The Birthplace of Apra


Below are our upcoming and past Apra-MN Events. We hope to see you at our next event!

Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55102
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    The 2018 Apra-MN Conference will be held on Thursday, May 24, featuring keynote speaker Hamse Warfa!

    Image result for Hamse Warfa.Hamse Warfa is the founder and Principal of Tayo Consulting Group LLC, a firm comprised of cross-sector experts with broad and deep experience in human development and poverty solutions. He is a strategic and inclusive leader with a strong combination of knowledge and 18 years of experience in philanthropy, global development, community engagement, advocacy, and policy development.

    Hamse brings the unique experience of being displaced by war as a child and then living as a refugee in East Africa and as an immigrant to the United States. Born in Somalia, Hamse escaped Somalia's civil war and spent three years living as a refugee in Kenyan camps before having the opportunity to move with his family to the United States in 1994. He documented his experiences as the author of America Here I Come: A Somali Refugee’s Quest for Hope (Sunshine Publishing, 2014). His zeal to turn adversity in his life into growth opportunities for others is a direct result of these experiences.

    Arriving in the U.S. with no knowledge of English, Hamse’s journey to integrate into mainstream America was a challenge. Today, Hamse serves as a trusted advisor in philanthropy working until recently with Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies, as a Program Officer managing the foundation's global and domestic children & families and health grants. He also brings his experience to the benefit of others as a conflict resolution and peacebuilding strategist — serving as a board and executive committee member for Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global membership association of more than eighty peacebuilding organizations, over 1,000 professionals, and a network of over 15,000 people developing processes for change in the most complex and chaotic conflict environments around the world. Hamse is an internationally requested motivational speaker on conquering adversity and building resilience. He regularly speaks on the importance of education and academic success for low-income children and youth. 

    Once again, the conference will be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Parking and directions:

    Apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of the conference! Check out our scholarship page for more details.  Applications will be received thru Friday, April 20.

    Schedule of Events (Tentative)

    Morning Breakout Sessions 1 (choose one)

    Foundation vs. Corporate research; Different Approaches for different Result
    Michelle Heyn, Manager, Principal & Corporate Giving Services, University of Minnesota Foundation

    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel
    Penny Anderson, Development Associate/Data Analyst, 360 Communities

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2 (choose one)

    Two Challenges, One Spreadsheet to Address Them
    Andrea Cummings, Director of Development for Church Partnership and Philanthropy, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
    Jesse Stremcha, Senior Director of Development, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

    Community Foundations 101: Dispelling the Myths and Mysteries
    Jo Theodosopoulos, Manager of Prospect Development, The Minneapolis Foundation

    Wrap-up Session

    Data-Driven Advancement in Action
    Ryan Marshall Prospect Development Analyst, Concordia University and a Representative from EverTrue

    Schedule of Events
    8:30 a.m.: Registration & Continental Breakfast

    9:00 a.m.: Welcome, Announcements & Introductions

    9:15 a.m.: Keynote Address

    10:15 a.m.: Networking activity

    10:45 a.m Morning breakout sesions

    Noon: Lunch/State of the Chapter and International Update

    1:15 p.m.: Breakout Sessions 2

    2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Break

    2:30 p.m.: Wrap-up Session

    3:30 p.m.: Closing Comments/Q&A

    4:00 p.m.: Adjourn


    A $20 cancellation fee will be applied for cancellations through May 11 at 4 p.m. Cancellations will not be accepted after 4 p.m. on May 11.

    Thank you to our sponsors!

    Platinum Sponsor:

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    Gold Sponsor:

