Apra Connections Chapter Capture — Q2 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 Canada

Apra Canada is celebrating a record number of members! We're at an all-time high of 263, which is an increase of 24% from the previous year. 

As well, on June 10th, we launched our inaugural Discovery Series - a full week of virtual lunch-and-learn sessions designed to fit into busy schedules and boost professional skill sets. More than 200 people have registered for sessions covering prospect research fundamentals, building your personal brand, creating a culture of accountability, communicating in an engaging way and a book discussion on Simon Sinek's "Start with Why." 

Apra Carolinas

Apra Carolinas’ Fall Conference will be held Friday, October 11 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. If you are interested in seeing the beautiful NC mountains in the fall and presenting a session, please email us at apracarolinas@gmail.com with info on your presentation idea. 

Check our latest newsletter: May Apra Carolinas

Apra Central/South Texas

Apra of Central/South Texas is sad to announce that it has dissolved as a chapter as of May 2019. Despite efforts and hope, because of time, distance and other constraints, an active chapter for Apra CSTX does not appear to be feasible at this juncture. The board voted for dissolution in April and then presented the option to our members in May for a vote. The members did not object and we are therefore dissolved. We have encouraged our members to see if the other chapters in Texas (Apra of Greater Houston and Apra of North Texas) may meet some of their needs for a more local chapter.

We would like to extend a big note of appreciation to all of our current and former board members. Thank you also to Apra staff members Elizabeth Conner and Ashley Strenger and Apra chapter committee members Dina Zelleke and Nedra Newton-Rosario. Thanks to all various chapter leaders we have met and talked to through the years, in particular board members of the other Texas chapters. Most of all, thank you to all of our wonderful members!

Apra Greater Houston

Apra Greater Houston held its annual conference on May 23rd, 2019 at the United Way of Greater Houston. The conference featured presentations on public company valuations, volunteer board development, data visualizations and analysis of donor giving vehicles. It was one of Apra Greater Houston’s largest conferences in recent years with a sold-out room of 46 attendees. The conference was sponsored by Bloomerang, Donorsearch and iWave. The conference was also the launch pad for the unveiling of the revamped Apra GH professional development scholarship, which is supported in 2019 by Roslyn Francis of Bentz Whaley Flessner.

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Mark Walcott, PhD presenting about data analytics and visualizations.

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Mike Pede presenting about volunteer board development

Apra Indiana 

On June 4 and 5, Apra Indiana had more than 40 attendees at their annual Basic and Advanced Skills Workshop at the Indianapolis Central Library. For the first time, Apra Indiana expanded this one-day conference into two days of content with four keynote speakers and 11 breakout sessions. Industry leaders Christina Pulawski, Dee Metaj, Ann Emery, and Marianne Pelletier served as the workshop’s keynote speakers. Sessions topics included data visualization, data analytics, free prospect research resources, Excel tips, and career advancement advice. Additionally, Apra Indiana offered free professional headshots to conference attendees, which was a huge hit. Big thanks to conference sponsor iWave and all presenters.

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Apra Metro DC

Apra Metro DC took a great leap forward into the 21st century and held our very first webinar! Income: It’s Not Just the Numbers was presented by Amy Begg, Managing Director of Prospect Management at Harvard University. This session explored the psychology of high-income earners, the ways their income structures impact how they think about their money and philanthropy and strategies we might employ as prospect development professionals toward these industries. The recorded webinar is available here, free to current Apra DC members, or for purchase via a new chapter membership to non-members.

Apra DC also held our largest ever annual conference. Headlined by industry icon Helen Brown, the conference also featured local talent from: American University, Arena Stage, Bentz Whaley Flessner, Conservation International, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, League of Conservation Voters and Smithsonian Institution. Sessions covered a range of topics from Apra’s Body of Knowledge and focused on actionable content that attendees could take back to their institutions and begin using immediately. 

Finally, we are closing out Q2 with a networking happy hour at Penn Social, welcoming both members and non-members to join us for drinks, friends and fun. Hope to see you there!

