Welcome to APRA-Virginia!


APRA-Virginia is the local chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).   

The first meeting to discuss the formation of a Virginia chapter of APRA was held on November 9, 1994 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.  Since APRA-Virginia was created, we now have around 90 dues paying members from 40 organizations comprised of  higher education institutions (public and private), museums, foundations, hospitals, and many more. 

In November 2014, APRA-Virginia celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding a two-day conference at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Richmond.  The conference included presentations by nationally-known and respected speakers:  Josh Birkholz, Principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, David Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO of NewSci, Chris Pipkins, Associate Vice President at James Madison University, Jay Frost, Partner at Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, Sally Boucher, Senior Sales Consultant of Analytics at WealthEngine, and Deb Darling, then Director of Prospect Development at Washington & Lee University. 


APRA-VA is an organization dedicated to connecting you with your colleagues, sharing information, and helping each other succeed in a career that serves our institutions and their missions.  You can become a member today by visiting our membership page!  Some of the benefits for our members include:

  • Reduced rates for chapter meetings and conferences
  • Access to presentation materials from previous chapter meetings and conferences
  • Announcements for prospect research and development-related jobs
  • News about upcoming prospect research and development-related conferences and workshops
  • Ability to apply for APRA-Virginia's Annual Scholarship which provides up $1,000 toward the registration or tuition fees for any prospect development-related professional conference
  • Access to our online membership directory for networking with other development professionals

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