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      MicroEdge Announces GIFTS Online Mobile

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      Native mobile app version of leading grants management solution opens door for more dynamic giving than ever before

      New York, NY, October 29, 2014 – MicroEdge, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, recently acquired by Blackbaud Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), today announced the launch of the first native mobile app for GIFTS Online®, the leading online grants management solution. GIFTS Online Mobile, available for both Android and iOS, will allow grants managers, program officers, board members, executives and more, to access, create and edit important grantmaking data from the convenience of their own smartphone or tablet.

      GIFTS Online equips giving organizations of all types and sizes with powerful grants management tools to work more efficiently, track and improve results, and effectively collaborate to make a greater impact. With its high level of scalability and personalization, it easily meets the needs of larger organizations while its easy-to-use, intuitive interface and powerful functionality make it the perfect choice for smaller giving organizations with fewer resources. GIFTS Online is cloud-based and fully hosted by MicroEdge which eliminates IT costs, ensures data security, and lets clients enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working in the system remotely.

      That flexibility is now taken to new heights with the introduction of GIFTS Online Mobile, providing grantmakers on the go with mobile access to key grantmaking information whenever they need it.

      GIFTS Online Mobile provides:

      • Mobile access to extensive information about grantee organizations including award histories, past and pending grant requests, payment histories, outstanding requirements and more
      • Ability to create and update records on the move allowing users to keep their core system data current at all times
      • Access to personalized dashboards and saved searches providing grantmakers with key insight into the results and progress of their programs while on the move
      • Built-in mapping of grantee organizations that allows users on site visits to easily locate grantee organizations’ offices

      At the recent 2014 MicroEdge Solutions Conference in Miami Beach, a sneak preview of GIFTS Online Mobile received praise from current GIFTS Online users. “I can see GIFTS Online Mobile being used during our board meetings,” said Beth Broomall, grants coordinator at the Charles H. Dater Foundation. “Board members on their tablets will be able to click on a recent grant request and bring up all the information about the request and the organization, and I can see that being very useful for our board.”

      GIFTS Online Mobile will be particularly useful to users who are often traveling. “We have some very active program officers who travel a lot and having GIFTS Online Mobile will allow them to access our grants information in the moment they need it,” said Tina Kroll-Guerch, administrative director at Wallace Global Fund. “If they need to know how much we gave to a particular grantee last year or when that grantee’s next requirements report is due, they have that information at their fingertips.”

      “As we enter into a new era of grantmaking where grants staff is on the move often, it’s becoming imperative that they are able to access the important grants information they need from their mobile device,” said Charlie Vanek, vice president of Product & Business Development at MicroEdge. “With more veteran grantmakers using mobile technology and a younger generation of grantmakers emerging in the philanthropic community, providing convenient, useful mobile access to grants data will continue to be critical to their success. We’re excited to release GIFTS Online Mobile and eager to evolve the application into the future.”

      Availability & More Information

      GIFTS Online Mobile is available free of charge to all current GIFTS Online clients. To learn more about GIFTS Online and GIFTS Online Mobile, visit the MicroEdge website or contact MicroEdge at info@microedge.com or 800.899.0890.

      About MicroEdge
      Established in 1985, MicroEdge, LLC is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackbaud Inc., headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit www.microedge.com.

      About Blackbaud

      Serving the philanthropic, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payment and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, education and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, 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.

      Media Contact:
      Kathy Krais
      800.899.0890 ext. 3966
      kkrais@microedge.com

      MicroEdge and GIFTS Online are registered trademarks of MicroEdge, LLC. All other company names or marks mentioned herein are those of their respective owners.

      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, including statements regarding the introduction of new products and product features, as well as the expected benefits of the new products and product features. 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 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’s Luminate CRM Helps Nonprofits Raise More Than $1.8 Billion

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      Leading nonprofit solution on Salesforce1 platform achieves new milestone

      Charleston, S.C. (September 23, 2014) – Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced that nonprofit organizations used Luminate CRM to raise more than $1.8 billion in 2013, making it a leading nonprofit CRM solution available on the Salesforce1 platform.

      Luminate CRM has the level of sophistication and capabilities to meet the needs of large and mid-size fundraising organizations for online fundraising and direct marketing. “Luminate CRM and Salesforce together provide the LIVESTRONG Foundation with a sophisticated, powerful, and open CRM that allows us to better engage with our donors, event participants and fundraisers, through multiple programs and channels,” saidJustin Joyner, vice president of information technology, LIVESTRONG Foundation. “Luminate CRM, combined with Luminate Onlinehas been instrumental in providing us a complete set of engagement tools to assist in our fight to provide ongoing inspiration and empowerment to those affected directly or indirectly by cancer.”