Apra Minnesota

Apra Minnesota hosted its annual conference on May 22nd at the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Nearly 80 people were in attendance, including presenters and sponsors DonorSearch and iWave. The conference kicked off with former Apra president Michael Quevli, who captivated attendees with his story detailing his career in Prospect Development. Michael was followed by Apra president Mark Egge with an entertaining look at the joys of SEC filings and Apra president-elect Bond Lammey presenting on developing metrics. The highlight of the day was the panel of founding and early Apra members (as Minnesota is the birthplace of Apra), including Bobbie Strand, Kath Foley, Fran Corcoran, Deb Mueller and Michael Quevli, discussing what’s changed, what hasn’t and how it all got started. Moderators for the panel were Renee Francis and Lesli Rosenberg. A recording of the panel and historical documents, including the proposal to create Apra and the original bylaws, can be viewed at https://apra-mn.org/founders/. A great day of learning and sharing was had by all! 

Apra NW

Apra-NW had a busy Q2! We had a regional conference in Seattle, WA on May 17th. The theme was Diversity and Inclusion and featured several amazing speakers and panels. Topics covered included fundraisers speaking about building successful diversity and access fundraising programs, a keynote panel on diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, a session on prospect optimization and finally, a talk on black philanthropy in higher education. Included are some photos from the conference.

Additionally, we launched the Cecilia Hogan Award in Prospect Development, which honors Cecilia Hogan, a prominent researcher recently retired from University of Puget Sound, who wrote the book “Prospect Research: A Primer for Growing Non Profits.” She was the award recipient for this year, and for future years Apra-NW members can nominate themselves or colleagues for the award.

Finally, we’re currently holding chapter elections, which are running through June 19th. The open positions include Vice-President/Treasurer, Secretary, Programming Director, and Conference Director. We have some amazing candidates for each position and are excited to welcome our new board. 


OPRN, the Ohio region chapter of APRA held its 2019 two-day conference in May. The focus of the conference was promoting the profession of Prospect Development and individual careers. Day one featured a full day of Lean Six Sigma training along with some great networking opportunities. Tracy Owens, author of Six Sigma Green Belt, Round 2 used hands on demonstrations and was extremely engaging. Participants received their yellow belt certification with attendance. Professional head shots were also available to attendees. Day two featured Nathan Fay, author of Precision Prospect Development: How to Get a Seat at the Table and Be an Influencer. A Practical Guide to Achieving Success. Sessions on creating effective event bios, creating effective presentations and understanding Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) were also a part of this great networking event in Columbus, Ohio. Quarterly regional events are planned for the remainder of 2019. 

Apra Pennsylvania

Activities during Q2:

  • On the morning of May 1, 2019, 27 Pittsburgh-area prospect development professionals gathered at the University of Pittsburgh to discuss research deliverables. Many thanks to Wendy Bennett, Dena Ley and the Pitt prospect research staff for hosting this lively event. (See photos below.)


  • On July 12, 2019, Apra PA members, family and friends will root, root, root for the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Save the date for Apra PA’s annual chapter conference on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Susquehanna University. 

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The Southwestern Advancement Research Organization (Apra SWARO) is a newly formed Apra chapter comprising members from Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada (but open to all)! Come say hello in person on July 31 during Apra Phoenix from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We’ll be at the twenty6 restaurant located on the bottom level of the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort. We are also actively looking for individuals interested in taking on leadership positions within the chapter. To learn more about SWARO and how to become a member, visit our website, https://swaro.wildapricot.org/, or email Marcy Funaro at marcy.funaro@uafoundation.org.

Apra Virginia

Apra-Virginia hosted their 25th Anniversary Conference at the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in Richmond, VA on May 16 and 17. This was the first two-day conference held by the chapter in five years and was very well attended. The lunch keynote was given by Jay Davenport, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, on the importance of prospect development to campaigns. The program was packed full of presentations by speakers from all along the East Coast, with topics ranging from prospect management to analytics to professional development. Attendees learned the value of concise writing, prospect identification, data visualization techniques and more. The first day wrapped with a happy hour on a terrace overlooking the lake. Information on upcoming Apra-Virginia events can be found on their website.

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