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      Monthly Archives: April 2014

      Everydayhero™ Launches In The United States, Pioneering The Next Generation of Online Giving

       New online service offers visual quantification of an individual’s giving activities over time

      Charleston, SC – April 29, 2014 — Everydayhero, an innovative online giving service from Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB), today announced its arrival in the United States and introduces the next generation of online giving technology. Everydayhero moves beyond traditional fundraising and crowdfunding services to offer a holistic giving experience that not only enables people to fundraise, but also track and view all the activity that goes into supporting the causes they love.

      “We’ve researched the motivations and unmet needs of people who give, and have found that raising money isn’t the only measure of the good people do for the causes they care about,” said Simon Lockyer, co-founder of everydayhero. “A lot of the time, effort, and commitment given to supporting causes often goes unrecognized, yet it all contributes to raising awareness and driving change. We want people to see the broader picture of what they really give and feel good about the impact they have, so we’re excited to offer this new approach to giving in the United States.”

      Introducing The Next Generation In Online Giving: The Giving Footprint

      Existing crowdfunding platforms have made online giving a more accessible and efficient channel. Everydayhero is leading the next generation in online giving by transcending these platforms to offer supporters a window into their entire giving life. By integrating with tools many people use everyday, everydayhero quantifies all the effort that goes into supporting a cause. Giving information is aggregated from Twitter, Facebook, VolunteerMatch, and MapMyFitness to create a person’s unique Giving Footprint, which grows over time. This tangible approach provides feedback and recognition that ultimately boosts a person’s energy, drive and commitment to continue to make a difference and better the world.

      Everydayhero enables users to do the following:

      1. Choose a Cause: everydayhero helps users find the nonprofits that mean the most to them. The service offers access to more than a million nonprofit organizations. Each nonprofit is vetted and verified by everydayhero to ensure fundraisers’ and donors’ money safely reaches their chosen charity.

      2. Create Their Own Giving Journey: everydayhero allows people to help their favorite causes and nonprofits in their own unique way – some people run marathons to raise money, while others prefer to volunteer time.

      3. Watch Their Giving Footprint Grow: The Giving Footprint provides feedback across four key areas of giving, which include effort, voice, community and money, to provide a dynamic visualization that grows with each action a person takes to make a difference.

      • Effort – Integrations with MapMyFitness and VolunteerMatch allow everydayhero to seamlessly track all of the effort that goes into supporting a cause. This can include miles run or calories burned while training for a race or hours spent volunteering.
      • Voice – everydayhero tracks social activity on Facebook and Twitter to count how often a giving story is shared. Additionally, the number of views an everydayhero supporter page receives is tallied to show full impact of a supporter’s voice.
      • Community – everydayhero helps its members to see the collective impact of all users’ efforts by showing how many total users support the same causes, along with the collective amounts of money raised and support given.
      • Money – Recording and viewing donations made and funds raised for a cause over a lifetime allows users to monitor their progress and see the full extent of their impact over time.

      To seamlessly track all of the hours spent volunteering and giving back, everydayhero is integrated with VolunteerMatch, the largest web-based volunteer engagement network offering more than 85,000 volunteer opportunities in the United States.

      “Volunteering is an important part of many people’s giving journey,” said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. “We are pleased to be working with everydayhero to innovate and help more people find and share their volunteer experiences.”

      For individuals involved in event and fitness-based fundraising, everydayhero is integrated with MapMyFitness, a fitness tracking application, to allow individuals to see the effort and time spent training on their Giving Footprint.

      “Much like fitness trackers quantify daily activity, everydayhero tracks people’s Giving Footprints to help them see the bigger picture of their total efforts,” said Robin Thurston, president at MapMyFitness. “Integrating with a platform like everydayhero is another way we’re expanding our vision to make fitness rewarding. Many of our users participate in fundraising events and being able to recognize fitness tracking as part of their giving is a leap forward in the nonprofit industry.”

      Everydayhero was founded in Australia and has helped hundreds of thousands of people to raise more than $230 million and give to nonprofits around the world. Starting today, people in the U.S. can join everydayhero’s rich giving community. Individuals or groups looking for a new way to give and see the impact of all the good they do can sign up by visiting www.everydayhero.com

      About everydayhero

      Everydayhero is a Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) service that is transforming how people give to and connect with the causes they care about most. Everydayhero believes every fundraising and giving effort counts towards creating change and is represented by far more than a dollar amount. The service helps supporters to fundraise and volunteer for nonprofits and see how their effort, voice, money and community activity contribute to the growth of their personal Giving Footprint. For more information visitwww.everydayhero.com.

