Blackbaud and Microsoft to Strengthen Strategic Partnership to Digitally Transform the Nonprofit Sector

 

 

 

Social good software leader Blackbaud bets big on Microsoft Azure as the two companies plan to
go deeper on integrations, innovation and sector leadership to scale global good

Baltimore, MD (October 18, 2017) — As part of bbcon 2017, Blackbaud (Nasdaq: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), plan to expand their partnership in support of their mutual goals to digitally transform the nonprofit sector.

The nonprofit sector represents the third largest workforce behind retail and manufacturing in the United States with approximately 3 million organizations globally. Blackbaud, the largest vertical cloud software provider in the space, announced its intention to fully power its social good-optimized cloud, Blackbaud SKY™, with Microsoft Azure. The two companies highlighted a three-point commitment to collaboration for the good of the global nonprofit community. This announcement comes just days after Microsoft launched its new Tech for Social Impact Group, which is dedicated to accelerating technology adoption and digital transformation with the nonprofit industry to deliver greater impact on the world’s most critical social issues.

“This newly expanded partnership between Microsoft and Blackbaud will allow both companies to better meet the unique technology challenges nonprofits face,” said Justin Spelhaug, General Manager of Microsoft Tech for Social Impact. “By combining Microsoft’s cloud platforms and expertise with Blackbaud’s leading industry solutions, we will create new opportunities for digital transformation to empower nonprofits to make an even bigger impact on the world.”

“The nonprofit community plays a vital role in the health of the entire social economy, and we’ve been working for more than three decades to help these inspiring organizations achieve big, bold mission outcomes,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO of Blackbaud. “For nearly that long we’ve also been a Microsoft partner, and we’re incredibly enthusiastic about forging new ground together as we tackle some of the most pressing issues nonprofits face. Both companies couldn’t be more committed to this space, so the nonprofit community should expect great things from this expanded partnership.”

The newly expanded partnership between Microsoft and Blackbaud will focus on three key areas:

  1. Deeper integration between Microsoft and Blackbaud solutions, with Blackbaud’s cloud platform for social good, Blackbaud SKY, powered by Microsoft Azure.

Blackbaud has been developing on the Microsoft stack for over three decades. As a leading Global ISV Partner, Blackbaud is already one of Microsoft’s top Azure-based providers. Today, Blackbaud announced its intention to fully power Blackbaud SKY™, its high-performance cloud exclusively designed for the social good community, in Microsoft’s Azure environment.

“Blackbaud’s expanded Azure commitment will be one of the most significant partner bets on Microsoft’s hyperscale cloud, and the most significant to transform the social good space,” Spelhaug added. “We often highlight the engineering work behind Blackbaud SKY™, because it demonstrates the power of Microsoft Azure and the kind of forward-looking innovation and leadership that the nonprofit sector greatly needs.”

Details of the investment are not publicly available but the companies plan to share more about the partnership in coming months. Blackbaud also announced its plans to become a CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) partner for the Microsoft platform, simplifying the purchase, provisioning and management of Blackbaud and Microsoft cloud offerings. For nonprofits who want the security, power and flexibility of the cloud plus the services and support of a trusted solution provider that deeply understands their unique needs, Blackbaud will be able to deliver both Microsoft and Blackbaud solutions through a unified purchase experience.

  1. A commitment to pursuing best-in-class nonprofit cloud solutions that bring together the best of both companies’ innovation for a performance-enhanced experience for nonprofits—from funding, to mission operations, to program delivery.

Blackbaud and Microsoft plan to pursue innovative ways to fully harness the power, security and reliability of Microsoft’s Azure-Powered solutions (ex. Office 365, Dynamics) and Blackbaud’s industry-leading, outcome-focused solutions that cater specifically to the unique workflow and operating model needs of nonprofits—all with the goal of improving nonprofit performance across the entire mission lifecycle.

This includes exploring how both companies’ respective cloud artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics innovations can be leveraged in new ways to drive even greater sector impact.

