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  • January 31, 2019 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    2019 is a year of exciting opportunity for OPRN.

    • Mark your calendars for the OPRN Conference, May 9-10 in Columbus.
    • Check out the OPRN Webinar through APRA's Share the Knowledge event. Beth Havens and Regina Alhassan will show us how to turn the top five prospect research mistakes into learning opportunities. Register here.
    • OPRN is looking for guest bloggers! If you are interested in writing on a topic that is your expertise, or have a topic you'd like to know more about, email us at info@oprn.org.

    New Ideas and new opportunities abound at OPRN! Share the opportunity OPRN has to offer with your colleagues and friends. Not only will it be more fun to share events with the people you know, you'll be sharing the opportunity to grow and advance in the Prospect Development profession. 

    You don't have to be a researcher to be a member! Grant writers, stewardship, small shop fundraisers and others find OPRN a great resource for networking and learning.

    The new board meets in February, and we can't wait to start moving forward in this exciting year. We look forward to partnering with many of you and to share all the great things planned as they unfold in the year ahead.

    Here is to a great year of growth and potential!

  • December 18, 2018 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OPRN needs your help! As we work to increase our regional presence, develop a more robust communication plan, and update our branding, OPRN is looking for volunteers to serve on various committees.

    Volunteering is a great way to network with fellow prospect development professionals, and learn more about the industry. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please email us at info@oprn.org  

  • August 01, 2018 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce the 2018 APRA PA & OPRN Joint Happy Hour in Pittsburgh during the APRA Conference!!  Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Please register Here.

    2018 APRA PA & OPRN Joint Happy Hour
    August 9, 2018, 5:30pm
    Bistro on Penn (922 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA)  
    (may show up as Sharp Edge Bistro on Google Maps)
    Drinks and appetizers will be provided. 

    Please register Here

    You do not need to be members of OPRN to attend. Please feel free to invite friends from the Ohio, Northern KY and Pennsylvania area. We love new friends!

    A special thanks to our sponsor GG+A and to our friends at APRA PA for helping make this event possible.

  • May 10, 2018 3:44 PM | Anonymous
    Conference presentations are available to current members in the "Members-Only" section.  Enjoy!

    Thank you so much to everyone that attended our 2018 Spring Conference!  Also, a special thank you to our presenters, Signature Sponsors - Blackbaud/Target Analytics and Donor Search, and our Scholarship Sponsors - LexisNexis and iWave, for their time and support!

    Congratulations to Kelli Clawson, this year's recipient of the Anne E. Mayer Distinguished Service Award, and to James Hess and Laura Weibel, who received Eileen Fitzgerald Conference Scholarships.

  • April 05, 2018 12:57 PM | Deleted user

    We have extended the deadline for nominations for the Anne E. Mayer Distinguished Service Award to Friday, April 6th. Nominate someone who deserves gratitude for their service today!!: https://goo.gl/4Ftxaa

  • March 15, 2018 5:39 PM | Anonymous member

    We're thrilled to welcome Alexander as he provides the keynote on Friday morning.  His subject? The Frontier of Fundraising Analytics: Hype or Hope.


    Register today!

  • March 15, 2018 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Registration for OPRN's 2018 Spring Conference is now open! Don't miss valuable workshops on Thursday and Friday's keynote from Alexander W. Oftelie, along with other industry professionals!

    Register today!

  • September 27, 2017 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    OPRN is looking for presenters for the May 3-4, 2018 conference in Columbus, Ohio.  

    • The deadline to apply is November 10, 2017.  
    • Full (75 minute) and mini (30 minute) presentations are welcome on the
      full breadth of topics related to the prospect development industry.   

    Never spoken at a conference before? Don’t worry – everyone starts somewhere, why not start here!

    If you have questions or comments, please contact the OPRN Conference Coordinator.

    To apply, please visit the Application page at SurveyMonkey.
    Please note that nominations are due by November 10th of each year!

    OPRN offers three opportunities for you to participate in this year's Chapter Conference:

    • Present a full presentation (75 minutes)
    • Offer a mini-presentation (30 minutes)
    • Lead a roundtable discussion

    Topics to Consider:

    • Metrics and Analytics
    • Data visualization
    • Small Shop Tools and Management
    • Researchers and Major Gift Officers
    • Data Management
    • Prospect Research Consulting
    • Recent Projects 
    • Ohio-specific research trends and/or tools
  • March 06, 2017 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    Registration for OPRN's 30th Anniversary Spring Conference is now open!  Don't miss terrific Thursday workshops by Bond Lammey and Nick Sollog and a can't miss keynote from Josh Birkholz, plus lots more!  

    Register today!

  • March 01, 2017 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    We're excited to announce that there will be two Thursday workshops at this year's conference!  Registration will open soon and read more about the first workshop below:  

    Relationship Management: Building the Car while Driving It

    As prospect development professionals, we are often tasked with developing and implementing complex systems and processes to make our fundraising programs operate efficiently. Unfortunately, the expectation is generally that we develop and implement these systems simultaneously. What does this mean for establishing a successful relationship management program? In this workshop, Bond will discuss:

    • The fundamental elements of a strong relationship management program
    • Tactical steps to enact solid processes based on the tools you have at your organization
    • Strategies to gain buy-in from senior leadership and development officers

    The full session will be three hours, divided into two parts as outlined below.

    Part One: What’s in Your Toolkit?
    This session will walk through the key elements of a strong relationship management program, will offer some tips to implement any elements that are missing, and will discuss maintenance of a program over time to ensure it will benefit the organization long-term. Participants will be able to assess what relationship management elements they need to add or modify at their organization and will walk away with some resources to aid them in putting it all together.

    Part Two: From the Toolkit to Construction
    What processes do you have in place to manage portfolios at your organization? Do you actively manage them, reviewing portfolio counts and development officer activities regularly? Do you assess the capacity, inclination, and engagement of currently assigned prospects and look for opportunities to assign and remove prospects proactively? Do you assess the fit of prospects that are assigned by development officer? This session will discuss a variety of techniques and strategies involved in portfolio reviews, rebalances, and optimizations, with examples for shops of all sizes and levels of maturity within their relationship management program.

    Bond T. Lammey is a managing associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner specializing in prospect development. Bond’s experience ranges from higher education to academic medicine, large and small social service agencies, and national and local member/cause organizations. Prior to joining BWF, Bond led prospect research efforts at the University of Chicago, where she oversaw the central prospect research team and developed integrated strategies with prospect management, analytics, corporate and foundation relations research, and non-central research teams at the medical center and Booth School of Business.

    Bond received her BA in Sociology and her Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration, both from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She is on the board of Apra International and has presented in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia at CASE, ADRP, AASP, and Apra conferences.

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