About CARA

The California Advancement Researchers Association is the largest single state chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), an international professional association of development research and information management professionals. Originally two separate organizations, the Southern California Researchers Association (SoCARA) and the Bay Area Researcher Group (BARG), CARA became an official APRA chapter in 1993.

CARA's mission is to serve development researchers by promoting and educating advancement professionals for the benefit of philanthropy. Our vision is to be recognized as the primary professional resource for development researchers in the California region.

We encourage anyone interested in a development career to join CARA. Membership is open to any individual who seeks to join an association of professional researchers within the fundraising community.