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Meet Brent Troth!

Meet (and friend!) Brent Troth, a Luminate Online, Online Express, Raiser's Edge, Raiser's Edge NXT, Target Analytics, Blackbaud Merchant Services, and everydayhero user, with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.
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Meet Brent Troth!
 

This week's member spotlight shines on Luminate Online, Online Express, Raiser's Edge, Raiser's Edge NXT, Target Analytics, Blackbaud Merchant Services, and everydayhero user, Brent Troth, with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. Brent won our bbcon video contest! Check out his video HERE.

Brent Troth's Community Profile

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Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "My husband Scott and I have been married for 2 years and together for 17 this past March.  He works as a grant officer at a state university and is the best thing that has ever happened to me, even when he makes me crazy!

We have two puppies, a 4 year old tweenie daschund named Dobby (after the house elf in Harry Potter), and a 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel name Fergus (just cause he seemed like a Fergus).  One is a jerk whose ego is bigger than our house, and we love him all the more because of it.  The other is a sweey with a feisty side that he learned from the jerky one.  I leave it to you to guess which is which."

Where do you live? "Robersonville, N.C."

What do you like to do for fun? "I am an avid knitter, sometimes crocheter, and all around fiber-aholic.  I love to read epic fanatasy and science fiction.  I am big old Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings nerd and proud of it.  I also am a bit of an amateur photography buff, but need to learn a lot more about all that my fancy camera can do!

Scott and I love to travel, having visited Ireland last year and this fall, travelling to Spain to visit with friends who have a house there.  We also enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing games - especially Hand and Foot, cooking, and canning - we make some amazing Apple Butter if I do say so myself."

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "Finishing my degree after a 20 year hiatus in my college course work.  It was my mother's dying wish and I had given up on ever finishing.  However, a nagging spouse motivated me to call my university just so that he would drop the idea.  To my chagrin, UNC-Chapel Hill (Go HEELS!) not only was offering the online coursework that I needed, I was told that all my 20 year old credits were still good and 4 course worth of credit would lead to my degree.  So, instead of graduating in 1988, I graduated in 2009, but it just goes to show that it's never too late to fulfill a dream AND sometimes a nagging spouse is a good thing."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "That trip to Ireland.  It was a wonderful trip in every way and we cannot wait to go back to the Emerald Isle again."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "I have performed on stage with Anne Hampton Callaway who wrote and sang the theme song from 'The Nanny.'"

What are three things on your bucket list? "Cruise through the Panama Canal, Attend the Groundhog Festival in Punxsutawney, PA (Groundhog's Day is my Bday), Retire early (this one will be helped greatly by a lottery win - Come On Powerball!"

Tell us about your organization "Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood serving communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virgina.  Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, we operate 14 heatlh centers across these four states providing high quality, affordable and reliable reproductive and sexual health care services; comprehensive evidence-based sexuality education aimed to help young people reach their full potential while providing our communities with information they need to live healthy and productive lives; advocacy programs to protect and expand access to reproductive health care and education.

Planned Parenthood's 100 year legacy is one of providing care to everyone who walks through our doors with compassion and without judgement.  We provide care and information no matter a person's race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, documentation or insurance staus.  We are proud of all of the services that we provide and the we are committed to continuing our mission for the next 100 years."

What’s a typical day like for you? "Atypical - next question....."

What’s the best part of your job? "The best part of my job is being able provide my colleagues with a stable foundation on which to build their fundraising initiatives.  The data, as boring as some people may thing that it, is at the heart of every interaction with every donor.  Data underlies the building of the relationships that create a culture of philanthropy, drives every ask, secures every gift, insures good stewardship of every donor.

I know that my work and the work of everyone on my team has contributed to every success our fundraising team has.  Every dollar raised, every in-kind gift that helps to further our mission, every acknowledgement and solicitation happens because of the work that our Development Operations Team does every day to enter, track, clean-up, monitor, report and analyze our data.

Helping others to succeed is an amazing way to spend a day." 
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "If you're trying to get rich - get out!  

If you're trying to make a real difference, a true contribution to your community and the world, you've come to right place.

This not to say that you can't have a good and fulfilling life on a non-profit salary or that you should expect to undervalue your work and accept being underpaid.  My point is that if your prime motivators are about salary and the material things that salary can afford you, there are places where those goals will be better served.    

However, if your desires are about the communities we are building, the kind of service that you can offer, and the good that you can do in the world; then a career in the non-profit sector may just be your best path to a rewarded and fulfilled life.  You can serve your community and travel the world.  You can help people and still have an adventurous life.  You can create a legacy of a better world and still enjoy the finer things of life.  But a life in the non-profit world will help you realize that the finer things in life aren't things."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "I love being able to connect to other change makers, to interact with people who live lives of passion and dedication to a purpose.  My non-profit colleagues inspire me, help me to keep my own passion alive and well, and help me to laugh and enjoy the ride along the way.

I love that in the Blackbaud Community I have a powerful resource that I can turn to in order to help me resolve a problem or rethink a strategy or improve my best practices."
Finally, if you had a theme song when you walked into a room, what would the song be? "My theme song upon entering a room would have to be The Imperial March from Star Wars, because who doesn't pay attention to that dramatic entrance?"
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Aug 23, 2017 9:00 AM America/New_York

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Congratulations again, Brent! Do you bring knitting projects when you travel?
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 10:19 AM EDT
Yes, I always bring knitting when I travel. And I apologize for all the typos.  I am terrible at proofreading myself, but very good at proofreading others.
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 10:36 AM EDT
The Imperical March from Star Wars, brilliant!!
 
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 11:07 AM EDT
Super fun spotlight!  Enjoy BBCON Brent!
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 11:18 AM EDT
This was an amazing spotlight - I think we've already connected over our love of all things cider. And congrats on your bbcon pass win! :)
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 12:49 PM EDT
Beautiful green scarf, great job!  Very nice bio, several things made me smile.  We might be kindred spirits (fur baby that's a jerk sometimes, canning, Trekkie, J.R.R. Tolkien, fiber-aholic-I am bent toward being a fabric collector, data being the foundation of everything business).

Thank you for sharing.

Becky
 
  • Posted Wed 23 Aug 2017 06:33 PM EDT
Love your spotlight, Brent. "Helping others to succeed is an amazing way to spend a day." 
I agree wholeheartedly :)
  • Posted Thu 24 Aug 2017 08:29 AM EDT
WIll use your quote to drive home the value of good data. " Data underlies the building of the relationships that create a culture of philanthropy, drives every ask, secures every gift, ensures good stewardship of every donor."  Thank you. 

UPDATE: Now printed and pinned to my wall. 
  • Posted Mon 28 Aug 2017 12:41 PM EDT
K3, YO, Pt2tog, YO, Pt2tog, YO, Pt2tog, K3, repeat. :-)     Do you knit during meetings at work?
  • Posted Thu 24 Aug 2017 10:21 AM EDT
Congradulations Brent! Great spotlight. 
  • Posted Thu 24 Aug 2017 11:18 AM EDT
Great spoylight Brent! Love the description of your dogs. My memories of Ireland still make me smile too, I can't wait to get back "home."
  • Posted Fri 25 Aug 2017 03:26 PM EDT
Flipping through the member spotlight and I just have to say: Love love love the green scarf.  If that's made by your hand, my compliment to your talent!
  • Posted Tue 12 Dec 2017 10:18 PM EST
Very fun bio post, Brent!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 02:57 PM EDT