Member Spotlight

Meet Kim Kraus!

Meet (and friend!) Kim Kraus, a Blackbaud NetCommunity, Sphere, Blackbaud Merchant Services, and Raiser's Edge user, with Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Meet Kim Kraus!

This week's member spotlight shines on BBNC, BBMS, Raiser's Edge, and Sphere user, Kim Kraus, with Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Kim's Community Profile


Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "I live in a 200 year old house with my husband, one son (for now) and four cats."

Where do you live? "Vermont."

What do you like to do for fun? "We enjoy being outside, gardening, playing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cx skiing, camping."

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "Being a mom."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Taking my brother's Japanese mother-in-law to a local farm to pick out a big pumpkin, taking it home to make jack-o-lanterns. She had the best time and kept saying in Japanese, 'Who would have thought at 70, I'd be in America, carving a jack-o-lantern!'"

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "I don't like pinterest, but I am pretty crafty.

Tell us about your organization: "At Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the health of your child is the most important thing. As New Hampshire's only comprehensive, full-service children's hospital, CHaD provides an extended system of care that offers advanced pediatric services. CHaD is committed to providing outstanding, compassionate care for children and their families. Our mission is to provide each child the best care, in the right place, at the right time, every time. Our physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. We see children for everything from wellcare visits to the most complex childhood diseases."

What’s a typical day like for you? "What is typical?  [cheeky] Getting out the door with my son, whether its to school or day care. I head to the office. My days are usually spent managing any one of 7 online fundraising activities, or email campaigns, collaborating with colleagues in finance, marketing, development and our programs. Lots of meetings to make sure the event work is staying on track. Managing a team of administrative volunteers and an intern. I get out for at least a 45 minute walk or run at some point in the day. When I get home, its dinner, kitchen clean up, bedtime stories, prep for the next day, then work on projects like canning food from the garden, watching tv or online gaming with my husband, knitting, church volunteer work or chores."
What’s the best part of your job? "Patient stories. Hearing from patients about how CHaD has impacted them."

What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "There's never enough money, but as an older woman tole me once, 'God made time, and made enough of it. It only matters what you choose to do with it.'"

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "Getting ideas and confirming best practices."
Finally, if you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be? "I'd be a grilled peanut butter and nutella sandwich."
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Feb 14, 2018 2:43 PM America/New_York

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interesting sandwich - sounds quite delicious. Love the quote about time - so why I moved from high tech to non-profit
  • Posted Wed 14 Feb 2018 03:17 PM EST
Yum!  Your sandwich sounds delicious :)
  • Posted Thu 15 Feb 2018 11:53 AM EST
I think I'll have to try that sandwich!
  • Posted Fri 06 Apr 2018 01:42 PM EDT
Love your piece of advice - so simple, but so true and something we often forget.
  • Posted Fri 08 Jun 2018 10:23 AM EDT