      About Blackbaud

      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with approximately 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands,Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

      Investors and others should note that we announce material financial information to our investors using our website, www.blackbaud.com, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. We use these channels as well as social media to communicate with our customers and public about our company, our services and other issues. It is possible that the information we post on social media could be deemed material information. Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, and others interested in our company to review the information we post on the social media channels listed on the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s website at www.blackbaud.com/investorrelations.

      Forward-looking Statements

      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; risks associated with our products and services capability to provide online giving experiences; risks related to uncertainty regarding market acceptance of products and services, including the adoption of online fundraising; risks associated with the capability of our products and services to aggregate data from multiple external sources and the ability to successfully use those aggregations, including those aggregations related to a unique Giving Footprint; the ability to achieve success in fundraising initiatives; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; delays or interruptions in hosted services; failure to securely collect, store and transmit personal information and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website atwww.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

      Contacts

      Kristen Ford & Laura Spaventa
      415.625.8555
      everydayhero@launchsquad.com

      Alumni Donors and Revenue in Higher Education Return to Pre-Recession Levels

      Blackbaud’s Annual donorCentrics Report highlights key giving trends and patterns across higher education, including public and private institutions

      Charleston, S.C. (April 23, 2014) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today released its 2013 donorCentrics Annual Report on Higher Education Alumni Giving. The report looks at giving trends across 123 higher education institutions over the past three years. Findings in the report indicate that alumni donors and revenue are returning to patterns of giving prior to the Great Recession.

      “Before the economic recession, the national trends in higher education were ‘donors down’ and ‘dollars up,’” said Shaun Keister, author of the report and vice chancellor of development and alumni relations at the University of California, Davis. “That all changed in 2009 with both key metrics dipping and dipping sharply. For the second year in a row, however, we are seeing a return to pre-recession trends and patterns, indicating that the impact of the recession has been minimized.”

      Key findings from the report include:

      • Alumni Donors were down – Overall, alumni donors were slightly down for both public and private institutions. The overall median change in donor counts was down 1.1 percent, with private institutions dipping 0.7 percent and public institutions down 1.1 percent.
      • Revenue is up – Overall revenue is up, with a positive change of 5.3 percent compared to 2012. This marks the third consecutive year of positive change in revenue for both public and private institutions, after tougher years in 2009 and 2010, showing that the impact of the recession has subsided.
      • Donors are giving more on average – The actual median change in revenue per donor in 2013 was impressive, with a 5.8 percent positive change overall. The median revenue per donor in 2013 was $531 (compared to $488 in 2012 and $469 in 2011).

      “It’s interesting to see how the recession impacted nonprofits and how they are responding afterward,” said Jenny Cooke Smith, a Higher Education donorCentrics solutions consultant at Blackbaud.  “While participation rates continued to decline for both public and private institutions – a byproduct of both growing class sizes and generational shifts in donors – the report provides insight into this trend, as well as suggestions for helping to combat these issues.”

      Download the report to learn more about alumni participation, donor retention, reactivation, and donor acquisition trends from 123 institutions around the country.

      About the survey
      Blackbaud’s Target Analytics applied the following rules to standardize data from each of the institutions participating in the 2013 donorCentrics Annual Report on Higher Education Alumni Giving: Soft credits and matching gift payments are excluded. Direct mail, telemarketing, and the Internet are by far the dominant revenue sources for most schools; however, events, personal solicitation, and other sources are included. Indicators are calculated on a cash payment basis, as opposed to a pledge basis. Retention rates are calculated by dividing the number of donors giving in the current year who also gave during the previous year by the total number of donors who gave in the previous year.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 29,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

      Media Contact

      Andy Prince
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      512-289-4728
      media@blackbaud.com

      Forward-looking Statements
      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

      Blackbaud Partner Network Focused on Extending the Nonprofit Technology Ecosystem

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      Increased focus on solution providers and technology partners

      Charleston, S.C. (April 22, 2014) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the newly revamped and revitalized Blackbaud Partner Network. The network expands on Blackbaud’s existing partnerships, adding new ones to build an even stronger ecosystem around its leading solutions and services for nonprofits.

