Welcome to the brand-new APRA-MN blog! We hope you find this new format of sharing information helpful, user-friendly and invigorating. We invite you to share your own insights into prospect research, prospect management, data analytics, reporting, or any other development-related topic that you think your APRA-MN colleagues will find interesting. We want this to include lots of member-driven content. You are the experts, after all!
2014 has been off to a busy start for the chapter. Bootcamp was held at University of Northwestern in early February with 50 attendees - including three from out of state! It’s so inspiring to see the next wave of researchers (and some veterans who want to brush-up on skills) learn from some of the reigning experts in the field. I know I learned a thing or two! We’ve also had two virtual seminars, made even more dynamic and interesting with a group discussion afterwards. There is so much knowledge in this group and there is power in sharing it with each other.
Your APRA-MN board has been hard at work as well. We held a day-long planning retreat in March and laid out some really exciting goals for the year - including the blog you are reading right now! I’m so impressed by the ambition, passion and intelligence of this group. The interest of the members is at the heart of every discussion we have - as it should be. Let me reassure you that you are being represented very well. We’re always looking for feedback, however. If you have questions, comments, ideas, concerns, whatever - send them our way. I think I speak for the board when I say that we truly want to make sure the chapter responds to what is most important to you, the members.
Personally, I’d like to thank Immediate Past President Mark Egge for his leadership, wisdom and foresight over the past two years. He and the rest of the board helped steer the chapter in exciting new directions, including forging partnerships with other development associations. These connections help expand the reputation of prospect research in the greater development community, and let researchers learn more about how development officers and leadership work and think.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of you. Members are the best resource APRA-MN has. The chapter is, as Mark often put it, the “best chapter on the planet” because of you. Your willingness to answer a colleague’s question, mentor new researchers, help plan the outstanding conferences, read the blog, attend virtual seminars (and on and on) is what makes all of this work. I hope you feel that APRA-MN really is a chapter that represents your needs.
I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!
APRA-MN Chapter President