Apra Greater Houston


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Upcoming events

    • 26 Feb 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Carriage House at Clayton Library, 5300 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004

    Prospect Research for Small Fundraising Shops

    You are invited to a brown bag luncheon with Ashley Estes. Ashley will review the Houston Food Bank's Process for managing the major donor pipeline and offer some tips and tricks for prospect research for smaller fundraising organizations.

    Ashley Estes

    Prospect Development Manager, Houston Food Bank

    Ashley Estes currently serves as the Prospect Development Manager at the Houston Food Bank. She has 11 years of fundraising experience in the Houston non-profit community. She began her development career at the Houston Food Bank in 2008 as the organization’s first ever Manager of Corporate Partnerships. Here, she developed a strategic corporate partnership program and managed the Community Events Coordinator who was responsible for 8 major, annual events. In 2013, she moved to Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) where she served as the Assistant Director of Resource Development, soliciting and managing private foundation and government grants. After a year and a half at LSLA, Ashley was recruited to South Texas College of Law Houston (STCLH) as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. In her four years at STCLH, she grew the grant program more than 350% and implemented a formalized corporate partnership program. In February 2019, Ashley returned to the Food Bank to work with the major gifts team as the Prospect Development Manager. In her current role, she works closely with the gift officers to manage their donor portfolios, conducts regular screenings to identify new prospects, provides in-depth prospect research, and compiles analytical reports to help guide the work of the major gifts team. Ashley is a native Houstonian. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Baylor University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She currently lives in the Near Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, June.

    Seating is limited, for more information and/or questions please contact aprahouston[at]gmail.com.

    We encourage you to JOIN or RENEW your membership today to attend future lunch and learns without charge.

    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Carriage House at Clayton Library, 5300 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004

    Creating a culture of analytics that improves prospect identification and increases portfolio performance

    Creating a culture of analytics is a challenge for many institutions and organizations today.  Good data married with change management is the key to unlocking better performance by your gift officers and overall advancement of your mission.

    In this presentation, Doug Cogswell, President of Advizor Solutions and EVP of the Pursuant Group, will teach you how to use data in order to drive performance. You’ll walk away with tools for:

    • Finding and segmenting the right prospects that will advance your efforts
    • How many prospects to assign to gift officers
    • Moving from simple metrics to key performance drivers and indicators that will bring better ROI to your advancement efforts.

    Doug Cogswell, EVP of The Pursuant Group, and President of Advizor Solutions, a Pursuant Group Company

    Doug is the founder and current President of Advizor Solutions, a Business Intelligence software company that is all about enabling people to better understand and analyze their data.  Under Doug’s leadership, Advizor has been delivering data discovery solutions in a variety of industries for over 12 years.  By combining Advizor’s cutting-edge software with a services team of data and analytics experts, we are giving people quick, easy access to their data in a visual interactive format that is transforming the way they make decisions and increasing overall performance. 

    With a degree in physics and engineering from Dartmouth, an MBA from Harvard, strategy consulting experience with both Bain and Booze Allen, and over 15 years in the BI sector, Doug has extensive data analytics and client strategy expertise.  He is a thought leader in the world of data discovery and analysis. 

    Doug has participated on the Boards of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Information Technology Association of Illinois, and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences.  He is also heavily involved in his church.  And when he’s not working, he enjoys hockey, skiing, running, backpacking, and pretty much anything outdoors.  

    Seating is limited, for more information and/or questions please contact aprahouston[at]gmail.com.

    We encourage you to JOIN or RENEW your membership today to attend future lunch and learns without charge.

    • 28 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • United Way Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77007

    Save the Date!

