About APRA

Apra Awards 

Apra is proud to recognize members' accomplishments in the field through several awards. Award nominations are now open. Nominations must be submitted by April 3, 2017. Winners will be recognized at Prospect Development 2017. View the Apra Past Awards Winners page for a list of previous award recipients.

Apra  Scholarship 

The Apra Scholarship is based on merit and applicants are required to spend at least 50% of their time working in prospect development for a nonprofit (not as a consultant). Financial need (working for a nonprofit with a limited or no training budget, for example) is a factor in this award. 

A one-year Apra International membership is a part of the award, so membership is not required of applicants. The award recipient receives a full complimentary registration and accommodation (up to four nights) and travel expenses (not to exceed U.S. $1,000) to the Annual International Conference.  


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

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Apra Distinguished Service Award 

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 

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 2017. 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 and is not limited to Apra . It is recommended that the winner provide Apra with results of how the award was used to enhance the profession. 

*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 Jorey Rekoon or call 312.673.5411.