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CARA Webinar: Using SEC Documents for Prospect Research
April 29, 2016
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CARA Statewide Conference
May 5 & 6, 2016
Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza
Downtown Sacramento
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The CARA Board encourages you to volunteer for one of our committees. This is a great way to meet colleagues and develop your leadership skills. We always needs help at our events, writers for the newsletter, improving and adding value to membership, social media gurus, presenters and subject matter experts. If you are interested, please contact the chair of the committees below. And become part of the CARA experience!

CARA Committees:
Social Media – Chair, James Vermillion
Program – Chair, Mallory Lass
Membership – Chair, Lisa Johnston
Writing and Communication – Chair, Ryan Frank





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2016 promises to be a year of opportunity for CARA members. Opportunity to learn and grow as a prospect development professional, and opportunity to network with your peers.

Before I tell you about the year ahead, I must say how honored I am to serve as your new CARA President.  I have some pretty big shoes to fill after Andillon Hackney's term and I personally want to thank her for everything she accomplished as your 2015 president. Andillon has laid the groundwork for another successful year ahead and I as your newly elected CARA president, along with the CARA board, will continue using the momentum she created.

2016 has already started with a very successful webinar by Jason McNeal of Gonser Gerber.  Webinar participants came away with ideas to help coach their fundraisers, using tools to help collect qualitative research from meetings and conversations with donors.  A recording of this webinar, along with a few others, will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. 

CARA will be offering more webinars throughout the year. Upcoming topics include Securities Research, Prospect Management and Tracking Reports, and a special Beginners Prospect Management Boot Camp coming up in March (details coming soon).  If you have a topic you'd like to hear about, or are interested in presenting, please contact Mallory Lass at

Our big event of the year is just around the corner!  Planning for CARA's Statewide Conference, The Capitol Express: Trails to Treasures, is underway.  This year's conference will be held in Sacramento, just a few blocks from Old Sac,and walking distance to parks, museums, restaurants and pubs.  Chris Ategeka will be kicking off the conference with an inspiring and informative keynote address. Chris is an award winning social entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, and founder of Rides for Lives, a company that builds vehicles and delivers healthcare services in hard to reach areas.  We are just as eager to hear from our Plenary Speaker, Sam King.  Sam, founder of Code the Change, is a computer scientist who decided to use his skills for social change. I can't wait to learn more from Chris and Sam!

If you are interested in learning more about any of our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or want to get involved with CARA in any capacity, we would love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to contact your CARA Board.  And remember to keep an eye on your inbox for upcoming details about our webinars and statewide conference!

Mandy Beckham

Conference & Seminar Presentations

Featured Presentations:

  • 2009 CARA Conference
  • 2010 NoCal & SoCal Seminar Day
  • 2010 NoCal & SoCal Conference Day
  • 2011 NoCal & SoCal Conference Day
  • 2012 CARA Statewide Conference
  • 2012 NoCal & SoCal Seminar Day
  • 2013 NoCal & SoCal Seminar Day

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