You there?
      Since nothing's happened for a while, you'll be signed out to protect your data.
      subscribe to Blackbaud News in a reader

      Monthly Archives: March 2016

      Blackbaud Releases Significant Updates to Employee Giving and Volunteering Cloud Solution

      Enhances user experience and mobile capabilities in AngelPoints

       Charleston, S.C. (March 29, 2016) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced significant user experience and mobile capability updates to AngelPoints™, its  integrated cloud solution for employee giving and volunteering.

      “We made great enhancements to AngelPoints that further enrich the solution’s capabilities and improve the experience for our users,” said Brian Boruff, president of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Customer Business Unit. “The new and improved volunteer dashboard and the mobile app for volunteering further cement our position as the leading technology partner that helps corporations achieve greater impact through their corporate giving and employee engagement programs.”

      AngelPoints is an effective and integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) cloud solution that helps organizations mobilize the collective power of their employees to make a positive impact on their people, their company, and the world. Powered by Blackbaud SKY™, the company’s modern, integrated and open cloud for the global philanthropic community, AngelPoints updates announced today include:

      • An Enhanced Volunteer Dashboard with modifiable key user interface details from the color scheme to layout, creating a more seamless alignment of their giving and volunteering site with their brand and philanthropic missions;
      • New Digital Media Options for inserting photos and text, as well as embedding videos, adding an entirely new path for increasing employee participation and engagement in volunteering;
      • A New Mobile App for Volunteering to make it simple for companies’ employees to increase their volunteerism and engagement as they can now sign up, search for events, track volunteer hours and manage their volunteer schedules anywhere, anytime.

      There is no need for extra technical support because the user interface can be easily configured—one of the solution’s many benefits that help customers achieve a lower total cost of ownership. Customers will also continue to benefit from ongoing, automatic enhancements like these as Blackbaud releases rapid innovation through frequent updates.

      “These updates to our AngelPoints employee giving and volunteering solution demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing our corporate customers the most up-to-date, superior solutions to manage their corporate giving and employee engagement programs,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO of Blackbaud.

      For more information about AngelPoints, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/AngelPoints

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for 35 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software, services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passion of approximately 35,000 customers, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, corporations, foundations, and other charitable giving entities. 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 supports nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Organizations use Blackbaud technology to 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.

      Press Coverage Highlights from 3/12/16 – 3/25/16

       

      Our data, expertise and more were featured in many prominent publications, such as  Forbes, The Huffington Post, Charleston City Paper, Think Advisor, and Charleston Regional Business Journal.

      • Forbes – Five Ways to Spur Customers to Be Advocates – Celebrating advocates’ achievements from simple recognition, like badges, to special award ceremonies at conferences generates more consistent, and tenured, participation.” Also she suggests that, “Showing appreciation and saying ‘thank you’ are the simplest and best ways to keep advocates engaged. Reflecting one way to visibly show appreciation Ramos cites nonprofit software provider Blackbaud’s Amy Bills who says: “Having a platform let us grow our advocates and maintain the personal relationship — to say ‘we’re thinking of you’ at scale.”
      • The Huffington Post – Millennials Are Not as Selfish as You Think – If you look at the numbers, a hefty 84 percent of millennials made a charitable donation in 2014. And on average, millennials give an annual gift of $481, according to Blackbaud’s Next Generation of American Giving report. Considering millennials have been dubbed Generation Debt, that’s a telling statistic about our willingness to give. Moreover, by 2017, millennials will have the largest buying power in the U.S.
      • Charleston City Paper – Best of Charleston 2016: Blackbaud Voted Best Technology Company – Blackbaud is a tech company with heart, and we don’t say that about just anyone. These guys create software for nonprofit organizations, and according to their website, they help these nonprofits earn monetary gifts nearly double that of average industry gifts. With 30 years in the Lowcountry and over 28,000 active clients, Blackbaud is also a huge employer for our area, giving hundreds of locals jobs.
      • Think Advisor – Do Political Campaign Donations Cannibalize Charity Gifts? – The current presidential election cycle promises to bring in record contributions from political donors. The question is, how does competition from political fundraising affect donor giving to nonprofit organizations? New research from Blackbaud, which examined the influence of political giving on charitable giving in the 2012 election year, finds that donors who made federal campaign gifts that year contributed 0.9% more to charities than they did in 2011.
      • Charleston Regional Business Journal – Companies adapt to recruit, retain millennials – There’s no question that fundraising today is no longer “one size fits all.” In fact, it is quite the opposite.  Nonprofits now can easily access data and resources to ensure their efforts reach and resonate with different audiences. In this post, I want to share what we take away from Blackbaud’s Next Generation of American Giving report.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Blackbaud Study Uncovers the Impact of Political Giving on Charitable Giving

      Provides nonprofits complementary fundraising recommendations for the 2016 election year

       Charleston, S.C. (March 17, 2016) – To provide further insight into the longstanding debate about the impact of political giving on charitable giving, Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today released a new report, Giving in an Election Year, featuring the charitable giving habits of 400,000 political donors based on data from the 2012 presidential race. Download the full report at www.blackbaud.com/election.

