Apra Twitter Chats

Upcoming Twitter Chats

Small Shop, Big Impact

Twitter Chat: Tuesday, July 17, 1 pm – 2 pm Central

Steffanie Brown, Manager, Prospect Research & Development Services, Florida Institute of Technology (@SteffanieMBrown); Preeti Gill, Associate Manager, Prospect Development, Covenant House Vancouver (@SoleSearcherPR); James Rygg, Director, Prospect Development, Azusa Pacific University (@James_Rygg)

When it comes to working in a 1-3 person department, we know we have to be a jack of all trades, and the learning curve is fast. Join the discussion to hear how others in this area have worked and thrived with limited resources and still delivered impactful results. Topics may include managing expectations with colleagues, the critical components of running a small shop, time management tips, outsourcing opportunities, research resources and more. Join the Twitter Chat on this topic by following #aprachats on Tuesday, July 17 from 1 pm – 2 pm Central, and then sign up for the follow up webinar panel discussion, taking place Tuesday, August 28 at 1 pm Central. 

Managing the Pipeline

Twitter Chat: Tuesday, October 2, 1 pm – 2 pm Central

Jessica Balsam, Director of Prospect Management, University of Washington (@toastandcereal); Marissa Todd, Prospect Research Analyst, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (@rissatodd)

Join Plug In to Relationship Management presenters Jessica Balsam and Marissa Todd as they lead a chat around creative ideas for encouraging prospect pipeline activity, including qualification. How do you report on pipeline activity? Measure it? Share your success stories on driving policy and behavior change at your organization. Use #aprachats to be a part of the Twitter conversation on October 2, and be sure to register for Plug In, Apra’s virtual event taking place November 1-2, for even more relationship management content.

BoK This Way 

Twitter Chat: Tuesday, November 13, 12 pm – 1 pm Central

Meg Kinney, Senior Development Research Analyst, University of Colorado (@prspctrsrch); Lori Hood Lawson, Co-founder and CEO, WorkingPhilanthropy (@WorkingLori)

Have you taken a look at Apra’s Body of Knowledge lately? Explore the domains, competencies, skill sets and resources available to all Apra members during this #aprachats hour, and learn how others are using the tool to develop their teams (or themselves), write better job descriptions, increase your exposure within your organization, and more. Join the discussion to ask questions, share your own success stories, and walk away with an understanding of how this exclusive development tool can help you grow your career and influence.

Previous Twitter Chats

Title: Mega Millions: Demystifying Principal Gifts
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Title: I Need a Little Help from My Friends
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Title: Breaking Down the Researchers Role
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Title: Proposals - What's Data Got To Do With It?
Check out the blog post here!

Title: Continuing the ‘Fundraiser Performance’ Conversation
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Title: In-House Data Mining
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Use #ApraChats to direct questions to Apra’s Subject Matter Experts and contribute to the conversation with your peers.

How do I participate in the Twitter Chat?

  1. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to follow @Apra_HQ. If you are brand new to Twitter, check out this short tutorial here to get started.
  2. On the date of the event, log in to your Twitter account and look for messages with the hashtag #ApraChats. You can also go to the free service, Tweetchat and log in to this free service with your Twitter account. By using, you will be able to filter your Twitter feed so that it only includes the hashtag #ApraChats and automatically adds the hashtag to your tweets.
  3. In the first few minutes of the talk, introduce yourself. Be sure to use the hashtag #ApraChats with any tweets associated with the Twitter Chat so we can see all your questions and responses.
  4. After that, join in the conversation!

Questions? Tweet them to @Apra_HQ

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Email us at or tweet the topic to @Apra_HQ using the hashtag #ApraChats.