      Industry research shows that multi-channel communications can yield significant improvements in fundraising results. That’s why leading nonprofits are choosing Luminate CRM over other nonprofit solutions on Salesforce. “Luminate CRM allows nonprofits to take a strategic integrated approach to fundraising across channels including mobile, social, email, and direct mail” said Chris Krackeler, Blackbaud’s general manager for Luminate CRM. “And it’s paying off—with this solution, these organizations have raised an impressive amount of money in support of some amazing causes.”

      Luminate CRM is a cloud-based solution designed specifically for nonprofit organizations and is built on the Salesforce1 platform. Luminate CRM provides enterprise-level nonprofit organizations with a full suite of marketing, fundraising and database tools to help them achieve their missions. Blackbaud recently announced the availability of Luminate CRM on the Salesforce1 AppExchange, further extending accessibility of the solution to nonprofit organizations. To learn more about Luminate CRM, visit www.blackbaud.com/LCRM.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, private K12 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 solutions, analytics, education solutions, 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.

      Media Contact

      Nicole McGougan
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      843.654.3307
      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. Salesforce.com and Salesforce1 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Salesforce.com, Inc.





      Blackbaud Unveils Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT

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      Technology leader reveals plans for newest nonprofit cloud suite at bbcon 2014

      Nashville, T.N. (October 7, 2014) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for nonprofits, today announced its plans for Raiser’s Edge NXT™ and Financial Edge NXT™, which will be available to customers in late spring and summer 2015. The highly anticipated fundraising and relationship management, and accounting solutions, which were announced at the company’s 15th annual bbcon conference, will offer an advanced, nonprofit-exclusive experience in the cloud that is unmatched by any technology provider.

      “No other cloud solution in the nonprofit sector will offer the intelligence, accessibility, performance and user experience that Blackbaud’s NXT solution line will deliver—all with dramatically reduced IT and third party costs, hassle free upkeep, complete data security and the world’s largest nonprofit support network”, said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO of Blackbaud. “These solutions were carefully designed based on nonprofit community feedback and reflect significant innovation that has taken each organizational role into consideration.”

      Raiser’s Edge NXT couples the foundational power of the world’s leading, most widely adopted nonprofit fundraising solution, Raiser’s Edge™, with never-seen-before fundraising and relationship management technology innovation. The new cloud solution will feature prescriptive analytics, built in payment processing, strengthened marketing outreach and more—all within a brand new, role-based user interface designed to match the way nonprofits work.

      “I love the new platform because it makes things seamless and easy,” said Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, development officer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum Foundation. “I’ve also been really excited about Raiser’s Edge NXT for my mobile device. When I’m going to meet with a constituent I immediately can see their giving history, biographical information, recent touch points and attributes.”

      Financial Edge NXT combines the reliable Financial Edge™ accounting platform with new innovation to offer the most intuitive, nonprofit-focused cloud accounting solution available in the market. Financial Edge NXT will feature powerful reporting tools that help accounting teams drive transparency, stewardship and compliance, and will enable organizations to seamlessly manage transactions, eliminate manual processes and more—all within a highly secure cloud environment.

      “I think Financial Edge NXT is a great product,” said JR English, director of finance at One80 Place. It’s going to help increase work productivity because the data is more readily available and the format is more user-friendly which makes training new hires and individuals a lot easier. I also think the new layout will make reporting more efficient since it provides a better at-a-glance overview.”

      Blackbaud will offer seamless integration between Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT upon release, allowing organizations to eliminate the time investment and error margin associated with duplicative data entry processes between their relationship management and accounting systems. Also, the solutions will ultimately boast an open API so customers will also be able to flexibly plug-in and integrate other applications.

      Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT will be “anywhere accessible”, including from PCs, tablets and mobile devices. Blackbaud will also provide rapid, frequent enhancements to each solution—every one to two months—and will deploy these enhancements for customers as their virtual IT team at no extra cost. Blackbaud will also manage the systems, provide data backups and ensure data security, while providing other cloud-related benefits to customers.

      “The nonprofit landscape is changing more rapidly than ever, and Blackbaud is committed to staying ahead of that change with its platform innovation strategy,” said Kevin McDearis, Blackbaud’s senior vice president of Global Product Development. “We don’t believe there is ever a finished solution, but rather an evolving solution that stays on the leading edge by delivering nonprofits what they need, when they need it. That’s why we’re excited to commit to, deliver and deploy a steady stream of innovative enhancements to Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT on behalf of our valued customers.”

