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Don't Miss Out -- the Apra-MN Conference is just around the corner! 

Join us on Thursday, October 13 at the Wilder Center in Saint Paul. There are both in-person and virtual options available, but don’t wait – space is limited for in-person so register today! Deadline for in-person registration is October 5.

We have a great line up, starting with our Keynote speaker, Michelle Edgerton, President of AFP Minnesota and founding principal of the Edgerton Group. You’ll also hear from Josh Forsyth, Director of Prospect Management & Principal Giving Services at the U of Minnesota Foundation; Emily Maple, Manager of Prospect Development at Greater Twin City United Way; Jo Theodosopoulos, Manager of Prospect Development at Minneapolis Foundation; Jenny Johnson, Philanthropy Services Officer at Old National Wealth Management; and Darren Cooper, Director of Prospect Research at Mayo Clinic. Plus, a panel featuring past Apra-MN Presidents!

Please see our Conference website for more details on sponsors, conference schedule, breakout and panel sessions, registration and safety policies!

Register for the Apra-MN 2022 Conference Now!

Join us for happy hour after the conference! Join us for a happy hour and networking event after the Apra-MN conference on October 13th at 4PM at Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul. This event is free and open to all. If you attended the conference in person, enjoy a free beer on us! 

Apra-MN Response to PRSPCT-L

Earlier this month, Apra International shared that PRSPCT-L would become a members-only benefit. There has been a significant amount of concern and confusion over Apra International's decision to close the listserv to those who were not members of Apra International. Based upon the reaction of the Apra community, the Apra Board of Directors has decided to keep PRSPCT-L open to all users at least until the end of 2022, while continuing to gather feedback from the community. Although they will be launching a new 'Associate' membership level, aimed at making an Apra International membership more inclusive and affordable, the future of PRSPCT-L is uncertain. 

The Apra-MN Board voted to sign a letter of concern created by many Apra Chapter Presidents, former Presidents, and President-Elects, which was sent to the President of Apra International immediately following the decision. You may read the letter here.

In August, Apra-MN Board President, Andrea Dowd, sent a letter to Apra International Apra-MN. You may read the letter here.

In September, Apra-MN board created the following to the Apra International Board.

Get Involved! We are proud of the Apra-MN community and are grateful to be able to amplify your voices on important matters like this. If you would like to add your support, please sign your name to this document. 

Join the Apra-MN Board! 

Apra-MN is a place to learn, teach, and to share with one another our talents and understanding. Each year, we hold an election for new board members. For the term beginning in January 2023, we have ONE opening for a new board member! Nominations will be accepted during the month of September 2022, and in October, a voting survey will go out to all current Apra-MN members.

See the 2023 Call for board members page for more details and to nominate yourself or another person.

September Giveaway

Apra-MN is giving away a copy of Clifton Strengths 34 (formerly known as StrengthsFinders, from Gallup). The Clifton Strengths is a personality assessment tool used in many workplaces to highlight a person's strengths across 34 traits that are broken into four categories: strategic thinking, relationship building, influencing, and executing. This giveaway will provide you a link to take the Clifton Strengths assessment online and view your full results, with in-depth descriptions of your strength areas, ideas for action, and advice about identifying and managing potential blind spots.. To enter for a chance to win, please submit your name and email before the end of September. 

You must be a current Apra-MN member to apply. The Apra-MN Board Vice President will randomly select a winner and notify them on the first business day of the following month.

Apra Great Lakes Collaborative

Apra-MN is thrilled to be a part of the Apra Great Lakes Collaborative, a partnership between midwestern Apra chapters with a goal of providing strategic, collaborative and shared content, along with networking opportunities. Give us a follow on Linkedin to learn about great virtual events by us or our friends in other chapters. Hope to see you there!

Welcome to Apra-MN

Apra-MN is the Minnesota chapter of Apra International, an international organization for professionals interested in prospect development. Apra-MN is a non-profit membership organization that promotes and supports professionals in the field of prospect development. 

Our Mission

Building on our Minnesota Legacy, Apra-MN's mission is to serve and educate fundraising professionals interested in the field of philanthropic research by: 

  • promoting and advocating on behalf of the field of prospect and advancement research with Minnesota non-profit organizations;
  • providing superior educational resources and networking opportunities for members;
  • increasing the philanthropic resources, knowledge and professional development of members to provide increased value to the institutions they serve;
  • strengthening relationships with other development professionals; and
  • acting as a central source of professional research information and expertise for Minnesota non-profits.

Our vision

To be the leading education resource and advocate for development researchers and fundraising professionals that inspire philanthropy.


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