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Apra-IL events and programs are designed to support your work and career development. Connect and learn with us. 

Check out upcoming programming. Contact us with questions or program ideas.

Upcoming events

    • Wed, February 20, 2019
    • Wed, December 18, 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Conference Call
     All active members are welcome to attend this meeting

    1. Roll Call

    2. General Board Business

    3. Treasurer's Report

    4. Membership and Marketing

    5. Programming 

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    • Fri, April 26, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Rochester, NY

    Please join APRA-NY for an exciting day of learning, networking, and prospecting in Rochester, NY. Our annual spring conference will have you exploring new topics and learning best practices from several industry professionals. We look forward to seeing everyone for the day!

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    Conference Hotel

    Holiday Inn Downtown Rochester
    Rate: $109.00 / night

    Note:  Book your room by the afternoon of Friday, April 5, 2019, to secure the APRA-NY conference room rate.

    • To make reservations:

      Call 1-800 HOLIDAY or the hotel directly at 585-546-3450 and ask for the Reservations Dept. and mention the group name (Apra NY Chapter) and the dates.


       Online by visiting the hotels website www.HolidayInn.com/rochesterdtwn and entering the Group Code: APR


    APRA-NY Conference Scholarship

    APRA-NY members can apply for the Conference Scholarship. One deserving applicant will be awarded free admittance to the conference.

    Conference Sessions & Speakers

    • Building, Scaling, and Sustaining a Successful Patient and Family Giving Program
      Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Assistant VP, Patient and Family Giving, University of Rochester Medical Center

      Gifts from patients and families have produced programs, wings, buildings and have endowed professorships and research funds. Yet, success stories are often anecdotal, sporadic – and sometimes unanticipated. The team at the University of Rochester Medical Center challenged themselves to build a program that would build strong partnerships with providers and produce consistent fundraising success. The Prospect Development team was a critical partner throughout the development of this program and prospect development best practices were critical in designing the system, analyzing results to enhance strategy and demonstrating success. In just a short amount of time, URMC has done just that, realizing a quadrupling of referrals from providers and a 67 percent increase in dollars raised from patients. 

      In this session, we will share the keys to designing a successful patient and family giving program as well as our lessons learned along the way. Choosing the right people and scaffolding them with the infrastructure, training and coaching to be successful takes a bit of science and a bit of art. At the conclusion of this presentation and discussion, you will have an enhanced understanding of both.

    • Skyscrapers and Ski Lifts: An In-Depth Look at Real Estate in NYC and Resort Town USA
      Kelly A. Labrecque, Senior Researcher, The Helen Brown Group LLC
      Josh Ostroski, Research Associate, The Helen Brown Group LLC

      Real estate is a major factor in determining a prospect’s capacity. Since a great number of our high net worth prospects have multiple homes around the country, it is important to know where to look to confirm ownership and how to estimate value. 
      This session will be divided into two parts: Part I) Researching New York City Property Assets and Part II) Looking at Values and Trends in Western Resort Towns.

      Part I, presented by Kelly Labrecque, will focus on confirming ownership, estimating property value, and following real estate market trends in New York City. This market was chosen because of the relative challenge it presents to both new and seasoned researchers. She will first give an overview of the real estate market New York City, including the average cost of living, up and coming neighborhoods, and current sales trends. Next, she will focus on the different types of real estate in New York City such as, cooperative apartments, condominiums, and townhouses. Finally, she will present tools (free and subscription-based) for confirming ownership and estimating the value of the different property types. 

      Part II, presented by Josh Ostroski, will focus primarily on real estate in the resort towns of the Western United States. He will discuss the markets and the current and future factors that affect real estate values such as: climate, ski resort consolidation, increased year-round activities, and local and national economies. He will provide information on current trends, in addition to potential pitfalls to look for when researching these areas. Real-life examples and tools will be provided to further clarify these topics.

