All across the world, 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 Australia – On February 21, Apra Australia received the Certificate of Incorporation from Consumer Affairs Victoria to create Apra – Australia Incorporated. The Apra board officially approved the Australia Chapter on February 28.
Apra CARA – Apra CARA recently finalized its webinar series, and for the first time offered three different tracks: reporting and data visualization, industry trends and topics, and campaign planning.
Apra Illinois – Apra Illinois held its first Salon of the year on March 22, in which members discussed issues related to researching private companies. And on May 5, they held their Spring Symposium, which featured three short member case study presentations. Topics included managing grateful patient data, rebuilding a prospect shop and portfolio management. The symposium also included a full presentation on genealogical research by Scott Meyer of Northwestern and a data presentation by Advizor Solutions.
Apra Indiana (picture below) – Apra Indiana hosted its Annual Meeting in November 2016 at Taylor University. Members gathered to review the year, participate in learning sessions and network with their peers. At the meeting, Karen McTague was presented with the Apra Indiana Service Award for her contributions to the chapter, and Ralph Rohrer was recognized for his 25 years of membership in the Apra Indiana chapter and five terms on the board.
NEDRA’s 30th Anniversary and 2017 Conference
NEDRA is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2017 with informal gatherings in all six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The 30-year festivities continued at the 2017 NEDRA Annual Conference (#NEDRACon2017) on April 27–28 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There was an interactive space for members to share photos and memories as well as an exhibit of tools and resources used over the past 30 years. For attendees interested in #NEDRAafterDark shenanigans, there was a NEDRA-only karaoke session on Thursday night to help celebrate those 1980’s styles, with a spotlight on songs from 1987. ’80s attire was encouraged!
This year’s NEDRA conference brought together 250 prospect development professionals from all over New England as well as California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New York, Virginia and Wisconsin. It offered 24 educational sessions and three informal, targeted discussions (called Think Tanks) on the subjects of prospect management, leveraging your conference experience and fundraising data science. The conference featured social justice advocate Julissa Arce, the co-founder/chair of the Ascend Educational Fund, as a keynote speaker.
NEDRA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee
During the summer of 2016, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for NEDRA was formed. In the fall of 2016, a workshop was presented to the NEDRA community on “unconscious bias.”
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee will form an online “toolkit” as a repository of articles and other resources related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In the meantime, the committee has listed the importance of being diverse and inclusive within the philanthropy sector and beyond, beginning with “13 Reasons Why”: http://nedra.org/page-1775300.
Apra Pennsylvania – Apra Pennsylvania members gathered on April 7 to discuss planned giving in a roundtable led by Steve Grourke, Villanova University’s executive director of planned giving. The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia hosted this session, the fourth in the chapter’s Roundtables on the Road series. Member institutions host the roundtables, which form around a topic of shared interest and are guided by a featured speaker. Past topics have highlighted women’s philanthropy, Philadelphia-area foundations and donor-advised funds.
Apra Upstate New York – Apra Upstate New York’s Spring Conference was April 21 in Ithaca, New York, featuring Marianne Pelletier – Analytics on a Shoestring.
Apra Virginia (picture below) – Apra Virginia held its Spring Conference in April at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Featured speakers included Andy Schultz, director of analytics at Bentz Whaley Flessner and Associates, and Leslee Gensinger, advancement services trainer at Virginia Commonwealth University. Due to its success over the past year, Apra Virginia incorporates Apra's Chapters Share the Knowledge roundtable discussions into its regular conference programming. The topic for its spring session was "Positive Ways to Influence Fundraisers.”
Apra Australia – Apra Australia will be registered nationally, and will hold its fourth annual conference (and first under the Apra “umbrella”) on August 14. An online discussion forum is in the process of being revitalized alongside the organization and event work.
Apra Florida – Apra Florida is having their annual state conference on June 8-9 at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. The theme is "Through the Looking Glass," because the overarching connecting conference point is considering prospect and research from the view of frontline fundraisers. The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t-miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals. How could you possibly pass up this wonderland?
Apra Upstate New York – The Apra Upstate New York Fall Conference will be held on October 27 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, featuring David and Lori Hood Lawson (presenting Deep Dive SEC Documents) and David Robertson of Syracuse University (presenting A What Have You Done For Me Lately Score).