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At the Institute, we provide rigorous, online courses that bridge the gaps in self-learning. Watch short video lectures, engage in activities and discussion, practice your skills and measure your progress.

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ResearchCareersIconThe Book Club has one simple goal: to bring prospect research professionals together over books. Many of us work solo in fundraising departments, and as a relatively new/small profession, we are often geographically dispersed. We are not going to let that stop us from socializing (and learning) over our love of books!

NOTE: The Book Club is free, but to participate in the forums and surveys you will need to create an account on this website. Once you create your account, click on The Book Club. You will be prompted for an enrollment key the first time you enter the room. Use this one: thebookclub

IPPcourseiconIntroduction to Prospect Profiles

Learn to qualify your prospects with public information. This course teaches you how to build a prospect profile with simple search techniques – step by step. Runs Sep 12 through Oct 21.

ssiconThis 2-week workshop will explain stock splits, providing plenty of exercises for you to practice the calculations.

fundraisinganalyticsiconThis course teaches you how to start using basic data mining techniques in Excel to  solve fundraising problems, such as finding the best prospects in your donor database or comparing appeal results to measure donor retention.

In this course we take the fear out of analytics. By walking you through the terminology and techniques, step-by-step, and with lots of practice, you get comfortable with the data and how it ‘speaks’ to you.

summaryiconIn this two-week workshop you will master the art of concise summary through daily practice writing about the wealth and philanthropy of fascinating prospects such as Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel or Martha Ingram of Ingram Industries. I will teach you techniques to quickly toggle between the main themes and the important details, writing meaningful and useful summaries on your prospects.

writingiconIn this two-week workshop you will learn to avoid common grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors as you write - profile-style - about corporate philanthropy and private company ownership using real companies and people. Prospect profiles have changed over the years and I have a three-prong approach that will make you a better profile writer.

prospectresearchlogoinabox iconThe purpose of the Introduction to the Prospect Profiles course is to teach you to build a prospect profile with simple search techniques.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and construct a prospect profile for use in fundraising
  2. Become a search engine “power-user” by using advanced search techniques
  3. Judge and evaluate the authenticity and relevance of search results

This course gives you an overview of business formation basics. Interested? Contact Professor Kishbaugh at (813) 766-8715.

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