    • An Interactive Discussion on Parent and Family Giving at Large and Small Institutions
      Bill Barry, Executive Director, Office of Family Giving and the Joseph I. Lubin Society, Syracuse University

      Bring your questions about parent giving to this interactive discussion with a seasoned family giving professional who has deep expertise at both university and private high school levels.  A wide-ranging discussion will touch on gift strategies, working cooperatively with the Admissions staff, cultivation timelines, parent volunteer efforts, parent events, and gift societies.

    Conference Agenda

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    8:30 a.m.

    Registration & Breakfast
    Networking & Continental Breakfast

    9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
    Patti Whitford and Meredith Smith
    9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Building, Scaling, and Sustaining a Successful Patient and Family Giving Program

    Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Assistant VP, Patient and Family Giving, University of Rochester Medical Center

    11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

    Brain Dates: An Interactive Networking Session

    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking and Lunch by Madeline’s Catering – Taproom
    12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    APRA-NY Update – President, Patti Whitford

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    An Interactive Discussion on Parent and Family Giving at Large and Small Institutions

    Bill Barry, Executive Director, Office of Family giving and the Joseph I. Lubin Society, Syracuse University
    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Skyscrapers and Ski Lifts: An In-Depth Look at Real Estate in NYC and Resort Town USA

    Kelly A. Labrecque, Senior Researcher, & Josh Ostroski, Research Associate, The Helen Brown Group LLC

    4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks


    $100.00 APRA-NY Members

    $150.00 Non-Member Conference Registration (includes APRA-NY membership for one year)

    Click here for more informationSTER NOW

    • Fri, April 26, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Nashville, TN

    Apra MidSouth SpringConference

    Friday, April 26th in Nashville, TN

    9.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. includes delicious lunch on site

    The Cafe at Thistle Farms - Education Room, 5122 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

    The State of Prospect Research

    Development professionals – join us! Our largest gathering of 2019 will explore the intriguing, growing realm of prospect research. We will examine trends in fundraising data, fundraising strategies, and bottom-line results for increased contributions in the not for profit sphere.

    Whether you are a part of a large development enterprise, a one-person shop – or somewhere in between – all levels of expertise are welcome.

    A better use of information is our theme – and speakers and attendees should anticipate a compelling, dynamic time together. Our day will include a keynote address, get-toknow-others group time including lunch, and a panel discussion of prospect research professionals. Come be a part of it all!

    Keynote speaker:

    Angie Stapleton, The Helen Brown Group

    Conference pricing is $25 for current APRA MidSouth members, $50 for non-members, and $60 for new members including conference registration.

    Contact apramidsouth@apramidsouth.org for additional information. See this link for more details. 

    • Fri, May 03, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Chicago Harper Court, 5235 South Harper Court, Conference Room 1121, Chicago, IL
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    Apra-IL Spring Symposium

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    9:30 am - 3:30 pm (with happy hour to follow)

    University of Chicago Harper Court, 5235 South Harper Court, Conference Room 1121, Chicago, IL


    9:30 - 10:00 Registration & pastries/coffee

    10:00 - 10:15 Welcome & chapter update

    10:15 - 11:30 Session #1

    Creating and Executing a Data-Driven Prospect Management Policy

    Presenters from the University of Chicago:

    Kristine Lo, Associate Director, Prospect Management

    Rose Haley, Analyst, Prospect Management

    11:30 - 12:00 Get to know your fellow Apra-IL members (guided)

    12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

    1:00 - 1:45 Get to know your fellow Apra-IL members (guided)

    1:45 - 2:00 BREAK

    2:00 - 3:15 Session #2

    Crazy Requests from Important People

    Presenters from Northwestern University:

    Dan Zarlenga, Associate Director, Prospect Research & Management

    Amy Langenberg, Prospect Information Analyst

    3:15 - 3:30 Wrap-up & directions for happy hour

    3:30 - 5:00 Happy Hour: Jolly Pumpkin 

    • Thu, May 16, 2019
    • Fri, May 17, 2019
    • Lake Tahoe, CA

    CARA Conference 2019

    May 16-17, 2019 | Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel | #CARAByTheLake

    CARA Conference 2019, hosted in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, is an excellent opportunity for advancement research professionals to come together and learn about the best practices and trends emerging in our field. The conference offers two days of diverse educational sessions addressing the changing landscape of our field, as well as unmatched networking opportunities. 