“There is massive opportunity to empower the nonprofit community through creative tech innovation,” said Kevin McDearis, chief products officer at Blackbaud. “Every 1% improvement in fundraising effectiveness makes $2.8 billion available for frontline program work. This is just one example of the type of impact Blackbaud focuses on with our workflows and embedded intelligence, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to team up with Microsoft to push into new areas of innovation that move the sector forward, faster.”

  1. Joint sector leadership initiatives that make innovation, research and best practices more accessible to nonprofits around the world.

Nonprofits are addressing some of the world’s most complicated issues. As shared value companies, Microsoft and Blackbaud share a commitment to helping nonprofits meet those needs. Microsoft is globally known for its unmatched philanthropic reach and impact. And Blackbaud, which exclusively builds software for social good, invests more in R&D and best-practice-driven research for global good than any technology provider. Both companies were among just 56 companies named to the Fortune 2017 Change the World list.

Together, Microsoft and Blackbaud intend to partner on initiatives that make innovation more accessible for nonprofits large and small; while also exploring ways the companies’ data assets, community outreach and sector leadership can be synergistically and responsibly applied to improve the effectiveness and impact of the entire nonprofit community.

Microsoft and Blackbaud will share further details in the coming months. Learn more about Microsoft’s Technology for Social Impact Group here. Visit www.Blackbaud.com for more on Blackbaud.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) 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.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

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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 expected benefits of 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 Announces 2017 Partner Award Winners

Annual awards honor partner technology and services firms demonstrating
exceptional leadership and innovation as part of the Blackbaud Partner Network

Charleston, S.C. (October 16, 2017) — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced its 2017 Partner of the Year awards went to JMG Solutions, hjc and Capital Business Solutions on the eve of bbcon, its annual tech conference for the social good community. The Blackbaud Global Partner Network is a group of leading technology and services firms providing organizations with the solutions, applications and strategies they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide.

“It takes a community of partners dedicated to collaborating and fostering innovation so that social good organizations can achieve their most ambitious goals, and ultimately, build a better world,” said Steve Halleck, senior vice president of business operations at Blackbaud. “Our growing network of consulting, channel, service and technology partners is instrumental in adding extended value to the solutions we both offer customers. All of our partners play a vital role in this common goal, and we would like to give special recognition to those who have earned partner of the year. Congratulations on your achievement.”

Blackbaud 2017 Technology Partner of the Year: JMG Solutions

JMG Solutions has been a Blackbaud Technology Partner for over 20 years and its dedication to unlimited support has resulted in unparalleled customer retention and satisfaction. JMG’s Super Importer Exporter product has a robust set of features for moving data between Blackbaud solutions as well as third party applications. JMG Solutions was also one of the first partners to develop an integration using SKY API™, which provides access to open, industry-standard REST APIs that allows customers and partners to customize, integrate or extend the functionality of Blackbaud solutions.

Blackbaud 2017 Solution Provider of the Year: hjc

hjc has been helping charities and nonprofits maximize their fundraising potential for over 23 years. Founded in 1992 by Michael Johnston, hjc has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Canada, United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific region. Johnston and his global team are experts in direct response fundraising innovation and integrated campaigning. They have special fluency with Blackbaud solutions such as Luminate Online™ and TeamRaiser®. hjc has helped nonprofit organizations raise over two billion dollars around the world.

Blackbaud 2017 Channel Partner of the Year: Capital Business Solutions

Capital Business Solutions provides cutting-edge, integrated financial and fundraising software solutions and professional services for the nonprofit and public sectors. With three decades of experience, the company has completed more than 700 system implementations and provides customers with in-depth product knowledge, business process consulting expertise and a practical approach to training.

Learn more about The Blackbaud Partner Network at www.blackbaud.com/partners. To learn how SKY API provides customers and partners access to open, industry-standard REST APIs allowing them to customize, integrate or extend functionality of Blackbaud solutions, visit developer.sky.blackbaud.com.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

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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 expected benefits of 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 Europe Associates Give Back With Hands-On Volunteer Services and More!

As a global company that believes in giving back, the good our associates do is spread far and wide. Through their volunteer activities, our colleagues from Blackbaud Europe are just one example.  Team members working out of Blackbaud’s United Kingdom (UK) offices spent a day volunteering in their local parks, with our London team volunteering at Southwark Park and our Glasgow team at Linn Park.  Having the opportunity to make an already fantastic community landscape even more beautiful is always a rewarding give back opportunity.

