Do you perform prospect research full-time?

Are you looking for comprehensive training on prospect research topics?

When you join the Research Focused community you gain access to the Established Prospect Research series of courses that covers content in all five learning domains: Research in Fundraising, Prospect Research, Relationship Management, Fundraising Analytics, and Careers.

And by joining a community, you get instructor feedback on your homework and live online discussion opportunities. 

You won’t regret adding prospect research skills to your resume,either. Prospect research skills are in hot demand. In 2018, hundreds of job postings have been flooding association list-servs – both brand new positions and efforts to fill vacancies as skilled researchers are recruited into leadership positions.

At the Institute, our instructors have been providing prospect research to organizations of all types and sizes for decades. Let us share our secrets for fast and effective prospect research with you.


How It Works

As a Research Focused member, every month you can...

  • Identify how new topics relate to your work through weekly Connector emails

  • Get to know your fellow members by discussing topics on Slack and at live, video Master Class meetings

  • Work your way through the Established Prospect Research series of courses at times that are convenient for you

  • Participate in skill-building homework with instructor review and feedback

  • Ask questions and work through tough content with other students at Live Office Hour meetings

Bundle includes

Here are all the courses that are included in your bundle.

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You Will Receive

The Established Prospect Research series of courses:

•    Introduction to Prospect Profiles

•    Capacity Rating Workshop

•    Foundations in Fundraising Analytics

•    Introduction to Prospect Management*

•    Insider Stock and Compensation*

•    Approach to Prospecting*

*These courses will be available beginning July 1, 2019

 Courses include reading, videos, homework, and quizzes.

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 live video meetings are hosted on Zoom. Click here for the dates.

•    Live Office Hour on the second Wednesday of every month 

•    Master Class on the fourth Tuesday of every month



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

“Your class really helped me launch this career; I strongly recommend it to people who want to get deeper into this side of advancement services. ”

Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
  • Monthly subscriptions accept recurring credit card payments only.
  • Annual and group rates are available. Click here for membership pricing comparisons.
  • 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!

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