    Click here for more information

    • Fri, May 17, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Seattle, WA

    2019 Apra-NW Conference

    May 17, 2019

    8:30 AM-4:00 PM

    Seattle Public Library

    Downtown Branch

    Level 4, Room 1

    1000 4th Ave

    Seattle, WA 98104

    Join Apra-NW for our 2019 annual conference!

    • Gain insight on why diversity, equity, and inclusion matter for nonprofits and philanthropy

    • Explore new trends in the prospect management, research, and analytics
    • Build and grow relationships with colleagues from across the Apra-NW region

    Keynote Panel on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy

    Apra-NW is excited to announce that our keynote for the conference will be a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, moderated by Elyse Gordon from Philanthropy Northwest. Elyse is the Senior Program Manager focusing on how we can make philanthropy more inclusive, equitable, and transparent. She is always looking for new ways to bring these values to non-profit organizations, donors, boards, and volunteers and we're excited that she has agreed to lead this thought-provoking conversation at the 2019 Apra-NW conference. 



    Registration and Breakfast


    Welcoming Remarks


    • Perspectives on Diversity Fundraising
    • Two Approaches to Prospect Optimization
    • Keynote Panel: Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy 
    • Black Philanthropy: On Higher Education


    Happy Hour Reception


     The Apra-NW Chapter awards one scholarship to an Apra-NW member to allow the recipient to attend its annual conference by providing funds to cover the cost of the attendance. Funds will be applied directly to conference fees. Click here to apply. 

    Due date is April 12th
    Recipient announced by April 19th



    For more information on parking by the Seattle Public Library Downtown Branch click here. The library is accessible by the Link Light Rail and Metro Bus. 


    Mayflower Park Hotel
    405 Olive Way
    Seattle, WA 98101

    $185 per night (singles and doubles)

    Discounted overnight valet parking of $25
    Group rate held until April 25th
    Click here for APRA-NW room rates. 

    Take in an opera! 

    APRA-NW is excited to offer a discount to the Seattle Opera's production of Carmen.
    This will give them 20% of single tickets for the Saturday, May 18th performance - subject to some seating restrictions. APRA-NW group code: SOAPRA20

    Thank you to our Generous Sponsors: 

    Diamond Sponsor

    Silver Sponsor

     Questions?  Contact Apra-NW Conference Chair Sandy Jeter. 

    Click here for more information

    • Wed, May 22, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Chaska, MN

    Apra-MN 2019 Conference with Michael Cuevli

    Wednesday, May 22nd @ 8:00-4:30

    Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

    3675 Arboretum Dr

    Chaska, MN

    Michael Quevli, Bond Lammey, and Mark Egge will present. 

    Click here for more information

    • Tue, June 04, 2019
    • Wed, June 05, 2019
    • Indianapolis, Indiana

    2019 Apra Indiana Skills Workshop

    Tuesday, June 4th - Wednesday, June 5th

    Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN

    Apra Indiana is offering a special discount to all Apra Illinois members for the Apra Indiana Basic & Advanced Skills Workshop on June 4 and 5, 2019 at the Central Library in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Apra Indiana has taken this popular conference and expanded it to two days to include four keynote speakers and two tracks of content for both new and seasoned professionals. In addition to a great lineup of speakers, we are excited to announce we will be offering free professional headshots on day 2 (Wednesday, June 5) of the conference!

    Check out our full lineup of speakers and session titles and our keynote speakers:

    Ann Emery, Data Visualization Speaker & Designer

    Christina Pulawski, Independent Consultant, Christina Pulawski Consulting

    Dee Metaj, IU Foundation Vice President for Development at IUPUI

    Marianne Pelletier, Managing Director of Staupell Analytics Groups

    Don't delay! Early bird registration is still available through Monday, April 15, 2019. Make sure to take advantage of the Apra Illinois discount! We hope to see you there!

