Apra Fundamentals: Prospect Research

Now taking place October 19, 21 and 23, 2020! 

Apra is excited to bring you Apra Fundamentals: Prospect Research! Same great content as the New Researchers Symposium, with a brand-new look. We've changed our name, but this 2020 program continues to host online networking opportunities and exercises combined with additional learning in the weeks leading up to the event. Register for Apra Fundamentals and you will not only have access to the online community of attendees and faculty experts, but also the opportunity to attend a virtual program taking place October, 19, 21, and 23. 

The program focuses on the four key areas of prospect development: Campaigns, Prospect Research, Prospect Management, and Data Science. It also explores fundraising terms and technologies as well as techniques and resources for finding and analyzing biographical, background, and financial information; introduces participants to corporate and foundation research, and delves into how available data can be used to formulate gift capacities and inform fundraising operations. In addition, the program covers guiding concepts related to prospect research, such as navigating ethical considerations in conducting research, best practices for managing and reporting prospect data, and creating quality research products.

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Who Should Attend?

Fundraising professionals new to prospect development who wish to fast-track their capabilities and skill set. And, professionals who may have been affected by COVID-19 that transitioned into a new role these past six months. 

What Will You Learn?

  • Practical skills and knowledge to be applied immediately in prospect development work.
  • The critical role prospect development plays in the fundraising process.
  • How rewarding and FUN it is to work in the field of prospect development!
  • Attendees will also have multiple opportunities to share experiences with other colleagues new to the field, begin to build a network of professional contacts, and acquire materials that will help to improve their work.

Each day of the event will cover unique topics that can be viewed on the agenda page. All three days consist of 1.5 hours of learning from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST with an optional Q&A session from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST on each of the three days. The virtual learning will involve high interaction with your fellow peers and expert faculty members. You will be working in groups on projects, networking with your peers and asking questions to the faculty members.

What Else is Included in Apra Fundamentals Registration?

In the weeks leading up to the event, registrants will be given access to an online community to network with fellow attendees, download resource material, and communicate with faculty experts. Make the most of your registration by contributing to this community!

The online learning before the event—consisting of about four hours’ worth of module training and access to a community of experts—is mandatory. It is designed to prepare you for the event education, which will cover more around ethical considerations, reporting prospect data and creating quality research products. The webinars are between 15-70 minutes each and include: 

  • Prospect Research Overview
  • Researching Individuals: Biographical Information
  • Researching Individuals: Wealth Indicators
  • Corporate and Foundation Research
  • Estimating Capacity Ratings
  • Prospect Identification
  • Relationship Management
  • Campaigns
  • Ethics

Apra Fundamentals: Prospect Research is sponsored by: 

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