People are Talking!
"I am impressed with the import feature in FundRaiser Basic, and was able to import our donor base of 400 names effortlessly."
-- Ralph, Soledad Community Health Care District Foundation
How the FundRaiser Family came to be
I started this business many eons ago, but not with the intention of writing a program for fundraisers. In the early 1980's, I wrote a program for a local client who was running for political office and needed to keep track of donations. At the time, I was serving on the board of a nonprofit boy's home. I convinced the Executive Director to try the campaign program to help him keep track of donations and to thank donors. After using it for a month or so, he came back to me with "Well, this is nice, but I have a suggestion or two..." And, that was the beginning of FundRaiser Professional, which begat FundRaiser Jr (now called FundRaiser Select), which begat FundRaiser Basic. And the FundRaiser Family keeps growing..
Gene Weinbeck, founder
Meet Your Friends at FundRaiser
We are proud of our service-oriented, professional staff. We are more than co-workers. There are ties of family and friendship between most of us, making for a strong sense of commitment and a happy working environment. Our ties carry over into our sense of serving you as we would want to serve our extended family of friends.
Autumn Shirley, CEO, Sales & Marketing Manager
My training, work and education background has all been in sales and communication, so this is a field that I feel both confident and comfortable in. I was raised around a small business, Ozark Rope Sandals, and spent my summers traveling to craft shows with my family selling sandals. After I graduated from MSU-West Plains, I worked in sales with a yellow pages firm which, again, involved a great deal of travel. Wishing to settle down with my daughter, Lily, I joined the FundRaiser team in 2001. Here my skills in sales and communications have been nourished and my continuing professional development has been strongly supported. I know I have found my calling here; I just can't imagine any other job where I would have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful organizations every single day! Outside of work, I enjoy raising my increasingly strong-minded and independent daughter, baking (especially with chocolate), reading, continuing the family business (yes, I still make and sell sandals!), and learning ballroom dancing with my amazing husband, Joshua. I donate online to nonprofit organizations across the country, and volunteer at our local animal shelter and women's shelter.
Joshua Shirley, CFO, Technical Development Manager
I came to FundRaiser with an extensive accounting background and knowledge of computer hardware and software issues that I first put to use at the Presbyterian Church in Harrison, AR. I moved to Missouri when Autumn and I were married, and initially joined the FundRaiser team to help with website maintenance and development, then accepted a temporary bookkeeping position. Somehow, I also became the go-to man for high-level tech support issues when our support staff needs a break, and when pretty much anything around the FundRaiser office needed help... and eventually, Autumn and I were offered the opportunity to hold the reins and direct the company to a promising future. I am honored to have this opportunity, and am committed to building on the strong foundation that FundRaiser Software has in customer service and software development, to achieve a new level of success. In my (rare) free time, I like to just drive and find a new place or site I haven't noticed before - the Ozarks are full of hidden gems! I also enjoy learning about new things and how things work, and passing that along to my son, Isaac. All in all - life, no matter how things go, is fun to experience!
Sasha Daucus, Marketing Coordinator
Before coming to FundRaiser, I learned marketing through running my own small business. Together, my partner and I provided midwifery services to families around the Ozarks, and then established a general health care practice in two small Ozark towns. I've enjoyed transferring those marketing skills to online marketing for FundRaiser. In particular, I enjoy editing the customer newsletter and participating in online nonprofit technology forums. I like being involved in a company which is helping others improve the world. Outside of work, I enjoy working on a variety of personal and community projects with friends. I love my dog and three cats, and maintaining the beautiful piece of Ozark woodlands where I live. I meditate and find the study and practice of Western style Buddhism enriching. I volunteer extensively for the Ozarks Media Arts Center, and for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Through my work at FundRaiser, I volunteer as forum host and facilitator for TechSoup, the nonprofit technology site.