    Click here for more information

    The Skills Workshop is sponsored by iWave

    • Wed, July 31, 2019
    • Sat, August 03, 2019
    • Phoenix, AZ

    2019 PD Banner

    Save the Date for Prospect Development 2019

    Plan to join Apra for Prospect Development 2019, taking place July 31 -  August 3 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ. 

    What Was Prospect Development 2018 Like?

    Prospect Development 2018 took place August 8 - 11 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This annual event drew a record number of prospect development professionals for a week of focused education and engaging networking opportunities. 

    Access conference materials here. Log in using your Apra website account for access. If you do not have an Apra account, visit the Join Apra page and select "Register as an Apra guest." Download the CFRE tracker here

Past events

Fri, April 12, 2019 Apra-WI Spring Conference
Wed, April 10, 2019 NEDRA Annual Conference
Thu, April 04, 2019 Apra Great Lakes 2020 Planning Call & Volunteering Opportunity
Tue, March 12, 2019 Happy Hour: Help! I Only have 2 Slides!
Tue, March 05, 2019 Apra-IL Webinar: A Look At Data Analysis Tools, or Why You Should Learn R
Thu, February 28, 2019 New Researchers Symposium
Wed, February 27, 2019 Volunteer with APRA-IL Happy Hour
Mon, February 04, 2019 2019 Chapters Share the Knowledge
Wed, January 16, 2019 2019 APRA-IL Board Retreat
Tue, December 18, 2018 Board and Committee Meeting
Thu, November 15, 2018 Apra-IL Happy Hour
Wed, November 07, 2018 RESCHEDULED Webinar: Two Challenges, One Spreadsheet to Address Them
Thu, November 01, 2018 Apra PD: Plug In to Relationship
Fri, October 12, 2018 Apra-IL Fall Networking Event
Thu, August 09, 2018 Annual Breakfast in Pittsburgh
Wed, August 08, 2018 Apra PD
Wed, June 27, 2018 Salon: Cryptocurrency
Fri, May 04, 2018 Spring Symposium 2018
Tue, April 17, 2018 Eat with Apra-IL
Fri, March 23, 2018 Apra-IL Webinar: Show Me the Monet: Using Art as a Wealth Indicator
Thu, February 08, 2018 Apra-IL Share the Knowledge Webinar
Fri, January 26, 2018 2018 Board Retreat
Thu, December 21, 2017 Eat with Apra-IL
Mon, December 04, 2017 Webinar: Apra-MidSouth
Thu, November 09, 2017 Board Open House Happy Hour
Fri, October 27, 2017 Apra-IL Fall Networking Conference
Thu, September 28, 2017 Apra-IL/SLA Happy Hour Mixer
Mon, September 25, 2017 Webinar: Apra-MN lead
Fri, September 22, 2017 Apra-WI Fall Conference
Sat, September 09, 2017 Apra-IL Field Trip: Chicago Botanical Gardens
Thu, September 07, 2017 Eat with Apra-IL!
Thu, July 27, 2017 Midwest Happy Hour!
Thu, July 27, 2017 Annual Apra-IL Chapter Breakfast
Wed, June 28, 2017 Eat with Apra-IL
Tue, June 20, 2017 Webinar: Reevaluating Campaign Goals- University of Chicago
Fri, June 09, 2017 Member Appreciation Event: SPiN Chicago
Thu, May 18, 2017 Eat with APRA-IL
Fri, May 05, 2017 APRA-IL Spring Symposium
Wed, March 22, 2017 Salon: Private Companies
Wed, February 22, 2017 Eat with APRA-IL
Thu, February 09, 2017 Share the Knowledge Week Happy Hour
Wed, January 11, 2017 Webinar: What Lies Ahead for Fundraising Pros in 2017
Tue, December 20, 2016 Programming Committee Meeting
Thu, December 08, 2016 Holiday Happy Hour!
Fri, November 11, 2016 AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series
Fri, October 21, 2016 APRA-MI Fall Conference
Thu, October 20, 2016 Eat with APRA-IL!
Fri, September 30, 2016 APRA-IL Fall Networking Conference
Thu, August 18, 2016 Eat with APRA-IL!
Thu, August 11, 2016 APRA-IL Field Trip: Art Institute
Thu, July 28, 2016 Midwest Happy Hour-PD 2016
Thu, July 28, 2016 APRA-IL Annual Breakfast
Wed, July 27, 2016 APRA International 2016- Nashville
Wed, July 13, 2016 APRA-IL Salon
Wed, June 29, 2016 Webinar: Researching Public Filings with Success
Thu, June 16, 2016 Eat with APRA!
