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      Monthly Archives: April 2015

      Blackbaud’s NXT Solution Line Exceeds Expectations From Early Adopters

      Customers praise solutions for usability, innovation and significantly added value   

      Charleston, S.C. (April 29, 2015) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today announced further highlights from its early adopter program for Raiser’s Edge NXTTM and Financial Edge NXTTM.

      “Raiser’s Edge NXT is very easy to use, and it’s web-based and mobile, which is very important to us because you can use it anywhere,” said Tony Gooch, director of development for Durham Rescue Mission. “Our major donor officers are really excited about being able to quickly access the information they need so they can spend more of their time cultivating relationships with constituents.”

      “As a growing organization, we decided that we needed to invest in a financial solution that was more robust than what we were previously using,” said Adam Pomerantz, CFO of WINGS for Kids. “Financial Edge NXT enables quick access to information for staff in the field, saving time and allowing them to be responsive.”

      While the Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT will become broadly available this summer, a group of early adopters from around the world have provided a validation of the great leap forward these solutions represent.

      “We are excited to formally launch the NXT solutions that hundreds of nonprofits have already committed to implement,” said Kevin McDearis, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “With our NXT solutions, built specifically for nonprofits, we are delivering unprecedented innovation as these solutions now integrate fundraising and financial capabilities with data analytics, online fundraising, and payment processing.”

      “The product is definitely the future,” said Pomerantz. “Just knowing that Blackbaud is taking what we’re saying then rolling it out into future versions has me excited that Financial Edge NXT is going to be a great product for us — and for other nonprofits moving forward.”

      For more information about Raiser’s Edge NXT or Financial Edge NXT, visit www.blackbaud.com/nxt.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit, 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

      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      nicole.mcgougan@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 Signs Pledge to Respect Student Data Privacy

      Company signs K-12 school service providers pledge to safeguard student information

      Charleston, S.C. (April 22, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). FPF and SIIA developed the Pledge to safeguard student privacy in the collection, maintenance and use of personal information.

      The Student Privacy Pledge for K-12 school service providers outlines a set of clear and concise expectations that parents and education officials have for safeguarding student data. U.S. Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) gathered with school service providers, education organizations and other stakeholders to develop the Pledge with FPF and SIIA.

      “Blackbaud is committed to protecting sensitive student data and security,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “The Pledge will better inform our customers, service providers and the general public of our dedication to protecting student privacy.” The Pledge details ongoing industry practices that meet (and in some cases, exceed) all federal requirements, and encourages service providers to more clearly articulate their data privacy practices.

      In its role as a K-12 school service provider, Blackbaud commits to:

      • Not sell student information
      • Not disclose student information for use in behaviorally targeted advertising
      • Use data for authorized educational purposes only
      • Not change school service provider privacy policies without notice and choice
      • Enforce time limits on retention of student data
      • Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
      • Maintain a comprehensive security program
      • Be transparent about collection and use of student data

      For more information about the Pledge and how to support it, visit www.studentprivacypledge.org.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit, 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
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      nicole.mcgougan@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 Strengthens Investment in Global Product Development

      Seasoned veteran Brian Boelsterli joins as vice president of Technology Operations

      Charleston, S.C. (April 02, 2015) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today announced the recent appointment of Brian Boelsterli as vice president of Technology Operations specific to infrastructure engineering, within the research, delivery and operations organization.

      “Brian Boelsterli joins Blackbaud with more than 30 years of leadership in engineering and operations, focused on aligning IT value proposition with the needs of business,” said Kevin McDearis, Blackbaud’s senior vice president of Global Product Development. “His addition underscores our ongoing emphasis on quality and innovation and I am confident Brian’s expertise and experience will be of enormous value to our customers and their critical missions.”

      Boelsterli previously lead a global development/operational (DevOps) and Cloud transformation team across three major regions at Pearson Learning Solutions where his team was responsible for implementing Cloud, IAAS, PAAS and Operational Engineering automation in support of over 1800 development teams. Prior to Pearson, he led the Staples Advantage DevOps and Lean Agile transformation team where he supported over 200 large global teams in the same capacity.

      “I look forward to this unique opportunity to participate in Blackbaud’s transformational goals of adopting development operations and Cloud to maximize and increase the quality of ‘mission minutes’ with its growing nonprofit customer base,” said Boelsterli.

      Boelsterli joined Blackbaud in February, is a part of the company’s global management team and reports to Kevin McDearis.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit, 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
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      nicole.mcgougan@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 Champions Go Above and Beyond, Recognized by Influitive as 2014 Best Referral Program

      Blackbaud’s customer advocate program, Blackbaud Champions, has been recognized for the 2014 Best Referral Program and received The Above and Beyond Advocacy Award by Influitive, an advocate marketing software company. The award was announced March 24 in San Francisco at an exclusive awards ceremony, The Best Advocate Marketing Awards, also known at The BAMMIES.

      “We’re proud to announce that our Blackbaud Champions program was recognized for driving significant revenue for the company, while also being something that our customers enjoy participating in,” said Michael Beahm, Blackbaud’s customer advocate marketing manager.  “We care deeply about our customers, and strive to go above and beyond to empower them.”

      This year marked Influitive’s second annual award ceremony. These awards recognize companies, large and small, for intuitive and effective business-to-business advocate marketing solutions that enable customers to become champions for their organizations.

      “For business-to-business companies today, success means creating sustainable, long-term growth with the help of your customers, employees, partners and other key stakeholders,” said Influitive founder and CEO Mark Organ. “In 2014, the nominees and winners of the Best Advocate Marketing Awards led the way and achieved incredible results by putting advocacy at the heart of their marketing and sales initiatives.”

      Winners in ten key categories were selected by a panel of advocate marketing experts and recognized for creative excellence, innovation and results in business to business advocate marketing.  To learn more information about each award and read case studies from the winners, download the eBook.

      About The BAMMIES
      The Best Advocate Marketing Awards (BAMMIES for short) are designed recognize the achievements that are being made by forward-thinking B2B marketing leaders who put fans, advocates and evangelists at the heart of their marketing programs. Held annually, the BAMMIES showcase the most innovative and effective advocate marketing campaigns happening now, and serve as a source of inspiration for all who work in the ever-changing world of B2B marketing.  The BAMMIES are produced by Influitive, the advocate marketing experts. For more information about The BAMMIES, visit http://www.influitive.com/bammies.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the nonprofit, 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
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      nicole.mcgougan@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: Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Continue to Rise

      The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 3.5% and online giving increased 9.9% for the three months ending February 2015 as compared to the same period in 2013-2014.

      As reported in the recently released Charitable Giving Report, overall giving grew 2.1% while online giving grew 8.9% for the full year 2014 compared to the full year 2013. Learn more about charitable giving trends in 2014 and gain additional insight from nonprofit industry experts by downloading the report at www.blackbaud.com/charitablegiving.

      The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking more than $16 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 also 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, 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
      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; 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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