The Scoop Spring Edition 2018

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Welcome to the spring edition of The Scoop!


Annual General Meeting 

Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on April 11th. If you were unable to join us, I'd encourage you to review the meeting minutes that are available on our website (Chapter Information > Meeting Minutes). The minutes provide a good summary of the chapter's financial status and activities in 2017, which resulted from the efforts of our dedicated volunteers! 

Submitted by Selene Hur, President


Celebrating our Best 

Apra Canada Excellence in Prospect Research Award

The Apra Canada 2018 Conference is approaching fast and as your conference co-chair, I am delighted to see the program coming together. Our keynote speakers are shining examples of leadership and forward thinking; the sessions will stimulate discussion and provide our delegates with practical tips and ideas to implement in their organizations; the breakout sessions foster collaboration and learning from peers and colleagues.

At our last conference we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Apra Canada as well as the launch of Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers, the only comprehensive guide to prospect research in Canada today. These milestones are important markers of our chapter’s success and are possible because of dedicated volunteers committed to our profession.

With this in mind, it seems fitting that as we forge ahead we take the time to celebrate the leaders in our profession; the researchers who dedicate themselves not only to their organizations, but to the sector more broadly.

I am thrilled to announce that our 2018 conference will introduce the Apra Canada Excellence in Prospect Research Award. The award will honor an individual who has enhanced the prospect research profession beyond their day to day work.

Nomination forms are now available on the Apra Canada website. A selection committee – Katherine Scott, Crystal Leochko Johnston, and John Hermans – will review nominations and announce the winner at the conference. For those who are not able to attend the conference, the winner will be featured in The Scoop, where you can learn about their impact on prospect research in Canada.

I encourage you to nominate your most-admired colleagues or yourself. We all benefit from celebrating those who are helping our sector grow!

Submitted by Katherine Scott, Director, External Relations & Conference Co-Chair


Conference Scholarships ​

2018 Radikha Jaggernauth Conference Scholarship

Apra Canada supports its members in pursuing professional development through conference attendance. We are committed to providing funds for quality education and networking opportunities for our Canadian researchers. This year we will be awarding 2 scholarships valued at CDN $1,000 to the Apra Canada conference (which will be held in Toronto, October 17-19), and 2 scholarships valued at CDN $1,500 to the Apra International conference (which will be held in Pittsburgh, August 8-11). The scholarships cover the cost of conference fees, travel and accommodations up to the amount provided. Funds will be distributed to the recipient following the conference upon presentation of receipts and any other documentation.

An e-mail with additional details and an application form was sent out by e-mail to all members on May 1, 2018. Applications to the 2018 Radikha Jaggernauth Conference Scholarships are due Friday June 1 by midnight (EST). The board strongly encourages all eligible members to apply!

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must work at least 50% of the time in advancement research for a non-profit organization in a non-consulting capacity.

* Applicants must be current members of Apra Canada (for at least past 6 months).

* Applicants should demonstrate financial need and leadership potential.

* Previous scholarship or award winners must wait 3 years before applying again.

* Apra Canada Board Members cannot apply.

* Applicants must not have a co-worker participating on scholarship selection panel.

About the Radikha Jaggernauth Conference Scholarships

In August of 2012, the Canadian prospect research community lost a valued member. Radhika Jaggernauth passed away after being diagnosed with cancer. Radhika was an Apra Canada Director responsible for the Regional Representatives and had given a great deal of time volunteering with Apra over the years. Radhika contributed directly to the success of a number of organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, UNICEF and the United Way of Greater Toronto. A kind hearted, funny, inquisitive, and focused individual - committed to Apra Canada and the research profession. In Radhika's honour, the 2011-2012 Board of Directors renamed the Apra Canada Scholarships the Radhika Jaggernauth Memorial Scholarships.

Submitted by Sarah Anderson, Secretary


Membership Renewals 

Renewal time for your 2018-2019 Apra Canada membership is quickly approaching!

Our membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and the membership fee remains at $40.00 fee (plus applicable tax) - an amazing value for the benefits offered. Your membership connects you to a community of prospect development professionals interested in sharing and learning from each other. As a member you have access to the “members only” section of the Apra-C website which offers our online directory of members where you can network with your Canadian peers.

You will have access to information on research resources, a management toolkit, our scholarship program, results of our membership surveys and current and past issues of our online newsletter – The Scoop, which is a source of helpful insights on prospect development. You will be notified of upcoming Apra-C educational and professional development opportunities and be able to take advantage of discounted member prices for webinars and our upcoming biennial conference in October 2018.

There are mentoring opportunities, volunteer leadership opportunities and a myriad of other member resources available to you for professional advancement. With so many benefits how can you not renew or join as a new member? I encourage you to renew your membership in June 2018 for 2018-2019 so you don’t miss out on any of these benefits. To renew in June please click here:

Submitted by Corinne Hynes, Director, Membership


Partying in Calgary 

Apra Canada Roundtable Discussion

What do Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, Calgary Zoo, Mount Royal University, Mustard Seed, Red Cross, SAIT Polytechnic, and the University of Calgary have in common? If you answered great researchers, you are correct!

For the first time this year, Apra members and friends in Calgary decided to party with style. We ordered pizza and fancy salads and gathered together at the University of Calgary to listen to the Apra Canada Roundtable on Friday, April 27, 2018. The Roundtable discussion provided great insights, so kudos to the organizers and participants. After the roundtable, we had an opportunity to socialize, share key takeaways, ask questions from our peers and learn from eachother. We even had enough leftovers to take home - the perfect kind of party!

Submitted by Sandra Gomez, Regional Representative


Old News is Still Good News! 

Apra Canada Toronto Chapter Holiday Social 2017

The Apra-C Toronto Holiday Social was held on December 7, 2017 at the Elephant and Castle. We had approximately 25 people in attendance, including Apra-C board members Selene Hur, John Hermans, Katherine Scott, and Alexandra Basen, as well as Apra International president Liz Rejman.

The sponsors for the evening were Tracey Church and Associates, CharityCan, iWave, and DigIn Research, who were represented by Tracey Church, Trent Beattie (iWave), and Terry Burton (DigIn). Matthew Charters of CharityCan was sadly unable to attend.

We held a book swap, where attendees brought in a wrapped previously-loved book to trade, and a good time was had by all!

Submitted by Steven Sorensen, Director, Regional Representatives


Newsletter Contributors Wanted ​

Let your research and writing skills shine!

Do you have a passion for your work in prospect research and love to write?  Would you like to share your talents, tips and tricks, resources, best practices, and creative ideas in a meaningful way with a growing group of prospect research and development professionals?

Apra Canada is looking for guest article writers and monthly feature writers on a variety of topics. Please send your ideas for articles and feature writer topics to Shea Larin, Director, Communications at  


Board of Directors 

  • Selene Hur - President
  • John Hermans - VP & Treasurer
  • Sarah Anderson - Secretary
  • Shea Larin - Director, Communications
  • Katherine Scott - Director, External Relations & Conference Co-Chair
  • Corinne Hynes - Director, Membership
  • Izabela Piasecka-Latour - Director, Mentorship
  • Alexandra Basen - Director, Professional Development
  • Steven Sorensen - Director, Regional Representatives
  • Melanie Fulop - Director at Large


Thanks for reading!