APRA DC Board Members to present at Prospect Development 2015!

Attending Prospect Development 2015 in New Orleans? Sit in on sessions presented by APRA DC Board Members Rachel Collins and Thomas Turner! 

Rachel's session titled "The Medium Changes the Message: Designing Better Data Visualizations" is Friday, July 24 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Focusing on relationship management and data analytics, the session will cover how to move beyond simple reporting towards true evaluation of data visualization.

Thomas's session titled "Researching Public Filings with Success" is also Friday, July 24 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. The session will focus on how to use filings like those of the SEC, FINRA and IRS Form 990s to inform prospect researchers about estimated giving capacity as well as corporate ownership, salaries and benefits.

To view all conference sessions click here.

Join AASP & APRA DC for our Upcoming Brown Bag: R You Ready?

R You Ready?
Andrew C. Schultz, Director of Analytics in the DonorScape practice of Bentz Whaley Flessner
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: The Center for American Progress, 2nd Floor | Metro: McPherson Square or Metro Center
Members and non-members welcome. Maximum attendance is 35 people.

The R statistical software package is a powerful tool for analytics, predictive modeling, and related statistical work. It is fast becoming the industry standard in academic research as well as leading corporations like Google and Facebook. Plus, the software is free! So "R" you ready to learn more? This session will provide a broad overview of R's capabilities and applications for fundraising, including a live demo of critical skills such as data preparation, modeling, and scoring. You will not need prior experience with R or a degree in biostatistics for this session; beginners and experienced practitioners alike will come away with new skills.

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January Brown Bag : Social Analytics - Making Sense of the Social Web with Jay Frost

Over the last decade, we have gained access to a massive trove of information on nearly everyone. Your donors are speaking volumes about themselves. And so are others with an interest in your work that are either not within your database or have never been evaluated.  An emerging set of tools and techniques allows us to sift through this information to find potentially invaluable social ambassadors and understand the passions of your prospects. Join us in this review and discussion of the most powerful approaches to social analytics available today. 

Jay Frost, Partner at Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Location: World Wildlife Fund | 1250 24th St. NW | Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont, or Farragut North

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2015 MARC Call for Speakers

Call for speakers for MARC 2015 is now open. Submit your presentation proposal today and be recognized as a subject-matter expert by peers and managers along with developing your professional career. This year’s MARC sessions will also be aligned with APRA’s Body of Knowledge, a comprehensive tool that helps individuals and their managers identify growth opportunities and ensure they have the knowledge and resources needed to excel in their current positions or assume new responsibilities at their organizations. To submit a presentation, visit: http://www.aprahome.org/2015marc

MARC 2015 will be June 1-3, 2015 at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Deadline for submissions is December 19 so submit your proposal today! 

APRA Metro DC Members Presenting at APRA-VA Conference, November 20

Are you attending the APRA Virginia 20th Anniversary Conference on November 20-21 in Richmond? Be sure to say hello to APRA Metro DC President Devon Villa Gessert and chapter member Bond Lammey, who are presenting on November 20.

Devon will be presenting on "Relationship Management @ AU: A Case Study" and Bond will be sharing her knowledge in her presentation, "Data Visualization." For more information and the full conference schedule, check out the APRA Virginia website.

Join APRA Metro DC for happy hour next week!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Toro Toro | Happy Hour Menu
1300 Eye Street NW | Metro: Metro Center and McPherson Square

The location of our November happy hour has changed! Join us next week at Toro Toro to socialize and network with DC-area prospect development professionals. Members and non-members are welcome, so bring a colleague. Please register if you're planning to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!


APRA Data Analytics Boot Camp

Are you new to the field of data analytics? Are you a veteran to prospect development and want to break into the world of data analytics? No matter your prospect development level, this symposium offers tools and knowledge you can use immediately to enhance your organization's fundraising efforts and advance your career.
APRA International's Data Analytics Boot Camp - to be held November 6-7, 2014 in Atlanta, GA - is a great opportunity to receive analytics training specifically for non-profit professionals.  Additionally, you will network with peers across the industry.

You will receive best practice and methodology-focused education on these topics:
  • Laying the Framework of Analytics
  • Business Understanding
  • Data Understanding and Preparation
  • Analytical Modeling and Evaluation
  • Deployment and Communication
Click here for more information.

Chapter Member Bond T. Lammey Presents on Data Visualization, October 8

Improve your knowledge and support APRA DC chapter member Bond Lammey as she presents on Data Visualization at Your Organization! In this session, Bond will walk you through five data visualization techniques that can help you represent data in simple terms to provide the biggest impact for your organization.

Data Visualization at Your Organization
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 10:00am - 11:30am
The Foundation Center - Washington, DC
Click here to register!

Call for Articles

APRA Metro DC is calling for articles for the Fall 2014 issue of The Prospector, its semi-annual newsletter. Do you have a unique prospect research topic, whether it be a personal experience, a case study on a project you or your organization is undertaking or a contemporary look on a topic covered in other fundraising and philanthropy publications? Please submit your proposal to APRA Metro DC by Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Click here to find submission requirements and the application form. We look forward to your proposals!

APRA Metro DC to offer MARC scholarship

The Board of APRA Metro DC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our scholarship to MARC 2015. To support the professional development aspirations of its chapter members, APRA Metro DC will award one scholarship to the 2015 Mid Atlantic Researcher's Conference, which will cover the cost of early-bird registration.

Applicants must be APRA Metro DC chapter members, so click here to join or renew your membership prior to submitting an application. Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

If you are pursuing a career in prospect development, are active in the prospect development community, and have career goals that would be progressed through attending MARC 2015, please see our Scholarship page for full details and the application form.

Spring 2014 newsletter is live

In case you missed it, the Spring 2014 issue of The Prospector is live. In it, you will find job postings, upcoming chapter events, photos from the April 2014 retreat, and articles on campaign finance and professional development. Read the newsletter here and let us know what you think!

Registration Now Open for Night at the Nats!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | RSVP Deadline is May 22, 2014

Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. | Navy Yard (Green Line) 

Festivities begin at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk at 5:30 | First pitch is at 7:05 pm 

Join APRA Metro DC and the Washington Nationals on June 18th for $1 Hot Dog Night at Nats Park as they take on the Houston Astros! The group is purchasing $19 tickets in the Upper Infield Gallery. Payment for your ticket must be received by May 22. Family and significant others welcome!


APRA Metro DC's Night at the Nationals

Are you a baseball fan? Do you want to meet other Researchers in the DC area? Join APRA Metro DC and the Washington Nationals on June 18th for $1 Hot Dog Night at Nats Park as they take on the Houston Astros! The tickets will cost approximately $10 - $25. Payment for your ticket must be received in advance of the game. If you are interested in attending, please sign up for notifications about this event and fill out the interest form via the button below.