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Southern California Seminar Day
December 3, 2015
Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

Webinar Series

November 20, 2015 - New Researchers Bootcamp
by Dori Cavala
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January 15, 2016 - Researchers as Coaches: How to Help Gift Officers Gather More (and Better) Data,
by Jason McNeal of Gonser Gerber LLP

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


Relationship Science


Dear Colleagues,

It has been a busy summer going into a great fall for CARA. I wanted to highlight some good news and upcoming events for our members and non-members alike.

We are pleased to report that CARA has fully rebounded from the 2009-2010 recession. It took some time but we are coming back strong seen by a 32% increase in membership, increase in revenue and decrease in our spending. Many thanks to all the hard work and commitment of the CARA Board and membership to really catapult us onto stronger financial ground.  

Webinar Library
We are excited to announce that we are currently working on building a library of webinars on our website and hope to go live by the end of this year. The library will include next year’s Basic Prospect Research and Prospect Management Bootcamps, as well as, a SEC training online for the very first time!

Annual Conference News
I’m also pleased to announce that CARA’s Annual Conference is back in Northern California! The Conference Committee is hard at work on speakers and fun events. So stay tuned and save the date for May 5-6, 2016 in Sacramento!

CARA is currently accepting presentation proposals. We invite you to share your expertise in the field of prospect management, research, and analytics, for both the new and the experienced.  Click here if you're interested in presenting at CARA's annual conference.

Southern California Seminar Day
December 3, 2015
Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

Speakers include:

Ryan Davis, Account Executive, Relationship Science
Vendor Presentation
RelSci gives you the information you need to be successful.  Close a deal.  Win a client.  Raise capital.  Get the inside track.  Meet new partners.  Enter a new market.  Achieve a new level of influence.  Pinpoint the right board member or executive.  Connect to a donor. 

Lisa Howley, Assistant Vice-President of Advancement Services, Health Sciences, USC
Evaluating Gift Officer and Portfolio Performance
More than ever, organizations are relying on prospect development professions to provide data and insights to drive strategic planning and decision making.  Learn how to evaluate gift officer performance to determine the key metrics to drive successful behavior at your organization, and portfolio performance to ensure the greatest return on investment of activity and efforts.

Ryan Frank, Senior Prospect Research Analyst, City of Hope
Lee Thomsen, Senior Data & Business Intelligence Analyst, UCSD
More Show & Less Tell
Utilizing effective reporting and visualizations to simplify and improve portfolio reviews is a key factor in maintaining and supporting a healthy partnership between Prospect Researchers/Managers and Development Officers.  As the time crunch for both professions slides upward on an ever-increasing scale, potent visualizations provide a middle ground of understanding – Researchers get to geek out with data and DO’s get their information gift-wrapped to them.  This session will cover the pros, cons, and practical applications of the emerging practice of employing visualizations to bridge the communication, statistical, and time gap between researchers and front line fundraises. 

Cristi Broach Hendry, Director of Advancement Research, Harvey Mudd College
Living Large in a Small Shop: Using systems and data to make the most of your time and resources
This is an interactive session in which ways to systematize prospect identification, portfolio review, and prospect management are explored. 

Wishing everyone a great fall season and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event! 


Andillon Hackney

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