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Important Update About COVID-19 and OverDRIVE/

As the global situation relating to COVID-19 has continued to evolve over the past several weeks, we have been in close communication with our event partner CASE as we planned for our OverDRIVE/ event.

Based on the latest guidance from the World Health Organization, CASE has made the decision to cancel its in-person DRIVE/ event and offer a limited virtual conference.

The health and well-being of our members, attendees, faculty and staff are our top priority. In light of the DRIVE/ event cancellation, and after much review, dialogue with key stakeholders and considerable evaluation of the evolving public health situation, we have also decided to cancel our OverDRIVE/ event, March 23 in New Orleans.

After much discussion with the OverDRIVE/ planning team and Apra leadership, we have also determined not to move forward with a virtual event on March 23. We feel strongly that we do not want to sacrifice the workshop format, networking and interactivity that make OverDRIVE/ so valuable to our attendees.

Instead, Apra will be working the OverDRIVE/ educational content into an extended version of the Data Science Now event planned for our Prospect Development annual conference, August 4-7, 2020, in Washington, D.C. We are working hard to define what this new event will look like, and will share an update with you as soon as possible. 

We are also offering you a credit for your OverDRIVE/ registration, which you can apply to any 2020 Apra event, including: 

Please contact us directly to let us know which program you would like to apply your credit to, and we will coordinate the credit for you. 

We thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time. We are grateful for our amazing prospect development community. Stay safe, stay well and stay strong.


Robin Rone
Apra Executive Director

March 23, 2020 I New Orleans I Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Join Apra for OverDRIVE/, a specialized event devoted to data science happening the day before the DRIVE/ conference. This day-long deep dive is designed to appeal to a broad range of prospect development professionals through engaging and interactive content covering the world of data science.

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Data Education Designed for Prospect Development Professionals

Following last year's record-breaking attendance, more prospect development professionals are looking to grow their skills in data science, and they are turning to Apra OverDRIVE/ to hone that knowledge. Here's what your peers had to say about last year's event: 

"This year's OverDRIVE/ was exceptional, with amazing speakers, content and networking opportunities!"

"Thanks for an invigorating and illuminating program. I sincerely hope to attend next year!"

"This was the best year yet for the Apra OverDRIVE/. Can't wait for next year!"

"Well done!"

— 2019 Apra OverDRIVE/ Attendees

Meet Your 2020 OverDRIVE/ Chair 

Apra's education is curated by and designed for prospect development professionals. Get to know your 2020 chair, who will be guiding the education this year to make sure you get the quality education you can put to work. 

Steve Grimes, Director of Development Analytics and Strategy, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Steve Grimes

“OverDRIVE/ 2020 will focus on providing insights and instruction on a range of topics connected to data strategy and fundraising operations. Our goal this year is to make sure that each attendee leaves the conference with some useful soft and hard skills that are key in utilizing data analytics to inform fundraising strategies. Whether you are a seasoned advancement data professional, or just starting your journey to understand how data analytics can be used to enhance your department and organization, OverDRIVE/ 2020 is sure to have something for you!”

As director of development analytics and strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Steve oversees all reporting and analysis needs for senior leadership to help drive decision making around fundraising activities. This role is coupled with ensuring new systems and business practices are implemented on par with leading industry standards to enable JALC’s fundraising goals to be efficiently and effectively met. Previously, he was the prospect research analyst at the ACLU, working with the Principal Gifts team in the national office. Steve began his development career in 2006 as a prospect researcher at St. John’s University. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s University, a second master’s degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College, and completed doctoral courses at Rutgers University before deciding to focus solely on his development career.

Thank you to Blackbaud Target Analytics for sponsoring OverDRIVE/ 2020.

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