• 08/01/2016 4:53 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    Ralph holds the position of Chief of Research, Development Research Services, in the University Development Office of the Purdue Research Foundation.  His main focus is on major gift prospect identification and research.  Ralph directed the Development Research department at Purdue through its ‎successful Purdue:  Vision 21 campaign (1991-94).  From 1986-91, he directed ‎the Development Research department at the University of Chicago through ‎its successful Campaign for the Arts and Sciences and in the early phase of ‎the University’s Centennial Campaign. Ralph is currently in his fifth term on the ‎board of the Indiana chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers ‎for Advancement (APRA).  His board member duties have included developing ‎sponsor relationships, organizing state conferences, editing the chapter ‎newsletter, and serving as chapter president.  Ralph has spoken at APRA ‎International conferences and at APRA state conferences in Illinois, Michigan, ‎and Indiana.  He has written for APRA Connections, a ‎professional journal.‎ ‎ ‎ 

    Prior to his career in development, Ralph worked as the Business Reference ‎Librarian at the University of Chicago.  He also worked as General Reference ‎Librarian for the University of Chicago and for Indiana University.  Ralph holds a ‎MLS from Indiana University and an AB from Wabash College.  He may ‎occasionally be seen treading the boards with community theatre groups.‎ Come hear Ralph at the APRA-IN Basic Skills Workshop as he discusses Estimating Individual Gift Capacity. 

    To register for the APRA-IN Skills Workshop please click here


  • 08/01/2016 4:49 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    Emily Davis began as a research associate at the Indiana University Foundation and was promoted to development analyst in 2011. In addition to assisting her science- and health-related clients with research, she has completed research for the IU and IU Foundation presidents as well as on international prospects. She received her undergraduate degrees from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington. In her free time, she enjoys completing freelance editing and formatting work when not watching Thomas the Train with her toddler. Come hear Emily at the APRA-IN Basics Skills Workshop as she discusses Research Basics - How to Research a Person. She will also be presenting at the APRA-IN Advanced Skills Workshop on Using Social Media, where she will discuss you can learn how to mine and utilize social media resources, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, for prospect research profiles. 

    To register for the APRA-IN Skills Workshop please click here


  • 08/01/2016 12:44 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    Nancy J. Doemel, 71, of Crawfordsville, died Saturday, June 18, in Indianapolis.

    Born December 28, 1944, she was the daughter of Dale and Irene Walcutt.

    Nancy graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School (Ohio) in 1963, received her Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University in 1966, and her Masters of Arts from Purdue University in 1975.

    Nancy married William N. Doemel soon after her graduation from Wittenberg, and she worked as an English teacher in the Bartholomew Consolidated School District, Columbus, IN, while Bill finished his PhD.

    From 1977 to 1979 she was a research associate at the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Indiana University. She authored a user’s guide to energy issues, “Energy in Indiana”, and coauthored reports on creating land use policy in the Hoosier National Forest and on the Garrison Diversion Project in North Dakota.  She served as citizen advisor to the National Forest Service from 1976-78.

    Nancy served Wabash College as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations from 1979 until her retirement in 2010, and from 1979 to 1997 had the additional responsibility as part-time Director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association Scotland Program. In 31 years working at Wabash she raised more than $30 million for the college.

    In June she was honored by the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance with the 2016 Hazelett Award in Grantmaking.

    Nancy lived out her commitment to philanthropy and community service in many ways. She was a founding member of the Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors for a total of 12 years. She advised the Montgomery County Free Clinic Board as they raised over $1.2 million to build a new clinic to serve medical needs of the low-income families and individuals. She worked with her church on a $308,000 capital campaign providing fundraising guidance and grant writing assistance to meet this goal. She was active with the League of Women Voters, first in Land Use and Environmental Issues, Planning and Zoning, and more recently in Economic Health.

    “She was a tremendous leader who through her example showed what it truly means to be a volunteer community worker,” said MCCF Executive Director Kelly Taylor. “Her dedication, patience and hard work got results and set high exemplary standards for those with whom she worked. She made everyone better under her leadership.”

    Nancy was also an accomplished quilter, but noted in an article in Wabash Magazine that her art “did not come easily.” The article’s writer concludes: “That’s surprising to hear from a woman so skilled at weaving together disparate people and organizations to make something good and lasting for others.”

    Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Dale Doemel, who died March 9, 2016.

    She is survived by her husband, William N. Doemel; her sister, Ann Kohler (John); a niece, Beth Kohler Brown, and nephew, Grant Kohler (Dr. Katherine); and three grandnieces, Megan and Hannah Brown, and Madelyn Kohler.

