Meet the Apra Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Membership Director

Julia Bojarcik, Director of Advancement Research, King's College

How many years have you worked in fundraising/prospect research? 

I have worked in the field of Advancement for over 25 years. During those 25 years my responsibilities included database maintenance, gift entry and receipting, annual fund appeals, special events, grant writing, and website development and upkeep. The last 15 years have been in the Advancement Research field. I have been the sole researcher for King’s College since 2007.

Briefly summarize your background:

I earned my BS in Music Education from Misericordia. My goal upon graduation was to become a full-time musician. Life, however, has a way altering our path. One thing led to another and I unexpectedly wound up the in field of Advancement while working for the Sisters of Mercy. I held many different roles in Advancement before becoming a researcher. I fell in love with research and the rest, as they say, is history. For the record, I still play the flute for various local venues!

How long have you served on the Apra PA board, and what inspired you to join? 

I am a new member to the APRA PA Board. APRA PA is a great organization comprised of dedicated individuals and I wanted to become more involved.

What are you most proud of in your work?

During my 15 years in Advancement Research, I have seen many changes in our field. Where once research responsibilities were profile heavy, they are now more analytical in nature. There is more emphasis on proactive research as opposed to reactive research. Portfolios and move management were not a thing when I first entered research. I am most proud of keeping up with the changes in our profession and implementing those changes at work.

Do you have favorite research tool, site, or trick you can share?

One of my favorite tools is Maptitude. It is great for finding pockets of alumni across the country. The pins can be colored coded based on data such as capacity or likelihood. It provides a good visual to see where our wealthier alumni live.

What is your prospect development superpower?

I would say the ability to listen to the requestor and ask clarification questions in order to give the requestor exactly the type of information required.

What is your bucket list vacation destination and why?

I have always dreamed of traveling to Australia. I am not sure if the draw for me is the adorable koalas, the county’s high quality of life or that distinctive accent. I do know if given the opportunity, I would gladly retire there.

Of book, movie, and live shows, what do you prefer and why?

I love live shows, especially Broadway shows. There is nothing like the excitement of sitting in a theater waiting for the curtain to rise. There is also that interconnection between actor and audience that one cannot experience by watching a movie.

APRA Pennsylvania is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a state chapter of APRA, an international membership organization that "serves and educates fund-raising professionals interested in advancement research and promotes the profession of advancement research."

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