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New Researchers Symposium 2018

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Think you know the New Researchers Symposium? The program is changing this year, mixing the popular in-person networking opportunities and exercises with web-based learning available in the weeks leading up to Prospect Development 2018. Register for the New Researchers Symposium and you will have access to the online community of attendees and faculty experts, hours of on-demand content, and a one-day hands-on training taking place on Wednesday, August 8.

The program is focused on the 4 key areas of prospect development - Campaigns, Prospect Research, Prospect Management, and Data Analytics – and explores fundraising terms and technologies, techniques, and resources for finding and analyzing biographical, background, and financial information, intro to corporate and foundation research, and an exploration of how available data can be used to formulate gift capacities and inform fundraising operations. The program will also cover guiding concepts related to prospect research, such as navigating ethical considerations in conducting research, best practices for managing and reporting prospect data, and creating quality research products.

Who Should Attend?

Fundraising professionals new to prospect research who wish to fast-track their capabilities and skill set.

What Will You Learn?

  • Practical skills and knowledge to be applied immediately in prospect development work.
  • The critical role prospect development plays in the fundraising process.
  • How rewarding and FUN it is to work in the field of prospect development!
  • Attendees will also have multiple opportunities to share experiences with other colleagues new to the field, begin to build a network of professional contacts, and acquire materials that will help to improve their work.

Hear from Past Attendees

"The New Researchers Symposium provided me with new tools to bring back to my work, but more importantly, it allowed me to place my work and my experiences within the broader context of prospect research and development. I now have a better understanding of the field of prospect research and its place in the fundraising cycle."

"I walked away from Apra with a foundation of information I didn't expect. The knowledge each presenter provided and the ability to have open discussions with my peers was outstanding."

"I was in my second week as a prospect researcher when I attended the symposium. I found the material and information provided supremely useful and applicable. The knowledge gained has allowed me to be more effective when I returned."

What Else is Included in NRS Registration?

In the 6-8 weeks leading up to Prospect Development, NRS registrants will be given access to an online community to network with fellow attendees, download resource material, and communicate with faculty experts. Make the most of your registration by contributing to this community!

8 information-packed webinars will be made available for on-demand access across the following topics to prepare you for the hands-on day in Pittsburgh, which will cover more around ethical considerations, reporting prospect data and creating quality research products. The webinars are between 15-45 minutes each and include:

  • Prospect Research Overview
  • Researching Individuals: Biographical Information
  • Researching Individuals: Wealth Indicators
  • Corporate and Foundation Research
  • Estimating Capacity Ratings
  • Prospect Identification
  • Relationship Management
  • Campaigns

The New Researchers Symposium is sponsored by: Blackbaud Target Analytics, DonorSearch, iWave Information Systems & Wealth Engine.