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      Blackbaud Launches Comprehensive Higher Education Offering

      Combines leading software, analytics, professional services, and expertise to
      support world-class fundraising, relationship management, alumni engagement and more

      Charleston, S.C. (May 23, 2016) –In conjunction with its annual Higher Education and Hospital Forum event, Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced a new solution offering that combines 35 years of software innovation and industry expertise with value-added services to help higher education institutions excel in fundraising and constituent relationship management.

      Blackbaud Success Assurance™ for Higher Education brings together industry-leading fundraising and relationship management software, analytics, services, and expertise to help colleges and universities build relationships and generate support for their missions. With measurement, outcomes and customer success at the center of the implementation framework, higher education institutions are best positioned for a lower total cost of ownership and improved results.

      “This offering was designed to bring a modern, end-to-end solution approach to higher education institutions,” said Brian Boruff, president of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Customer Business Unit. “We take a very personalized approach to planning, implementing and managing a total solution that leverages best practices and provides each customer with the tools and expertise they need to manage and grow their advancement and alumni relations functions with agility.”

      Blackbaud Success Assurance for Higher Education offers:

      • A comprehensive technology solution that combines industry-leading fundraising and relationship management with embedded analytics, integrated payments and other value-added capabilities like moves management to support alumni engagement.
      • The opportunity to experience a world-class customer success management program with designated resources to assist in driving business outcomes
      • A results-driven approach that puts goals at the core of customer operations, processes and technology while measuring and managing performance against those goals
      • Exclusive access to the largest source of philanthropic data to help organizations reach and activate alumni and unprecedented scale
      • End-to-end service and support provided by one partner, from tailored discovery and planning with customized scorecards, to implementation by Blackbaud’s professional services organization, to on-boarding and ongoing support managed by a best-in-class customer success organization.

      Blackbaud’s customized, yet comprehensive approach to solution design starts with identifying the right foundational fundraising and relationship management solution that matches the institution’s unique operating model and development goals. Boruff added: “Higher education customers are demanding choice from their partners. With Raiser’s Edge NXT™ to Luminate CRM™ and Blackbaud CRM® (also known as Blackbaud Enterprise CRM), we offer the widest range of industry-leading fundraising and relationship management solutions. We collaborate with customers to carefully select and customize the right solution and then integrate value-added capabilities, services, and expertise that allow higher education customers to see immediate progress and growth.”

      Jeffrey Lang, vice president of Finance at Ball State Foundation commented on the organization’s recent choice to switch to Blackbaud solutions. “As the Ball State Foundation reviewed various options to replace its aging systems, Blackbaud emerged as the vendor most aligned with the foundation’s strategic goals.  Specifically, Blackbaud offered an integrated solution that provides tools across the entire foundation as a whole. We look forward to leveraging the newly implemented system to streamline workflow, automate historically manual tasks, improve metric tracking and ultimately move forward with increased transparency and unity.”

      For more information about Blackbaud’s enterprise advancement solution for higher education institutions visit www.blackbaud.com/education or email ecbusolutions@blackbaud.com.  To learn more about Blackbaud’s fundraising and relationship management solutions, visit www.blackbaud.com/fundraising-relationship-management.

      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.

      Blackbaud New World Headquarters Press Coverage Highlights

      Blackbaud Announces Expansion in South Carolina

      Our announcement received over 60 million unique views and was shared by than 100 publications across print, digital, radio, TV; including The Associated Press, which is globally syndicated.

      Associated Press – Software provider Blackbaud adds 300 jobs in Charleston – A company that provides computer software and other services for nonprofits and charities is expanding its headquarters in Charleston and plans to add 300 jobs during the next five years. Blackbaud made the announcement Wednesday. The jobs are being added on Daniel Island as it expands its headquarters operations. The first phase of the expansion should be finished in 2018. Blackbaud was founded back in 1981 and now provides software and services for organizations that handle an estimated $100 billion each year. The company has about 35,000 customers in 60 countries. It operates facilities in the United States and Canada as well as Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

      Press Coverage Highlights for May 7-21

      Our data,  expertise and more were featured in many prominent publications, such as
      Pro Bono Australia, District Administrative, American News Report, and Nonprofit Tech for Good  

