Apra Connections Chapter Capture — Q1 2021

All over, Apra chapters are organizing events that highlight industry innovation, information and connection. Check out what Apra chapters have been doing this quarter, and discover upcoming events you can pencil into your schedule. 

Apra Carolinas

Apra Carolinas is off to a running start in 2021! In January, the board gathered over Zoom for a half-day planning session, looking at the year ahead and creating new ideas to bring professional development to colleagues in the Carolinas.


We created the new Membership Scholarship to provide a free year of membership to professionals who may not be able to cover dues for our chapter. We also accepted applications for our Road Trip Grant and Professional Development Scholarship, both of which will be announced in April.


In Q1 we held three chapter events: a game night, an Excel Wrestling 101 webinar and a book discussion on “The Mental Toughness Handbook.”

We are thrilled to host the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, alongside Apra Virginia (Apra-VA), Apra Metro DC, Apra Maryland (Apra-MD) and Apra Pennsylvania (Apra-PN). The conference will take place April 12-16 and showcase talent from within each of the chapters.

We will also be hosting a post-conference coffee chat for anyone who wants to attend, with a roundtable discussion the following month. Subsequent to the chapter leaders’ summit, we plan to ensure our webinars use live transcription to make them more accessible.


Our blog post, “The Best Things in Life are Free!,” about free resources has been a hit and contains a categorized list of our board members’ favorite resources, including new ways to use some old favorites.

We encourage you all to follow our brand new LinkedIn page to stay up to date on all our chapter news.  

Apra Indiana

Apra Indiana has offered free memberships for the 2021 calendar year and has seen great results. We have 120 active members (up from 79 members in December 2020), 52 new members who joined in the past two months (including 38 members from outside Indiana) and two new mentorship requests. Additionally, we are offering a free professional development workshop series on StrengthsFinder, which runs every month from February through June. There are currently 52 participants from more than 10 states, and even a participant in Israel!

Apra Metro DC

To kick off Q1, we hosted our annual conference in early March. Over three days we offered eight sessions, including a trivia networking event. Session topics covered Power BI, data analytics, maintaining team relations remotely and diversity in fundraising. We had 37 attendees and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the event.

To provide more value to our members, we have also added all of our previously recorded webinars to our website’s member resources page.

Even though our annual conference has ended, we are still committed to providing virtual events for our members, including:

  • Tips and Tricks to Search the SEC.gov Website for the Prospect Researcher: Join us on April 6 to learn helpful techniques for navigating the SEC.gov website. This virtual webinar is presented by Roger Magnus, owner of Roger Magnus Research. Register here.
  • Apra Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2021: From April 12-16, we will be co-hosting five days of sessions from experts throughout the region to share. Admission is free for members of Apra Metro DC, Apra-MD, Apra-PA, Apra-VA and Apra Carolinas. If you are not a member but would like to attend the conference, consider joining Apra Metro DC today.
  • Annual business meeting: On April 22 we will host our virtual business meeting. We’ll review the chapter’s programming accomplishments, financial standing and strategic vision, among other topics. A big announcement about the Daniel H. Greeley Memorial Scholarship will also be shared. Everyone is invited to attend ― register here.

We would also like to congratulate Anissa Holmes of the Smithsonian Institution, who was the winner of our membership drive. In November, we announced that individuals who were members at any point in 2020 were provided free membership for 2021. We also announced a membership raffle, where if members referred someone to join, the referrer was entered into a raffle to win either Apra International Membership or $200 toward the professional development of their choice. Congratulations Anissa!

The chapter is also seeking volunteers to support specific membership, programming and communications efforts. All levels of experience and availability are welcome — we're looking for individuals who are passionate about philanthropy and want to get more involved with our community! For more information, contact Alex Heyer.

 Did you know Apra has 29 chapters across the United States, Canada and Australia? To learn more about your local chapter and membership opportunities, visit our Apra Chapters page here.

Apra Minnesota (Apra-MN)

Apra-MN is moving full speed ahead (virtually!) in 2021. Joining forces with Apra Great Plains and Apra Missouri/Kansas, Apra-MN has filled the calendar with lunch and learns, weekly coffee chats and a spring virtual day of learning on April 21, presented in partnership with iWave. These chapter partnerships allow us to share resources, offer more programming and provide new educational and networking opportunities. More upcoming events can be found here.

Apra-MN is also pleased to offer three grant/scholarship awards for our Professional Development Grant and scholarships to our conferences. Apply here.

Lastly, Apra-MN is excited to develop a three-year strategic plan. This is a great opportunity to get involved and add some volunteer experience to your resume. For information on how to join, email Alisa Lamont at alamont@apra-mn.org.

New England Development Research Association (NEDRA)

We kicked off the new year with our popular High Finance course and continued to offer additional programming on various topics, including cryptocurrency, international research, data analytics and metrics. We also hosted our first podcast and discussion program, focusing on Planet Money’s podcast “We Set Up An Offshore Company in a Tax Haven.”

We are currently working on our annual conference, which will be held online May 13-14. We have excellent speakers and sessions lined up and are excited for our two keynotes, as well. These will be announced soon!

Apra New York (Apra-NY)

Greetings from Upstate New York! Our chapter’s mantra is “Share the Knowledge” and the board is taking this to heart. In 2021, we remain committed to creating robust and affordable programming, both virtually and in person when it’s safe. Q1 events included:

  • A January webinar (free for members/nonmembers): APRA-NY Board Member Kristina Gropper spoke on the topic of art collections and collectors to 100+ registrants.
  • A February webinar (free for members/nonmembers): The research team from Shriners Hospitals for Children spoke on how to build a prospect research team to 150+ registrants.
  • A half-day conference: On March 18, we welcomed more than 200 attendees from around the globe to join us for a virtual conference.

Looking ahead, members can expect:

  • Monthly educational webinars
  • Monthly digital newsletters including industry news, trainings and information
  • Virtual networking opportunities

We are busy planning the chapter’s first multi-day hybrid conference scheduled for Oct. 13-15 in Utica, New York. More information can be found here.

Wishing all our fellow Apra chapters a happy and healthy start to spring!

Apra Utah

Apra Utah is embarking on more robust programming and cross-chapter initiatives that have our members excited. In January we welcomed a new board:

  • Tim Wilson (Intermountain Healthcare), former NEDRA board member, president
  • Masha McFadden (University of Utah), vice president
  • Mary Zinn (Memorial Sloan-Kettering), secretary
  • Katie Scott (Utah Valley University), treasurer

This is the first time in many years that Apra Utah has had four board leadership roles, a healthy sign of chapter progress and meeting additional chapter needs. Additionally, our chapter’s revised website is set to launch in early spring 2021. This will bring us in line with other Apra chapters’ online presence. We also plan on having newsletters highlighting industry resources, news and new member spotlights.    

On March 19, we participated in our first cross-chapter event with Apra Rocky Mountains (Apra-RM), who welcomed us as co-presenters to their roundtable on database conversions. Our chapters’ leaders met once in January and have continued discussing future collaborative initiatives.

Apra Utah’s next semi-annual conference will be Friday, April 23. Our keynote will be Randall Hallett, CEO and founder of Hallett Philanthropy. Randall, who has spent his career in philanthropy, will discuss emerging trends in the role that artificial intelligence plays in development. We warmly welcome neighboring Intermountain West chapters to our conference, with the possibility of future conferences being open to additional Apra chapters.

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