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Apra Awards 

Apra is proud to recognize industry accomplishments through several awards. Nominations for Apra's 2018 Awards program are now open! 

The deadline to submit award nominations is April 2, 2018. 

Winners will be recognized at Prospect Development 2018. View the Apra Past Awards Winners page for a list of previous award recipients.

Apra Scholarship

The 2018 Apra Scholarship is sponsored by iWave Information Systems.

In support of the Apra goal to promote professional growth, Apra's Scholarship Award ensures accessibility to educational programming by awarding a scholarship to a prospect development professional based on financial need and professional merit. In review of applications, the selection committee considers professional achievements, proven leadership within and outside their organization, and volunteer participation with local/regional groups. Selection is weighted on both merit and financial need.

The Apra Scholarship covers the costs of conference registration, accommodation (up to four nights) and travel expenses (not to exceed U.S. $1,000) plus a one-year membership with Apra International.


  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must work at least 50% of the time in prospect development and/or relationship management for an organization in a non-consulting capacity.
  • Scholarship winners must wait three years before applying again.

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Apra Distinguished Service Award

The 2018 Apra Distinguished Service Award is sponsored by WealthEngine.

Established in 1990, the Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has enhanced both the prospect development profession and Apra through exceptional contributions beyond his/her daily paid work. The award takes into account professional competencies and personal competencies (contributions that facilitate learning and talents that are exceptional). Self-nominations are permitted.


  • Apra membership in good standing at the time of nomination.
  • At least five years of experience in the field of prospect development.
  • Nominees cannot be employees of the award sponsor or current board members of Apra International.
  • Exhibits leadership in Apra International and/or an Apra chapter.
  • Anticipates trends and displays vision.
  • Contributes to the lifelong learning and knowledge of prospect development professionals.
  • Promotes the profession of advancement research to other organizations within the philanthropic community in order to facilitate understanding and ongoing dialogue.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the Apra Code of Ethics.
  • Exhibits a personal/professional belief in philanthropy.

A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Distinguished Service Award recipient.

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Apra Professional of the Year Award

The 2018 Apra Professional of the Year Award is sponsored by DonorSearch.

This award was established in 1999 and is open to all Apra members. Formerly known as the Researcher of the Year award, it recognizes an outstanding fundraising professional who has made a significant positive impact on his or her organization's success in fulfilling its mission. The award is intended to recognize the skills, talents and accomplishments of a member in our profession who has gone above and beyond the scope of their core duties and played a leadership role in their organization.

The Apra Professional of the Year award recipient receives a full complimentary conference registration and accommodations at the conference hotel.

Self-nominations are permitted. If nominating yourself, please include the name(s) of and contact information for your immediate supervisor(s).


  • Be employed by a nonprofit organization registered with its national governing authority (if in the United States, a 501(c)(3).
  • Conducts prospect research and/or relationship management in his/her position at least 50% of the time.
  • Apra membership in good standing at the time of nomination.

Judging Factors:

  • Developed or significantly enhanced a program at his/her organization directly impacting the organization’s ability to raise more money.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work as a team player.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the Apra Code of Ethics.

A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Apra Professional of the Year and the award will be presented at Prospect Development 2018. Representatives of any company sponsoring the award are not part of the selection committee, nor are they consulted for final selection of the recipient. Additionally, award nominees and employees of any organization at which an award nominee works, are ineligible to serve on the selection committee.

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Apra Margaret Fuhry Award

Established in 1998, this award is given to an Apra member based on his or her leadership, mentorship, volunteerism and dedication to professional development. Apra's 2018 Margaret Fuhry Award grants a full conference scholarship, including registration, transportation and hotel accommodations. A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Apra Margaret Fuhry Award recipient and the award will be presented at Prospect Development 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. 

*Current Apra Awards Committee members and current and former Apra International Board Members are not eligible for this award; applicants must have volunteered within two years of the submission due date and be a current member of Apra International.

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If you have questions about Apra awards, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Apra Headquarters.