Apra Connections Chapter Capture—Q3 2020

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 California (CARA)

CARA’s board has been busy. Like most other chapters, we had to cancel our annual conference and shift our focus. We have been working on changing our website provider and updating our website — which now has a modern and sleek look. In addition, we have a brand new logo which was designed by one of our board members.

We have been offering high-quality, monthly webinars, free to our members. On Friday, Nov. 13, we will be hosting our annual seminar day, which will combine Northern and Southern California and be offered online this year.

Apra Carolinas

Fall 2020 Conference

Apra Carolinas will be adjusting to the current climate by transitioning from a planned in-person event to a virtual conference for fall 2020. We will be offering a different educational event each week throughout October, culminating in a coffee chat/networking event to reflect on lessons learned. Sessions cover topics such as leadership annual giving, diversity in fundraising, private company valuation and more. Registration is now open here.

Webinars and Networking

We have hosted four webinars thus far in 2020, with plans to offer several more before the end of the year. These webinars are free for Apra Carolinas members, but open to anyone. Our offerings have included workshops on improving researcher/fundraiser relations, using H-1B data to determine salaries and researching parent prospects. Our most recent webinar showed our members how to track tweets and use tools like Tableau to visualize the data.

We are also working with several other chapters as part of the newly formed Apra Mid-Atlantic group (Apra Carolinas, Metro D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia) to present collaborative events. Additionally, we have started a monthly virtual coffee chat to provide networking (and venting) opportunities for our members.

Chapter Updates

We were happy to sponsor Margaret Valyou, North Carolina State University, with our Professional Development Scholarship, covering her registration to Prospect Development 2020. We’re looking forward to her blog post about what she learned from the experience.

We also bid a sad farewell to Beth Inman, our immediate past president, as she moved across the country to assume a new role at Colby College in Maine. There are sure to be collaborations with NEDRA in our future!


 Apra Chapters provide a space for members to gather in their local areas, share ideas and create meaningful relationships. Learn how Apra Minnesota member Andrea Dowd turned to her circle of connections during the job search in her personal essay here 

Apra Metro D.C.

The summer has been a busy time in Washington, D.C. While most of our members are still working from home, the Apra Metro D.C. Chapter Board spent the summer planning more virtual programming.

We were excited to join several neighboring chapters, Apra Maryland, Apra Pennsylvania, Apra Virginia and Apra Carolinas, to form the Apra Mid-Atlantic. This partnership’s debut event in July was Powering Up for a Career Relaunch, a free event that provided tips for career changes in the virtual climate. We are eager to continue to work with these chapters.

The month of August was dedicated to Apra’s Prospect Development 2020 conference. Since Apra PD was virtual this year, we were fortunate to have three winners of our annual Daniel H. Greeley Memorial Scholarship. Each winner received a fully-paid registration for the conference.

Lastly, we have launched our Front Porch Series. This series of topics, from Excel and Raiser’s Edge to tips for working from home, is planned for small groups to discuss, share ideas and network with other local members. 

Apra Minnesota

As the fall leaves begin to turn, Apra Minnesota (Apra-MN) is busy working on our best (virtual) conference yet! On Oct. 20, we will welcome Helen Brown as our keynote speaker to discuss data privacy, due diligence and ethics. We will also feature a timely and important panel discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion, and breakout sessions throughout the day. Register online now to join us for the day and gain access to recordings of all conference sessions. Registration is $50 for Apra-MN members and $85 for non-members. Non-members who register will receive a free year of Apra-MN membership.

Apra Northwest

Apra Northwest (Apra-NW) held its annual board summit virtually in early September, welcoming four new board members from three different states. Planning for the coming year is challenging, considering all the uncertainty surrounding in-person gatherings. However, there is a lot of excitement and energy around making programming more accessible for all of our members. Currently in the works: a virtual happy hour trivia event in October and a November “Book in Common” event with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Apra New York

Apra New York (Apra-NY) is hosting its first free, virtual, one-day conference, Share the Knowledge, on Oct. 15. Keynote speakers and sessions include:

  • Chandra Montgomery – The Future of Philanthropy is Inclusive
  • Andrew Schultz – The World Turned Upside Down: Risk and Opportunity in 2020
  • Dawn Galasso – LEAN IN: How The Last Worldwide Crisis Prepared Me for 2020

All are welcome to attend and join us in learning about a variety of topics from peers and colleagues who generously are offering to "share the knowledge." Please see our website for registration

Apra Pennsylvania

Apra Pennsylvania is hosting its annual conference Oct. 26-27, virtually. Featured presenters include Milago “Misa” Lobato, Marianne Pelletier, Becky Fullmer and Candace Olley. Topics include diversity, equity and inclusion in prospect development, capital campaigns, and frequency and monetary value (RFM). Conference registration is free for chapter members and $20 for non-members.

People may also register for a pre-conference RFM workshop, led by Marianne Pelletier. This three-hour workshop is expected to be a hands-on learning opportunity. The workshop is $5 for chapter members and $10 for non-members.

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