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Meet Stephanie Crawley!

This Community Member spotlight shines on Stephanie Crawley, a NetCommunity, Raiser's Edge and Blackbaud Merchant Services user, with the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida. Stephanie is also a Community Expert and an RE Certified User. 
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Meet Stephanie Crawley!

This Community Corner spotlight shines on NetCommunity, BBMS, and Raiser's Edge user, Stephanie Crawley, with the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida. 

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About Stephanie:

Tell us about your family (fur babies count!): "Next month (September, 2016) my husband, Michael, and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary, although we got married 12 years after we started dating, so in some ways we feel like we have been married for a lot longer.  We have one older son, who is 26, lives in Evansville, Indiana, is married and has blessed us with a beautiful and feisty 1-year-old grandson and a new grandbaby due in December, 2016.  Then we have our younger son, who is 8 years old, is already an avid gamer, and just started the third grade here in Florida. Starting a few years ago my 75-year-old Mom lives with us, and my Dad also lived with us until he passed away unexpectedly this past April.  I have 3 younger brothers who with their families also live in Central Florida.  So my 8-year-old enjoys spending lots of time with his 13 cousins.  We are also "Lucky" to have our 7-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound that we adopted from the Human Society last year."

Where do you live? "Clermont, Florida."

 


What do you like to do for fun? "I like to spend time with my family enjoying all that the Central Florida and nearby Florida areas have to offer.  Like going to Walt Disney World Resorts, Universal theme parks, Sea World parks, Legoland theme park and resort, Gatorland park, Kennedy Space Center, zoos, museums like Charles Hosmer Morse Museum and John and Mable Ringling Museum, taking lake boat tours, going to beaches, swimming year-round in natural springs, swimming with manatees, and visiting historic towns like Mount Dora, Tarpon Springs and St. Augustine.  We want to visit the Florida Keys, Miami, Sanibel Island, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and lots of other places in Florida as well.  I also enjoy singing."

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "I came from a family that mightily struggled financially due to numerous factors, not the least of which was my Dad's heart condition that started when he was 33 years old.  Growing up feeling like I was riding a financial roller-coaster, and not being able to afford anything beyond the very basics after our house burned in the summer of 1980, I am blessed and proud to have been able to provide for my family, including my husband, son and parents, in a way my parents were never able to."


What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Several months ago, my young son made his First Reconciliation (you may know it as confession.)  When he came out from the confessional, he kneeled and said a prayer, then he turned to me and said with a huge smile and in an almost sing-song way because he was bursting with pure joy, "This is the best day of my life!"  Then he continued, "I have ZERO sins!!"  I smiled and quietly laughed to myself.  Leave it to my gamer son, who inherited my competitiveness, to turn a Sacrament into a competitive sport with the goal being a low score like golf."

Tell us about your organization: "The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation started in 2008.  We are committed to raising, managing and distributing charitable funds to meet the spiritual, educational and social needs of our community.  Fully endorsed by the Diocese of Orlando and its Bishop, we work extensively with Catholic parishes, schools and ministries to help secure the resources they need to further their long-term goals and expand their witness.

What’s a typical day like for you? "Typically I'm mostly at my desk, plugging away at data.  But I do manage the departmental processes and have 3-4 people working under me in my department, so I don't get too closed off on my lonesome in my computer-focused world."

What’s the best part of your job? "The best part of my job is the feeling of accomplishment I get when I resolve problems that have been happening here since before I started working here 3 years ago, knowing that everything I do is for a greater cause."

What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "I worked in the for-profit corporate world for all of my career until late 2013.  My experience has been that the non-profit world is filled wiith inherently nice people, and that's a big contrast to the dog-eat-dog atmosphere encouraged in the corporate world.  In the for-profit world, you may feel like all you are doing is helping to increase the profits and the bottom line, enriching the owners and shareholders, while not really doing much good for the rest of the world.  And raising your blood pressure to boot.  It's a much more giving and accepting atmosphere in the non-profit world where everything you do you know is helping to achieve the important work your organization is doing."

 

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "I love how Blackbaud gives us the opportunity through Blackbaud Community to connect with peers all over the country and to ask for help from those peers - folks down in the trenches and without marketing or sales commission agendas.  It's so cool to feel connected to so many incredible people who care about what they're doing and take time to care about other non-profit folks like me as well."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "I have 2 answers on this one.  #1 - I once acted in a leading role on stage at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  I was in that play Oklahoma Rigs as a theatre major at the University of Evansville, and we won nationals of that year's American College Theatre Festival competition with that production.  #2 - I was once a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.  It was back when it was an NBC daytime gameshow, even before Pat and Vanna took Wheel over. It was Chuck Woolery back then.  I was an 8th grader and was on Easter week of 1980 during their Teen Week."

 

Finally, if you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be?
If I were a sandwich, I would be a Medianoche.  A little surprising, filling, savory and sweet.   
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Aug 24, 2016 1:21 PM America/New_York

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How nice, I enjoyed reading this story. I have 2 Treeing Walker Coonhounds, always nice to find others who have them as well.
  • Posted Thu 25 Aug 2016 03:20 PM EDT
When my husband and I were visiting my sister in Florida, the first place the took us was Tarpon Springs. The Greek restaurant and bakery were my favorite spots, followed by all the places that offered sponges. Simply amazing. Since I work for a Living History Museum, it's always nice to see places where they value history and the rich inheritance they have passed down generation to generation. 
  • Posted Fri 03 Feb 2017 03:42 PM EST
A lot has changed since I posted this blog.  In March (2017), I became suddenly seriously ill and almost died .  I missed a month of work, including 9 days in the hospital and 18 days of at-home with visiting nurse.  Our dog, Lucky, ran out of the house while I was sick and was killed when hit by a car.  Pretty low point.  But then a couple of months later, just when I was feeling almost 100% my old self, The Benjamin School found me through Blackbaud Community and LinkedIn, and I got an amazing new job in another city!  So we moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at the end of June.  In July, The Benjamin School sent me to the K12 User Conference, which was fantastic.  My family and I are loving our new surroundings, and my son is going to school at the awesome school where I work.  So it feels like a 180 degree turn from March to August.  Glad to be back to my old self and enjoying Blackbaud Community again!
  • Posted Tue 01 Aug 2017 09:45 AM EDT
WOW Stephanie - I don't even know what to say!
That is a complete 180... I am glad things took the upturn!  
Congrats on the new job! 
  • Posted Tue 01 Aug 2017 12:52 PM EDT
Thank you, Jon.
  • Posted Wed 02 Aug 2017 08:32 AM EDT