    Apra Greater Houston Annual Conference

    Thursday, May 28th, 2020

    United Way of Houston Community Resource Center

    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Past events

15 Jan 2020 The 21st Century Fundraiser - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
12 Dec 2019 2020 Apra Greater Houston Planning Meeting
20 Nov 2019 Holiday Happy Hour
23 Oct 2019 Database Conversions: Best Practices and Lessons Learned - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
25 Sep 2019 Disaster Fundraising Planning - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
21 Aug 2019 Lunch with Apra
01 Aug 2019 Apra Texas Happy Hour @ Prospect Development 2019
17 Jul 2019 Retaining Mega Donors - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
19 Jun 2019 Research Tools - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
23 May 2019 Apra Greater Houston Annual Conference
10 Apr 2019 Spring Happy Hour
20 Mar 2019 Career Curious - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
13 Feb 2019 A Panel on Planned Giving - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
15 Jan 2019 Giving Trends from 2018 - Monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
27 Nov 2018 Merry & Bright - A holiday happy hour
06 Nov 2018 Brown bag lunch and learn on Tuesday, November 6th
26 Sep 2018 Apra Greater Houston Annual Workshop
24 Aug 2018 JOIN US for a brown bag lunch and learn on August 24th
10 May 2018 Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
06 Nov 2017 APRA Greater Houston's Summer Event
10 May 2017 Analyze Your Database with Excel
26 Oct 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Topic: Metrics that Motivate
05 Aug 2016 Summer Workshop with David Lively and Dave Nacol
18 May 2016 Research Resources
17 May 2016 DRIVE/2016
23 Mar 2016 NTEN 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference
11 Nov 2015 Gateway to Grant Success
28 Oct 2015 AASP Summit 2015
26 Oct 2015 bbcon 2015
25 Oct 2015 Insight2015 - The Premier Data and Analytics Conference
19 Oct 2015 Tableau Conference
08 Oct 2015 2015 Digital Adoption Report Findings
27 Sep 2015 Predictive Analytics World Healthcare
23 Sep 2015 Data Visualization Summit
13 Sep 2015 NTEN Leading Change Summit
10 Sep 2015 Mission Driven
09 Sep 2015 Operational Analytics Virtual Conference
27 Aug 2015 Donor Retention Webinar
27 Aug 2015 Fundraising Driven with Predictive Analytics
21 Aug 2015 SAP S/4HANA Demo: Reporting Insights in Real Time
20 Aug 2015 APRA Greater Houston Summer Workshop
14 Aug 2015 Social Media for Nonprofits
30 Jul 2015 MicroStrategy Symposium
29 Jul 2015 How to build your organization's data governance
22 Jul 2015 The Donor Dozen part 2: 12 must-know data elements
21 Jul 2015 The Donor Dozen part 1: 12 must-know data elements
21 Jul 2015 APRA International Conference 2015
28 Jun 2015 AHP Big Ideas
24 Jun 2015 MCON 2015
23 Jun 2015 Webcast: Analytics in a secure world
23 Jun 2015 PCI compliance: Key considerations for nonprofits and the public sector
19 Jun 2015 AFP Houston's Ask The Experts
01 Jun 2015 Cultivating Transformational Gifts
26 May 2015 BI Dashboard Best Practices
21 May 2015 Website design/usability best pracites
20 May 2015 IRS workshop for 501 (c)(3) organizations
19 May 2015 IRS workshop for 501 (c)(3) organizations
19 May 2015 Edward Tufte: Presenting Data and Information
13 May 2015 Using predictive analytics to drive fundraising
07 May 2015 Project Planning to Win Grants
06 May 2015 M+R's Online Giving benchmarking report webinar
05 May 2015 Storytelling with data
30 Apr 2015 Do Good Data conference 2015
23 Apr 2015 Partnering with Gift Officers to bring home a win
16 Apr 2015 Data Visualization
13 Apr 2015 Virtual Fundraising Career Conference
10 Apr 2015 Cause Camp 2015
06 Apr 2015 Grateful Patient Programs: Top 10 Best Practices
29 Mar 2015 Text Analytics World
25 Mar 2015 Webinar: 5 data points that really matter
25 Mar 2015 How to Build a Rockin' Major Gifts Program from Scratch
13 Mar 2015 SXSW Interactive
12 Mar 2015 Mining with social media
11 Mar 2015 The DRIVE Conference
09 Mar 2015 SXSWedu 2015
06 Mar 2015 APRA Greater Houston Winter Workshop
04 Mar 2015 NTC Howdy Hour
04 Mar 2015 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (15NTC)
26 Feb 2015 DMA Monumental Fundraising conference
24 Feb 2015 Discover High-Capacity Donors Hiding in Plain Sight
23 Feb 2015 Guidestar Impact
22 Feb 2015 TDWI Conference
16 Feb 2015 CASE Annual Conference for Development Researchers
09 Feb 2015 APRA Education Week- Chapters Share the Knowledge
04 Feb 2015 Pride Development Institute Conference
29 Jan 2015 New Research Impacting Gift Planning
29 Jan 2015 Designing Better Stewardship Events
21 Jan 2015 NTEN webinar - Social media strategies for 2015
20 Jan 2015 Outcome Measure - Metrics that Matter for NonProfits
14 Jan 2015 Bloomcon Virtual Conference
10 Dec 2014 The 2015 Analytics Predictions Webinar
04 Dec 2014 APRA-GH monthly board meeting
03 Dec 2014 Webinar - How to stop donor churn before it starts
03 Dec 2014 Webinar - Top 10 Business intelligence predictions for 2015
25 Nov 2014 Webinar: What metrics to track with your web analytics
21 Nov 2014 APRA-GH 2014 Annual Meeting
19 Nov 2014 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
APRA Greater Houston is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.
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