Upcoming Events

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, NYC
    • 30

    Every institution can benefit from more analytics expertise, but it's often daunting for prospect development experts to expand their skills beyond tried and true methods in Excel. To bridge that gap, this presentation will introduce attendees to the R programming language from the perspective of those who are already comfortable analyzing data in spreadsheets. By learning R, one of the most popular programming languages for performing data science, attendees will be able to maximize the value of their organization's data. Attendees will learn the R equivalents of intermediate Excel skills, including combining separate spreadsheets, summarizing data in pivot tables, and manipulating text. We will also sample some more advanced R topics, such as Web scraping, data visualization, and programming our own functions. So, R you ready?

    Presented by David Schemitsch, who has been associate director of data science at Columbia University's Office of Alumni and Development since 2017. He joined Columbia's prospect development team as a research analyst in 2013. He began his career in nonprofit fundraising in 2009 as a prospect research intern at the International Rescue Committee, preceding his roles as revenue processing specialist and research analyst. He received a BA in politics and anthropology from NYU and is currently pursuing a degree in data science from Columbia University.

    • 11 Jan 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Columbia University, Havemeyer Hall Room 209, 3000 Broadway, New York NY
    • 41


    Join Apra GNY and Marianne Pelletier for a three hour, in-depth, hands-on workshop showing you how to analyze your prospect’s stock holdings like an investor. Learn how to assess the relative success of an industry, how to read balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flow, and how to use key business ratios to assess your prospect’s company.

    Hands-in exercises and real life stock examples will be provided, along with a workbook that you can take back to your office as a reference.

    $75 for Apra GNY members

    $110 for nonmembers

    ​Marianne Pelletier has 30 years of experience in fundraising, with the majority in prospect research and prospecting. She is one of the first adopters of donor modeling and data mining techniques, and is now a world-renown leader on this segment of the research profession. Her prospect research experience began when she was a research analyst for Harvard and Lesley Universities. She later served as a department director for Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University.

    Ms. Pelletier’s career also includes running an annual giving program with average increased revenues of 27% per year and providing software consulting through the Datatel Corporation, teaching clients both how to use their new software and assisting them with better analysis and more efficient processing. She occasionally serves as a best practices consultant through CampusWorks.

    A recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the New England Development Research Association and recognized as a Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, Ms. Pelletier has served as a volunteer for both election campaigns and social service agencies. She has also served on the boards of the New England Development Research Association, the Upstate New York chapter of Apra, and as secretary for the Apra International board. She currently serves as a trustee for Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins County and the Finger Lakes chapter of AFP.

    Ms. Pelletier is a graduate of Rockford University, and earned her MBA at Southern New Hampshire University. Her recent workbook, Building Your Analytics Shop: A Workbook for Nonprofits, was a finalist for the Terry McAdam Award in 2016.

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • Kimmel Center for University Life, New York University
    • 198

    To register multiple attendees at the same time (up to 3 attendees for individual rates, 4 or more for group rates), select the applicable registration type and fill out the first attendee's information on the following screen. Then click "add guest" at the bottom to add an additional attendee. Fill in that person's details, then click "done" to return to the previous screen and repeat the process.

    Terms and conditions:

    • To qualify for group rates, you must register a minimum of 4 people from the same organization. If you select a group rate and do not register at least 4 people, you will be billed for the individual registration price at that level (early bird, members, or non-members) for each registrant.
    • To qualify for the early bird and members-only group rates, all registrants must be existing members, or purchase a membership.
    • Cancellations may be made until February 15th, 2019. Any cancellations made after that date will not be refunded.
    • Registrations may be transferred to a colleague until March 1, 2019. Registrations cannot be transferred after that date, and will not be refunded.
    • To cancel or transfer a registration, email apragny @ gmail.com.


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