      • Charleston Regional Business Journal – Forbes names Blackbaud No. 25 on fastest-growing public tech companies list – Blackbaud, a Daniel Island-based software firm for the nonprofit sector, was named No. 25 on Forbes’ 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies list for 2016. Forbes’ annual Fast Tech 25 list considers the past three years of a company’s revenue growth, projected growth and solid earnings quality score.
      • District Administrative Magazine – Website management tools improve communication – Blackbaud’s onMessage CMS features responsive design, including drag-and-drop tools and the ability to publish content in multiple locations. The intuitive, mobile-friendly system accommodates e-commerce for school merchandise, custom forms, notifications, messaging, content feeds, media galleries and unlimited users. And it allows the customizable filtering of users for various reports, mail merges and labels.
      • American News Report – Big Ideas & Coming Trends: Hearing from Nonprofit Fundraising Thought Leaders – A team of us at Target Analytics analyze the performance of direct marketing fundraising every quarter, and I present that analysis by WebEx. For the past ten years the headlines have been nearly the same – Donors Down, Revenue little changed, and Revenue per Donor up. The trends are now turning around, and we are seeing the donor populations staying steady, while revenue per donor and overall revenue are increasing.
      • Pro Bono Australia – 10K Competition for NFPs to Power Their Passion – Technology company Blackbaud Pacific has launched an online competition to give AU$10,000 to an Australian charity, NGO or university to “power their passion”. The Blackbaud $10K Challenge, aims to “showcase the passion that fuels the Not for Profit sector and give fundraisers a chance to share their stories with the world”.

      Blackbaud Announces Expansion in South Carolina

      Philanthropic software leader’s new world headquarters makes space
      for 300 new jobs and an innovation hub to boost local community and nonprofit growth

      20160516_Fairchild View_1 JPEGCharleston, S.C. (May 18, 2016) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced plans for a new world headquarters on Daniel Island in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Blackbaud’s state-of-the-art workplace and innovation center will expand its community outreach and is expected to create 300 additional high-tech jobs over the next five years.

      Today’s announcement expands upon Blackbaud’s already rich contribution to developing the high-tech corridor in South Carolina. Blackbaud, which has operated in Berkeley County since 2000, is the largest publicly traded software company in the state and was recently recognized on Forbes’ 25 Fastest-Growing Public Tech Companies list. Nearly half of Blackbaud’s rapidly growing workforce resides in the Charleston area, proving the great potential that exists at the intersection point of high-tech and philanthropy in the East Coast’s burgeoning “Silicon Harbor.”

      “For nearly 30 years we’ve called South Carolina home, and we’re proud to deepen our roots in this great state with this generational investment,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud’s president and CEO. “This community is very important to us, and this project improves our ability to give back in even more meaningful ways while boosting the local economy. I’d like to thank the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County, and the City of Charleston for their continued support of Blackbaud, and for their commitment to making South Carolina a place where technology companies and those they employ can thrive.”

      Once complete, the new, approximately 360,000-square foot, eco-friendly campus will ultimately accommodate thousands of the company’s global workforce, and will serve as a hub for the advancement of philanthropic interests in the Lowcountry and around the world. The new headquarters will offer unique community space to incubate emerging nonprofits and connect people with common interests. The site will also include facilities to host the company’s ongoing community development and corporate citizenship activities, like Camp Blackbaud, an employee-led STEM program that teaches elementary school children how to design and code.

      “Today we’re proud to celebrate the continued success of one of our most innovative companies – Blackbaud,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “Since 1989, Blackbaud has been a terrific member of the South Carolina family, and this new expansion speaks to the company’s commitment to our state and its people. The 300 new jobs created by this initiative are a milestone, not only for our Lowcountry community, but also for our state as a whole.”

      Blackbaud, which was ranked among South Carolina’s best places to work for six consecutive years and recognized on Forbes’ America’s Best Midsize Employers list, plans to use the expansion to delight existing staff and attract top talent by adding innovative ideation and collaboration spaces, game rooms, ergonomic work stations, a coffee and tea bar, a modern cafeteria sourcing local food, a fitness center, hiking trails, and creative outdoor sporting, meeting and event space. “We are a purpose-driven company with employees who are deeply committed to advancing the social good movement,” said John Mistretta, Blackbaud’s executive vice president of Human Resources. “Our new headquarters project allows us to build a workplace that cultivates collaboration, promotes disruptive innovation and inspires employees to reach their full potential.”

      To mark the announcement, Blackbaud made a $20,000 donation to Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) to support its Cainhoy Elementary and Middle School initiatives.  The company chose to partner with DICF as a way to make a meaningful investment in its own backyard, focusing on the education of disadvantaged youth in communities that neighbor its new facility.

      Blackbaud was joined by both state and Charleston-area leaders to announce the news, including Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler, City Council Member Gary White, and South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Thanks to dynamic companies like Blackbaud, South Carolina’s high-tech, knowledge economy continues to thrive. Today, we congratulate Blackbaud on all of the success it has achieved both within our borders and around the world,” said Hitt.