      Blackbaud also simplified the pricing structure for nonprofits with a subscription model and value-added packages that eliminate the need to purchase add-on modules. Blackbaud also committed to current Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge customers a transition to the cloud-based NXT solution line that completely eliminates the need to migrate data.

      For more information about Raiser’s Edge NXT, visit https://www.blackbaud.com/fundraising-and-relationship-management/raisers-edge-nxt. For more information about Financial Edge NXT, visit https://www.blackbaud.com/fund-accounting/financial-edge-nxt .

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, private K12 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 solutions, analytics, education solutions, 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.

      Media Contacts

      Nicole McGougan
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      843-654-3307
      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, including statements regarding the introduction of new products and product features, as well as the expected benefits of the new products and product features. 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 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 Convenes Nonprofit Community at 15th Annual Conference

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      Equips and empowers attendees to leverage technology to fuel their missions

      Nashville, TN (October 6, 2014) – More than 2000 nonprofit professionals joined Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) in Nashville, TN for bbcon 2014, its 15th annual conference for nonprofits, to gain practical insight and explore technology advancements in the nonprofit sector. With more than 160 sessions, including discovery tracks, thought leadership sessions, product demonstrations, and hands-on training, bbcon 2014 equips attendees to fully leverage technology to fuel their missions while offering opportunities to network with peers and industry experts.

      The first day of the conference was packed with networking opportunities, insight from the industry’s leading experts and inspiring stories of nonprofits using technology to influence change. The event also featured Big Idea Day, a new thought leadership track for nonprofits to share best practices and collaborate on innovative strategies for the future.

      The company showcased its solution portfolio at an interactive expo for attendees and made many exciting announcements including:

      • Blackbaud CRM, the company’s fundraising and relationship management solution for enterprise-level nonprofits, will offer customers its most significant release to date, Blackbaud CRM 4.0, in November 2014
      • Blackbaud Partner Marketplace™, the first nonprofit-specific community where Blackbaud customers can shop, compare and find cloud-based and mobile products to enhance their Blackbaud solutions, will launch in November 2014
      • Connect Raiser’s Edge™ which integrates WhippleHill’s content management system, onMessage, with Raiser’s Edge™, has been released just four months after the company’s acquisition as part of an Early Adopter Program, and will be generally available in Q4 2014
      • Connect Education Edge™ which integrates WhippleHill’s learning management system, onCampus, with Education Edge will release as part of an Early Adopter Program in Q4 2014, and will be generally available in Q1 2015
      • NOZA Search , the world’s largest database that helps nonprofits identify philanthropic prospects, is now even larger with more than 100 million searchable gift records
      • The release of the Luminate Online Benchmark report, a tool that uses data from nearly 800 Luminate Online customers to help nonprofits evaluate and compare their organization’s strategies in the online fundraising space

      Attendees also had the opportunity to experience first-hand the wealth of summer enhancements and releases made by Blackbaud including:

      • everydayhero – launched in the United States earlier this year, this crowdfunding tool allows nonprofits to connect with over 600,000 potential fundraisers to support their cause
      • Blackbaud Online Express enhancements – the online giving and marketing solution now offers Raiser’s Edge users email performance details right from the dashboard
      • Raiser’s Edge 7 enhancements –Blackbaud’s flagship fundraising and relationship management solution now offers customers Data Health Scorecard, Event Mobile App and Mobile Pay, Credit Card Updater and crowdfunding integration with everydayhero
      • eTapestry® enhancements –now provides Data Health Scorecard and NCOA Address Finder

      Blackbaud President and CEO, Mike Gianoni, will kickoff day two on October 7 by sharing the company’s vision and direction, discussing emerging trends in the nonprofit sector and honoring the 2014 Blackbaud Nonprofit Impact Award winners. In addition, the company will reveal details about the much anticipated Raiser’s Edge NXT, its new cloud fundraising and management solution, and Financial Edge NXT, its new cloud accounting solution.

      Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Corporate Citizenship booth and participate in Blackbaud’s annual bbcon service project by helping assemble activity kits to be donated to Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. The company is also conducting a Social Media Give Back program benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, and will make donations based on social media activity.

      For more information, visit www.bbconference.com. Follow the conference news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bbcon or like Blackbaud on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/blackbaud.

      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 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 solutions, 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, Ireland the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

      Media Contact

      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      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 Announces Partner of the Year Awards

      Names Hewitt and Johnston Consultants and PaperSave Winners at Annual Nonprofit Conference

      Nashville, TN (October 6, 2014) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading provider of software and services for nonprofits, recognized two partners from the Blackbaud Partner Network with the prestigious “Partner of the Year” award. The awards were presented during Partner Summit at bbcon, the company’s 15th annual conference for nonprofits.

