Looking to connect with peers to advance your career? Do you get tasked to “research that?”

Short on time and looking for curated self-learning experiences?

When you join the Research Connectors, you and your peers serve as a virtual professional prospect research department, supporting each other as you encounter new situations. Moderated by Jennifer Filla, you boost your job performance through content, discussion, practice, and peer feedback.

Imagine the next time you get asked to do something you’re not sure about. You reach out to your fellow members and get suggestions, resources, and moral support. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

You have the skills and talent – you just need affordable, ongoing learning and support to keep your prospect research efforts on track and growing.

Join the Research Connectors to connect, innovate, and grow!

How It Works

As a Research Connector, every month you can...

  • Attend the live, online Master Class featuring practical topics with how-to and even practice homework.
  • Discuss how to apply new ideas and skills at your office and share resources.
  • Access our flagship course for beginners, Essentials for Successful Fundraising Research, where you learn key skills across the different areas of prospect research. (And you can practice on your organization’s information. Talk about hands-on!)
  • Connect with peers, sharing obstacles and triumphs.


In this private community, you never have to worry about asking dumb questions! When confronted with strange research requests or worried that you should be finding information you can’t, you can reach out to the community and get quick answers – and plenty of support and understanding, too.

All this for less than the cost of attending a conference!


You Will Also Receive

This on-demand course teaches you how to identify good prospects, perform profile research, and track prospects using prospect management techniques.

You Will Also Receive

Your membership gives you access to all of the content in the Resource Collections. There is a Resource Collection for each of the five learning domains: Research in Fundraising, Prospect Research, Relationship Management, Fundraising Analytics, and Careers.



Join us for a Master Class on the fourth Tuesday of every month for live video discussion via Zoom.




Every member can ask and answer questions and share challenges and triumphs on Slack discussion channels. Not familiar with Slack? We’ve got a video tutorial to get you “slacking” in no time!

What People are Saying

“I love your Master Class format – small group, clearly defined curriculum, solid professional information and resources and focus on discussion. But most importantly I was impressed and delighted to see that you incorporated an additional and extremely practical layer of knowledge, through hands on experience with tools (pivot tables) or resources (Candid). This adds real value to the educational experience you offer.”

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  • Monthly subscriptions accept recurring credit card payments only.
  • There are no refunds, but you may change your membership level or cancel at any time by contacting us.

About Your Moderator

  • Jennifer Filla

    Jennifer Filla

    Founder, CEO, and Instructor

    I’m Jennifer Filla, a Prospect Researcher and Fundraiser at Aspire Research Group LLC and co-author of Prospect Research for Fundraisers: The Essential Handbook, part of the AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series. As a consultant, I have worked with a lot of small and large organizations that needed to build internal fundraising capacity with prospect research. I have also been a member of AFP and Apra for more than ten years, speaking and presenting at AFP and Apra meetings and conferences. The demand for clear instruction that can be applied immediately at the fundraising office led me to launch the Prospect Research Institute. I’m excited to learn with you!

Become a Research Connector