Associate-Centered CSR: Dreamwell Theatre Company

This post is a part an ongoing series highlighting the give-back work of our associates.

At Blackbaud, we practice what we call “associate-centered Corporate Social Responsibility.” This philosophy puts our employees at the center of our giving by empowering them to choose causes and organizations that are meaningful to them.

Our Reward Your Passion grants program puts this philosophy into practice. Started in 2007, this program gives employees the opportunity to apply for a grant on behalf of an organization where they volunteer, either as a hands-on on skills-based volunteer, even serving as a member of the organization’s board of directors. A committee of associates from all across Blackbaud (geography and function) review the applications and score them based on the associate’s commitment to the organization. While we love to see people giving hours of their time to a particular cause, the passion behind that commitment is what is most important. Why is an organization important to someone? What is it about their mission that makes our colleague so committed to help? The answers to these questions and the committee’s reviews result in the top 20 applications receiving a grant each quarter.

Ali Zimmerman, a colleague from Blackbaud’s Indianapolis office, is a founder and current volunteer for the Dreamwell Theatre Company and board chair at Hear Indiana. She is very familiar with our Reward Your Passion program and has received grants on behalf of both organizations.

“Blackbaud’s Reward Your Passion grant is a great way to help an organization and make you feel good about the company you work for,” said Zimmerman. “Fundraising can be a huge challenge for many organizations, especially unrestricted funds. Blackbaud is very aware of those challenges and makes the process easy for employees to apply. I’ve received two grants in the past and hope to do more in the future for other organizations. With the opportunities being quarterly, it’s easy to apply on my schedule or when I know an organization needs a little extra. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to easily help further the social good in our communities. I’m proud to work for a company that gives back.”

“Maintaining a small community theatre group is no easy feat, let alone keeping it going for twenty years,” said Stephen Polchert, executive director of the Dreamwell Theatre Company. “With the generosity of companies like Blackbaud, we are not only celebrating twenty years of cutting edge theatre, we’re also given the hope that we can continue our mission for yet another twenty years. Thank you so much!”

Through our grants program, we see colleagues apply annually for the same organizations, demonstrating their everyday commitment to these organizations and their missions. We see colleagues who may be new to volunteering or new to an organization embrace the mission and work of an organization and take it on as their own. Volunteers, whether hands-on or skills-based, are critical to the success of any organization and we’re proud of our colleagues and their commitment both personally and professionally to the social good sector. They are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer efforts. Thanks to their efforts, we have the privilege and the honor to fund organizations across the world through the Reward Your Passion program. Going forward, we will use this blog to announce and highlight organizations who receive these grants. We hope you enjoy learning about the organizations our colleagues serve.

Giving Institute Names Blackbaud Executive Rachel Hutchisson Board Chair

Blackbaud’s Corporate Social Responsibility leader Rachel Hutchisson has been elected to the position of Board Chair of The Giving Institute, a membership organization that seeks to develop extraordinary leaders in philanthropy.  As Blackbaud’s VP of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy with more than 25 years of leadership experience working at the intersection of business and social good, Rachel has committed her career to driving positive social change through meaningful collaboration. 

“The Giving Institute plays a vital role in connecting and enhancing member firms’ efforts to best serve the philanthropic market, offering us opportunities to learn from each other, to convene with experts and to support the unifying spirit that unites us – a passion both for giving and for driving lasting social impact.  It’s a true honor to be named the Board Chair of a group that teaches me so much every day.”
– Rachel Hutchisson.

At Blackbaud, we seek to help nonprofits drive positive change and to be a good corporate citizen. Often, the two are intertwined, as we strive to make a difference both through what we do as a company and how we serve as individuals. So much so, that in our annual employee engagement survey, 85% of employees stated that Blackbaud’s work with nonprofits was important in their decision to join the company. In addition, 86% of employees have volunteered in the past 12 months, and 25% serve on a nonprofit board or committee. People come to the company because of who we work with, and they stay because they are invested both in what they are able to do professionally and the philanthropic opportunities they engage in personally.

Visit The Giving Institute’s Blog to learn more about Rachel’s appointment to Board Chair.

Blackbaud “Tops Off” New World Headquarters

In building construction “topping out” or “topping off” is a builder’s rite of passage traditionally held with the last beam or its equivalent being placed atop or within a structure during construction. Recently, the contractors finished placing the final piece of steel and celebrated this milestone with a “Topping Out” ceremony and lunch for everyone working on the new Blackbaud headquarters project.

“It was good to take a moment and recognize everyone for their hard work and commitment to deliver this project on time for all the employees of Blackbaud,” said Jon Olson, senior vice president and general counsel. 

Construction began last Fall and is expected to be completed in phases. Phase one of the new campus is planned for completion in early 2018 and will be located at the intersection of Fairchild Street and Central Island Street. The new campus and buildings will include: innovative ideation and collaboration spaces, a game room, ergonomic work stations, a coffee and tea bar, a modern cafeteria sourcing local food, a fitness center and creative outdoor sporting, meeting and event spaces.

