Thursday, November 7, 2013

Meet the ENF Staff

Jon Flaherty
Donor Services Associate

The Chicago Cubs may have had another losing season,
but Jon knows that, thanks to generous donors,
the ENF will always have a winning season!
How long have you worked at the ENF?
I’ve been at the ENF for a little more than 4 years. I started out as the Donor Services Assistant in July of 2009, and since then moved into my current role as the Donor Services Associate.
  
What projects are you/your department working on right now?
The Donor Services Department is working on our end of the month procedures. Once our team processes all of the donations we receive within one month, we work on updating our online reports for ENF chairs like the Lodge Per-Capita totals, the Chair Challenge standings, the online record of donations report, and many others. We also print and mail reports out to ENF Chairs, PGERs, and State Sponsors.
    
What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?
I work closely with processing ENF donations, and I enjoy seeing just how generous Elks truly are and how they continue to be year after year. It’s a great reminder that there are people out there who do care about making our world a better place, and as long as Elks are willing to share what they have, then I’m happy to help play a role in making our communities stronger.

Describe your average day at the ENF.
My average day depends on what day of the week it is since my department has a structured timeline for weekly tasks. So let’s pick a day. My Thursday mornings usually start out with communicating with donors and ENF volunteers through email. Once the correspondence is caught up, I move on to processing workplace giving donations like payroll gifts, matching gifts and volunteer grants. Part of this process involves navigating to various company websites in order to confirm their employee donations or volunteer hours. In the afternoon, I handle processing many of the Online Remittances that arrive in our office. These new forms allow us to import donations into our database, making the process much more time efficient. I also spend some time processing regular donations, updating our donor records with new addresses and Lodge numbers, and answering phone calls from donors and ENF Chairs.
    
What are you thankful for this month?
I’m thankful for a growing family (a new nephew within the last month!), awesome friends, good health, and a fantastic harvest this Fall at my parents’ family farm.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
Despite a few years of not winning, I’m still an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  That’s right, I haven’t given up hope yet.  Let’s go Cubbies!

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
This is a tough one, but I’d have to go with Tom Hanks. He has a knack for making some good movies, and I think he has what it takes to play a complex role.  

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