        iWave Information Systems





Past events

11 May 2018 FREE Apra-Midsouth Webinar - Crypto-philanthropy: Digital Currency in the Social Sector
19 Apr 2018 Networking Event with SLA
28 Mar 2018 March Small Shop Skill Swap
23 Mar 2018 FREE Apra-IL Webinar -- Show Me the Monet
04 Dec 2017 FREE Apra MidSouth Webinar - New Masters of Wealth: Engaging Wealth Managers in Your Fundraising Efforts
09 Nov 2017 Free! Small Shop Skill Swap
23 Oct 2017 FREE: Apra-Great Plains Webinar Fest!
26 Sep 2017 Apra Webinar: Putting Mid-Level Prospects on Your Radar
25 Sep 2017 Free webinar hosted by iWave
19 Sep 2017 Recorded Webinar: Philanthropic Game Changer: Strategies for Donor Advised Funds
09 Aug 2017 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
27 Jul 2017 Midwest Chapters Happy Hour at Prospect Development 2017
22 Jun 2017 Apra MN Networking Happy Hour
20 Jun 2017 Free Webinar: Reevaluating Campaign Goals - University of Chicago
24 May 2017 2017 Apra-MN Spring Conference
16 Mar 2017 Free! International Fundraising: Cultural Intelligence (virtual seminar)
16 Feb 2017 Apra Chapters Share the Knowledge (free webinar)
11 Jan 2017 Free Webinar! Event Horizon: What Lies Ahead for Fundraising Pros in 2017
10 Oct 2016 2016 APRA-MN Fall Conference
10 Aug 2016 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
19 Apr 2016 2016 APRA-MN Spring Conference
19 Nov 2015 Identifying Major Gift Communities through Spatial Problem Solving
20 Oct 2015 2015 APRA-MN Fall Conference
05 Aug 2015 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
17 Jun 2015 FREE! Prospect Analytics - Separating Fact from Fiction
12 May 2015 2015 APRA-MN Spring Conference
24 Mar 2015 An Introduction to Advanced Wealth Management Techniques, Workshop
10 Feb 2015 Virtual Seminar - A Decade of Supporting Open Cultivation
02 Dec 2014 Virtual Seminar - Automate, Innovate, Don't Hate: The New School of Prospect Research
21 Oct 2014 2014 APRA-MN Fall Conference
25 Sep 2014 Virtual Seminar: Training Perspectives - Newbie to Seasoned Researcher
21 Aug 2014 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
06 May 2014 2014 APRA-MN Spring Conference
14 Apr 2014 Virtual Seminar - Partnerships to Identify and Engage Prospects
04 Mar 2014 Virtual Seminar - Building a Proactive Research Powerhouse with Daniel Gifford, Smithsonian Institution
04 Feb 2014 2014 Prospect Research Bootcamp
12 Nov 2013 Virtual Seminar - Making Relationship Management Work
15 Oct 2013 2013 APRA-MN Fall Conference
20 Aug 2013 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
26 Jun 2013 James J. Hill Library Tour and Coffee Meet-up
07 May 2013 2013 APRA-MN Spring Conference
11 Apr 2013 Virtual Seminar - Development Research & Events: A Prospecting Bonanza
05 Apr 2013 REPLAY Virtual Seminar - Database Mining
06 Mar 2013 Virtual Seminar - Database Mining
12 Feb 2013 Virtual Seminar - Implementing an Electronic Wealth Screening
29 Nov 2012 Virtual Seminar - A 21st Century Gold Rush? Online Social Networks, Data Mining and Advancement
23 Oct 2012 2012 APRA-MN Fall Conference
16 Aug 2012 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
02 Aug 2012 International Conference Gathering
26 Jun 2012 Virtual Seminar - Research Driven Prospect Portfolios
17 May 2012 2012 APRA-MN Spring Conference/Virtual Seminar
04 Apr 2012 Virtual Seminar - Cultivating Productive Research Collaborations
07 Mar 2012 Virtual Seminar - Building a Major Gifts Shop: Changing Perception
09 Feb 2012 Prospect Research Bootcamp
16 Nov 2011 Virtual Seminar - Leading Fundraising Performance with Metrics
25 Oct 2011 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
07 Oct 2011 Virtual Seminar - The Strategic Researcher: In a Position to Make a Difference
27 Sep 2011 2011 APRA-MN Fall Conference
18 Aug 2011 Virtual Seminar - Right-Minded Reporting: Make it Meaningful Using Data Visualization
04 Aug 2011 APRA-MN Social Event
14 Jul 2011 Virtual Seminar - Finding the Time and the People: How to Include Proactive Research in Your Workload
21 Jun 2011 Coffee Meet-Up
19 May 2011 2011 APRA-MN Spring Conference: "Campaign ABCs"
19 Apr 2011 Virtual Seminar - Supporting Your Organization's Mega Campaign
25 Mar 2011 Virtual Seminar - Building the Pipeline: Creating a Major Gift Culture
09 Nov 2010 Virtual Seminar - How to Estimate Private Company Value--and Rate a Prospect with the Information
22 Sep 2010 2010 APRA-MN Fall Conference
10 Aug 2010 Virtual Seminar - Shameless Self Promoting for Prospect Researchers
05 May 2010 2010 APRA-MN Spring Conference
06 Nov 2009 Virtual Seminar - The Ratings Game: Strategies for Rating and Wealth Evaluation in Today's Economy
30 Sep 2009 2009 APRA-MN Fall Conference
04 Sep 2009 Virtual Seminar - Thinking About Data Modeling? Five Key Questions to Consider Before Starting - Hosted by the Minnesota Orchestra
10 Jul 2009 Virtual Seminar, Round Table and Networking Social
01 May 2009 Virtual Seminar - Managing Prospect Pipelines and Forecasting Fundraising Returns, In and Out of Campaigns
23 Apr 2009 2009 Midwest APRA Chapters Conference, Presented by Minnesota, Wisconsin & Great Plains
19 Mar 2009 Virtual Seminar - Essential Components of Relationship Tracking Systems
05 Dec 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Don't Tell Anyone!" Donor Privacy Issues and Trends
29 Oct 2008 2008 Fall Conference
03 Oct 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "The Frugal Researcher: How to Do Successful Research on Little to No Budget"
11 Jul 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Under the Microscope: Prospect Identification and Screening"
02 May 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Investing in Private Companies: Valuations Related to Prospects"
24 Apr 2008 2008 Spring Conference - The Next Generation: Identifying and engaging young leaders and donors in your organization through enhanced team efforts
04 Apr 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Methodical Investigations: Research In and For Campaigns"
19 Feb 2008 Prospect Research 101
01 Feb 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Over the Hedge"
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