Member Spotlight

Meet John Heizer!

Meet (and friend!) John Heizer, a Raiser's Edge user, with the Minnesota Children's Museum.
Meet John Heizer!

This week's member spotlight shines on Raiser's Edge User, John Heizer, with the Minnesota Children's Museum.

John Heizer's Community Profile


Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "My 'chosen family' is the global nonprofit community.  Home family is a black cat named Binx."

Where do you live? "St. Paul, Minnesota."

What do you like to do for fun? "Movies!  Theater, DVD/Bluray, Netflix."

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "Developing technology for a truly immersive visitor experience in the China/Panda exhibit at the Memphis Zoo."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Working on the TV crew when Oprah Winfrey was given the National Civil Rights Museums's 2005 National Freedom Award."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "For 6 years an essay I wrote was required reading for every freshman student at the University of Memphis."

What are three things on your bucket list? "Learn to pilot an airplane, set foot on all 7 continents, write a novel."

Tell us about your organization: "At the Minnesota Children's Museum 'Sparking Children's Learning Through Play' is our mission statement (one of the best I've ever seen).  We take play very seriously, even for the staff. Next month we open an entirely new museum and it's going to be amazing!!"

What’s a typical day like for you? "Data, data, and more data.  Running existing reports, creating new reports, guiding staff on how data and technology can make them more productive.

What’s the best part of your job? "The amazing atmosphere and incredible staff."
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Find an organization whose mission you love and with a dedicated staff."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "People helping people.  We learn so much from each other."
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? "'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  I try to never limit myself to what is known to be possible, but always look at what might be possible if we try hard enough."
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Jun 7, 2017 8:00 AM America/New_York

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Great profile John!  Love that they are asking for theme songs now  :)
  • Posted Wed 07 Jun 2017 08:29 AM EDT
I loved reading your profile, John. Congratulations on the opening of a new museum!!
  • Posted Wed 07 Jun 2017 04:09 PM EDT
It must be amazing to work for a museum with that mission statement, what more  could any child  entering a museum ask for. Wishing you and your organization great success with the opening of the new museum!
  • Posted Thu 08 Jun 2017 06:11 AM EDT
Nice profile John! It is so nice to learn more about you :) Thanks for all your support through the years!
  • Posted Thu 08 Jun 2017 12:35 PM EDT
Hi John and great profile!
  • Posted Tue 13 Jun 2017 04:50 PM EDT