    A memorial service for Nancy was held July 23 at 3 p.m. in the Wabash Chapel.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made either to one of these funds at the Montgomery County Community Foundation, PO Box  334, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

    • The Dr. William and Ms. Nancy Doemel Fund—an unrestricted fund to benefit the Montgomery County Community Foundation

    • The Women’s Legacy Fund—to provide support for nonprofit agencies that serve women and children of Montgomery County

    • The William, Nancy and Christopher Doemel Organ Maintenance Fund for Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church—to provide funding for major repairs of the organ located at the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church, Crawfordsville, Indiana.

    Donations can also be made to the Nancy J. Doemel Fund for Study Abroad, Wabash College, PO Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN, 47933. 


  • 07/29/2016 8:47 AM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)
    Our sister organization, APRA-IL, will be hosting a half day networking event at Northwestern University on September 30, 2016. In an effort to build and strengthen the APRA-IL community, their program this year emphasizes providing space and time to collaborate, share and learn from fellow members and attendees.

    There will be two tracks for participants to choose from; Prospect Research and Data Analytics/Prospect Management. Each track will have activities and conversation geared towards the issues and the topics of interest to those participating.   

    For more information or to register visit the APRA-IL event page or contact Jessica Szadziewicz, the vice president of APRA-IL. 

  • 07/18/2016 5:30 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    Come join us on Thursday, July 28 to meet your fellow Hoosiers in Nashville during the APRA International Conference! We'll be at Findley Pub (on the hotel property) starting at 5pm, so feel free to stop by! This is a casual event, no RSVP required. If you have any questions please contact Susan Fetscher at sefetscher@usi.edu or call/text Susan at (812) 568-8767. Hope to see you all there! 


  • 07/09/2016 2:36 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    The United Way of Central Indiana is looking for a Research Associate to assist with research and analytical projects conducted by the Strategic Information Department which support the organization's goals and objectives. This person would act as a liaison between the Strategic Information Department and internal clients (fundraising, volunteering, marketing, and community impact) and external partners. For more information visit the APRA-IN jobs page or read more about the position at http://www.uwci.org/careers.

  • 06/29/2016 5:42 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce a new award that has been created to build recognition for APRA-IN members within their own organizations, cultivate prestige amongst their APRA peers, and to develop credibility for advancement in their career. The award will recognize a member who has successfully lead a project within their organization in collaboration with other departments or organizations.

    The application process will require that you describe the problem or situation that you were facing within your organization. An explanation of how the problem or situation was resolved or improved, and the impact it had on the organization or the field of research is required. You should describe any collaboration that was done with other departments or organizations and the lessons learned from the project.

    This is a chance to share your success with other researchers faced with similar challenges. We hope you will consider nominating yourself or a peer who has lead a project. The winner will receive a certificate for display and free attendance to an APRA-IN function in 2016. The application can be found on the APRA-IN website under the "Members Only" tab (look for "Project Award Application") or click here.  Please submit your application to Cathy Spieth, APRA-IN awards committee chair, at cathy.spieth@uwci.org.  You may also call Cathy Spieth at 317-921-1346 if you have any questions.     

    To view the application click here

  • 06/29/2016 1:59 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    APRA-IN would like to recognize former president Vicky Martin on her retirement. After nearly three decades of service to the Indiana University Foundation, Vicky is ready to start an exciting new chapter filled with family, travel, and gardening. Vicky served on the APRA-IN board for a number of years and later made the leap from researcher to front-line fundraiser. She continued to serve APRA-IN by sharing her experience and insight as a speaker at chapter conferences. Congratulations on your retirement, Vicky! We wish you the very best!


  • 06/21/2016 2:00 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    Each month we will be highlighting a different APRA-IN board member. Read on to learn more about Neal, our mentorship chair! 

    Neal Quandt 

    Indiana Tech – Advancement Services Manager

    ·         What book are you currently reading? The End of Wall Street by Roger Lowenstein and a textbook for my current MBA class.

    ·         Favorite vacation spot? My wife and I own a mobile home on a lake in Southern Michigan.  We spend many of our weekends during the warmer part of the year there.

    ·         Hobbies - I enjoy reading, watching movies, working out and live music (my father and I try to attend two or three concerts every year).  My guilty pleasure is a good cigar.

    ·         An unusual/fun fact about you - I have never purchased a product from Starbucks for my own consumption


  • 06/21/2016 1:57 PM | Stephanie Brouwer (Administrator)

    Each month we will be highlighting a different APRA-IN board member. Read on to learn more about

     Susan, our programming chair! 

    Susan Fetscher

    University of Southern Indiana Foundation – Grant and Research Coordinator

    ·         What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. JK Rowling)

    ·         Favorite vacation spot? Ormond Beach, Florida, but I love exploring new places.

    ·         Hobbies – I enjoy fitness, reading, cooking, binge-watching Netflix, and my 6-year-old is teaching me to play Minecraft.

    ·         An unusual/fun fact about you – I prepare and lead a weekly trivia night at Tin Man Brewing Company in Evansville. If you are ever in town, you should stop by!

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