Through Volunteering Matters, a nonprofit in the UK that engages volunteers with local organizations, 14 Blackbaud Glasgow associates spent the day planting seedlings throughout Simshill Meadow at Linn Park, creating a new nature landscape for the park.  Gary Linstead, Countryside Range at Linn Park, told the team, “It was a very productive and enjoyable day on a number of different levels.  Truly, your input to the Simshill Meadow at Linn Park LNR is very much appreciated.  Hopefully next season we’ll see a good increase in bees, butterflies and hoverflies, not to mention other wildlife and a wonderful meadow for park users to enjoy.  I would be delighted to assist again sometime!”

In London, Casper Harratt, a Blackbaud marketing manager described the team’s rewarding volunteer day perfectly: “50 Blackbaudians descended on Southwark Park for a day last month to clear an educational area for the local school kiddies to learn about nature.  We cleared unwanted weeds and underbrush from the area with reckless abandon!  Someone should have warned the brambles and knotweed that we were on the way – they simply weren’t prepared for the onslaught.  We had a glorious time hacking, slashing and obliterating weeds and shrubs and left the area neat, tidy and ready for learning.”

While our teams enjoy hands-on volunteer service, they also engage in skills-based service, where they use their professional or personal skills to positively impact an organization.  In 2017, three of our London colleagues began volunteering with The Sophie Hayes Foundation, which empowers survivors of human trafficking to build futures filled with hope and promise through programs that enable these individuals to create independent, purposeful lives.  The organization’s Day 46 Programme creates confidence-building and employability through sessions delivered in safe houses and communities across London and Birmingham.  Alice Weaver and Miriam Nackasha volunteered with a Day 46 program where they went into a safe house in London to meet with six women over nine weeks.  Each week, different topics were covered that build confidence and aid the women in creating brighter futures.  Alice and Miriam found this work to be eye-opening, challenging and amazing.  Tom Hedges, another London colleague, is lending his skills to developing an employability program for male survivors.

Naomi Telfer, Charity Lead of The Sophie Hayes Foundation spoke to Blackbaud’s involvement with the organization saying, “Blackbaud’s support has been invaluable with enabling us to reach 30 more survivors of trafficking across London with our confidence and employability workshops, training and placements as well as helping us secure vital Big Lottery funding to expand our work across the UK.  Not only this, but the volunteering of Tom, Mema and Alice has brought fresh life, creativity, excellence and fun into our Sophie Hayes Team!  Thank you for partnering with and believing in us, and through that, helping us empower more survivors of trafficking to build hope filled futures.”

Volunteer service is not only good for your community, it is also good for your soul.  Our colleagues in our London and Glasgow offices know this first-hand and will continue to put a face to our value of We Give Back in the months to come.

 

Blackbaud Institute Reveals Key Factors Dramatically Transforming the Highly Competitive Donor Marketplace

New study provides research-backed insight on why social good organizations must
challenge the fundraising status quo and embrace today’s proven strategies to be successful

Charleston, S.C. (October 16, 2017) — To inform organizations on what influences sector growth and how to respond to an ever-changing donor marketplace, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, is proud to announce the release of a new report, “Vital Signs: Monitoring Giving Patterns in the Donor Marketplace.” Recent evidence has shown that fewer donors are giving to fewer organizations, and this latest report from the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact™ examines the drivers behind that momentous shift. The Blackbaud Institute’s in-depth analysis reveals key insight on how the donor marketplace is changing, why a donor-centered approach to fundraising is essential, implications for practices, and opportunities for further research and development.

Over the last 10 years, several factors have dramatically affected the sector’s overall endurance, forcing awareness of the external factors at play and the value of retaining an organization’s best donors. Taking into account significant disruptors like the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the Blackbaud Institute’s report focuses on what factors have influenced the trajectory of sector growth and how organizations can respond accordingly to the dramatically changing market.