      “When companies work together to provide better solutions for their clients, everyone wins,” said Chris Clinton, Blackbaud’s vice president of global channels and partner ecosystem. “That’s why we’ve developed the Blackbaud Partner Network, a group of leading technology and services firms providing nonprofits with the solutions, applications and strategies they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide.”

      Blackbaud recently entered into several new and expanded partnerships. ADP joined the Blackbaud Partner Network as an alliance partner; allAwareAttend.com, Fusion Labs, Graduway, Haiku, and Ve Interactive all joined as Blackbaud Technology Partners. These companies join a group of long-term Blackbaud partners such as Salesforce.com, PaperSave, Omatic, Microsoft, and Small World Labs.

      “Joining the Blackbaud Partner Network allows us to focus our investments to a much higher level in new products and enhanced features specifically designed for the complex business functions that take place in a charitable foundation,” said Mark Hall, Fusion Labs president and CEO. “Blackbaud and Fusion, together, have created the premier technology solution that exists in the market today for nonprofit entities that do grant making and provide scholarships to qualified recipients throughout North America.”

      The new Blackbaud Partner Network is designed to make it easier for partners to work across Blackbaud business units with consistent partner approaches that match their business models.  “We are making strides in aligning sales and support teams with our partners,” said Clinton. “We’re introducing quarterly planning, and most importantly, report cards and metrics to ensure that both Blackbaud and our partners deliver at the highest levels for our customers.”

      The Blackbaud Partner Network is composed of the following categories:

      • Implement and ConsultBlackbaud Solution Providers (BSP) are authorized by Blackbaud through training and testing to provide Blackbaud product implementation services, including data migration, product configuration, and product customization. Additional services provided by BSPs include: campaign planning, interactive strategy, graphic design and web design that help nonprofits get the most from Blackbaud products.
      • Integrate Blackbaud Technology Partners (BTP) provide the sector with applications and solutions that complement Blackbaud products and extend their functionality in new ways. These partners’ technology is validated and promoted with Blackbaud products.
      • Sell Blackbaud Associate Partners have the opportunity to introduce Blackbaud products to nonprofits and earn a percentage of revenue generated for business that closes. Blackbaud Channel Partners work with Blackbaud to co-sell or re-sell Blackbaud products.

      “We’ve been incredibly proud to partner and grow with Blackbaud since 2009 in CRM consulting projects to help our joint nonprofit customers accomplish their missions,” said Darius Vaskelis, Sakonent’s chief executive officer. “It has been an honor to help causes realize the benefits from Blackbaud on-premise, in the cloud, and on mobile devices to engage their constituents in new ways.”

      To learn more about the Blackbaud Partner Network, visit www.blackbaud.com/partners.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 29,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

      Media Contact

      Andy Prince
      Blackbaud
      512.289.4728
      media@blackbaud.com

      Forward-looking Statements
      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

      The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Experienced Modest Growth in February

      The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 0.7% and online giving increased 13.8% for the three months ending February 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.

      As reported in the recently released Charitable Giving Report, overall charitable giving grew 4.9% and online giving grew 13.5% for the full year 2013 compared to the full year 2012. View the interactive infographic to view highlights from the report.

      The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking over $12 billion in US-based charitable giving, the Index is updated on the first of each month (or the next business day) and is based on a three-month moving average of year-over-year percent change. Featuring overall and online giving, the Index can be viewed by size and subsets of the nonprofit industry via an interactive online chart. The Index now features a fundraising benchmark calculator that allows users to easily chart their own results against the Index and historical data to provide a fuller view of charitable giving.

      To access The Blackbaud Index, subscribe to monthly email or text alerts, read about the methodology, or access special reports, visit www.blackbaud.com/blackbaudindex.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 29,000 nonprofit customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising software, online fundraising software, event fundraising software, eMarketing, social media, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), analytics, financial management and vertical-specific solutions for ticketing, school management, and more. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

      Media Contact

      Andy Prince
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      512.289.4728
      media@blackbaud.com

      Forward-looking Statements
      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this press release are forward-looking statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Blackbaud’s expectations expressed in this press release include the following: management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel, including our new CFO; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organizations; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. Blackbaud assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

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