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      Monthly Archives: July 2015

      MicroEdge Announces GIFTS Online 5.3

      Latest update brings new mobile-responsive user-interface and enhanced collaborative experience

      Charleston, S.C. (July 29, 2015) – MicroEdge®, a Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) company and provider of solutions to the giving community, today announced the release of GIFTS Online® 5.3, a significant update to the leading cloud-based grants and scholarship management system.

      This release brings major improvements to Online Review functionality including a redesigned, intuitive user interface with enhanced branding and personalization opportunities. In addition, GIFTS Online users now have increased administrative control with new configuration and management tools for Online Reviews. These upgrades help to facilitate communication between staff and reviewers for a more collaborative GIFTS Online experience.

      GIFTS Online 5.3 streamlines and improves philanthropic organizations’ ability to more effectively collaborate with reviewers and board members within GIFTS Online. It is now easier than ever for grantmakers to work and communicate with their reviewers, and for their reviewers to collaborate with each other through the redesigned GIFTS Online Reviewer Portal.

      “GIFTS Online represents the future of grantmaking, given the growing trend toward cloud-based software solutions,” said Kristin Nimsger, former CEO of MicroEdge, now vice president and general manager of Blackbaud’s Foundation and Corporate Markets Group. “Board members and reviewers are key to the grantmaking process. When they are able to quickly and easily provide insight via our intuitive, mobile-responsive portal, they are better connected to the organization, grantees and applicants. GIFTS Online enables them to make the best decision for the organization ensuring the highest degree of impact for the constituents they serve.”

      GIFTS Online is MicroEdge’s fully hosted, cloud-based grants and scholarship management system that helps corporate, private, community and other foundations of all types and sizes maximize the impact and efficiency of their grantmaking with powerful tools for reporting, tracking, collaborating and analyzing the effectiveness of their giving.

      To learn more about GIFTS Online visit www.microedge.com 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 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, 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, Inc. Announces Date of 2015 Second Quarter Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast

      Charleston, S.C. (July 15, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, will report its second quarter 2015 financial results on Wednesday, July 29, after the U.S. financial markets close for trading.

      In conjunction with this announcement, Blackbaud will host a conference call on Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the company’s financial results. A live webcast will be available and archived at www.blackbaud.com/investorrelations, or access this call by entering pass-code 191851 after dialing 888-505-4389 (Domestic) or 719-457-2663 (International).

      For additional information, please refer to the company’s Form 10-K and other filings made with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), which can be found at www.blackbaud.com/investorrelations and www.sec.gov. Investors and others should note that Blackbaud announces material financial information including, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts, on its website. Blackbaud also uses this channel, as well as social media channels, to communicate information about the company, its services and other issues with its customers and public. It is possible that information shared through social media channels could be deemed as material information, therefore investors, the media, and others interested in the company, are encouraged to visit Blackbaud’s press room to further review any information shared through social media.

      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, 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.

      Investor Contact

      Jagtar Narula, Director, Investor Relations

      843-654-2164

      jagtar.narula@blackbaud.com

       

      Blackbaud Invites Nonprofits to Join Largest Philanthropic Network as it Launches Latest Cloud Innovation

      Technology leader announces the much anticipated general availability of Raiser’s Edge NXT

      Charleston, S.C. (July 14, 2015) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced the general availability of its cloud-based fundraising and relationship management solution, Raiser’s Edge NXTTM.

      Raiser’s Edge NXT is the first of two summer releases planned around Blackbaud’s NXT solution line, the industry’s most advanced, fully integrated, and only cloud suite built exclusively for nonprofit organizations. As a complete solution developed with a modern architecture that allows rapid, ongoing capability updates, the company’s NXT solution line offers unprecedented fundraising and relationship management innovation with Raiser’s Edge NXT and best-in-class, trustworthy accounting with Financial Edge NXT™.

      “Since we first announced our plans to bring the NXT solution line to market, we’ve seen record-level interest and pre-launch commitments from nonprofits around the world, which is exciting,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud president and CEO. “We promised customers innovation never seen before in the industry or the cloud—and customers are affirming we’ve delivered by giving high marks for innovation, experience, intelligence, accessibility and more. Today, we invite the entire nonprofit community to join many who are already benefiting from their decision to move to the right cloud for nonprofits with Raiser’s Edge NXT.”