      Holder Properties will build and lease the space to Blackbaud. Construction will begin in the fall of 2016 and expected to be completed in phases. Phase one of the new campus (planned for completion by 2018) will be located at the intersection of Fairchild Street and Central Island Street, while phase two will be located at the intersection of River Landing Drive and Fairchild Street. The company will remain at its current headquarters location at 2000 Daniel Island Drive until each new building is ready for occupancy.

      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
      media@Blackbaud.com

      Forward-looking Statements
      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; 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 for April 23 – May 6

      Our data,  expertise and more were featured in many prominent publications, such as
      Forbes, The Motley Fool, Future Fundraising Now, Bluffton Today, and eCampus News 

      • Forbes – The Forbes Fast Tech 25: Fastest-Growing Public Tech Companies – Blackbaud is listed as #25!  The list is all about finding the firms with superior growth (both past and projected), along with a solid earnings-quality score from Value Line. While many on the list are household names, 15 companies on the Fast Tech 25 had less than $1 billion in sales over the last year because the final list is ranked by trailing three years of revenue growth. We are in elite company, as Facebook, Amazon, Paypal and Google (Alphabet) are also included in the list.  This is a testament to Blackbaud’s recent performance that was driven by all of our employees, and your commitment to providing our customers outstanding software, services and support.
      • The Motley Fool – Blackbaud, Inc. Delivers “Sky” High Revenue Growth – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) started 2016 off on a positive note, delivering solid first-quarter results after the market closed on Wednesday. Both revenue and earnings were up double digits because of strong growth in the company’s cloud-based solutions. That solid start has the company on pace to meet its full-year guidance.
      • Future Fundraising Now – Will the US presidential election devour your fundraising? – Afraid the US presidential election is going to crush your fundraising? Don’t be. At least, don’t blame all your woes on the election. A recent Blackbaud study, reported at npEngage (Giving in an Election Year) looked at giving in the last presidential election year, 2012, and compared it to giving in 2011. It showed small impact on charitable giving.
      • Bluffton Today – Tech sector exploding in Charleston – Blackbaud, developer of software and services for nonprofits, moved to Charleston from New York 26 years ago. In 2004, it raised $64.7 million at its IPO and now has more than 3,000 employees.
      • eCampus News – Blackbaud Enterprise CRM adoption increases – As a growing number of universities are consolidating systems for greater efficiency and effectiveness, Blackbaud, Inc., a provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, announced that higher education institutions are increasingly choosing Blackbaud CRM™, also known as Enterprise CRM, to improve constituent engagement efforts, achieve better fundraising results, and decrease labor and IT costs.

      Blackbaud Makes FORBES’ Annual Fast Tech 25 List

      Philanthropic software and services leader represents South Carolina
      among fastest growing public tech companies in America 

      Forbes MontageCharleston, S.C. (May 5, 2016) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, was named in Forbes’ Annual Fast Tech 25 list as one of this year’s fastest growing public tech companies.

      Looking at three years of past revenue growth, projected growth and a solid earnings-quality score from Value Line, Blackbaud made Forbes’ 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies list for 2016 at number 25. Well-recognized as the software and services leader in the philanthropic sector, Blackbaud serves more than 35,000 customers today. Using the power and speed of its new modern cloud to offer industry-optimized total solutions, the company has grown its customer base by more than 16 percent and its stock price by over 70 percent since President and CEO, Mike Gianoni took the helm in 2014.

      The market leader has worked hard to reinvent itself in the last two years by re-focusing its employee base on customer success and by doubling down on innovation, quality and value within its software and services portfolio. “Financial success is coming as a result of a dramatic culture and performance change,” said Gianoni. “We turned to our core values and reconnected with our purpose-driven mission. Blackbaud aims to power an Ecosystem of Good™ that connects the philanthropic sector with unparalleled software, services, data intelligence, and other added value so that good truly can take over the world. Today’s news proves that having a meaningful and profitable workplace truly can go hand-in-hand.”

      The company was also recently named to Forbes Best Midsize Employers for 2016 list, recognized in the IT/Internet software category. “While our customers are experiencing the new Blackbaud, it’s also an exciting time to work at the company too”, said Gianoni. “We have great employees, and continue to hire and develop the best talent in our offices around the world, and try to cultivate a culture that puts customers at the center and creates space for disruptive innovation. We’re growing, which allows us to continue to make the largest research and development investment in the sector—and that’s great for both customers and Blackbaud.”

      For more information about Blackbaud, visit www.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: Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down

      The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits decreased 0.1% while online giving increased 6.5% for the three months ending March 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

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