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Adri Viswanatha

28 May 2020 11:30 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

Adri Viswanatha

Donor Development and Analytics Manager
Children's Cancer Research Fund

Q. How long have you been an Apra-MN member?

A. I have been a member since 2017. My predecessor introduced me to her mentor, who in turn made sure I was able to become a mentee. One of my first experiences was attending the Apra-MN spring conference and learning what a large community Apra is, and how important prospect research is as a career. (An actual quote from me in 2017: "Wait, this is a job that people do? Wait, there's like a hundred people here who all do this job?!")

Q. What do you enjoy most about Apra-MN?

A. Apra-MN is such a welcoming community and a great place to go for guidance when questions arise in my job. I inherited the bones of a prospect management program, and conferences, webinars and the Apra online community had a huge impact on helping me learn the ropes and build my organization's program into something robust and effective. I joined the mentorship program as a mentee very soon after starting my job, and I give my mentor a lot of credit for helping me learn how to be successful in my work.

Q. What do you like most about your career?

A. Prospect research is like having a bunch of puzzle pieces in front of you that you piece together; data analytics is finally seeing the pattern of the puzzle emerge. As I have grown my role at my organization, I get to combine all parts of my field into something coherent, and help strategize for success with my development team.

Q. Best piece of advice you've received?

A. Prospect research isn't just a support role - it is an integral part of the fundraising world. Know that and advocate for recognition of your contributions and accomplishments to your fundraising team!

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