Meredith Hancks, EdD, is Director of Prospect Research and Management for Western Illinois University. She chairs the Best Practices in Prospect Development team for AASP and is a former Vice President for APRA-IL.

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The Busy Prospect Researcher - Part 4: Community Participation and Professional Development

A busy prospect researcher should participate in committees and associations, and stay on top of professional development opportunities. Here's how I do it.

The Busy Prospect Researcher - Part 3: Time-Based Projects

This is Part 3 of a multiweek series on managing your time as a busy prospect researcher. In Part 1, Dr. Hancks began talking about the framework for time management in the field of prospect research and prospect management. In Part 2, she discusses how to organize your time for different types of research and analytics. In this Part 3, Dr. Hancks shows how she approaches bringing together quick projects and long-term projects.

The Busy Prospect Researcher - Part 2: Managing Research and Analytics Activities

As a busy prospect researcher, how do you get everything done and still leave the office by 6:30 at night? Here's how I do it. And you can, too.

The Busy Prospect Researcher - Part 1: Overview of Time Management

Are you a busy prospect researcher? Me, too. A few years ago, I got an email from a colleague who was new to the profession. In it, she asked me, “how do you get everything done and still leave the office by 6:30 at night?”  I don’t think I have ever stayed until 6:30 p.m.…

Prospect Research Software: Your Database

There is a lot of discussion about databases and which are the best for various types of situations or organizations. There are benefits and challenges to whatever you choose, so the best course of action is to review your options and determine which one best addresses the needs of your organization. A smoothly functioning and…