Researching prospects around the world requires a unique set of skills.

  1. Well-qualified international prospect researchers need to understand and know where to find data sources, which may vary from country to country — and even city to city.
  2. They need to know how to conduct research in any language. Ideally, they would be able to read the languages used in countries where their prospects live, but prospect research projects will always come up in unexpected places. No matter how many languages a researcher can read,  international prospect researchers must have a proven set of strategies and techniques for navigating around language barriers.
  3. International prospect researchers need to have a solid understanding of the ways in which asset allocations differ from country to country. These differences can result in misleading ratings if the researcher does not understand them.
  4. Finally, international prospect researchers need to understand how signs of philanthropy may differ from country to country.

Does your organization have researchers who are trained in these skills? If not, IFI can help.


Customized training services

Beth Bandy, IFI’s Principal, teaches customized, online classes for research offices. For more information about IFI’s training services, please contact the IFI office.


Speaking engagements

Beth also has presented professional development workshops and webinars for organizations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Her recent speaking engagements are listed below.

To receive updates about her upcoming speaking events, please join the IFI email list. If you would like to book her to speak at your event, please contact her directly. Information about her speaker fees and availability are available upon request.

  • International Research in the Middle East

Host: APRA Canada     Date: 8 May 2013     Location: Online

  • Global Research: Mastering Special Problems

Mid-Atlantic Researchers Conference 2013     Date: 7 March 2013     George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Beth presented four sessions at Spring School 2012. Her sessions covered prospect research, prospect management, prospecting in China and India, and international fundraising trends.

Host: Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement     Dates: 3 -5 September 2012     Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Host: Academic Impressions     Dates: July & August 2012     Location: Online

Host: APRA 25th International Conference     Date: August 1, 2012     Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

This pre-conference workshop was held the day before the main conference began.

Host: ShareTraining     Date: January 31, 2012     Location: Online

This presentation is available for replay on demand. Please see the ShareTraining website for details.