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Apra-IL & Related Organization Events

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

    • Mon, February 04, 2019
    • Fri, February 15, 2019


    After five successful years, plans are underway for Chapters Share the Knowledge 2019! Chapters Share the Knowledge is a program to feature educational offerings from Apra chapters that will take place from February 4-15, 2019. All chapters are invited to participate by creating an educational presentation via:

    • Webinar 
    • Podcast
    • Panel conversation
    • Article or case study or white paper
    • Social media
    • Twitter Chat
    • Other presentation based on available technology and budget 


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

    1. Roll Call

    2. General Board Business

    3. Treasurer's Report

    4. Membership and Marketing
    5. Programming 
    • Thu, February 28, 2019
    New Researchers Symposium | Winter 2019

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    February 28, 2019 I Chicago

    Hosted at Harry Caray's Resturant, 33 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL

    With additional online learning leading up to the in-person event

    Apra is excited to bring you another New Researchers Symposium in 2019! This winter 2019 program brings back the popular in-person networking opportunities and exercises combined with web-based learning in the weeks leading up to the event. Register for the New Researchers Symposium and you will have access to the online community of attendees and faculty experts, and a one-day, hands-on training taking place Thursday, February 28.

    The program focuses on the four key areas of prospect development: Campaigns, Prospect Research, Prospect Management, and Data Analytics. 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 explores 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.

    Look for more information, including the faculty lineup and full agenda for the in-person event, to come soon!

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    Who Should Attend?

    Fundraising professionals new to prospect development who wish to fast-track their capabilities and skill set.

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    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.

    Hear from Past Attendees

    What Else is Included in NRS Registration?

    In the 6-8 weeks leading up to the event, NRS 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!

    Eight information-packed webinars will be made available for on-demand access across the below topics to prepare you for the hands-on day in Chicago, which will cover more around ethical considerations, reporting prospect data and creating quality research products. The webinars are between 15-45 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

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

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    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

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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