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Apra's Podcasts provide the fundraising research community with complimentary year-round learning through short podcasts recorded by Apra's most prestigious presenters. The content will highlight industry hot topics and other timely issues related to prospect research, relationship management and data analytics.

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Get to know the Body of Knowledge and Make it Work for You

Presented by Lisa Howley, Assistant Vice President, Health Sciences Development, University of Southern California & Misa Lobato, Assistant Vice President of Advancement Strategy, University of Colorado, Office of Advancement

Join our Body of Knowledge experts, Lisa Howley and Misa Lobato, as they give a brief preview of the upcoming Pre-Conference Workshop, “Making the Body of Knowledge Work for You: Advocacy and Professional Development.” They also discuss the many benefits of the Body of Knowledge to you and your career in the prospect development community.

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Stewards of Data

Presented by Sarah Cadbury, Director of Prospect Research and Management, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Interested in becoming an even better steward of data at your institution? Join Sarah for this podcast as she focuses on the importance of transparency and respect for the data from two different approaches:

+ Best practices for how to handle data entrance, maintenance, filing, and more

+ How to protect key information about your institution and individual constituents

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Why Don't We Consider Prospect Researchers Fundraisers?

Presented by Armando E. Zumaya, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Campaign, The Mexican Museum, Fort Mason Center

Why don't we consider prospect researchers fundraisers? It's a good question. Great fundraising requires two things, finding the right people and having great relationships with the right people. We honor and compensate the askers, the second half of that equation. However too commonly Prospect Research and Management simply is seen as not fundraising. This effects how seriously our work is taken, used, it effect salaries and careers. Let's put the common issue on the table and let's talk about how to address it creatively and tactfully.

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Prospect Development 2015 Preview Podcast: Modernizing the Contact Report or Describing an Elephant in 50 Words or Less

Presented by Martin O’Donoghue, Carrick Davis and Milagro Lobato

The question of how to improve the quality of contact reports has plagued development teams since the beginning of time. How do we train a development officer to record the essential elements of their donor visits, as well as their evaluations and recommendations, in a way that will best guide prospect strategy for the whole fundraising organization? In this podcast previewing a session at Prospect Development 2015, Martin O’Donoghue and Carrick Davis will discuss the development of a survey-type mobile contact report form. The information collected through this form can be used to quickly identify the best new prospects, the best relationship management assignments, the prospect’s true philanthropic passion, and the best strategy. Most importantly, it provides a format and method that makes contact reports transparent, standardized, and comparative. The podcast previews Martin’s analysis of the contact report form, as well as some of the pitfalls. Also discussed are changes at the upcoming Prospect Development 2015 conference, including new unique format sessions.

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Terms of Social Media

Presented by Lori Hood-Lawson, WorkingPhilanthropy.com and Elizabeth Rejman, Pathways to Education Canada

Listen as Liz and Lori discuss the terms of use of a popular social network, LinkedIn, which has been discussed and debated recently on several industry listservs, Twitter, and blogs. Recent changes to search capabilities are also explored as well as Apra’s ethical framework and risk management at your organization. Feel free to submit your thoughts and feedback to Apra or via Twitter to Liz (@erejman) and to Lori (@WorkingLori). Keep the conversation going!

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New Researchers Podcast

Presented by Helen E. Brown, Liz McHugh, Michael Quevli

This podcast will provide you strategies for your professional development

Are you new to prospect development and prospect research? Did you just get asked to add this to your plate? Listen as three industry leaders discuss strategies for your own professional development. 

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Fall Symposium 2014 Preview Podcast: Data Analytics Boot Camp

Presented by the Data Analytics Boot Camp Faculty 

This podcast will provide you with a sneak peek of the Fall Symposium Data Analytics Boot Camp.

Our four Data Analytics Boot Camp faculty members share insight about the world of data analytics. This talk includes a highlight of the session they will be presenting and a quick data analysis tip that they wish they had known when they started in the field. 

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Prospect Development 2014 Preview Podcast: A Decade of Supporting Open Cultivation

Presented by Susan Hayes-McQueen and Jessica Balsam

This podcast will provide you with a sneak peek of the Prospect Development 2014 session "A Decade of Supporting Open Cultivation"

What happens when any fundraiser can cultivate any prospect? Over 10 years ago, the University of Washington instituted an open cultivation policy, with the intention of a better donor experience. That marks the point at which the speakers started an active, rather than reactive, relationship management program. The speakers will share how they tackle the beast of multiple simultaneous assignments, uphold and interpret the policy, and help fundraisers adapt. They will also share the beneficial outcomes for donors and our major gift program.

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HIPAA and Fundraising

Presented by Lori Hood Lawson and David Eberly

Lori Hood Lawson and David Eberly discuss the recent HIPAA changes and the impact of HIPAA on a fundraising organization. They explore a few case study scenarios and explore how prospect development professionals can make sure they are in compliance.

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Management & Leadership Symposium Preview: Grow Your Professional Development

Presented by Jon Thorsen, Independent Consultant and Faculty Member for Apra's Management & Leadership Symposium

This podcast will provide you with a sneak peek of the professional development opportunities at Apra's Management & Leadership Symposium. Hear what Jon has to say and then learn more about the Symposium and register today.

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Prospect Development 2013 Preview: Big Ten Lessons for Building High-Performing Teams

Presented by Jennifer E. Fry, Director of Prospect Discovery and Information at Northwestern, and Juli Geske-Peer, Senior Director of Prospect Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation

This podcast will provide you with a sneak peek of a Prospect Development 2013 Workshop, 104: Big Ten Lessons for Building High-Performing Teams. In this podcast, experienced managers of Big Ten prospect development teams give you an overview of the lessons they learned around various management tasks – all with an eye to how these can turn shops of any size into high-performing ones.

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Value Added Analytics: Things to Consider

Presented by Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Senior Director, University of Rochester

In the first part of this two-part podcast, we will explore how analysis can make a difference in your organization by effectively identifying business needs. In the second segment, we'll look at communication considerations and how to turn analysis roadblocks into speed bumps.

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