Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Breakfast Event: Researchers' Roundtable Discussion Groups
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 8:30am - 9:30am
Location: District House at The George Washington University
2121 H St NW, Room B114 | Metro: Foggy Bottom

Pondering questions? Facing challenges? Beset by obstacles? Your research colleagues can help! Join us for a Researchers' Roundtable to share your knowledge and find solutions with a small group of your cohorts. Each discussion group (Prospect Research, Relationship Management, and Data Analytics) will be facilitated by an Apra Metro DC board member. Results from each group will be shared with all attendees of this event.

*Light refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to current Apra Metro DC members only.*

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lunch Presentation: A Researcher’s Guide to the Galaxy…of Resources
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 11:45am - 12:45pm
(optional Q&A from 12:45PM - 1:00PM)

Location: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Classroom A | Metro: Smithsonian

     The current state of resources for prospect researchers is seemingly endless. There are pay-as-you-go, subscription, and free tools; websites, podcasts, books, and articles; sources for real estate, stock, private company information, salary surveys, philanthropic giving, and biographical information. How do you make sense of it all?

     Bond Lammey, Managing Associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner and Apra International Board Member, will walk through options to consider in determining which resources to use for which types of requests. She’ll also highlight some specific options for resources by asset/wealth indicator. Attendees should come prepared to discuss their favorite resources and will leave with some new tools to hit the ground running!

     *Lunch will be provided. This free event is open to current APRA Metro DC members only.*


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fall Kickoff Networking Happy Hour!
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Iron Horse Tap Room, 507 7th St NW | Metro: Gallery Place

Let's start the 2017-2018 programming year right with drinks, friends, and fun! Bring your business card to be entered in the raffle! Non-members are welcome.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

RE-RUN: Philanthropic Game Changer: Strategies for Donor Advised Funds
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: GoTo Webinar

In case you missed it, we are re-running our June webinar on DAFs:

Donor advised funds (DAFs) certainly aren’t a new philanthropic trend, but they are gaining momentum and, for better or worse, are grabbing headlines in the process. DAFs are quickly replacing the traditional family foundation as the must-have giving vehicle of the UHNW world. While most organizations are used to receiving distributions at an annual-fund level, DAFs are quickly becoming a factor in transformational giving. Fidelity Charitable Giving reported that DAF distributions of $1 million or more increased 27% in 2015. So how do prospect development professionals maximize grants from DAFs? Webinar participants will learn the basics of how DAFs operate, take a look at the different types of DAFs, assess the philanthropic profile of a DAF donor, review why DAFs are popular, and learn about strategies to cultivate DAF grants. 

Cost: Free to members of APRA Metro DC and APRA Carolinas only; $20 for all others.

Presenter: Lindsey Nadeau, Associate Director, Presidential & Principal Gifts, The George Washington University

This webinar is co-presented by APRA DC and APRA Carolinas.

Register Here!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Participate in our 2017 Metro DC Salary Survey Today!

Are you interested in how your salary stacks up against your peers in our market? Are you hiring a new position and want to know about DC-area trends?  DC's competitive job market is one of a kind, yet salary surveys often group DC within the wider Mid-Atlantic, undervaluing our unique abundance of opportunity and talent. Your participation in our 2017 Salary Survey will provide a more accurate representation of prospect development professionals in the region.

Survey participation is completely anonymous. Results will be distributed to chapter members.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 Conference Registration is now open!

Can't hardly wait? Neither can we...the APRA Metro DC 2017 Conference webpages and registration are LIVE! Check out our amazing speakers and sponsors!  More info here.

#ResearchPride month is here!

Dear Apra peeps and all of my fellow fundraisers,

March is when the entirety of the Prospect Development profession joins together in celebrating our fabulousness. To me, #ResearchPride month is a reminder to our community to find our #PowerTone (or #PowerPose!) by speaking up and often, to demonstrate a sense of community among fellow professionals, and to highlight the added value we bring to partnerships with our key stakeholders. To me, the most important part of that triad is the latter bit about partnerships.

That might be controversial given it’s #ResearchPride month, but I’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous gift officers of varying background, experience, and seniority that have helped me find my own #ResearchPride. My working relationships with these individuals are make or break for my success in a shop. My #ResearchPride is not just in my personal contribution, or that of my team’s, but in the holistic partnership I have with my gift officers. So I wanted to share some of my personal moments of #ResearchPride that specifically highlight when gift officers have made me proud to be a researcher.

To the various road warriors I’ve worked with:
  • Thank you for sharing your successes with me by stopping in just to update me on the positive impact my research had on your visit or ask. This is the Holy Grail for a researcher and literally all I need at times to keep going. 
  • Thank you for thinking of research early and often by bringing us in on conversations from the get-go. We are here to help, and it warms my heart when you embrace that. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ask a Manager: Expanding Your Shop

Question: At the moment, I’m the sole researcher for my organization. I am formulating a plan for what an expanded (and currently hypothetical) Office of Prospect Research would look like, were I to branch out and add a few additional people in the coming years. It’s a long-term goal, and I thought I’d ask for suggestions.

Answer: First I must admit that I’ve never expanded from a one-person shop; however, I have had the opportunity to increase the size of the research team as well as the biographical data team but any staffing and restructuring needs should be based on the growth and plan for the organization. Since the details on the organization were left out of the request, my response is based on a few assumptions.

Prior to making any changes, an analysis of the office and the needs would be very beneficial, if you haven’t already done so. How many development officers is the office expected to support? Will that number increase as well? What are the expectations and needs from the prospect research team? Profiles, quick capacity identification, analytics or a combination of all of these? Is your organization currently in a campaign? Are you planning to start a campaign?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Social Media Chair Needed

APRA Metro DC is seeking a social media chair to start this April, who would help promote the chapter's activities and industry news and trends via Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook!  Working closely with the Communications Chair, the Social Media Chair helps craft communications and marketing strategy.  Don't have a twitter account or experience planning tailored content for various communications channels?  No worries!  We have a wealth of knowledge on the board and can train you.  Interested?  Email

Monday, February 6, 2017

Prospect Development as Strategic Partners

Don't miss this lively roundtable discussion, moderated by our panel of prospect development professionals! Please come prepared with your burning questions on all things prospect development. Lunch will be provided. APRA DC members only. Click here for details and to register.