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Research Basics Bootcamp

  • Wed, April 25, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Research Basics Bootcamp

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Program

The Hotel Viking

One Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

The NEDRA Research Basics Bootcamp is offered in conjunction with the 2018 NEDRA Annual Conference in Newport, RI. Please stay on this page if you wish to register ONLY for the Bootcamp. If you wish to look at package deals for attending both the Bootcamp and the Conference, then please click here to go to the Conference Registration.


Research Basics Bootcamp is a full day of instruction in the essentials of prospect research. This training is a must for those new to research or those who have had research added to their roles. No experience in the field is necessary to begin learning how to apply professional research methodologies.

This full day of learning will cover such subjects as:

  • The Strategic Role of Advancement Research
  • Prospect Research Fundamentals
  • The Ethical Researcher
  • Advancement Research Sources and Methodology
  • Assessing Gift Capacity
  • Presenting Research


Amy Begg is managing director of prospect management at Harvard University’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.  Prior to joining Harvard, she was the director of research at the YMCA of Greater New York in Manhattan. Amy is a trustee and secretary for the University System of New Hampshire, where she serves on the Finance Committee on Investments, the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee. She is a board member for the New England Development Research Association and serves as president. Previously, Amy served as a board member for the Plymouth State Alumni Association, including a term as chair of the association.

Lisa Foster is the Director of Prospect Development at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Lisa also serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of NEDRA and was the Conference Co-Chair for the past two NEDRA Conferences. Lisa recently stepped down as a Director of the Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education after serving as a director for over twenty years.

Amber Countis is the senior director of advancement services at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the country, located in central Vermont. In her role, she has responsibility for the Prospect Research and Management, Advancement Services, and Donor Relations and Stewardship teams. She was previously director of prospect development and research at Tufts University during its successful $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign. Amber began her career in nonprofit development and prospect research at Loyola University and Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Tulane University with a BA in political science and environmental studies, and earned a certificate in management of nonprofit organizations and a master of public policy from Tufts University. She served two terms as president (2012 to 2014) of the New England Development Research Association (NEDRA) and was on the board from 2009 to 2015. She currently serves as a member of NEDRA’s Heather Reisz Memorial Scholarship Committee, Social Media Committee, and the Nominating Committee. Since 2013, she has served as international vice president on the Executive Board of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and currently is chair of the Fraternity’s Advancement and Engagement Committee. She is a member of Apra’s curriculum planning committee for the 2018 Prospect Development conference in Pittsburgh and a former president and board member for the Central Vermont Humane Society.


The Hotel Viking

One Bellevue Avenue

Newport, RI 02840


9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast

9:30 AM Program begins

4:00 PM Program concludes

Morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be served.


NEDRA Member: $199

Non-Member (New Member*): $298

*Note: Non-members are eligible to receive a full year of NEDRA membership with the Bootcamp registration.

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For those who have not yet booked their rooms, the Hotel Viking is still offering low overnight rates for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25 - however Thursday night may only be available at prevailing seasonal rates. We recommend contacting the Viking by phone at 800-556-7126 to ask for a quote based on today’s rates and availability. Please let them know you are with the NEDRA Conference (group code 1K65DW).

If the Hotel Viking is sold out or you need to look at alternatives, NEDRA suggests
Inns on Bellevue, which consists of four inns within walking distance to the conference. We recommend The Bellevue Manor because it is across the street, followed by Hydrangea House or the Inn on Bellevue.The Bellevue House is a fourth option if the others are sold out. There are several types of rooms available, from economy for $119/night to two bedroom suites for $159/night. All four inns can be reached via the same phone number: 

Toll Free: 800-718-1446 (or 401-848-6242) or email info@innsonbellevue.com.


465 Waverly Oaks Road, Suite 421
Waltham, MA 02452

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