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Northern California Seminar Day
October 1, 2015
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley


Southern California Seminar Day
Date is to TBD

Webinar Series

September 17, 2015 - PMATS from Jennie Petrini of RAND

December 4, 2015 - Presentation from Jason McNeal of Gonser Gerber


CARA'S 2015 Membership Drive is Underway!

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CARA is now on Facebook!

Volunteer Corner

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, Mandy Beckham
Membership – Chair, Lisa Johnston
Events – Chair, Shoshana Carter
Writing and Communication – Chair, Donna Gutierrez


Relationship Science

President's Letter to Members 

A BIG shout-out to EVERYONE who helped make the CARA Statewide Conference a great experience!

This year’s CARA Conference, All Hands on Deck, Discover the Golden Era of Prospect Research, was a huge success! There were a total of 100+ attendees participating in various sessions designed to help prospect researchers become knowledgeable in fundraising and data analytics; following the APRA’s Body of Knowledge curriculum.

Ashutosh Nandeshwar, the keynote speaker, delivered an inspiring speech on attaining your dream and to not let people define who you are. He also challenged the audience to learn what you want and practice to make the most of it.

Nathan Chappell’s plenary was entertaining using the analogy of the movie “Moneyball” comparing it to prospect management; the art of fundraising and the science of fundraising management. Nathan indicated that we’re currently in the second era of philanthropy, which he referred to as “Moneyball Philanthropy.”

Many other outstanding speakers shared their wealth of information on prospect management along with their successes and failures. The participants were treated to a “surprise” guest speaker, Captain Kane of The Queen Mary who shared stories and facts of the historic Queen Mary.

Again, thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for making the conference such a great success. Stay tuned for information on where the next Statewide Conference will be held in 2016!


Yours truly,

Andillon Hackney
CARA’s President

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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