Member Spotlight

Meet Susan Chomsky!

Meet (and friend!) Susan Chomsky, a Raiser's Edge and Blackbaud Merchant Services user, with Forgotten Harvest.
Meet Susan Chomsky!

This week's Community Corner spotlight shines on Raiser's Edge and Blackbaud Merchant Services user, Susan Chomsky, with Forgotten Harvest.

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About Susan:

Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "I've been married to David for 38 years. We have three grown children and all of them live in New Orleans with their significant others. They all have the furry ones."

Where do you live? "Southfield, Michigan (Near Detroit)"

What do you like to do for fun? "Well, I love queries and exporting but I'll admit that the real fun is in imports. J/K. . .  I like to read and travel, mostly to visit my kids. I love spending time with my girlfriends for what we call 'therapy' sessions, that usually include wine and chocolate."


What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "Raising three socially responsible adults. Maintaining good friendships. Making a diference in my community through the work I do with Forgotten Harvest."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Meeting my husband when I was 15 years old. Instantly smitten."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "I hitch-hiked across the US and Canada in my late teens (many years ago) and lived in several cities including Montreal, New Orleans, Vancouver and Denver."

Tell us about your organization: "Forgotten Harvest is one of the largest food rescue agencies in the country. We rescue food from over 800 donors, including farmers, wholesale distributors, dairies, restaurants and grocery stores.  We then deliver this fresh food to our network of more than 250 partner food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and mobile pantry sites.  All food is provided absolutely free of charge. Our own Forgotten Harvest farm grew over 880,000 pounds of nutritious vegetables, selected for their high nutritive values, with the support of 5 staff and about 2,000 volunteers. We keep 35 trucks on the road six days a week rescuing and delivering over 40 million pounds of good nutritious food each year-- food that would otherwise wind up in landfills."

What’s a typical day like for you? "Coffee. Always starts with coffee. Typically I review emails, check in on BB message boards, manage report requests from the Development team, coordinate gift entry with my team and sometimes break for lunch. Gift Batch, Gift Batch, Gift Batch and usually wrap up with an import or two."
What’s the best part of your job? "At the end of the day, no matter what challenges I faced, solved or was frustrated by, when my head hits the pillow I can think to myself, 'Someone was able to eat today because of the work I did.'"

What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Recognize the impact of what you do and the value of the team you work with."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "The brain power is AWESOME! The passion is palpable, and I've actually learned about agencies I hadn't known before."

Finally, answer one of these two fun questions: "I would be a HERO sandwich, cause I like the concept of a hero sandwich. A sandwich to save us all from the asteroid!"
Posted by Crystal Bruce on May 10, 2017 9:00 AM America/New_York

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whatever do you mean - imports ARE the most fun!  ;-)
  • Posted Wed 10 May 2017 03:36 PM EDT
Susan, what a moving quote and it must be an amazing feeling to know that the work you do daily provides someone a meal daily. Thank you for what you do!
  • Posted Thu 11 May 2017 06:04 AM EDT
I love food rescue!!! Way too much food waste in this world! 
  • Posted Tue 23 May 2017 01:26 PM EDT