Apra Talks 2018: Be Your Own Architect: A Blueprint for Building Bridges & Making Connections

Back by popular demand, Apra Talks is Apra's unique version of TED Talks, tailored specifically to Apra members and the topics that matter to you! 

As strategic information experts and insightful, collaborative partners, prospect development professionals are uniquely situated to serve as bridge-builders and connectors — not only within our immediate organizations, but across larger institutions and even industries. This year's Apra Talks will highlight three leaders who have developed successful, dynamic relationships with individuals, teams and organizations that have resulted in increased visibility and appreciation for the prospect development industry. 

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AmyTurbes_Resized.jpg Amy Turbes, Senior Director of Strategy, Research and Development, Creighton University

Amy Turbes currently holds the position of Senior Director of Strategy, Research and Development at Creighton University. She has worked in Prospect Development at Creighton for ten years.

Amy is proud to call Prospect Development her career and is privileged to be a volunteer with Apra. Amy has been involved with several committees including Chair of the Education and Professional Development and member of the Nominations Committee and Curriculum Planning Committee. Her first introduction to the prospect development community was with Apra-Great Plains where she previously served as Chapter President, Conference Chair and Member-at Large.

As a true extrovert, Amy loves connecting people dots. She believes deeply in the six degrees of separation rule and will make sure to figure out how you are connected or how she can connect you to someone. This part of her personality is genetic and adds to her love of fundraising strategy which has led to exciting conversations with strangers on airplanes.

About Amy's Talk: Build a Bridge and Get Over It!

We often hear about how we can better collaborate with others in our own organizations, such as Major Gift officers or the IT department.  What about groups with whom we don’t always necessarily work?  Annual Giving, Marketing and Communications, Event Planning, the Alumni Association—all of these teams can not only benefit from our expertise, but can serve as resources and partners in our efforts.

DaveTinker_Resized.jpg David Tinker, Certified AFP Master Trainer, Vice President of Advancement, ACHIEVA 

Dave is Vice President of Advancement at ACHIEVA and an adjunct professor of informatics at Muskingum University’s Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology program.

A certified Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer, he received the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive Award from the AFP Western PA chapter in 2013, has had numerous articles published in professional journals and has written curriculum for The Fund Raising School® at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Dave is a past president of the AFP Western PA chapter and has served in many volunteer roles for AFP International and his own chapter, where he is currently the Vice President of Resources.

He is the current board treasurer for the Brentwood Athletic Association where he also coaches youth softball. He is also serving on the UpPrize Advisory Committee. Dave has served in leadership positions on additional nonprofit boards including the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, YNPNPgh, Apra Western PA, PA Kiwanis, and Brewhouse Artists.

Dave received a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and English and a Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology from Muskingum University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Works – Indianapolis, Class III.

About David's Talk: Bridging the Gap in Fundraising

Building relationships with leadership is critical, no matter what type of institution you work in.  When we speak of leadership, we are typically thinking of our own leaders – the VP or President of our development team, or perhaps the head of the overall organization.  But what about other leaders?  Deans, department chairs, doctors, or C-suite executives are all individuals with whom we can and should be partnering to further the mission of our organization.

C-Chang3-1-e1517947534354.jpg Caroline Chang, Higher Education Consultant, TSI-Transforming Solutions Inc

After a highly successful career in higher education, Caroline Chang recently transitioned to consulting, working with a boutique firm based in Chicago, IL. She works only with higher education clients on topics ranging from CRM selection for advancement to organization redesign for research administration, from strategic planning to a fit-gap analysis for technology. As the former associate vice president for advancement services at Santa Clara University, Caroline Chang oversaw gift processing, records, reporting and technical services, training, research and prospect management, and analytics. She also managed the division's human resources, budgeting and facilities areas.

Previously, she was the director of operations for Stanford University's Office of Development, with responsibility for gift processing, biographic records and central files (imaging). Over the course of her career in Operations, she also had responsibility for training and reporting, the help desk, technical support and campaign operations. She began her career in development as a Stanford phone appeal volunteer, and then became director of student and young alumni development for The Stanford Fund. After five years in The Stanford Fund, which included several changes in responsibilities, she became director of annual giving for the Stanford University Medical Center in February 1995. After two years as annual giving director, she was lured by the call of operations and the challenges of converting to a client server database. She became Stanford's managing director of development operations in April 2003 and director of operations in November 2006.

Outside of higher education, Caroline is passionate about animals and often thinks of becoming a veterinary technician as her next career. She is president and co-founder of The Catz Meow, an all-volunteer cat transport organization started in May 2016.

Caroline holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University, and a master's degree in business administration from the Santa Clara University.

About Caroline's Talk: Spanning Bridges into New Horizons

Our first two speakers focused on the numerous connections available within our own organizations.  What about individuals and entities external to our institution?  There are numerous groups and associations centered on fundraising—AASP, CASE, AFP being a few—with which we have opportunities to share knowledge and build alliances.  Likewise, the many vendors with whom we work should not just be seen as providers of data or services, but also as partners in building stronger, better tools and continually pushing the limits of what we can do together.

Sharise Harrison.jpg Moderator: Sharise Harrison, Managing Director, Prospect Strategy and Research, Teach for America

Sharise Harrison is the Managing Director of Prospect Strategy and Research at Teach for America where she implements prospect development strategies across the national organization. During her 15 year career she has worked to create innovative systems and build relationships within the higher education, animal welfare, and healthcare industries.  She has collaborated with numerous organizations around improving communications, grateful patient analytics and maximizing research potential.  Sharise has a B.A. in History from LaSalle University, a M.A. in Humanities from Georgetown University and a Fundraising Operations Certificate from Rice University.