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APRA History: 2012

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June 27-29, 2012
The Mid-Atlantic Researchers Conference (MARC) was held in in Fairfax, Virginia

  • MARC was co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic APRA Chapters (Greater New York, Upstate New York, Pennsylvania [PREP/APRA], Virginia, Metro-DC and Maryland)
  • With more than 27 expert speakers, MARC offered two pre-conference workshops, a Welcome Session, Keynote Address, 22 break-out sessions and networking opportunities.

August 1-2, 2012
Symposia at the 25th Annual International Conference included the New Researchers Symposium and Data Analytics Symposium.

  • The New Researchers Symposium provided an in-depth introduction to the essential components of prospect research to help attendees jump-start their fundraising research career.
  • The Data Analytics Symposium provided a fundamental track and intermediate/advanced track to inspire new thinking and strategic projects to enhance fundraising and organizational growth with minimal investment.

August 1-4, 2012
25th Annual International Conference: Your Partner in Fundraising; Celebrating 25 Years was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city where APRA was founded.

  • APRA commemorated its 25th Anniversary on August 1, 2012 with an Opening Reception and Anniversary Celebration.
  • The city of Minneapolis, MN was host to a wide array of activities and hospitality.
  • Keynote Presentation: “Donor-Centered Fundraising” by Penelope Burk, Author, Trainer, Presenter and President of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc.
  • CFRE Continuing Education Credits were offered for attendees.
  • The 25th Annual International Conference saw its highest attendance rate in the past three years.
  • Volunteer Chair: Janet Weimar, Iowa Health System
  • Roundtable Coordinator: Lauren Dixson, Drake University
  • Hospitality Co-Chairs: Emma Hinke, Johns Hopkins Institutions and Ann R. Coleman, Johns Hopkins Institutions
  • APRA Distinguished Service Award: Pamela Poland
  • APRA Scholarship Recipient: Randy Burkett
  • Professional of the Year Award: Jack Hotchkiss
  • APRA Visionary Award: Elizabeth Crabtree
  • Margaret Fuhry Grant Recipient: Jane Price

25th Anniversary Committee
Kelly Gieser, Co-Chair, Hazelden Foundation
Deborah L. Mueller, Co-Chair, Minnesota Medical Foundation at the University of Minnesota
Alison Sommers-Sayre, Princeton University

2012 Curriculum Planning Committee
Janet Weimar, Chair, Iowa Health System
Ann Brownlee, Harvard Medical School
Sharla L. Donohue, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
William G. Elliott, St. Mary's University
Stephen M. Knight, World Wildlife Fund
Jodi A Kohrs, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Amy New, University of North Texas
Cathleen M. Parsons-Nikolic, University of North Texas
Amy S. Turbes, Creighton University
Jill Meister, The Williston Northampton School

Board Members
President: Michael Quevli, Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company
President Elect: Elizabeth E. Dollhopf-Brown, University of Rochester
Past President: Robert D. Scott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Treasurer: Karen T. Isble, University of Michigan
Secretary: Deborah Reinhardt Youmans, CFRE, Le Moyne College
Directors: Susan H. Faraone, Illinois Institute of Technology
Thomas C. Hampsey, Lafayette College
Jill Meister, The Williston Northampton School
Marianne Pelletier, Cornell University
James Rygg, City of Hope
Alison Sommers-Sayre, Princeton University

World Headlines

  • U.S. ELECTION: Mitt Romney out-campaigned an eclectic field of Republican rivals, and bested Obama in their opening head-to-head debate. But on Election Day, Obama won a second term with a large lead in electoral votes and a solid advantage in popular votes. The GOP hung on to its majority in the House, but lost two seats to remain a minority in the Senate despite early-campaign projections of gains there.
  • U.S. ECONOMY: By many measures, the economy was on a welcome upswing. The unemployment rate dipped to a four-year-low of 7.7 percent, stock markets rose, builders broke ground on more homes, and November was the best sales month in nearly five years for U.S. automakers. But overshadowing the good news was deep anxiety about the economic consequences if Obama and the Democrats failed to reach a tax-and-spending deal with the Republicans.
  • FISCAL CLIFF: Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner engaged in high-stakes negotiations over a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" that would trigger automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. The leaders narrowed some differences on Social Security and tax rates for the wealthy, but faced intense pressure from their bases to resist certain compromises.
  • SYRIA: What began in 2011 as an outbreak of peaceful protests escalated into full-scale civil war pitting the beleaguered regime of Bashar Assad against a disparate but increasingly potent rebel opposition. The overall death toll climbed past 40,000, as the rebels made inroads toward Assad's bastion of Damascus. The U.S. and many other nations were supporting the opposition, albeit wary of outcomes that might help Islamic extremists gain power in the region.
  • SUPERSTORM SANDY: As a prelude, the storm named Sandy killed more than 70 people in the Caribbean. Then its high winds and high waters slammed into more than 800 miles of the eastern U.S. seaboard, killing at least 125 more people, and causing damage calculated at well over $60 billion — the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. New York and New Jersey were the worst hit, with several hundred thousand homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.
  • MASS SHOOTINGS: Armed with a high-powered rifle, 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and shot dead 20 children — all ages 6 and 7 — and six staff members in the second-worst school massacre in U.S. history. Sadly, it was only one of several mass shootings, including the killing of 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. After the Newtown tragedy, President Barack Obama and many others, including some staunch gun-rights supporters, said it was time to find ways to rein in gun violence.
  • OBAMACARE: By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court upheld the core elements of Obama's much-debated health care overhaul, which even he embraced as "Obamacare." The decisive vote came from John Roberts, the generally conservative-leaning chief justice. Mitt Romney, as GOP presidential nominee, vowed to repeal the law if he won, but Obama's victory ensured the plan would proceed, with complex ramifications for insurers, employers, health-care providers and state governments.
  • LIBYA: Amid yearlong turmoil in Libya, the Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, widely blamed on a group with suspected links to al-Qaeda, killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other Americans. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, later bowed out of consideration to be the next secretary of state because of her assertions in TV interviews that a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-Muslim video triggered the attack.

Dow Jones

  • High — 13,662
  • Low — 12,035

Forbes' World's Richest — Top Three

    1. Carlos Slim Helu; Mexico; telecommunications; $69.0 billion
    2. William Gates III; U.S.; computer software; $61.0 billion
    3. Warren Buffett; U.S.; stock market; $44.0 billion

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