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      Monthly Archives: November 2015

      #GivingTuesday Founder 92Y and Founding Partners Blackbaud and Microsoft to Host #GivingTuesday Command Central on December 1, 2015

      Press welcome onsite for real-time updates and first look interviews

      What:  #GivingTuesday Command Central

      92nd Street Y (92Y), the nonprofit cultural and community center that created #GivingTuesday, and founding partners Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Blackbaud (Nasdaq: BLKB) will host #Giving Tuesday Command Central for the day in 92Y’s facility in the heart of New York City, which will serve as “home” base for the movement. Observed annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday connects diverse organizations around the world to celebrate and encourage giving.

      As giving activities unfold around the world throughout the day, Microsoft Power BI will turn vast amounts of data from various sources—much supplied by Blackbaud—into a vivid picture of the day’s momentum via a #GivingTuesday Dashboard. #GivingTuesday Command Central will display the real-time virtual dashboard, and will feature expert commentary from the three organizations on the day’s trends and human interest stories.

      Press is encouraged to visit Command Central for real-time updates and interviews, and to visit www.GivingTuesday.org to view dashboard updates and report results throughout the day. Expert spokespeople available in areas of:

      Blackbaud:

      • Giving trends throughout the day- with insight from the start of movement to present day
      • Changing landscape of philanthropy (technology, fundraising/development, crowdfundraising, emerging models, CSR, and more)
      • Evolving role of technology and big data in powering #GivingTuesday and broader social good movement
      • Stories of impact from movement; access to nonprofit organizations and their end beneficiaries

      Microsoft:

      • Evolving role of technology and big data in powering the #GivingTuesday movement
      • How nonprofits are using technology to achieve more, from productivity and insight to scaling impact
      • Microsoft’s global philanthropic and CSR footprint

       92Y:

      • History of #GivingTuesday movement and commentary from founders and key partners
      • Growth of/drivers of the movement and general commentary throughout the day
      • Stories of impact; access to organizations and beneficiaries of the #GivingTuesday movement

      Where and When:

      #GivingTuesday Command Central

      Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 10:00am ET-6:00pm ET

      1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

      Spokespeople are also available at Nasdaq Marketsite from 8:30am ET-10:30am ET:

      4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

      Blackbaud Media Contact:
      Amy Lucia
      425-802-6632
      Amy.Lucia@Blackbaud.com

      92Y Media Contact:
      Cindy Tanenbaum
      917-538-1259
      Cindy.Tanenbaum@havasww.com

      Microsoft Media Contact:
      Austin Stewart
      503.407.2462
      austins@we-worldwide.com

      About Blackbaud on #GivingTuesday

      Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community whose systems process the majority of donations on #GivingTuesday, will continue its tradition of providing key reporting as a proxy to understand the growth and impact of the movement. Blackbaud will supply critical data feeds throughout the day to power the new real-time #GivingTuesday dashboard. The company is also waiving administrative fees on its consumer crowdfundraising platform, everydayhero, on #GivingTuesday. Blackbaud is also driving various movement-building and philanthropic activities, and hosted the #GivingTuesday: Connected Learning Webinar series to equip supporters. Drawing on over 30 years working with organizations, businesses and consumers in the charitable space, Blackbaud will supply expert commentary on Dec. 1 from #GivingTuesday Command Central, a joint initiative of 92Y, Blackbaud and Microsoft. The group will also ring the NASDAQ opening bell.

      About #GivingTuesday:

      Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Created in 2012 by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday, and it has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit: Website: www.givingtuesday.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday; Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues.

      About Microsoft

      Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.  Website:  www.microsoft.com; Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Microsoft; Twitter: twitter.com/Microsoft.

      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 to Power Majority of Online Giving on #GivingTuesday

      Announces elimination of crowdfundraising fees and a partnership with
      Microsoft and 92Y to support a wave of generosity on annual day of global giving

      Charleston, SC (November 30, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced it will continue its tradition of powering and supporting the #GivingTuesday movement by providing key reporting, trend data and commentary throughout the day to gauge the growth and impact of the movement. The company, whose systems process the majority of online donations on #GivingTuesday, also announced a special consumer incentive and a strategic partnership with Microsoft and movement creator 92nd Street Y (92Y) to inspire the most generous #GivingTuesday yet.

      Observed annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday connects diverse organizations around the world to celebrate and encourage giving. Blackbaud is a founding partner of #GivingTuesday and key provider of technology, information and thought leadership resources to support the movement. The company is also known for year-round corporate philanthropy work, including charitable giving, cost-free mission-development resources, and the volunteering of more than 200,000 employee hours to charitable causes annually.

      “We’re proud to be a technology provider that is so trusted by the philanthropic community that its systems power the majority of online giving happening on #GivingTuesday,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud president & CEO. “We are inspired by every organization and individual working to make a difference in the world, so Blackbaud is giving back in even more ways this year to help propel what we hope will be the most impactful #GivingTuesday yet.”

