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Apra Awards 

Apra is proud to recognize industry accomplishments through several awards. Winners will be recognized at Prospect Development 2017. Apra would like to thank the Awards Committee for its work in selecting this year's winners from a strong pool of candidates!  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.

An 18-month 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.  

The 2017 Apra Scholarship recipient is Joseph Gonzales, Prospect Research Manager at Greater Twin Cities United Way

About Joseph

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Joseph Gonzales is prospect research manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way, whose tenure in prospect development includes university medical centers, faith-based institutions, cause-related and community-based nonprofits. In his recently adopted home of Minneapolis, he advocates for the profession as a chapter leader with Apra-MN taking lessons from his mentors and past service with Apra-GNY. Throughout his fundraising career he has grown to value the leadership capacity and the strength of networks in the Apra community.

Joe looks forward to continuing Apra's shared practice and wisdom this summer in Anaheim to mature with the needs of a philanthropic landscape that is both dynamic and fluid, locally and on a national scale.

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.

The 2017 Apra Distinguished Service Award recipient is Helen Brown, President of The Helen Brown Group LLC.

About Helen

Helen is the president of The Helen Brown Group LLC, a Helen headshot 2017 distinguished Service1.jpgprospect development consulting firm based in Watertown, Massachusetts. She is a co-author of Prospect Research for Fundraisers; the essential handbook. Helen is a past board member and longtime volunteer for the Apra and a past president of the New England Development Research Association (NEDRA). Helen is Special Advisor on Fundraising to the board of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts & Manufactures (RSA) in London. She is a former non-executive director of The Factary Ltd., a prospect research consultancy in Bristol, England. Helen was honored to receive the NEDRA Ann Castle Award for service to the prospect research community in 2006.

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.

The 2017 Apra Professional of the Year recipient is Susie Schwartz, Associate Director, Prospect Research at the University of Arizona Foundation. 

About Susie

Susie Schwartz is Associate Director of Prospect Research at SchwartzSusie_ProofTheYear20172.jpgthe University of Arizona Foundation. Before joining the UA Foundation in 2010, Susie worked at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, running competitive grant rounds and assisting donors with their charitable giving. She also worked for six years at the Tucson-Pima Public Library. Susie earned a Master of Public Administration at the University of Arizona, interning in the development department of the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City. As one of the founding members of Tucson Roller Derby in the early 2000’s, “Sassy Sue” helped guide the league’s organizational growth, and she took great pleasure in knocking down jammers in her path.

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.

The 2017 Margaret Fuhry Grant recipient is Lesli Rosenberg, Senior Researcher at the University of Minnesota Foundation.

About Lesli

The 2017 Margaret Fuhry Award recipient is Lesli Rosenberg, a Rosenberg LesliMargaretFuhry2017.jpgSenior Researcher in the Prospect Development Department of the University of Minnesota Foundation, where she has been a prospect development professional for 15 years. Lesli has been an information management professional since working at the information desk in the University of Minnesota student union while an undergraduate. Prior to joining UMF, she managed an information desk at a student travel service at the University of Minnesota and subsequently managed the database and software for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

If you have questions about Apra awards, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Jorey Rekoon or call 312.673.5411.