At FundRaiser, we are very lucky to have thousands of nonprofit organizations that use our software and our services. All of our customers are very important to us, and we always treat every customer with equal respect and professionalism. However, over the years, we have had a few customers who have shown their appreciation for FundRaiser by referring their friends and colleagues - not just once, but again and again.
These customers have gone above and beyond in many other ways, too, such as inviting others to their organization to demonstrate how they use the software, pro-actively reviewing our software on review sites, or offering to take our marketing materials to hand out at conferences and trade shows. These individuals feel that FundRaiser Software has something special to offer them and they never hesitate to tell people about us. These are our FundRaiser Champions.
This is a new program for us, and we will be rolling it out by adding one Champion at a time. We will be adding new Champions on a regular basis, so check back and you might just see a familiar face!
FundRaiser Champion John Mok-Lamme is busy-- going to school and working full time as Executive Director of Karis, Inc. Yet when you talk to him, it’s his big heart that comes through not the tasks he has on his plate. He fit in the interview with me between two pressing tasks, and we had only a few minutes to talk before he was going to step into a sound booth for a radio interview. In that time, two important characteristics came through clearly—first that he knows how to get a lot done in a short time and second that he’s the kind of person you want at your back- warm, intelligent, and committed to being of service in his community.
As a FundRaiser Champion, he has used FundRaiser at more than one nonprofit. He cofounded Karis, Inc., where he works now and also led to a community wide effort to establish The House, a branch of Karis, which is the only licensed teen shelter between Denver and Provo Utah.
In his personal life, family and children are also central to what gives him joy. "I’m a big family guy. I have two beautiful children. I do a lot of coaching and hanging out with the kids," says John. One of his favorite things to do is to spend time outdoors hiking with his children.
"I come from an immigrant home and that had a big impact on me. My faith also plays a big role. For me the idea of people helping people—the ethic of helping-- and that we are all equals is a good fit for me."
In particular he finds his faith helps him keep a sense of hope with his work. "I think it is easier to work in the nonprofit world with some faith that things will be OK. Having a sense of calling is important. In my faith, I’m an Evangelical Christian. What I really like about my faith is the orientation towards love, the ethic of love and caring. I also really like the emphasis on the scriptures and on trust.
"That’s all connected in with my background, too. I grew up Italian, in an immigrant home with a lot of Italian influence. There was a strong emphasis on being there for each other in a personal way, and also that the community we live in is important. That’s why I like the FundRaiser. That feeling comes through to me," says John.
|Sara Bostancic with Jaxon and the quilt she made for him
Sara Bostancic loves her work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bucks in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. As the FundRaiser Database Coordinator, she plays an important role in the success of the organization. She became involved in the organization as a way to contribute to her community after she had taken time off from the workplace to raise her two sons. She has now been a volunteer there for 10 years.
Habitat for Humanity is special to her. “The moment I experienced a home dedication, I thought, ‘There is nothing better than this. These people are deserving and work hard’, and to witness them get their key… what a thrilling feeling! I do love the Habitat mission.”
She was introduced to FundRaiser when she first became a volunteer at Habitat Bucks. “When I started, I got very little training on the software from my predecessor. He was leaving and I had to just jump in. FundRaiser Technical Support helped me through that time. I always knew I could get help when I wanted it.”
Read more: Sara Bostancic of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bucks