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APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "The Frugal Researcher: How to Do Successful Research on Little to No Budget"

  • 03 Oct 2008
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Courage Center, Golden Valley


  • Registrations from APRA-MN members.
  • Registration for Non members

Registration is closed
Hosted by Courage Center & Sponsored by APRA-MN

** Box lunches will be provided - register early **

Parking Map
-parking is located offsite this year & shuttles will be available to and from Courage Center


Speaker: Heather Reisz

Session Description
Shocking yet true, you CAN conduct prospect research without a subscription to LexisNexis. Many research shops do not have large budgets and can not afford expensive tools. Some development departments don’t even have a research shop and are struggling to do research as part of many other projects so they have no research budget at all.

If you fit either of these categories, or even if you have a reasonable research budget but want to train your fundraisers to do some quick free research on their own, have we got the program for you! This presentation will focus mainly on free internet resources and ways to access fee-based resources for free at public sources such as libraries. You’ll learn how to access insider stock holdings, real estate assessments, salaries, biographical information, company information, philanthropic giving and foundation information.

Your trainer is a seasoned researcher who started her research career at an organization with $0 in their research budget. She has trained many non-profit professionals to conduct prospect research with little to no money spent on resources.

Speaker Biography
Heather Reisz is the Director of Research and Prospect Development at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Previously, she managed the prospect research program at the Museum of Science in Boston and was a researcher at Northeastern University and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. She began her fundraising career as a grant writer for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in San Fransisco. Heather is a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Development Research Association (NEDRA).

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