Ali McLane

Research Associate

 Ali  McLane

Ali R. McLane has been a fundraising operations consultant for over 16 years, specializing in prospect screening development, analysis and implementation. As one of the original owners of Prospect Information Networks,’ P!N, the screening product that ultimately became ResearchPoint, Ali developed the first comprehensive vetting and implementation program for screening results, working with over 500 clients. Prospect Information Network was ultimately acquired by Blackbaud in 2008.

Ali is the Chair of the Fundraising Operations certification program at Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, teaching the Prospect Research and Donor Relations classes, and serves as a mentor to the students working toward the certification. She is also an instructor at Austin Community College’s Center for Nonprofit Management.

As the Director of Prospect Management and Research at the University of Houston, Ali designed, oversaw and implemented the first comprehensive screening of the Advance database. Prior to University of Houston, she was a senior associate in the development operations practice of Bentz Whaley Flessner.

In her 16 years of consulting, including her ten years as a developer for Prospect Information Network (P!N), Ali has provided prospect development counsel to more than 600 clients representing every nonprofit sector. Her areas of specialty include database management, prospect screening, identification, research and relationship management. Ali is a leading innovator in applying software technologies and “back-room” strategies to advance the philanthropic agenda for nonprofits of all scopes and sizes.

Ali is a co-founder, past president, and board member of the Southwest Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers (APRA). She is past president of APRA of Greater Houston and is a charter member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, serving on their prospect development best practices committee. Ali is a volunteer with APRA International, serving on the 2010 Nominating committee and the 2011 APRA International Conference Curriculum Planning Committee, 2013 on-line education committee. She is a frequent conference presenter, including APRA, AFP, CASE, AHP and specialized fundraising organizations.

Ali holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications Studies from Texas Tech University. She is an active member of the Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication Advisory Board.

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