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Save the Date for the 2024 Apra Minnesota Conference!

This year's annual conference will be held Tuesday, October 8th at the Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth, MN! Join Apra-MN and your fellow prospect development professionals for a day of learning and networking. Our keynote speaker will be Courtney Backen, Director of Community and Capacity Development at GiveMN, president-elect of AFP Minnesota, and co-founder of the Community Centric Fundraising movement in Minnesota.

Watch this space (and your email!) as more details will be coming soon. Keep scrolling to learn more about opportunities for speakers and volunteers.

Call for Speakers

We are seeking engaging presenters to share their expertise with prospect development professionals from across Minnesota. We would love to see content related to all core domains of prospect development, including (but certainly not limited to!): prospect research, relationship management, data science, or leadership. Our goal is to offer a variety of sessions for both experienced researchers and those new to the industry, so we welcome topics aimed at beginner-level audiences as well as more advanced content. If you know someone with unique expertise in a topic you would like to hear more about, encourage them to apply!

Click here to submit your proposal!

Keynote Speaker: Courtney Backen

Inclusivity, Community, and Power in Prospect Research: Your Role in Leadership

What does it mean to demonstrate leadership without being the executive leader of an organization? Together, we'll explore the dynamic relationship between prospect research and leadership within the framework of Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF). By understanding how we can move from awareness-to-action and better understand the unique strengths that prospect researchers bring, we'll uncover the vital role that they play as data leaders in a world that is increasingly focused on AI and data science. Bringing together both people and numbers, prospect researchers hold the key to fostering a holistic approach to community-centered fundraising and healthy cultures of philanthropy. Join Courtney, co-founder of the CCF-MN movement, to take a deep dive into how we can be more inclusive of prospect researchers in decision making, build community through meaningful data, and share power across organizational hierarchy. 

About Courtney Backen

Courtney (she/her) is a St. Paul-based fundraiser with a decade of experience raising money for causes including environmental protection, public libraries, public radio, and human services. She is currently President-Elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - MN and, in 2020, helped co-found the Minnesota movement of Community Centric Fundraising. 

As Director of Community & Capacity Development at GiveMN, Courtney leads the charge on Minnesota’s annual giving holiday, Give to the Max Day, and is passionate about creating fundraising education opportunities that are accessible, meaningful, and rooted in fundraiser wellbeing. 

Outside of work, Courtney loves Costco, staying at home, knitting, and absurd comedy. She’s the oldest of three siblings (which means she’s responsible and organized) and tries to spend as much time as possible with her family in Daegu, Korea.

I want to help out!

Our upcoming conference is the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your Apra-MN community! We are currently seeking volunteers to serve on our Conference Committee and assist with both planning and day-of logistics. Committee members will receive free registration to the conference.

To sign up, click here!

Post-Conference Happy Hour


Join us for a happy hour after the conference at 
Luce Line Brewing in Plymouth. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

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