      The Blackbaud Solution Provider of the Year award went to Hewitt and Johnston Consultants, a full service digital fundraising agency and leader in online fundraising and nonprofit technology solutions based in Toronto, Canada.

      The Blackbaud Technology Partner of the Year award went to PaperSave, a document management, electronic workflow and invoice & gift automation provider, based in Miami, Florida.

      About the Blackbaud Partner Network
      The Blackbaud Partner Network is 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.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, private K12 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 solutions, analytics, education solutions, 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.

      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.

      Media Contact

      Nicole McGougan
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      843.216.6200 x3307
      media@blackbaud.com

      Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of MicroEdge

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      Acquisition expands company’s solution portfolioto comprehensively serve the philanthropic market

      Charleston, S.C. (October 2, 2014) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for nonprofits, today announced it has completed the acquisition of MicroEdge, LLC, an innovative provider of high-performance solutions that enable the worldwide giving community to organize, simplify and measure their acts of charitable giving.

      Blackbaud purchased all of the outstanding equity interests of MicroEdge for an aggregate purchase price of $160 million, and financed the deal with cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facility.

      “The addition of the cloud-based MicroEdge solution line to Blackbaud’s portfolio creates opportunity—like no other technology partner can provide—for customers to experience comprehensive, end-to-end solutions that not only serve, but connect funders, nonprofits and corporations,” said Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni.  “For investors, we’re enthusiastic that this acquisition expands our total addressable market by over $600 million into the rapidly growing, worldwide philanthropic giving sector.”

      The MicroEdge business will align with Blackbaud’s Enterprise Business Unit with operations continuing out of New York, Minnesota and other regional offices throughout the United States. Kris Nimsger, MicroEdge’s former CEO, will lead Blackbaud’s Foundation and Corporate Markets Group reporting to Joe Moye, president of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Business Unit. “I am extremely excited about the future for MicroEdge and for our clients as we join Blackbaud,” said former MicroEdge CEO Kristin Nimsger. “Our organizations are very well aligned with regard to our respective missions and cultures, and the combined new business is uniquely positioned to lead the philanthropic sector forward with innovative solutions, unparalleled insights, and a new level of transparency and visibility into the effectiveness of grantmaking and corporate social responsibility.”

      Blackbaud will increase investment in and extend MicroEdge’s current technology solutions for grantmaking, corporate social responsibility and foundation management. The company also intends to embark on new research and development to provide connected solutions across the entire philanthropic spectrum while innovating in key areas, including outcomes-based reporting, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and more. “We’re most excited because, as a result of this acquisition, Blackbaud and MicroEdge are now able to harness the power of our combined capabilities in order to provide significant new value to our customers and the philanthropic marketplace,” said Joe Moye, president of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Business Unit.

      Established in 1985, MicroEdge was a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners and Bregal Sagemount prior to this acquisition.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, private K12 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 solutions, analytics, education solutions, 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.

      About MicroEdge
      Established in 1985, MicroEdge, LLC, is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated, and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. MicroEdge is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of software and technology-enabled companies. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit www.microedge.com.

      About Vista Equity Partners
      Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco, with over $13.5 billion in cumulative capital commitments, currently invests in dynamic, successful software, data and technology-enabled organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For more information, please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.

      About Bregal Sagemount
      Bregal Sagemount is a growth-focused private equity fund with $500 million in committed capital. Bregal Sagemount makes investments of $15 million to $150 million in market leaders in high growth segments. For more information, please see www.bregalsagemount.com.

      Media Contacts

      Nicole McGougan
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      843-654-3307
      media@blackbaud.com

      Kathy Krais
      MicroEdge, LLC
      646-237-3966
      kkrais@microedge.com

      Forward-looking Statements
      This news release contains forward looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, as well as the expected benefits of the acquisition to Blackbaud. 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: Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Increased 4.0%

      The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 4.0% and online giving increased 12.7% for the three months ending August 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.

      As reported in the 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. Visit the interactive infographic to view highlights from the report.

      The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking more than $14 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.

      In addition, The Blackbaud Index Canada, which tracks charitable giving to the Canadian nonprofit sector, today reported overall charitable giving increased 1.1% and online giving increased 13.7% for the three months ending August 2014. The Canadian Index draws its data from 329 organizations that raise more than $800 million a year and can be accessed at www.blackbaud.ca/blackbaudindex.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, private K12 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 solutions, analytics, education solutions, 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.

      Media Contact
      Nicole McGougan
      Blackbaud, Inc.
      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; 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 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.

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