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APRA History: 2011

APRA Highlights

Symposia Topics
New Researchers Symposium and Data Analytics Symposium.

July 27-30, 2011
24th Annual International Conference: Investing in Fundraising. Investing in You. was held in Austin, Texas.

  • Conference materials were available online, replacing printed handouts as a commitment to “going green” as an organization.
  • In 2011, a new advance brochure was created to simplify the normally 24 page book to an eight-page schedule grid. Also, hot topics of 2011 were presented and indicated on conference sessions to make attendees aware of the latest trends in the industry.
  • With the success of the roundtable discussion in 2010, it was again implemented for 2011.
  • CFRE Continuing Education Credits were offered for attendees.
  • The city of Austin was host to a wide array of activities and hospitality.
  • Keynote Presentation: “News is Not Enough: Databases, Records, Analysis and Context” by Ross Ramsey, Managing Editor, The Texas Tribune
  • Hospitality Co-Chairs: Jada Gamson, University Development Office; Audra Jesudason, Houston Zoo Inc.
  • Volunteer Chair: Will Elliott, St. Mary’s University
  • Roundtable Coordinator: Dina Zelleke, Harvard University
  • APRA Distinguished Service Award (sponsored by Bentz Whaley Flessner): Stephanie Jonescu
  • Researcher of the Year Award (sponsored by WealthEngine): Mary MacLeod
  • APRA Scholarship Recipient: Kristi Dahlstrom

2011 Curriculum Planning Committee
Jill Meister, Chair, The Williston Northampton School
Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, University of Rochester
Sandra Campero, Arizona State University
Lauren Dixson, Iowa State Foundation
Stacie Haugen, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Megan Heister, Lehman College
Jennifer MacCormack, University of Washington
Ali R. McLane, Bentz Whaley Flessner
Marianne Pelletier, Cornell University
Chris Pipkins, James Madison University

Board Members
President: Robert Scott, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
President-Elect: Michael Quevli, President, Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company
Treasurer: Kelly Gieser, Treasurer, Hazelden Foundation
Secretary: Hodan Hassan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Immediate Past President: Deborah Mueller, Minnesota Medical Foundation at the University of Minnesota
Directors: Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, University of Rochester
Susan Faraone, Illinois Institute of Technology
Thomas Hampsey, Lafayette College
Karen Isble, University of Michigan
Deborah Reinhardt Youmans, Le Moyne College
James Rygg, City of Hope
Karen Stitsworth, St. Olaf College

World Headlines

  • Navy SEAL Team Six raided a compound in Pakistan, killing Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and the most-wanted terrorist in the world who had orchestrated the terror attacks of 9/11. The killing came ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which was marked by the opening of several memorials, including an outdoor tribute at Ground Zero in New York.
  • The earth shook off the coast of Japan in March, triggering one of the worst tsunamis in years, destroying nearly everything in its path and sending millions fleeing for high ground. Beyond the utter calamity from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, Japan found itself dealing with the worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility was knocked offline, resulting in a meltdown of three reactors, with radiation leaking into the air and contaminated water spilling into the sea. The long-term effects from the stricken plant remain unknown.
  • A revolt across the Middle East and North Africa began with the self-immolation of a struggling merchant in Tunisia and spread across the region. Egyptian protesters toppled the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak and rebels in Libya battled against supporters of long-time strongman Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed.
  • Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in the head as she met with constituents at a supermarket near Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed in the attack, including a young girl and a federal judge. Giffords has awed the nation in her recovery. Married to astronaut Mark Kelly, the congresswoman traveled to Kennedy Space Center in May to watch as her husband commanded the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Apple founder Steve Jobs, the genius who led the home computer revolution and inspired some the world's most popular mobile devices. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October. His final words, according to his sister, were "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow!"
  • As the U.S. saw unemployment hit 9 percent, the Occupy Wall Street movement, a grassroots protest against policies favoring the richest 1 percent, spread to dozens of cities across the country and Europe.
  • The largest tornado outbreak ever recorded swept across the South, Midwest and Northeast -- with a record 207 touching down on April 27 and killing 346 people. Alabama bore the brunt of the destruction, with a massive twister turning the college town of Tuscaloosa into a disaster zone. Three weeks later, a mile-wide tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing more than 150 people and wreaking havoc across the blue-collar town at the edge of the Ozark Mountains. It marked the deadliest single tornado in 60 years.
  • Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Their wedding was one of the most-watched events of the year, from TV to the Internet. On the streets of London, many captured royal images on their mobile devices and instantly shared them with friends 

Dow Jones

  • High — 12,876
  • Low — 10, 404

Forbes' World's Richest — Top Three

    1. Carlos Slim Helu; Mexico; telecommunications; $74.0 billion
    2. William Gates III; U.S.; computer software; $56.0 billion
    3. Warren Buffett; U.S.; stock market; $50.0 billion

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