APRA History: 2008
Prospect Data Mining and Modeling, New Researchers Symposium, and Advanced Relationship Management Symposium.
New live and replay formats are offered; topics include Habits of Highly Effective People For Prospect Researchers, "Over the Hedge" — Understanding Hedge Funds, Qualifying Major Gift Prospects in the Field, Ready to Launch: A Strategic Planning Approach to Campaigns, How to Estimate Private Company Value and Rate a Prospect With the Information, Supporting Your Organization's Mega Campaign, Under the Microscope: Prospect Identification and Screening, Corporate and Foundation Research, Approaches for Estimating Gift Capacity and Developing Rating Systems, The Frugal Researcher: How to Do Successful Research on Little to No Budget, Promoting the Value of Research: Using Data for Metrics and Measurement, and "Don't Tell Anyone!" Donor Privacy Issues and Trends.
August 20–23, 2008
21st Annual International Conference: Envisioning the Future, Leading the Change
was held in Denver, Colorado.
- Conference materials were available online, replacing printed handouts as a commitment to "going green" as an organization.
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy held a special session at the APRA conference to reveal the facts and findings of a survey on prospect screening tools.
- CFRE Continuing Education Credits were offered for attendees.
- Two new tracks were established: Healthcare and Data Mining. Conference shuttle buses were used for transportation between hotels and the airport.
- Keynote Presentation: "Why Giving Matters," by Arthur C. Brooks, Ph.D.
- Conference Volunteers: Kelly Johnson, Conference Chair; Jim Beikler, and Heather Reisz, Volunteer Co-Chairs; Alicia Gould and Erin Osborn, Hospitality Co-Chairs; Curriculum Planning Committee members were Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Kathy Henderson, Lisa Howley, Ilana Lester Moreno, Julie Macksoud, Deborah Mueller, Deborah Reinhardt-Youmans, Ceci Riecker and Dina Zelleke; Roundtable Co-Coordinators were Heather Flannagan and Charles E. Snyder
- APRA Distinguished Service Award (sponsored by Bentz Whaley Flessner): Shelby Kloures Radcliffe
- Researcher of the Year Award (sponsored by WealthEngine): Kevin Thomas
- APRA Scholarship Recipient: Nathan Holloway
The summer issue introduced a new design and a new departure for Connections. This issue began a conversion of Connections uses an HTML format for the first time. All past issues are archived on the new Web site in a searchable HTML form.
A striking new APRA logo, tagline and branding were unveiled as the inspiration for the new, modern look and feel of Connections and the APRA website. A new Technology Blog was launched to get input on the new website. Branding Task Force members: Janice Cunning (Chair), KCI, Helen Brown, The Helen Brown Group, LLC, Elizabeth Crabtree, Brown University, Christine Lockmon, Consultant, Alison Sommers-Sayre, Princeton University, Ceci Riecker, Eastern Michigan University.
President: Elizabeth Crabtree, Brown University
Secretary/Treasurer: Christopher Cannon, Bentz Whaley Flessner
Vice President/Education and Professional Development: Lisa Howley, Johns Hopkins Institutions
Vice President/Information Resources: Janice Cunning, KCI
Vice President/Marketing and Membership Services: David Shanton, Baruch College
Education and Professional Development Directors: Helen Brown, The Helen Brown Group, LLC
Deborah Mueller, Minnesota Medical Foundation at the University of Minnesota
Robert Scott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Information Resources Directors: David Eberly, Children’s Hospital Trust Boston
Hodan Hassan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Marketing and Membership Services Directors: Michael Quevli, Kintera, Inc.
Karen Stitsworth, St. Olaf College
- The Summer Olympic Games are held in Beijing. U.S. Swimmer Michael Phelps wins 8 gold medals.
Bill Gates announces he will no longer work at the company full time. Instead, he will devote more time to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- U.S. Financial Markets are roiled by turmoil: The U.S. government places Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, under government conservatorship; invests $250 billion in nine of the largest U.S. banks as part of a $700 billion bailout program to control the financial crisis; Wall Street reeled from the collapse of key financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race.
- Over 67,000 people die and hundreds of thousands more are injured when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China.
- Slow-moving tropical storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav, and Hurricane Ike cause widespread destruction across the southern and midwestern U.S.
- In an election that is historic on many levels, Democratic senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election against Sen. John McCain.
- Former NASDAQ stock exchange chairman and private investor Bernard L. Madoff is charged with perpetuating the largest investor fraud ever committed by a single individual, in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his investors out of a total $50 billion.
- High — 13,028
- Low — 7,552
Forbes' World's Richest — Top Three
- Warren Buffett; U.S.; stock market; $62.0 billion
- Carlos Slim Helú; Mexico; telecommunications; $60.0 billion
- William Gates III; U.S.; computer software; $58.0 billion
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