Friday, December 16, 2016

APRA Metro DC is partnering with AFP DC and CASE District II!

APRA Metro DC, AFP DC, and CASE District II are partnering up for docent-led tours of the Smithsonian's new permanent exhibition, Giving in America, at the National Museum of American History and a happy hour reception!  Find out more here.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

APRA Metro DC announces three new board members!

The APRA Metro DC board is proud to announce that it has elected three new members:
  • Newsletter Chair: Elizabeth Dickinson, Newseum, Coordinator of Donor Relations
  • Programming Chair: Catherine Flaatten, Share Our Strength, Prospect Research Analyst
  • Social Media Chair: Ana Morgenstern, Newseum, Manager of Research and Prospect Development 
You can read more about them here!

The board would like to thank Katie Mire and Javier Rodriguez for lending us their wisdom, enthusiasm, and can-do attitudes.  Thanks for your service to the APRA DC family!  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Remembering Daniel Greeley

APRA Colleagues,

The prospect development community and APRA Metro DC family experienced a tremendous loss this week. One of our board members, Daniel Greeley, passed away at the age of 29. He was the prospect researcher at the Land Trust Alliance and was a member of the board of American University's DC Young Alumni Chapter. Daniel was a driving force in our chapter and inspired many to volunteer with APRA. He was passionate about prospect development, his trips to nearly 100 national parks, being an American University Eagle, all things politics, his joy (and struggles!) as a first-time homeowner, and his family and beloved dog, Cinnamon. We will greatly miss his friendship, encouragement, optimism, and determination.

Some of you might have known Daniel from his work as the chair of the Prospect Research Track of the Curriculum Planning Committee for this year’s Prospect Development. He was so looking forward to attending and presenting at his first Prospect Development this year. Daniel was the author of the recent “Data Mining Political Giving: How to Read, Understand, and Use Political Giving Records in Prospect Research” cover story in APRA Connections, and had previously served as MARC Volunteer Co-Chair. Daniel had served as an APRA Metro DC board member since 2012, most recently as our Newsletter Chair.

As the APRA Metro DC chapter prepares for its annual conference next Thursday, the chapter will be reminded of the noticeable void Daniel’s passing has left in our community. In honor of Daniel’s contributions and impact on our chapter, the APRA Metro DC board of directors will award the Daniel H. Greeley Memorial Scholarship at our conference.

For those who want a clearer sense of Daniel’s character and unyielding spirit, one of his co-workers wrote a beautiful tribute to him:

Additionally, his family established The Daniel Greeley Memorial Scholarship Fund at American University:


Lindsey Nadeau
President, APRA Metro DC

Monday, April 18, 2016

APRA DC seeking board members

Are you looking for the next step in your professional development?  Do you want to meet engaged professionals in your industry?  Then consider joining the APRA DC Board of Directors!  We are currently seeking a programming chair and a social media chair.

Commitment: All levels of experience are welcome - we're looking for individuals who are passionate about philanthropy and want to get involved.  We have quarterly, in-person meetings and and occasional conference calls when needed.  It's a great way to build your resume and develop new skills with only a few hours of work each month.

Interested?  Know someone who would be a great fit?  Want more information?  Contact

The Board of Directors hopes to fill these positions by June, so don't delay!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Overcoming the "Overhead" Label and Embracing Analytics

This post has been shared with APRA Metro DC by Joshua Birkholz, Principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner. He consults leading nonprofits in higher education, healthcare, and human services in comprehensive campaigning, organizational structure, data-driven strategies, and productive business practices. He is widely regarded as a leading innovator in 21st-century development strategies.

Josh will be sharing his insights on advancing data-driven cultures in nonprofit organizations at our 2016 Annual Conference in his session, "Please Can I Help You Make More Money? Making the Case for Analytics". To see the full conference program, click here.

Overcoming the "Overhead" Label and Embracing Analytics
By Joshua Birkholz
Principal, Bentz Whaley Flessner

For more than 15 years, I’ve sung in the choir of analytics evangelists proclaiming the power of predictive science. I’ve seen programs transformed, new major gifts emerge, participation rates climb, and revenues double in only a few short years. Data science may be the greatest positive disrupter the fundraising industry has seen since the comprehensive campaign. But if you are reading this article, you are likely among the thousands who have tried to walk this road only to hear your leadership respond, “We can’t afford more overhead.”

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ask a Manager: Unexplored Partnerships

This special edition of Ask a Manager has been answered by Chris Pipkins, Associate Vice President, Advancement Information Services at James Madison University. Chris will discuss the role of planned giving in a campaign and provide a case study for expanding researcher's efforts into planned giving at our 2016 Annual Conference in his session, "Expanding Research's Scope: Loyalty, Value and Planned Giving". To see the full conference program, click here.

Question: Where is there opportunity for prospect development professionals to better partner with key, under-served areas within advancement? Why do you think we've overlooked them?

Answer: The opportunities for prospect development professionals to partner are “large and contain multitudes” as Walt Whitman might have said if he were talking about our profession. Historically, Research offices have played a central role in building major gift cultures and operations at institutions relatively new to large comprehensive campaigns. We have been doing so predominantly

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 conference registration is open!

Can't hardly wait? Neither can we...2016 APRA Metro DC Conference website and registration is LIVE! Check out our amazing speakers and sponsors!  More info here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Deadline Approaching - APRA Metro DC Scholarship

We are excited to again be offering a APRA Metro DC Scholarship, generously sponsored by Bentz Whaley Flessner! This year the award has built in flexibility that would allow the awardee to attend conferences and professional development events like APRA Prospect Development, ARC, AASP Summit and DC Regional Conference, CASE District II Annual Conference, DRIVE or Continuing Education Courses.

Applications due on February 29, 2016. For more info see our Scholarship page.
This is the perfect opportunity for a chapter member who is among the following:
  • New to prospect development, seeking a well-rounded foundation
  • Employed at an organization without professional development funding
  • Seeking new professional development opportunities outside of APRA
  • Seasoned professional who is seeking continuing education courses

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ask a Manager: Prioritizing Projects

Question: I have been tasked with several high-priority projects that I'm excited about working on. They are all great opportunities for me to develop different skills, but I'm struggling how to I prioritize when all of the projects are so important. My organization is short staffed, and I don't want to be seen as not pitching in. 

Answer 1: It's certainly hard to know where to start when everything is urgent and important, that doesn't allow for too much use of things like the Covey quadrant.  Here are a few techniques you've likely thought of or used already! 
  • Make a list of the projects and determine what is relatively easy/quick.  Those could be done first.  Or, take this same list and number it - 1 is your thing to tackle first, 2 is second, etc.  Ask questions to make sure you understand the project's scope!  Plan your work, work your plan.
  • Most often you need to make progress on several things at once.  It may be easiest to schedule the time on your calendar in work blocks.  For 90 minutes (or 120

Ringing in the New Year

APRA Metro DC has some great opportunities in 2016 for you to become more engaged in the local prospect research community!

Be sure to check out the Events page with details on the January Networking Happy Hour (1/19) and Professional Development Panel at USHMM (2/17).

If you're seeking new professional challenges this year, the Jobs Postings page is regularly updated.

Engage with us on Facebook, Linked In and Twitter and receive industry articles and info on professional development opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016!