Member Spotlight

Meet Cathy Spencer!

Meet (and friend!) Cathy Spencer, a Raiser's Edge, RENXT, Online Express, and Blackbaud Merchant Services user, with the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation. She's also our Community song bird. Cathy composed and sang a song about bbcon for our video contest!
Meet Cathy Spencer!

This week's member spotlight shines on Raiser's Edge, RENXT, Online Express, and BBMS user, Cathy Spencer, with Ohio Masonic Home Foundation. Check out THIS awesome singing video she created for our bbcon video contest!

Cathy Spencer's Community Profile


Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "My husband and I recently celebrated our 36th anniversary. We have three grown children: Scott, Cheryl and Anna, and a son-in-law, Garrett. The fur baby is a 6 year old cockapoo, Libby. She is quite the rascal and keeps us all laughing."

Where do you live? "Springfield, Ohio."

What do you like to do for fun? "I like to read, bake and go shopping with my girls. I love going to concerts. I enjoy visiting parks wherever we go. A few of my hobbies are card making, creating felties and small toys from socks."

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "I can't think of anything I've done that is a life achievement, unless you count being able to do bumper cars now without apologizing to the people whose cars I bump into. I am proud of my children. They are lovely people who have hearts for others."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Many years ago, as we were leaving the local library, my husband asked me to hold something as he checked out his books. I looked down and saw tickets to a Mirella Freni concert that night. It was a huge surprise and is a very sweet memory."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "I sing in our local symphony chorale which is a lot of fun."

What are three things on your bucket list? "Travel to Yosemite, visit Prince Edward Island and do the Anne of Green Gables tour, and go on a cruise."

Tell us about your organization: "I work for the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, which is part of the OMH family of organizations. We have retirement campuses in three areas of the state as well as a Resource Center whose focus is to help seniors stay healthy and independent. The Foundation exists to manage the endowment and to raise additional monies to support the campuses.  I love being a part of the mission to help seniors age respectfully: how they want, where they want."

What’s a typical day like for you? "One of the things I enjoy about my job is that while every day has some basic structure to it (gift entry, acknowledgements, reporting, interacting with donors) I never know who will stop by from the campus to visit or share a story. This makes my job, which can seem so much about numbers at times, much more personal."

What’s the best part of your job? "Seeing the outcomes of what we do as they benefit the people in our care. The older I get, the more I appreciate the ability to give back."
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Take advantage of all the training you can.  Be flexible and adaptable. Keep a good sense of humor!"

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "I love that I am able to connect with people who have a great breadth of knowledge and experience. Community members are wonderful to share their insights and give great suggestions. If you have a sticky situation, ask away and be amazed with the ideas that are shared.  I appreciate the opportunity to be in a Community. I am not alone. There's nothing better than family in my book. laugh"
Finally, if you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be? "I would be a French Dip sandwich with horseradish sauce.  Solid and comforting with a touch of sass!"
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Aug 16, 2017 9:00 AM America/New_York

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Awwww... Cathy! I love that you think of Community as part of an extended family. :)
  • Posted Wed 16 Aug 2017 10:44 AM EDT
Cathy, excellent profile, pics, advice and sandwich choice!!
  • Posted Wed 16 Aug 2017 06:55 PM EDT
I loved your video! You have an amazing voice! and I love you sandwich choice! :) 
  • Posted Thu 17 Aug 2017 08:45 AM EDT
I guess I know what I'm having for lunch today. #HungryNow
  • Posted Fri 18 Aug 2017 09:14 AM EDT
I love the bumper car analogy!
  • Posted Fri 18 Aug 2017 11:20 AM EDT
Love your sandwich description. 
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 01:23 PM EDT
Sass.. I love Sass!! :) 
  • Posted Thu 07 Sep 2017 05:32 PM EDT