She Handles the Financials: An Interview with DCAF’s Treasurer

IMG_5319How long have you worked with DCAF?
I’ve been volunteering for DCAF for about four-and-a-half years. I was a case manager for a few years, then joined the board.
How did you discover DCAF? What inspired you to get involved?
A friend of mine, Amber, asked me to join her bowl-a-thon team. After the event DCAF sent out a email call for new case managers and after attending a training I was hooked!
Describe a typical day of work as the treasurer.
I spend a good amount of time paying our clinics, processing donations, communicating with donors, and keeping all of our financial parts moving.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I love paying our clinics. They’re such an integral part of making choice and access a reality. Additionally, because I don’t have much time to case manage any more this helps me feel connected to our patients and our role in reproductive rights.
Is there a woman you aspire to be like? Why?
Gloria Steinem. Her monumental work for women, her vocal support of abortion and the role it played in her success, and that fantastic hair.
What do you do for work, as your day job?
I work in accounting at a nonprofit in DC — big surprise!
What do you do when you’re not working?
I foster kitties and love trying new restaurants.
Do you have any tips for self-care when handling a particularly difficult day?
For either case managing or a day when all the deadlines are converging at once I find that it’s so helpful to take a bath! I like to break out those Epsom salts and a good book and relax.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The hardest part of doing the DCAF books is something all people who work in accounting can resonate with — closing the books at the end of the fiscal year and getting the necessary items over to the IRS. It’s a long process that has no concern for the other day to day things that must be done.
Interview by volunteer Lilli K.