The Birthplace of Apra


Below are our upcoming and past APRA-MN Events. We hope to see you at our next event!

Upcoming events

    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • James J. Hill Center, 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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    Join us for a special workshop at the James J. Hill Center, St. Paul's first reference library. We'll learn about the tools and resources available to researchers using the library and will have a chance to ask questions and learn from their on-site librarians.

    Due to the nature of this event, there is a small cost to attend the workshop.

    The library is located at 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

    Parking and accessibility information is available at

    • 20 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM

    Check out this webinar by Apra-MN member and former Board Member Darren Cooper! Darren is the Director of Prospect Research at the Mayo Clinic.

     Best Practices Webinar: The Role of Psychology in Prospect Research and Strategy

    Cognitive biases and other common behavioral traits influence how we perceive information and make decisions. Understanding these concepts can influence how a researcher will interpret, prioritize and communicate information about prospects and can influence prospect strategy, including the timing and amount of an ask. This highly rated Prospect Development 2018 presentation will introduce a few of these concepts and provide examples of how they are related to prospect research and prospect strategy formulation. (Level I & Level II) 



    • 22 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
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    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the Apra-MN 2019 Conference!

    The Apra-MN 2019 conference date has been set for Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with keynote speaker Michael Quevli and presenters Bond Lammey and Mark Egge!

    Image result for michael quevli Michael Quevli serves as Senior Consultant at Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company. He joined Blackbaud in 2008 after working for a number of years in nonprofit prospect development. Michael also served 2 consecutive terms for the California Advancement Researchers Association (CARA) where during his tenure membership grew from 165 to 300. He served on the board of directors for Apra for nine consecutive years and was president in 2012 and is currently serving on the board of trustees for Apra. He is a frequent speaker for Apra and taught at the College of Extended Learning at Cal State Northridge in prospect research and prospect management. Michael is the recipient of the 2004 CARA Service Award, the first male to receive the Stephens College Alumnae Service Award (2007), and the 2018 Apra Distinguished Service Award.

    Image result for bond lammey  Bond Lammey is a Managing Associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner specializing in prospect development and donor relations. She has worked with higher education institutions, medical centers, and humanitarian and conservation organizations. Prior to joining BWF, Bond was the Director of Prospect Research at the University of Chicago. Bond received her BA in Sociology and her Masters of Management in Nonprofit Administration, both from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She is the treasurer of the Apra International board and an instructor at the Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Bond has presented in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia at CASE, ADRP, AASP, and Apra conferences. 

     Mark Egge's favorite descriptor for himself is “nerd.” He has presented on myriad topics related to prospect development, and his professional interests range from specific topics like SEC filings to broader concepts related to management, leadership, and power and influence. His education background is in music, and his master’s thesis uses data visualization techniques to aid in the analysis of post-tonal compositions. Incidentally, when asked about this, he will go on at length (and without irony) about the profound similarities between music and prospect development. Mark recently became Associate Vice President for Development at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, where he oversees the Annual Fund and Development Operations, in addition to finding better ways of leveraging data for fundraising success. Prior to this he spent about 13 years leading prospect development shops at the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Mark currently serves as President of Apra, is a former president of Apra-MN, and has been active as a volunteer leader with Apra and his local chapter since 2006. In his spare time, he enjoys taking on projects through his side-gig, Itasca Partners LLC, helping nonprofits with their prospect development needs.


    We will be offering a scholarship opportunity for the conference. This scholarship will pay the registration fee for the conference. Any current member of the Apra Minnesota Chapter is eligible to apply for the scholarship (you must be a member of the Apra Minnesota Chapter to apply). See details in the Member Benefits section of the website.

