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Meet Cheryl Haimann!

Meet (and friend!) Cheryl Haimann, a Raiser's Edge, BBNC, Target Analytics, and Blackbaud Merchant Services user, with Hope Ministries.
Meet Cheryl Haimann!

This week's Community Corner spotlight shines on Blackbaud NetCommunity, Raiser's Edge, Target Analytics, and Blackbaud Merchant Services user, Cheryl Haimann, with Hope Ministries.

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About Cheryl:

Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "One husband, one cat."

Where do you live? "Des Moines, Iowa"

What do you like to do for fun? "Every year, my husband and I usually go to a couple of star parties, where amateur astronomers meet in a dark (and remote) location to give their telescopes a workout. We take our pop-up camper, and sometimes solar panels, depending on how remote we are. To relax, I knit, spin, and read. For me, a crossword puzzle is a great way to unwind."


What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "I participated in National Novel Writing Month nine times, and "won" four times by completing a 50,000 word novel during November. The novels are irreparably horrible, but I'm proud of the accomplishment just the same. I also made some great and enduring friends, which has made it worth all the aggravation."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "I once sang karaoke in front of hundreds of co-workers at a company-wide meeting, and I brought the house down. Fortunately, one of the four songs I could choose from was one I knew, and it was in a good key. I now OWN 'Walking After Midnight.'"

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "My favorite earrings came from a pawnshop in Macau."

Tell us about your organization "The purpose of Hope Ministries is to rescue those who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted, providing opportunities for hope, recovery and restoration through the love of Jesus Christ.

We operate three shelters/life recovery centers, two thrift stores, and a cafe (3 meals a day, 365 days a year, free to anyone who stops by)."

What’s a typical day like for you? "Get coffee, check e-mail.
Our team gathers every morning to pray for our ministry centers, and whatever else, and catch up on pressing items.
Catch up any gift entry left over from the previous day.
Greet and assign volunteers as needed.
Check in incoming deposits and prepare batched for entry.
Process batches.
Process web gifts.
Print letters.
Keep tabs on outgoing mail. Stuff, stamp. and seal mail if needed.
Run reports.
Random database cleanup.
And of course, Other Duties As Assigned."
What’s the best part of your job? "I worked in the corporate world for 30 years before coming here. When I was looking for a new job, I thought it would be nice to work for someone who is providing something that people actually need, instead of trying to sell them something they didn't want, And here I am!

A real bonus is that they are happy to let people focus on their strengths. They value me for my database skills, and don't try to shoehorn me into five other jobs that are not a natural fit."

What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Do it becaue you love it."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "It reminds me that I'm not alone out here, trying to figure out how to do things."

Finally, answer one of these two fun questions: "Medium rare roast beef on really chunky and chewy whole wheat bread, with leaf lettuce (no ribs!), ripe tomato, and mayo."
Posted by Jon Nelson on May 17, 2017 2:21 PM America/New_York