Chapters Share the Knowledge

Chapters Share the Knowledge will take place February 5-16, 2018. Plan to join us for this opportunity to learn and connect with your fellow Apra members from across the world.

The event offers complimentary educational and networking activities for Apra members. Over the course of 10 days, Apra will host select chapters for complimentary learning and networking activities for prospect development professionals in formats that range from Twitter Talks to interactive webinars.

Check out the schedule below, and keep an eye out for more details to come soon!


Monday, February 5, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

Apra Carolinas Pre-Recorded Webinar

Topic: Prospect Management/Portfolio Consultation

Portfolio size, or the number of prospects a fundraiser carries in their portfolio, is currently a hot topic in development. Many organizations are asking questions such as if there is an ideal number of prospects in a portfolio and if there is an ideal time a prospect should remain in a portfolio. The University of South Carolina started a comprehensive portfolio review and consultation program in 2015; this presentation will cover the details of the project, what we learned during and after the project, how the project changed some of our business practices and how we moved forward with regularly scheduled reviews. We will also discuss how we are using the results to help the fundraisers plan future cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies. Our objective is to provide an overview of the project and our lessons learned in hopes of assisting other organizations as they plan a portfolio consultation and review project. 

Presenters: Beth Inman, National Director, Prospect Management at JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation); Vicki O’Brien, Associate Director of Prospect Research at University of South Carolina


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Apra Canada Webinar

Topic: Your Neighbours to the North" - Recommended Sources for U.S. Prospect Researchers when Researching Canadian Donors


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Apra Pennsylvania Webinar 

Topic: All the Sources, All Lined Up: Casting a Wide Net for Prospects and Intel

We'll take a look at some of the tools and services available to prospect researchers, as well as examples of how we use them daily at CHOP.  Prospects, however, are not limited to sources that we have to pay for.  We will also explore some internal sources and prospecting methods that researchers may not be taking full advantage of, such as board relationships, current donor reports, and grateful patient families. 

Presenter: Melissa D. Schwartz, MA, Associate Director of Prospect Development at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

Apra Great Plains Podcast

Topic: "Still In Love After All These Years" 

Listen to the Apra Great Plains Chapter veterans as they discuss why they still enjoy working in prospect development after being in the field for over 10 years. The podcast will cover how they got started in the field, moved into management positions and where they see prospect development moving in the future. Tune in to learn some tips and tricks from folks who love our profession and love telling you why you should love it, too! 

Presenters: Lauren Dixson, Director of Development Services, Drake University; Jenny Gallagher, Senior Director of Development Research and Data Analytics, Iowa State University; Ben Krieger, Senior Director of Research, Reporting & Analytics, University of Nebraska Foundation; and Amy Turbes, Senior Director of Research, Strategy and Development, Creighton University



Thursday, February 8, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Apra Illinois Webinar

Topic: TBD


Friday, February 9, 2018


Apra Indiana PDF

Topic: Experiences and tips from three researchers in different small shops (both education and healthcare).


Monday, February 12, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Apra Canada Webinar

Topic: "People First Peer Reviews": Creating Productive Lunch & Learns with your Senior Volunteers and Leadership with the "How to Think Like a Researcher" approach.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT

Apra Georgia Webinar

Topic: There Is No Manual for This: Creating a Policies and Procedure Guide Fundraisers Will Use

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT

Apra Georgia Webinar

Topic: Portfolio Prioritization: The LAIT Score


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CARA Twitter Chat

Topic: TBD


Thursday, February 15, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Apra Missouri/Kansas Twitter Chat

Topic: TBD


Friday, February 16, 2018

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

PRSPCT-L Task Force Webinar


More information available soon.