Joe Salrin, Conversions Manager
I’ve been working with computers and technology full time since the early 1970’s, in everything from academia to the manufacturing sector. During my career, I have been through several major conversion projects from the user side. Working for Fundraiser Software since 2004, I’ve done over 100 conversions for clients coming from all types of systems - from entry-level spreadsheets, to FileMaker, to Blackbaud. I and my wife were involved in the startup of the local West Plains Habitat for Humanity chapter. My personal interests are varied, including lutherie, lapidary and gardening.
James Ware, Sales Representative
Before working at FundRaiser, I was the Director of the Yellow House Community Arts Center. There I obtained a copy of FundRaiser software and set it up and used it. I liked it and the company so much that when I was offered a job at FundRaiser I happily became one of the crew. I’ve been here since 2006. I like the other employees, the communication with all sorts of people and non profit organizations, and the way I can help people and the world be a better place by helping non profit organizations. Outside of work, I enjoy photography and outdoor life in the Ozarks. Recently, I completed the first class of the Master Naturalist program in Missouri. I work with www.Watersheds.org as a volunteer.
Larry Weaver, Training Manager
I’m a Microsoft Certified Professional. I have worked in and around computers since the working as a Navy sonar technician in the late 1960's. My introduction to personal computers came through FundRaiser Software in the mid-1980's. My passion is operations, whether operating sonar gear, computers, guitars, motorcycles, or any other motorized vehicle. My move to Arizona in the late 1990's was in part based on that state's boast of 350+ sunny days per year. I’ve applied my passion to FundRaiser's Tech Support department and most recently as the Training Manager for the company, holding live web training sessions and recording training CD's on various FundRaiser Software related topics. Most recently, I have also started blogging regularly on our FundRaiser Blog.
Gene Weinbeck, Founder, Lead Programmer
I started this business in the early 1980's. When it comes to qualifications for the job, I have none whatsoever. I'm lucky to be working here at all. I enjoy working at FundRaiser because my friends at FundRaiser allow me to be myself and encourage me to grow, sometimes in unforeseen and unexpected ways. It's fun working here. Outside of work I enjoy gardening, drumming, friends, firewalking, dressing up in costume, and having opportunities to be useful. I've been active in several local nonprofits and am currently on the board of Downtown West Plains, Inc (a downtown revitalization nonprofit) and the Ozarks Small Business Incubator.
Sherry Willis, Technical Support
My background is as a network technician for the military and hands-on technical support for the staff at the library I worked at in Wyoming. After moving to Missouri in 2010, I was attracted to working at FundRaiser because of the informal, family atmosphere here. I enjoy the "people" side of technical support and really enjoy working with FundRaiser customers providing tech support for their development software. I have also recently started blogging regularly on the FundRaiser blog. In my spare time, I like working with animals, sewing, cheesemaking and reading. I also do volunteer website support for Big Horn County in Wyoming, and I volunteer locally at the Whetstone Boys Ranch.
Jonathan Smith, Technical Support
Our newest addition to the FundRaiser Team. My training and background is in internet technology and computer engineering. I worked in IT at a large phone company in Little Rock, Arkansas. I moved to the West Plains area to be closer to family several years ago. In West Plains, I worked as a computer instructor for Missouri State University, where I heard about a small software company that has been around for many years, and became interested in working there. In 2011, several years after hearing about FundRaiser, I was very pleased to become a part of the technical support team. My three main hobbies are hiking, playing chess, and building guitar amplifiers.
Smudge, CMO (Chief Morale Officer)
Smudge was found by Lily (our Social Media Intern, and daughter of Autumn and Joshua) at the high school tennis courts. She was very tiny and hungry, so the Shirleys brought her home, and helped nurse her back to good health. They then tried to find her a good home, knowing that it would be very difficult to part with her after bonding so strongly. Fortunately, after weeks of trying to find a new home for her, Gene Weinbeck, founder of FundRaiser Software, adopted her, and so she became the Chief Morale Officer here at FundRaiser. Smudge now roams around the office, visiting all the employees, and terrorizing Gene. She can often be found asleep (in wacky positions) in her favorite chair, as she is in the picture. Smudge never ceases to bring a smile to each and every person she runs into, hence her title. She is a very large part of the FundRaiser team, without her, life in the office would be pretty dull!