taken this popular conference and expanded it to two days to include four keynote speakers and two tracks of content for both new and seasoned professionals. The keynote speakers are Ann Emery, Christina Pulawksi, Dee Metaj and Marianne Pelletier. Click here for full event details!

Apra Kansas

The Apra Missouri/Kansas Chapter hosted its annual conference on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis on March 21-22, 2019. It was one of the largest solo conferences ever, with 48 attendees. The conference kicked off with a keynote from former Apra board member Amy Turbes about networking and included multiple educational sessions on research, relationship management and data analytics, as well as a panel of development officers. Thursday evening ended with Apra After Hours karaoke. Much learning and fun was had by everyone! 

Apra Kansas members gather for the chapter's 2019 annual conference.

Apra Northwest

Apra Northwest was very excited to participate in the Chapters Share the Knowledge in February. They did a session on onboarding and offboarding fundraisers and prospect development staff, which will be available for purchase on their website.

In order to provide more information and resources on Apra Northwest's work, the chapter recently created a blog that is open to the public and accessible here: https://apra-nw.org/blog. Submissions have included the building and maintaining of data audits in organizations, research resources with tips and tricks to work more efficiently, and best practices for staff transitions within the prospect development profession. Members have enjoyed reading through these and submitting topics for publication.

Finally, Apra Northwest is excited to announce that their keynote for their conference (May 17, 2019) will be a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, moderated by Elyse Gordon from Philanthropy Northwest. Elyse is the senior program manager and she focuses on how philanthropy can be made more inclusive, equitable and transparent. She is always looking for new ways to bring these values to non-profit organizations, donors, boards and volunteers, and Apra Northwest is excited that she has agreed to lead this thought-provoking conversation at the 2019 Apra-NW conference.

Apra Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh Medical and Health Sciences Foundation will host a research deliverables roundtable on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to provide their questions and suggested discussion topics when they register. Please also consider bringing an example of your current research profile or deliverables (blank or anonymized). Light breakfast will be provided. Registration is available at https://aprapa.wildapricot.org/page-18069.

Winter Programs:

  • Back by popular demand, Apra Pennsylvania again hosted statewide simultaneous happy hours on Wednesday, March 27. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia-based professionals gathered together to network, talk shop and enjoy some warmer weather!
  • Princeton University’s Michael Boyle represented Apra Pennsylvania as part of Apra’s annual Chapters Share the Knowledge. He presented the webinar “Using H1B Data to Determine Salaries” on February 7. The Science History Institute in Philadelphia hosted a watch party during which attendees viewed the webinar together and discussed using H1B visa data in prospect research.
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a roundtable discussion on research deliverables on January 23. The 18 attendees shared templates, procedures and strategies for creating profile, bio and other research deliverables.

Apra Pennsylvania members meet during the Philadelphia Museum of Art roundtable discussion on research deliverables.

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