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

UPDATE (3/11/2020): Our chapter is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we are currently planning to proceed with all scheduled programming, but are making contingency plans if events need to be canceled or switched from in-person to virtual sessions. We’ll keep you informed if changes occur, but please feel free to reach out to our programming chairs with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming events

    • 07 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Our friends at iWave are hosting a webinar for Apra-MN on April 7th, at 12 PM Central. Make sure to save your spot by registering today!

    To Affinity and Beyond: A Look at the Value of Understanding a Donor’s Connection to Your Mission

    Register Here!

    Presenter: Robert MacKinnon

    Historically, prospect development had an overarching focus on wealth. However, in an evolving nonprofit world, where charitable donations are stagnant and the number of individual donors is decreasing, wealth alone is no longer enough. Finding new major gift prospects with a history of giving to causes similar to yours is critical to saving time and focusing efforts on the best prospects.

    Join us as we dive deep into the value of understanding a prospect’s affinity. We’ll cover strategies and tips you can use to include affinity in your wealth screening and prospect research as well as explore how the new iWave platform capabilities help to identify prospects who have the greatest potential in becoming major gift donors.


    • 13 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    As nearly all of us work from home, we thought it'd be nice to see some friendly faces and chat about how things are going for you, your teams, and your organizations. Join us for a social hour on Zoom and catch up with your peers around the state (and potentially their spouses, kids, and pets in the background!). This event is free for members and non-members.

    You can log in to our Zoom meeting at

    Meeting ID: 162 583 707

    If you haven't used Zoom before, it'll ask you about downloading a program, but you can access it directly in your browser too. If you have a camera, turn it on so we can see you! If you're not at a computer, feel free to call in using any of the below numbers (Zoom has had high volumes lately, so occasionally a number will give a busy signal, and you can try another, or wait until a few minutes after the hour to join).

    Phone options:

    • +1 312 626-6799 US
    • +1 929 436-2866 US
    • +1 346 248-7799 US
    • +1 669 900-6833 US
    • +1 253 215-8782 US
    • +1 301 715-8592 US

    Meeting ID: 162 583 707

    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 7900 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55431

    POSTPONED - We'll be delaying this event and rescheduling it in-person in the summer or fall. Stay tuned!

    Apra-MN is hosting a workshop on Friday, April 17th to talk about career changes, resume tips & trends, cover letters, and interview skills!

    Our industry has changed a lot in the last 10 years, and job-hunting has too. Whether you're looking for a new gig now, trying to get prepared for the next time you look, hiring staffers, or just interested in the process, please join us!

    Our workshop will be facilitated by Katie Selby, who has more than 20 years experience as a career coach, recruiter, and leadership educator. She'll be leading an interactive session that will provide you with tangible ideas and tactical steps to help you make the best choices around your career. At the end of the workshop, we'll set aside a bit of time for a resume or cover letter swap, so if you're interested, bring your documents and get feedback from peers and hiring managers across our industry.

    Registration for this workshop is FREE for Apra-MN members and $20 for non-members.

    • 27 Apr 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join your Apra-MN colleagues for a monthly video chat! On the last Monday of each month, we'll hop onto a video call to discuss a particular topic. If you don't have video capability, you can also join us by phone.

    This month, we'll be talking about Corporations & Foundations. Share what you're doing in your shop, ask questions of your colleagues, or bring samples of your work or resources to share! We'll have one person facilitate the call but all are welcome, so if you have other colleagues that would be interested, please invite them!

    If you want to do some reading in advance, you may want to check out the following resources:

    • 07 May 2020
    • 08 May 2020
    • Des Moines, IA

    Register for the Apra Midwest Conference!

    Registration is now OPEN!

    Apra Minnesota is teaming up with Apra Great Plains and Apra Missouri/Kansas for a joint conference! The conference will take place on May 7-8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. 

    Liz Rejman of Pathways to Education Canada and former Apra board president has been confirmed as the keynote speaker, and plans for other educational offerings are underway.

    Register Here:

    Want to volunteer? Email

    Thank you to the Apra Midwest generous sponsors for their support!

    Presenting Sponsor

    Main Stage Spotlight Sponsors

    Apra After Dark Sponsor

    Platinum Sponsor

    Snack Sponsor

    • 18 May 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join your Apra-MN colleagues for a monthly video chat! On the last Monday of each month, we'll hop onto a video call to discuss a particular topic. If you don't have video capability, you can also join us by phone.

    (Our May meeting will take place on May 18th due to Memorial Day falling on the last Monday of the month).

    This month, we'll be talking about Donor Advised Funds (DAFs). Share what you're doing in your shop, ask questions of your colleagues, or bring samples of your work or resources to share! All are welcome, so if you have other colleagues that would be interested, please invite them!

    If you want to do some reading in advance, you may want to check out the following resources:

    • Resources coming soon!
    • 20 Oct 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    • 160

    Registration will open May 1 for the Apra-MN 2020 Conference!

    The Apra-MN 2020 conference has been set for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Wilder Foundation with keynote speaker Helen Brown!


    The Whole Can of Worms: A conversation about data privacy, due diligence, and ethics

    Helen Brown:

    Helen is president of The Helen Brown Group LLC, a fundraising intelligence consulting firm based in Watertown, Massachusetts. She is co-author of the book, Prospect Research for Fundraisers; the essential handbook (Wiley). Helen is a past board member and longtime volunteer for both Apra and NEDRA. She is Special Advisor on Fundraising to the board of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts & Manufactures (RSA) in London. She is a former non-executive director of The Factary Ltd., a prospect research consultancy in Bristol, England. Helen was honored to receive the NEDRA Ann Castle Award for service to the prospect research community in 2006 and the APRA Distinguished Service Award in 2017. 


    We will be offering a scholarship opportunity that will pay the registration fee for the conference. Any current member of the Apra-MN Chapter is eligible to apply. See details in the Member Benefits section of the website and keep an eye on your inbox for the scholarship application!

    Keep coming back for more updates throughout 2020!

    Thank you to our generous Apra-MN sponsors for their support of this conference!

Past events

01 Apr 2020 Socially Distant, Virtually Close
30 Mar 2020 Monthly Video Call - Annual & Mid-Level Giving
26 Mar 2020 POSTPONED: Raising Our Spirits: Practicing Gratitude
05 Mar 2020 Apra-MN Mentoring Gathering
24 Feb 2020 Monthly Video Call - Planned Giving
05 Feb 2020 Free Webinar from Apra-Illinois - Philanthropic Trends in the Arts & Humanities
04 Feb 2020 2020 Apra-MN BUZZ Session
18 Dec 2019 Free Webinar from Apra-Great Plains - Data Analytics: Rating Systems
06 Dec 2019 Talking Shop: Healthcare
05 Dec 2019 Talking Shop: Cause-Based
04 Dec 2019 Talking Shop: Education
21 Nov 2019 Raising Our Spirits: Maintaining Sanity through Calendar Year-End
28 Oct 2019 Apra-MN Fall Workshop
08 Oct 2019 Free Webinar! Paint Me a Picture: Translating Analytics into the Language of Possibility
13 Sep 2019 Volunteering with Apra-MN
09 Aug 2019 Post Conference Coffee & Conversation
01 Aug 2019 Apra-MN Meetup at PD
27 Jun 2019 Apra-MN BUZZ Session
22 May 2019 Apra-MN 2019 Conference with Michael Quevli
20 May 2019 APRA International Webinar--Best Practices Webinar: The Role of Psychology in Prospect Research and Strategy - LIVE Event Only
30 Apr 2019 Workshop at the James J. Hill Center
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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