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Jason J. Briggs | Darren Cooper | Emily Davis | Mark Noll | Andrea Pactor | Sabine Schuller | Patricia Smith

briggsjasonJason J. Briggs

10 Steps to Deliver on International Prospecting | Posted 9/26/2016

Jason Briggs is Research & Prospect Manager for The University of Sheffield where he manages prospect research, analytics and due diligence. A graduate in History & Philosophy from same university, Jason has worked in prospect development for over four years. Previously he managed a social enterprise called Learning for the Fourth Age and in his spare time he is a Trustee of a Tibetan Buddhist charity called Land of Joy, which raised £1.2m to create a remote retreat centre. He is a Committee Member of Researchers in Fundraising with the Institute of Fundraising and for Research Ethics Committee for The University of Sheffield. He recently led his team to win an Insight in Fundraising Award 2016 for their work on international prospecting. Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jasonjbriggscharitydevelopment or Twitter: @jasonjbriggs


CooperDarrenDarren Cooper

Buyouts, Inversions, and Acquisitions, Oh My! | Posted 2/13/2015

Darren Cooper is a prospect research and fundraising strategy consultant based in Rochester, Minnesota. Previously, he worked in higher education prospect research and supply chain software sales. Learn more at www.linkedin.com/in/darrenpcooper/ or contact him at dpc@bmcweb.net.



Emily Davis

Warning: Use These Surefire Social Media Research Tips at Your Own Risk | Posted: 7/6/2016

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 is also a freelance blogger for EverTrue and a freelance editor. 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.



Mark Noll

Rhode Warrior Blog |  Host, 2014 to present

Mark Noll is an Advisory Board Member of The Prospect Research Institute and Director of Operations, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. Previously he was Associate VP of Research and Development Services at the University of Rhode Island Foundation. A member of AASP as well as APRA, he spends his free time at Starbucks and excels in the art of mediocrity.



Andrea Pactor

What Siri Can Teach us about Rerouting for Fundraising Success | Posted 4/4/2016

Andrea Pactor, MA is the Associate Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Since 2010, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s research has contributed to a deeper understanding of gender differences in giving through the Women Give series. Empirical evidence finds that gender differences in philanthropy are indeed real.


Sabine Schuller

International Research Blog | Host, 2016 to present

Sabine Schuller, MLIS works at The Rotary Foundation, a volunteer organization of professional and business leaders that initiates humanitarian projects worldwide. As a donor researcher, she identifies and analyzes donors around the globe. She was also a program officer for Rotary, coaching grant applicants in Latin America, Europe, and North America. Sabine’s first experience in the nonprofit world was at Northwestern University. She developed industry analyses for new commercial opportunities at an international business development center. Sabine is a proud member of the Illinois donor research chapter APRA-IL and also supports her local business librarian association, SLA-IL. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


Patricia Smith

Should your organization seek gifts of mineral rights? | Posted 6/6/2017

Patricia Smith, MLIS joined the Colorado School of Mines Foundation as a Development Research Manager in April 2007. She served on the Colorado Professional Researchers for Advancement (CPRA) Board of Directors for nearly 4 years. Previous to her work at the Mines Foundation, she has worked within the library sector for nearly 19 years, including working for a year abroad in New Zealand. Aside from Research, her other passions include hiking in the Colorado Rockies, reading books, books, and more books, and her grandchildren.