The Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation is led by a group of board members who each offers individual strengths to the organization. We will introduce you to each of them in a series of blog posts in which they answer questions about themselves and their role on the board. Today we begin with Tori Thompson, Vice President – Audit.
Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation (EDDF): Tell us about yourself.
Tori Thompson (TT): I work for Concord Church in the finance department. My work includes budget forecasting, bank reconciliations, mastercard reconciliations for ministry, contribution statements, and anything that financially impacts the church. I have one biological son, 2 step sons, 1 step daughter, and 14 grandchildren. I love movies and traveling.
EDDF: How did you get involved with the Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation?
TT: Eric was diagnosed with Sarcoma in 2010 and passed away October 2011. It shook us to the core of our soul to lose Eric. He was only 40. My god daughter Nia wanted to do something to get the awareness out about Sarcoma, we discussed what it would take to and the Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation was born.
EDDF: Do you have specific responsibilities on the board?
TT: My responsibility is to make sure that the financial statements would get an unqualified audit each year by making sure all guidelines are followed from a non-profit stand point.
EDDF: What are some of the items the board accomplishes at meetings?
TT: The monthly meetings are to make sure that everyone is aware of all the activities current and upcoming for Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation. We also discuss event planning for upcoming events and deadlines. Each committee presents any information they have at the meeting and if any decisions need to be made they are usually handled at the meetings
EDDF: Why do you think people should choose to donate time or money to EDDF?
TT: Sarcoma does not discriminate based on age, race, or economic background, because this is such a rare cancer the information and financial support available is limited. EDDF’s main goal is to help others who have been diagnosed with Sarcoma financially with our Assist Fund. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that if you have to travel at least one night of lodging and meals can be covered by someone else.
EDDF: Which initiative of EDDF has been your favorite so far and why?
TT: The Annual Gala Sow A Seed. This is the time of year that we pay tribute to Eric and at the same time spread the awareness of Sarcoma.
EDDF: What unique trait do you bring to EDDF?
TT: My knowledge of non-profit accounting and my unconditional love for my god daughter Nia.