      “Fundraisers have long debated whether or not political fundraising affects charitable giving, and for decades, important fundraising decisions in election years have been based largely on the conventional belief of a fixed giving pie,” said Chuck Longfield, co-presenter of the report and Blackbaud’s chief scientist. “The study’s overall assertion is that political giving during the 2012 election did not, in fact, suppress charitable giving.  Donors to political campaigns continued their support of charitable causes.”

      According to the study, donors who gave to federal political campaigns in 2012 gave 0.9 percent more to charitable organizations in 2012 compared to 2011 and donors who did not give to political campaigns reduced their giving to charities in 2012 by 2.1 percent. These data findings held true across all sub-sectors as well as the demographic segments of age range, household income and head of household gender.

       “As fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, we’re taught to be careful at these times —that donors who give to political candidates and causes will naturally turn away from charitable causes to focus on the issue in hand,” said Andrew Watt, author of the report’s forward and president and CEO of Associations of Fundraising Professionals. “What the findings in this report demonstrate is that, just over 180 years after Alexis de Tocqueville published Democracy in America, civic engagement is as highly valued today as it was then.”

      Nonprofit Fundraising Insight to use during the 2016 Election Year

      • While alignment of campaign issues, organization mission, and programs can be a good bet, decisions about new donor acquisition, and reinstating intermediate and long-term lapsed donors should be based on an assessment of the aggressiveness of 2016 campaign fundraising and the status of consumer confidence heading into the fall.
      • This study illustrates a clear connection between passion for a cause and contributions, and nonprofits should use 2016 as an opportunity to align their advocacy and fundraising teams internally toward shared goals.
      • There is much to be learned from political campaign fundraising tactics. In 2012, Barack Obama’s campaign galvanized supporters through opt-ins, segmentation, and personalized outreach, so nonprofits should take heed and look for opportunities to rally advocates around their cause.
      • Pay attention to major donors whose engagement in politics is known, especially if an organization’s mission and program has relevance to the elections. Donors who give to political campaigns while increasing nonprofit support provide clear evidence of their capacity by doing so.
      • For general fundraising, continue to emphasize retention by cultivating existing donors and reinstate recently lapsed donors.

      To learn more about charitable giving in a political climate download the full report at www.blackbaud.com/election.

      About the Giving in an Election Year Study
      The study examined the 2011 and 2012 charitable giving of donors identified in the donor records of the Federal Election Commission and the nonprofit cooperative database of 143 nonprofits that Blackbaud maintains. The goal was to explore a notion that political giving in a high-profile, federal campaign year would affect giving to 501(c) (3) organizations. Four hundred thousand donors were identified as appearing in the database of the Federal Elections Commission and the nonprofit database. In the case of charitable giving, Blackbaud examined the political donors’ giving to the same sets of 501(c)(3) organizations in 2011 and 2012 and compared it to giving to the same organizations by non-political donors in 2011 and 2012. Download the report to learn more about the study’s data management methodology. 

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for 35 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software, services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passion of approximately 35,000 customers, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, corporations, foundations, and other charitable giving entities. 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 supports nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Organizations use Blackbaud technology to 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.

      Press Coverage Highlights from 2/26/16 – 3/11/16

      Our data, expertise and more were featured in many prominent publications, such as CIO Review, The NonProfit Times, Recruiter.com, TechSoup, and LinkedIn Pulse. 

