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Research Basics Bootcamp

  • Fri, October 04, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Research Basics Bootcamp

Friday, October 4, 2019

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

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Program

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

250 Market Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

This Bootcamp program will be repeated in the Boston area at a later date in the winter/spring.


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


Lisa Foster is the Director of Prospect Development at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Lisa has served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of NEDRA and was the Conference Co-Chair for 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.

Meghan Hakanson is an assistant director at Harvard University. She joined the research team in 2012 and currently works with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and the University Development Office. Meghan co-teaches Research Toolkit which is a training class for affiliates across Harvard University. She served on the reunion committee for her undergraduate alma mater, Dickinson College, where she was involved with solicitation, marketing and reunion planning for her tenth reunion. She is a past member of the Junior League of Boston and served as a member of the development committee. Meghan previously served as vice president of programming for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi Bostonian Alumnae Association. Meghan currently serves as a member of the development committee of New Roads Catholic Community in Belmont, MA. Meghan received her BA from Dickinson College and her MA from American University in American History.


NEDRA Member: $199

Non-Member (New Member): $298

*Note: Non-member registration includes a full year of NEDRA membership.


9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast

9:30 AM Program begins

4:00 PM Program concludes

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



From the North (via I-95)
Take Exit 7 off I-95 (Downtown Portsmouth). Turn left off the exit and 1/2 mile ahead bear right at the blinking light. The hotel entrance is on the left.

From the South (via I-95)
Take Exit 7 off I-95 (Downtown Portsmouth). Turn right off the exit and proceed for approximately 1/2 mile. Bear right at the blinking light and the hotel entrance is on the left.

Sheraton Portsmouth Parking
Self-Parking ($19.00 per day) or Valet-Parking ($24.00 per day) are available.


465 Waverly Oaks Road, Suite 421
Waltham, MA 02452

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