      Blackbaud Donates Administrative Costs to Increase Charitable Impact

      In support of the #GivingTuesday movement, and to honor those who give generously to meaningful causes, Blackbaud announced it will waive its administrative fees for any U.S. donations made on #GivingTuesday through www.everydayhero.com, its consumer crowdfundraising platform.

      “All high-performance platforms have associated infrastructure and maintenance costs, but on #GivingTuesday, Blackbaud will waive its administrative fees for all U.S.-based giving done through its everydayhero™ crowdfundraising platform,” said Rachel Hutchisson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud. “By running our best-in-class platform at our own expense on #GivingTuesday, Blackbaud is empowering fundraisers and donors to maximize the impact of gifts, delivering more funding to the front lines of causes they care about. We encourage everyone in America to help start a wave of good by either kicking off their own campaign or support an existing campaign at everydayhero.com on #GivingTuesday.”

      Strategic Alliance with Microsoft and 92Y to Support 2015 Movement

      Blackbaud, 92nd Street Y, the nonprofit cultural and community center that created #GivingTuesday, and founding partner Microsoft, have come together in partnership to inspire greater transparency and momentum for the movement.  As giving activities unfold around the world throughout the day, Microsoft Power BI will turn vast amounts of data—much supplied by Blackbaud—into a vivid picture of the day’s momentum via a #GivingTuesday Dashboard. The dashboard will be accessible online and in Microsoft stores throughout the United States.

      The group will also host a command center for the day in 92Y’s facility in the heart of New York City, which will serve as “home” base for the movement. Outfitted with the latest Microsoft technology, #GivingTuesday Command Central will display the real-time virtual dashboard, and will feature expert commentary from the three organizations on the day’s trends and human interest stories. Press is encouraged to visit Command Central and to visit www.GivingTuesday.org to view dashboard updates throughout the day.

      Blackbaud, 92Y and Microsoft will kick off #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 1 with the ceremonial “ringing of the bell” to start NASDAQ trading.

      More Information & Resources for #GivingTuesday

      For more information about Blackbaud and #GivingTuesday, visit: www.Blackbaud.com/GivingTuesday. To learn more about everydayhero or to start your own fundraising campaign, visit: www.everydayhero.com/us/givingtuesday-2015.  Blackbaud experts are available throughout #GivingTuesday to discuss giving and other trends in the philanthropic sector—contact below.

      About Blackbaud

      Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software and services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passions of more than 30,000 clients, including nonprofits, K-12 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, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud’s portfolio of software and services support nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. 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.

      About #GivingTuesday:

      Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Created in 2012 by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday, and it has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit: Website: www.givingtuesday.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday; Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues.

      About Microsoft

      Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.  Website:  www.microsoft.com; Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Microsoft; Twitter: twitter.com/Microsoft.

      Media Contact
      Amy Lucia
      Public Relations
      425-802-6632
      Amy.Lucia@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 Publishes eBook Focused on Grading and Assessing K-12 Online Student Work

      Leading expert on 21st century learning outlines key strategies to inform grading process

      Charleston, S.C. (November 05, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading global provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today released an eBook outlining core concepts and strategies educators can use when grading and assessing K-12 online student work.

      Written by Jonathan Martin, a 15 year head of school veteran turned writer and presenter on 21st century learning, “Grading and Assessing On-Line Student Work: Core Concepts and Key Strategies You Can Use Today” presents schools with a comprehensive guide addressing the challenges and opportunities for teachers evaluating student work and learning online. For example, it is important for schools to choose a learning management system that is able to become a seamless component of an educator’s daily routine to provide timely and intuitive insights for student work.

      “Grading is such a critical component of the academic experience, especially with students who are learning online,” Martin said. “It’s important to provide teachers with strategies that make effective use of their limited time while providing students with the feedback they need to succeed.”

      Blackbaud’s eBook explores:

      • The pros and cons of online learning
      • Methods for effective online assessment and grading
      • Emerging practices, and the future of grading and assessment
      • Questions to ask about grading and assessment practices

      “We understand grading and assessments are top priorities for students and their families. The nature of an online classroom changes how teachers must approach the grading process,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “The new grading and assessment eBook provides schools with relevant resources to manage and make informed decisions on behalf of teachers, students and parents.”

      For more information about Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group, visit http://k12.blackbaud.com/.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software and services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passions of more than 30,000 clients, including nonprofits, K-12 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, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud’s portfolio of software and services support nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. 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: Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down in September

      The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits decreased 3.5% and online giving increased 7.5% for the three months ending September 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014.

      The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking more than $17 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 worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software and services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passions of more than 30,000 clients, including nonprofits, K-12 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, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud’s portfolio of software and services support nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. 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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