      Sales of the NXT solution line had already catapulted to unprecedented levels by June, breaking the company’s pre-general availability sales records. Blackbaud also announced that over 200 early adopter customers are already live on Raiser’s Edge NXT. “Ever since we began using Raiser’s Edge NXT, it has been changing our day-to-day work in an exciting way,” said Megan Gauen of Children’s Home + Aid. “Because of this solution, our team is able to be a more thoughtful and strategic steward of resources. And it frees us up to spend more time with donors and spread the mission of Children’s Home + Aid.”

      Among enthusiastic early purchasers is Nightingale Bamford School, which was Blackbaud’s first customer in 1982. “Raiser’s Edge NXT helps us be more efficient so our staff can spend more time with students and less time on processes—there’s no better product out there,” said Marquis Scott, director of IT at Nightingale Bamford School. “Blackbaud is a one stop shop. You can’t beat that.”

      Raiser’s Edge NXT enables nonprofits to:

      • Connect and strengthen their organization with a single, total fundraising and relationship management solution that brings all processes and people together through Blackbaud’s open cloud platform
      • Stay current and keep data secure with an modern and open platform that updates regularly and guards information in a reliable, protected environment
      • Dramatically reduce IT and third-party costs
      • Energize and empower staff with a first-of-its-kind user experience that is tailored to unique job functions and roles within an organization
      • Remove boundaries and limitations with unlimited access, no user limits, and a fully optimized mobile experience that gives staff the power to work wherever and whenever they work best
      • Gain momentum and strength from the world’s largest nonprofit network to help move their organization and mission forward

      The momentum around Blackbaud’s NXT Solution Line extends beyond North America—from the United Kingdom to Australia and more. Allan Hulse, Director, International Response Fundraising of PETA said, “We used to have localized databases around the world, but felt it was important to invest in one system that could bring us some uniformity and offer us a much better toolkit. We will be using Raiser’s Edge NXT in France, Germany, Netherlands, India and Australia as well as the UK. We have many different users, some who just need access to simple data and others who have much more advanced needs, which is where the role-based interface works really well for us. The mobile access is also of great benefit for our fundraisers out in the field.”

      To learn more about Raiser’s Edge NXT, or for more information about Financial Edge NXT, which will be generally available later this summer, visit www.theNXTera.com.

      Raiser’s Edge NXT™ is the first and only cloud fundraising and relationship management solution that is all-inclusive, fully integrated, and built exclusively to serve the unique needs of nonprofit organizations. Built on a modern technology architecture, it is the most advanced technology available to help nonprofits build relationships with supporters, grow new revenue streams, and expand mission impact. No other cloud provider offers the intelligence, accessibility, performance, or user experience that Raiser’s Edge NXT delivers, in addition to greatly reduced IT and third-party costs, rapid updates, and the power of the world’s largest philanthropic network.

      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, 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 K-12 User Conference Convenes 600 Education Leaders

      Annual event provides K-12 private and independent school educators
      the tools and hands-on training needed to implement best practices

      Charleston, S.C. (July 2, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, will hold its annual K-12 User Conference July 8-10 in Boston at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.

      The conference will host more than 600 Blackbaud K-12 customers to discuss top trends, products and news in the K-12 private and independent school space. Attendees will select from more than 70 training and best practice learning experiences designed specifically for private and independent schools. Sessions will include content for all school offices and focus on how to best use Blackbaud’s product portfolio for daily fundraising, business management, marketing, teaching and learning and student information management practices.

      John Palfrey, head of school at Phillips Academy, Andover, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. His research and teaching focuses primarily on new media and learning, and he has written extensively on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world.

      2015 User Conference Highlights:

      • K-12 specific breakout sessions
      • In-depth product training
      • Best practice sharing
      • Open space workshops
      • New product launch
      • Live product support and training
      • Networking opportunities with 500-plus educators

      “The User Conference is a unique opportunity for K-12 private and independent school educators to gather, network and learn from industry influencers about tips and best practices to improve their schools,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Group. “By holding this event, we hope to inspire school educators and staff with new ideas to enhance the education experience of their students.”

      To learn more about the K-12 User Conference, visit http://k12.blackbaud.com/events/2015-blackbaud-conference/ or email conference@blackbaud.com. For more information about Blackbaud K-12, 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, 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: Online Giving Continues to Experience Double Digit Growth

      The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 1.3% and online giving increased 13.2% for the three months ending May 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, 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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