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ARC Talks by Local Experts

Tue, May 24, 2016 10:42 AM | Deleted user

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Take a look at these talks by local presenters:

Sarah Brandywine Johnson, Research Analyst at the University of Chicago will be talking on “Shoperations: Research Shop Administration for Researchers” on June 7 at 3:30pm – 4:45pm.


Shoperations: Research Shop Administration for Researchers is an overview of organizational and administrative tips and tricks for running the "office" side of a Prospect Research office: budget, information and project management, cat-herding, and communication for shops big and small, presented by a current research analyst and former project manager. Attendees will learn how to organize and manage office operations, come to understand the unsung value of post-it notes, and explore various software applications to assist in tracking tasks, communicating with fellow researchers, and storing information that just does not quite fit in a database.

Klara Mueggenburg, PhD, Business Systems Analyst at Northwestern University, will be giving her presentation entitled: "Exploring the Relationship between Engagement and Giving" on June 8th from 9am to 10:15am.


Engagement leads to giving. This statement makes intuitive sense to most alumni relations and development professionals. Yet when asked to quantitatively show the relationship, we struggle initially with even defining engagement. Should it just include events and volunteering activity, or should it also include alumni club membership and online alumni community activity? This session will provide steps for examining engagement and its relationship to giving. It will discuss how to define and measure engagement, how to improve data quality to support reporting, how to use graphs to explore trends in data, how to construct an engagement or affinity score, and finally, how to effectively present this information. Understanding how engagement and giving relate to each other can empower organizations to evaluate event and volunteering programs, and can strengthen the collaboration between the alumni relations and fundraising team.


Elisa Shoenberger, Benchmarking Analyst at Grenzenbach Glier and Associates, will be presenting “Everything You Wanted to Know about Foundations but Were Too Afraid to Ask” on June 7 at 2:00pm to 3:15pm.


Ever wanted to understand the difference between a family foundation and a private operating foundation? Confused when reading 990 forms? This session is all foundations, all the time. We’ll look at how foundations are formed and important considerations for new foundations. We’ll explore the different foundation types. We’ll explore the wonders of the 990 forms and talk about research products that I’d developed and used in my role as Senior Prospect Management and Research analyst in the past. We’ll also talk about interviews made with people who work and run small foundations about their work and their views on the grand world of foundations.


Stay tuned for more sessions from APRA-IL members and legacy members and click here for more information from APRA International about ARC!

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