“We have planned our new headquarters to be an enjoyable workplace, and one that cultivates collaboration, promotes disruptive innovation, and inspires employees to reach their full potential. We continue to drive the project forward and want to thank our partners for their dedication,” Olson added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developer
Holder Properties
Architect
ASD
Civil Engineer
Thomas & Hutton
General Contractor
Balfour Beatty Construction

Subcontractors
Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing
Baker Roofing
Bluewater Painting
Cartner Glass
Celek and Celek
Certified Finishes
Citadel Contractors
Cullum, Inc.
Hayward Baker, Inc.
Low Country Case & Millwork
Maxson and Associates
PASCO, Inc.
Precision Walls
Schindler
Southern Safety
Watson Electric

Blackbaud Congratulates IAAM on New Groundbreaking African American Genealogy Center

Today during a ceremony at Blackbaud Headquarters, International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of The Center for Family History – an unprecedented national research center solely dedicated to celebrating and researching African American genealogy making it a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented research center.

IAAM’s CEO Michael Boulware Moore welcomed guests, board members, supporters, and members of the media. He spoke to the project’s momentum and its status, as well as the updated timeline of late 2019, early 2020 grand opening and launch of the anticipated museum.

“While the IAAM in total, will paint a broader picture of African American history, the Center for Family History will help individuals discover their own personal strands of that history. It promises to be an extremely powerful place that will change lives forever.” – Michael Boulware Moore, President and CEO of IAAM 

Toni Carrier, IAAM’s new program developer for The Center told guests in attendance how the center will focus on genealogy education, original research, community archiving, public outreach and collections, and assist with DNA testing. Carrier, a nationally recognized genealogist, conducted research on Michelle Obama’s ancestry.

“I’m honored and humbled to be able to lead this project at IAAM. This project helps assist families with learning where their family’s journey started and helps families to discover, honor, and preserve their history for future generations.” – Toni Carrier, IAAM Program Developer for The Center

Blackbaud is proud to support IAAM and announced last June its $1 million gift to help bring the project to fruition. Blackbaud CEO and IAAM board member, Mike Gianoni, collaborates with Moore and his team as they create and bring forward an important institution in the Lowcountry that will benefit visitors no matter where they are geographically.

Learn more about the International African American Museum at www.iaamuseum.org.

 

Raiser’s Edge NXT and eTapestry Leaders on the 2017 FrontRunners quadrant for Nonprofit Donor Software

Raiser’s Edge NXT and eTapestry have been named a Leader on the 2017 FrontRunners quadrant for Nonprofit Donor Software!! FrontRunners is a 100% data-driven assessment of the most capable and valuable products for small businesses/organizations, published on Software Advice, an influential technology reviews company.

What makes this honor truly stand out is that it represents the voice of our customers — scores are largely based on end user reviews of a solution across the three Gartner Digital Markets sites: Software Advice, Capterra and GetApp. Both RENXT and eTapestry earned ratings landing them in the Leaders quadrant, being defined as “All-around strong products that offer a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers. These products are considered highly valuable by customers.”

Focused on the North American Nonprofit Donor Management software market, the software must cater specifically to nonprofits/charitable organizations, and offer donor management and fundraising capabilities. Scores based on a numeric value between 1 and 5.

● Raiser’s Edge NXT – Overall Value Score of 4.49 (the 2nd highest overall rating)

● Raiser’s Edge NXT – Overall Capability Score of 4.09

● eTapestery – Overall Capability Score of 4.0

● eTapestery – Overall Value Score of 4.25

Blackbaud Executive Catherine LaCour Joins Women’s Refugee Commission in Washington, D.C. for Advocacy Day 2017

For the last eight years, Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) has held an Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, where participants meet with members of Congress and their staffs, and Administration officials to share their experiences in creating access to capital in urban, rural, Native communities.

Blackbaud’s SVP of Corporate Marketing, Catherine LaCour, joined fellow Women’s Refugee Commission board members for meaningful conversations with key members of congress about the WRC’s goal to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee women and children.

“Great day on the Hill having meaningful conversations abt @wrcommission goal 2 protect rights of women & children refugees #AdvocacyDay2017” – @CatLaCour 

 

Women’s Refugee Commission Names Blackbaud Executive Catherine LaCour to Board of Directors

Previously serving as a Commissioner, Catherine LaCour has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Women’s Refugee Commission, a nonprofit advocating for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee women and children. As Blackbaud’s SVP of Corporate Marketing with more than two decades of leadership experience on the front lines of social good innovation across the public, private and social sectors, Catherine brings deep passion for the role every individual and organization can play in building a better world.

“In this time of unprecedented need, it’s an honor to join an inspiring, dedicated team of leaders advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. I look forward to bringing fresh thoughts and ideas for WRC’s impactful initiatives, such as the annual Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon and OFN’s Advocacy Day 2017.” – Catherine LaCour

At Blackbaud, we seek to help nonprofits drive positive change and to be a good corporate citizen. Often, the two are intertwined, as we strive to make a difference both through what we do as a company and how we serve as individuals. So much so, that in our annual employee engagement survey, 85% of employees stated that Blackbaud’s work with nonprofits was important in their decision to join the company. In addition, 86% of employees have volunteered in the past 12 months, and 25% serve on a nonprofit board or committee. People come to the company because of who we work with, and they stay because they are invested both in what they are able to do professionally and the philanthropic opportunities they engage in personally.