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Past events

12 Apr 2019 COURTESY POST Apra-Great Plains Spring Conference
20 Mar 2019 Apra-MN BUZZ Session
05 Mar 2019 Free Webinar from Apra-IL - A Look at Data Analysis Tools, or Why You Should Learn R
29 Jan 2019 CANCELLED! Apra-MN BUZZ Session
10 Dec 2018 FREE Webinar -- Finding Prospects for Planned Giving Officers
07 Nov 2018 [UPDATED LINK] FREE Webinar -- Two Challenges, One Spreadsheet to Address Them
01 Nov 2018 [Courtesy Post] Plug In to Relationship Management!
26 Oct 2018 [Courtesy Post] Apra-Great Plains 2018 Fall Conference
24 Oct 2018 FREE iWavePro Webinar -- To Affinity and Beyond
21 Aug 2018 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
17 Jul 2018 FREE July Small Shop Skill Swap
24 May 2018 Registration now open! 2018 Apra-MN Annual Conference
11 May 2018 FREE Apra-Midsouth Webinar - Crypto-philanthropy: Digital Currency in the Social Sector
19 Apr 2018 Networking Event with SLA
28 Mar 2018 March Small Shop Skill Swap
23 Mar 2018 FREE Apra-IL Webinar -- Show Me the Monet
04 Dec 2017 FREE Apra MidSouth Webinar - New Masters of Wealth: Engaging Wealth Managers in Your Fundraising Efforts
09 Nov 2017 Free! Small Shop Skill Swap
23 Oct 2017 FREE: Apra-Great Plains Webinar Fest!
26 Sep 2017 Apra Webinar: Putting Mid-Level Prospects on Your Radar
25 Sep 2017 Free webinar hosted by iWave
19 Sep 2017 Recorded Webinar: Philanthropic Game Changer: Strategies for Donor Advised Funds
09 Aug 2017 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
27 Jul 2017 Midwest Chapters Happy Hour at Prospect Development 2017
22 Jun 2017 Apra MN Networking Happy Hour
20 Jun 2017 Free Webinar: Reevaluating Campaign Goals - University of Chicago
24 May 2017 2017 Apra-MN Spring Conference
16 Mar 2017 Free! International Fundraising: Cultural Intelligence (virtual seminar)
16 Feb 2017 Apra Chapters Share the Knowledge (free webinar)
11 Jan 2017 Free Webinar! Event Horizon: What Lies Ahead for Fundraising Pros in 2017
10 Oct 2016 2016 APRA-MN Fall Conference
10 Aug 2016 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
19 Apr 2016 2016 APRA-MN Spring Conference
19 Nov 2015 Identifying Major Gift Communities through Spatial Problem Solving
20 Oct 2015 2015 APRA-MN Fall Conference
05 Aug 2015 Post Conference Coffee and Conversation Meetup
17 Jun 2015 FREE! Prospect Analytics - Separating Fact from Fiction
12 May 2015 2015 APRA-MN Spring Conference
24 Mar 2015 An Introduction to Advanced Wealth Management Techniques, Workshop
10 Feb 2015 Virtual Seminar - A Decade of Supporting Open Cultivation
02 Dec 2014 Virtual Seminar - Automate, Innovate, Don't Hate: The New School of Prospect Research
21 Oct 2014 2014 APRA-MN Fall Conference
25 Sep 2014 Virtual Seminar: Training Perspectives - Newbie to Seasoned Researcher
21 Aug 2014 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
06 May 2014 2014 APRA-MN Spring Conference
14 Apr 2014 Virtual Seminar - Partnerships to Identify and Engage Prospects
04 Mar 2014 Virtual Seminar - Building a Proactive Research Powerhouse with Daniel Gifford, Smithsonian Institution
04 Feb 2014 2014 Prospect Research Bootcamp
12 Nov 2013 Virtual Seminar - Making Relationship Management Work
15 Oct 2013 2013 APRA-MN Fall Conference
20 Aug 2013 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
26 Jun 2013 James J. Hill Library Tour and Coffee Meet-up
07 May 2013 2013 APRA-MN Spring Conference
11 Apr 2013 Virtual Seminar - Development Research & Events: A Prospecting Bonanza
05 Apr 2013 REPLAY Virtual Seminar - Database Mining
06 Mar 2013 Virtual Seminar - Database Mining
12 Feb 2013 Virtual Seminar - Implementing an Electronic Wealth Screening
29 Nov 2012 Virtual Seminar - A 21st Century Gold Rush? Online Social Networks, Data Mining and Advancement
23 Oct 2012 2012 APRA-MN Fall Conference
16 Aug 2012 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
02 Aug 2012 International Conference Gathering
26 Jun 2012 Virtual Seminar - Research Driven Prospect Portfolios
17 May 2012 2012 APRA-MN Spring Conference/Virtual Seminar
04 Apr 2012 Virtual Seminar - Cultivating Productive Research Collaborations
07 Mar 2012 Virtual Seminar - Building a Major Gifts Shop: Changing Perception
09 Feb 2012 Prospect Research Bootcamp
16 Nov 2011 Virtual Seminar - Leading Fundraising Performance with Metrics
25 Oct 2011 Coffee and Conversation Meetup
07 Oct 2011 Virtual Seminar - The Strategic Researcher: In a Position to Make a Difference
27 Sep 2011 2011 APRA-MN Fall Conference
18 Aug 2011 Virtual Seminar - Right-Minded Reporting: Make it Meaningful Using Data Visualization
04 Aug 2011 APRA-MN Social Event
14 Jul 2011 Virtual Seminar - Finding the Time and the People: How to Include Proactive Research in Your Workload
21 Jun 2011 Coffee Meet-Up
19 May 2011 2011 APRA-MN Spring Conference: "Campaign ABCs"
19 Apr 2011 Virtual Seminar - Supporting Your Organization's Mega Campaign
25 Mar 2011 Virtual Seminar - Building the Pipeline: Creating a Major Gift Culture
09 Nov 2010 Virtual Seminar - How to Estimate Private Company Value--and Rate a Prospect with the Information
22 Sep 2010 2010 APRA-MN Fall Conference
10 Aug 2010 Virtual Seminar - Shameless Self Promoting for Prospect Researchers
05 May 2010 2010 APRA-MN Spring Conference
06 Nov 2009 Virtual Seminar - The Ratings Game: Strategies for Rating and Wealth Evaluation in Today's Economy
30 Sep 2009 2009 APRA-MN Fall Conference
04 Sep 2009 Virtual Seminar - Thinking About Data Modeling? Five Key Questions to Consider Before Starting - Hosted by the Minnesota Orchestra
10 Jul 2009 Virtual Seminar, Round Table and Networking Social
01 May 2009 Virtual Seminar - Managing Prospect Pipelines and Forecasting Fundraising Returns, In and Out of Campaigns
23 Apr 2009 2009 Midwest APRA Chapters Conference, Presented by Minnesota, Wisconsin & Great Plains
19 Mar 2009 Virtual Seminar - Essential Components of Relationship Tracking Systems
05 Dec 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Don't Tell Anyone!" Donor Privacy Issues and Trends
29 Oct 2008 2008 Fall Conference
03 Oct 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "The Frugal Researcher: How to Do Successful Research on Little to No Budget"
11 Jul 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Under the Microscope: Prospect Identification and Screening"
02 May 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Investing in Private Companies: Valuations Related to Prospects"
24 Apr 2008 2008 Spring Conference - The Next Generation: Identifying and engaging young leaders and donors in your organization through enhanced team efforts
04 Apr 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Methodical Investigations: Research In and For Campaigns"
19 Feb 2008 Prospect Research 101
01 Feb 2008 APRA LIVE! Virtual Seminar "Over the Hedge"
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