Mon, June 06, 2016 ARC Conference
Tue, May 17, 2016 APRA-IL Field Trip: Museum of Contemporary Art
Thu, May 12, 2016 APRA-IL Happy Hour
Tue, April 26, 2016 Industry Corner: Webinar with Namrata Padhi
Wed, April 13, 2016 APRA and SLA Networking Event
Thu, April 07, 2016 Eat with APRA!
Wed, March 30, 2016 APRA-IL Field Trip: The Oriental Institute
Fri, March 04, 2016 Membership and Marketing Committee: Marketing
Wed, February 17, 2016 Prospect Research and Competitive Intelligence: Exploring Two Sides of Our Profession
Wed, February 10, 2016 Salon: Corporate and Foundation Research
Fri, February 05, 2016 Membership and Marketing Committee
Thu, January 21, 2016 APRA-IL Field Trip- Adler After Dark
Fri, January 15, 2016 Membership and Marketing Committee
Tue, December 08, 2015 Membership and Marketing Committee
Sun, November 01, 2015 APRA-IL Board Election
Fri, October 23, 2015 APRA-IL Fall Conference
Wed, October 21, 2015 APRA-MN Fall Conference
Fri, October 16, 2015 APRA-WI Fall Conference
Fri, October 16, 2015 APRA-MI Fall Conference
Tue, September 15, 2015 Call for Board Nominations
Thu, September 10, 2015 Finance and Governance Committee
Thu, August 27, 2015 Basic & Advanced Skills Workshop
Wed, August 26, 2015 APRA-IL Salon- Evanston Edition
Fri, July 24, 2015 Midwest Chapters Happy Hour
Thu, July 23, 2015 APRA International Conference: IL Chapter Breakfast
Wed, July 22, 2015 APRA International Conference 2015
Sat, June 13, 2015 APRA-IL Frank Lloyd Wright Outing
Tue, May 12, 2015 APRA-MN Spring 2015 Conference
Fri, May 01, 2015 APRA-IL Basic Skills Workshop
Fri, April 24, 2015 APRA-WI Spring 2015 Conference
Fri, April 17, 2015 APRA-MI Spring 2015 Conference
Fri, April 17, 2015 APRA-IN Spring 2015 Conference
Fri, April 10, 2015 APRA Great Plains Conference
Wed, March 25, 2015 APRA-IL Salon
Sat, February 28, 2015 APRA-IL Field Museum Field Trip
Wed, February 18, 2015 Board and Committee Meeting
Thu, February 12, 2015 Meet Your APRA-IL Board!
Thu, February 12, 2015 Webinar - Prospecting in Latin America
Wed, December 17, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, December 16, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Mon, December 15, 2014 Membership Committee Meeting
Wed, November 19, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, November 18, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Wed, October 15, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, October 14, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Fri, October 03, 2014 Data Analytics Fall Conference
Wed, September 17, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, September 16, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Wed, August 20, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, August 19, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Thu, July 31, 2014 APRA International Happy Hour
Wed, July 30, 2014 APRA International Conference
Tue, July 15, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Wed, June 18, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, June 17, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Fri, June 06, 2014 Basic Skills Workshop 2014
Wed, May 21, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, May 20, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Tue, April 22, 2014 Programming Committee Meeting
Wed, April 16, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, April 15, 2014 Financial Industry Overview and Happy Hour (Lewis University)
Fri, April 04, 2014 Financial Industry Overview and Happy Hour (University of Chicago)
Thu, March 27, 2014 Researchers in Restaurants (Chicago)
Wed, March 19, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Wed, February 19, 2014 Board and Committee Meeting
Tue, February 18, 2014 Researchers in Restaurants

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