Joseph Shaffer

Finance Officer

Joseph joined CAF America in 2014 and currently serves as the Finance Officer. In this role, Joseph is responsible for facilitating CAF America’s weekly grants cycle, managing tasks relating to the grants cycle, and completing Finance tasks such as the review and approval of AP invoice payments, completing monthly bank reconciliation, and supporting the finance administration of fund accounts. As a member of the Finance & Compliance team, he coordinates with the members of other teams to complete both finance and compliance functions at CAF America.

Joseph earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Public and Nonprofit Administration) from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in Political Science. He has completed two accredited Accounting courses at the NOVA Community College and is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CTF) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).

What inspires me to do what I do
I believe strongly in the human spirit and feel an obligation to contribute to the public welfare. I have always wanted to perform work that has a meaningful impact in people’s lives, and I feel drawn to the work and charitable mission of nonprofit organizations. I want to use my skills to help nonprofits achieve their goals and expand their capacity to help make their communities a better place. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to assist nonprofits around the world in performing their good work.

Slogans for Life
“Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself.” – Jean-Paul Satre

Book that moved me
Not a specific book, but the lecture “Existentialism as a Humanism” by Jean-Paul Satre, from which my slogan is drawn. It may sound odd, but I would not be where I am today without having been exposed to Existentialist philosophy. These ideas made me realize my responsibility for the direction of my life and gave me the courage to take the risks and seek out the opportunities to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Likes
Homemade pizza, kayaking, scenic walks, Star Trek (I’m a Next Generation fan)

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I am the third of six children.

A person I’d Love to meet
Patrick Stewart. Great actor. Amazing human being. Takes great selfies.

Favorite Meal
Lasagna

Random fact about me
I am a blood donor and at time of writing have made 24 donations, which equals three gallons.

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