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      Monthly Archives: May 2015

      Blackbaud Releases eBook to Help K-12 Schools Improve Fundraising

      Featuring a step-by-step process to increase funding by 20 percent or more

      Charleston, S.C. (May 20, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today released a complimentary eBook outlining best practices for increasing a private school’s fundraising efforts by 20 percent or more.

      Written by Joe Garecht, founder of The Fundraising Authority, “How to Increase Your School’s Fundraising by 20% or More: A Step-by-Step Plan” provides private schools with a step-by-step guide to help school officials better identify, approach and ask donors to contribute to the school’s fundraising campaigns. Fundraising programs are a necessary component to a school’s mission and its success, and often help fund many programs and resources schools use yearly, as well as promote engagement with local community members and reconnect alumni.

      “Fundraising is all about creating a dialogue and plays an integral role in the success of a school’s overall mission to create a quality educational environment,” Garecht said. “By starting a conversation with donors, schools can build a relationship and show why its mission and dedication to educational success is important to the future of the community.”

      Garetch outlines several statistics about fundraising, including the fact that event sponsors make up more than 60 percent of the revenue from most fundraising events, and the more money an event raises, the higher the percentage that comes through sponsorships. In addition, Garetch reveals that direct mail still works, and thousands of schools still make 30 percent or more of their fundraising income through the mail, while countless others use the mail as one of several methods that raise their budget each year.

      “Fundraising often serves as a solid foundation to the success for many private schools across the country and keeps community members and alumni connected to a school,” said Travis Warren, vice president and general manager of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “This fundraising eBook serves as an excellent resource to help private schools improve their fundraising efforts and find new ways to engage with their education community to continue to make their school successful.”

      Private school officials who download the book will have access to templates and resources to implement and improve existing fundraising procedures, including insights into how to motivate donors, build fundraising committees and identify additional giving opportunities, the eBook provides to tools to help schools increase funding.

      Download the full eBook at http://k12.blackbaud.com/fundraisingeBook. For more information about Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group, visit http://k12.blackbaud.com/.

      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.

      Harnessing the Power of Social Media with Blackbaud’s Cloud-based eTapestry CRM

      New Social Media Finder helps developing nonprofits better engage with supporters

      Charleston, S.C. (May 11, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), today announced recent enhancements made to eTapestry®, its cloud-based fundraising management solution, which now includes fully integrated social media capabilities. Social Media Finder gives users intuitive tools to further connect with donors over social media platforms, taking the guess work out of targeting and engaging supporters, freeing resources for other areas of mission advancement.

      “This enhancement will allow us to see where our constituents are spending time on social media and provide tools to help us focus on the networks and strategies that will have the most impact,” said Kendall Paul, executive director at the Vanderburgh Humane Society.

      Social Media Finder is an integrated data service that helps eTapestry users by identifying constituents’ social media handles, providing actionable insight into the networks constituents are most active on, and intuitively grouping constituents into easy to use queries making communication with them seamless.

      In addition, it provides easy, intuitive reports that will help with data interpretation and strategic social planning. This release significantly expands the capabilities of eTapestry, which features additional capabilities like data health services, reporting, and e-receipting.

      “We’re excited to bring a social media component to our eTapestry customers, and have already processed more than 500,000 customer records and had 91,000 social profiles returned through the Social Media Finder,” said Kevin Mooney, president of Blackbaud’s General Markets Business Unit.

      eTapestry is a simple, cloud-based fundraising management solution designed for smaller, developing nonprofits in need of a solid cloud solution to support basic fundraising needs.

      For more information about eTapestry, visit www.blackbaud.com/etap.

      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.

      Brian Boruff Joins Blackbaud as Enterprise Customer Business Unit President

      Fortune 100 executive brings more than 30 years of high tech leadership

      Charleston, S.C. (May 4, 2015) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today announced Brian Boruff will join the company’s Executive Leadership Team as president of its Enterprise Customer Business Unit (ECBU).

      “Brian’s deep customer-facing experience and knowledge will complement and further our current customer satisfaction efforts, and help us grow market share among enterprise-level nonprofits and higher education institutions,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud president and CEO.

      Boruff brings more than 30 years of experience working with large enterprise customers. He has held senior executive roles at Infosys, Accenture, CSC, Microsoft and Apple.  While at CSC, Boruff led its company-wide cloud computing and software services business. During his 15 year tenure at Microsoft, he served in various software sales and service delivery leadership roles including Vice President of US Enterprise Services.

      ”I’ve served large vertical clients in many different industry markets. This opportunity to work closely with nonprofit enterprise customers to help them accomplish their missions is one of the most exciting and important roles of my career,” said Boruff. “I look forward to joining Blackbaud’s Executive Leadership Team as we work to make a significant impact on the business of philanthropy.”

      Executive Vice President Charlie Cumbaa, who was serving as interim ECBU President during the search, will continue leading Corporate and Product Strategy.

      As of today, May 4, Boruff leads ECBU and is located at the company’s Charleston headquarters. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee.

      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

      Investor Contact
      Jagtar Narula
      Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Planning
      843.654.-2164
      jagtar.narula@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.

      The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving Increased 1.7 Percent

      The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 1.7% and online giving increased 9.9% for the three months ending March 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014.

      As reported in the 2014 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
      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; 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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