      • CIO Review – Taking Advantage of the New Cloud Capabilities – “Why would I ever put my email in the cloud?” is no longer a common conversation I hear when I visit with other CIOs.  Many have moved already, others are preparing to do so, or working to find the resources and gain consensus. Most of us, however, have not fully embraced all of the capabilities of Office 365. While Microsoft continues to invest in many areas such as the recent addition of business voice services and Office 2016 capabilities, there is a lot to consider when moving to the cloud versions of SharePoint and Office.
      • The NonProfit Times – Money “Laundering” And The Future of Fundraising – The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) recently convened in the glitzy oasis that is Las Vegas. The buzz was all about autonomous automobiles, drones, gadgets, wearables, and all of the indulgences from the Internet of Things. Another new technology application making its debut at CES was the world’s first charitable washing machine. The press release from Whirlpool and IBM described it as the “Whirlpool Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer enabled with Connect to Care program.
      • Recruiter.com – Employee Engagement: Top 10 Tech Solutions to Help You Overcome Your Engagement Woes – Here’s something you don’t see every day: an employee engagement platform focused on corporate social responsibility. AngelPoints is just that, offering tech solutions that help employers run more efficient and impactful volunteering and giving programs. Given how important corporate social responsibility is to millennials, we’re surprised there aren’t more solutions like this out there. Not that it really matters, though: AngelPoints has pretty much everything you need to get your employees excited about your company and the difference they can make in the world.
      • TechSoup – 3 Reasons to Love Outcomes Measurement – Blackbaud also recently announced the general availability of Blackbaud Outcomes™, its transformational cloud solution that empowers outcomes and impact measurements for the giving community. Leveraging Blackbaud SKY™ capabilities and powered by Microsoft Azure, Blackbaud Outcomes is the company’s latest release in its modern cloud built exclusively for the philanthropic community.
      • LinkedIn Pulse – 14 Rules for Being a Woman in Business – Amy Bills, Marketing Director at Blackbaud said, “I wish I could tell my younger self (or any young woman) not to wait until you’re 100% ready to try something. Whether it’s going for a promotion, running a half marathon, starting a part-time business: You will never be totally ready for anything that stretches your boundaries.”

      Blackbaud K-12 Publishes eBook to Improve Inbound Marketing Practices

      Leading inbound marketing professionals share best practices for attracting new students and website visitors to private school websites

      Charleston, S.C. (Mar. 10, 2016) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today released an eBook to help private schools develop best practices for inbound marketing campaigns. The eBook provides tips for schools to audit their websites to ensure it is a high function inbound marketing engine.

      Written by Scott Allenby, director of communications and marketing at Proctor Academy, and Hans Mundahl, founder of Hans Mundauhl & Associates, The Complete Guide to Inbound Marketing for Private Schools offers easy, actionable steps for improving private schools’ digital presence and admission efforts. Allenby and Mundahl demonstrate how every school has the ability to perform a step-by-step audit of its website to make meaningful progress in attracting more potential students, donors and visitors to their website.

      “By understanding the school’s online presence and learning how to improve it, the school has the ability to enhance their efforts to attract website visitors that fit their target audience,” Allenby said. “Private schools can utilize this eBook to make their websites an effective communication tool that delivers compelling content and is optimized for search engine success.”

      Blackbaud’s Inbound Marketing Guide explores:

      • Understanding a school’s online presence, goals and mission
      • Reaching and expanding target audience
      • Utilizing a call-to-action
      • Optimizing a school’s website to cater to their visitor’s needs
      • Creating a plan for long-term success

      “Private schools are constantly searching for innovative ways to reach potential students, parents and donors,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “We are proud to be able to give them the tools and guidance to develop a path to successfully communicate and reach their target audiences.”

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

      About Blackbaud

      Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for 35 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software, services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passion of approximately 35,000 customers, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, corporations, foundations, and other charitable giving entities. 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 supports nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Organizations use Blackbaud technology to 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: Nonprofits Experience a Lift in Charitable Giving

      The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 0.4% while online giving increased 10.8% for the three months ending January 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015.

      As reported in the recently released Charitable Giving Report, overall giving in the United States increased 1.6% while online giving grew 9.2% for the full year 2015 as compared to the full year 2014. To learn more about how nonprofit fundraising performed in 2015, download the full report at www.blackbaud.com/charitablegiving.

      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 alerts, read about the methodology, or access special reports, visit www.blackbaud.com/blackbaudindex.

      About Blackbaud
      Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for 35 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software, services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passion of approximately 35,000 customers, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, corporations, foundations, and other charitable giving entities. 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 supports nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Organizations use Blackbaud technology to 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.

      Call Us

      Call

      Our award-winning support team & sales representatives are standing by to help!

      contact a specialist now: 800.443.9441

      Call Us

      Chat

      Chat with our experienced staff to receive help right away!

      Call Us

      Connect

      Subscribe to our feeds, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and YouTube!

      click to connect

      Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Safe Harbor Notice | Terms of Use | Acceptable Use Policy | Sitemap | © 2012 Blackbaud, Inc. All Rights Reserved

      Social Widgets powered by AB-WebLog.com.