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APRA-IL Fall Conference

  • Fri, October 23, 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL


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Base fee:

APRA-IL 2015 Fall Conference:

Philanthropy Trends

  Rush University Medical Center

5th Floor Searle Conference Center, Main Lounge

1725 W. Harrison, Chicago, IL 60612

     Friday October 23, 2015 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

7:30 a.m.-  8:30 a.m.

APRA-IL Board and Committee Photo and Member Headshots.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Networking, Headshots & Registration

10:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.

WelcomeKatie Ingrao, APRA-IL

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session 1: Where are the Wealthy Women? Jen Filla and Preeti Gill

 Women are influencing, controlling, and owning a substantial chunk of the world’s wealth. The 2015 FORBES World’s Billionaires list witnessed 29 women whose wealth is self-made. Isn’t it about time we started to pay attention to the women inside (and outside) of our donor databases? Join Preeti Gill and Jen Filla for a discussion on women, wealth and philanthropy, and what you can do to include wealthy women in your prospect pools.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Served:  Annual Chapter Update and Membership Committee Presentation

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Prospect Management Panel:

Rodney Young, DePaul University

Rebekah O’Brien, Northwestern University

Tammy Serrano, Illinois Institute of Technology

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Session 2: Innovate or Die! 3 Big Trends Affecting Prospect Research Jen Filla

There are three BIG trends affecting our fundraising and therefore prospect research. These economic, cultural and data-driven trends have the potential to be very disruptive. Don’t be caught unaware! Join Jen Filla to learn what you can do to support your organization’s fundraising as we all begin to experience the changes brought about by these trends.

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Optional Happy Hour: Park Tavern

Speaker Bios:

Jennifer Filla: A long time ago in a far-away career, Jen Filla got hooked on research as a legal secretary. For more than ten years now she has been helping fundraisers with prospect research. She is President of Aspire Research Group LLC, CEO of the Prospect Research Institute and co-author of Prospect Research for Fundraisers: The Essential Handbook. She believes that the best learning and working includes creativity and fun.

Preeti GillPreeti has spent her entire working career in Prospect Research, starting out as an assistant in her alma mater’s advancement division. She has worked in both large and small shops in higher education and the community foundation movement. Recently, she moved into a fundraising position at a public library system where she's putting her prospecting skills to great use! She is also diving into independent prospect research. You can learn more about her at preetigill.ca.

Preeti has enjoyed attending the last two APRA-IL conferences in Chicago and is a current member of this chapter in addition to APRA-Northwest. She is Chair of APRA International’s Editorial Advisory Committee which publishes Connections.

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