“Vital Signs focuses on the changing behavior of donors and explains why these behavioral changes should, in turn, guide changes in our fundraising strategies and priorities,” said Roger Craver, author of the report’s foreword and editor-in-chief of The Agitator. “With the study’s major finding being that fewer households are supporting organizations, but are giving larger gifts, it is essential that organizations focus on retaining the active support of donors.”

Key Findings from the Blackbaud Institute Vital Signs Report

  • During 2010-2015, the total number of donor households making charitable gifts declined, with fewer households giving larger annual gifts.
  • The incidence of donor households adding new organizations to their giving portfolios declined as well. This signals an inevitable decline in available donor market if fundraising strategies do not improve.
  • Donors are more valuable to nonprofit organizations than the organizations are to donors. Donor retention is now the most important individual giving strategy to combat the competitive donor marketplace.

“It has long been believed that the health of the philanthropic sector is directly linked to the passion people have for organizations and their missions; to that end, there has been a great focus on communication and stewardship of donors to further increase giving,” said Chuck Longfield, author of the report and Blackbaud’s chief scientist. “Our findings cause us to look at the donor marketplace in new ways that have consequences for fundraising and organizational strategy, and present new hypotheses that we plan to further research and test.”

Download the report at www.blackbaudinstitute.com/vitalsigns.

About the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact
The Blackbaud Institute drives research and insight to accelerate the impact of the social good community. It convenes expert partners from across the philanthropic sector to foster diverse perspectives, collective thinking, and collaborative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Using the most comprehensive data set in the social good community, the Blackbaud Institute and its partners conduct research, uncover strategic insight, and share results broadly, all in order to drive effective philanthropy at every stage, from fundraising to outcomes. Knowledge is powering the future of social good, and the Blackbaud Institute is an engine of that progress. Learn more, sign up for updates, and check out our latest resources at www.blackbaudinstitute.com.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

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Public Relations
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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, including statements regarding expected benefits of 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.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Selects Financial Edge NXT to Manage Financial Processes

Like other cooperative extensions across the country, CCE’s decentralized operating environment, highly specific reporting requirements, and grant fiduciary responsibilities requires advanced accounting software to meet its needs. After using another system for years, CCE came to recognize the inefficiencies and limitations in their processes which included significant manual effort to meet grant-reporting requirements and lack of visibility into local office operations. In addition, CCE desired to move to a cloud solution that could enhance data security and alleviate the technical burden on its IT staff.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) chose Financial Edge NXT™ to manage its complex reporting requirements and financial processes associated with its 50+ offices throughout the state of New York.

Blackbaud’s singular focus on providing innovative software, services, and expertise to the nonprofit and government sectors was a key factor in deciding the best long-term partner. CCE saw Blackbaud’s financial strength and commitment to cloud technology as evidence that Financial Edge NXT will be an industry-leading cloud accounting solution with innovative features for years to come.

CCE knew that Financial Edge NXT was the right solution for its users to effectively manage all aspects of contracts (in real time) and grants while supporting indirect cost allocations and cost sharing, and giving them the ability to view project to date balances without having to develop a data warehouse or middleware for analysis. With Financial Edge NXT, CCE is also able to standardize overall configuration and processing across the 50+ county level associations, which allows for strong internal controls, an efficient roll up of information, and reporting at any level of the Extension.

In addition to these technical benefits, CCE recognized the need to construct a change management plan to ensure organizational buy-in across offices, expecting to face internal challenges when changing business processes or implementing a new solution. Blackbaud incorporated change management consulting into the implementation methodology and with its focus on people and their needs, Blackbaud demonstrated a robust approach to change management which was equally important for CCE.

Finally, Blackbaud’s extensive domain knowledge and experience around the business issues facing the organization mean the right partnership is in place to drive more efficient accounting, and ultimately, enhanced delivery of CCE’s programs across New York State.

“Ultimately, we decided to partner with Blackbaud because they demonstrated the most detailed consideration of our needs throughout the selection process.  They really dove in to understand our operating model and reporting requirements in a way that made us feel they were dedicated to ensuring our success on Financial Edge NXT.  With Blackbaud’s help, we believe will have better information to run our business while increasing the efficiency of our financial operations.” – Jennifer Holleran, Assistant Director, Business Operations, CCE

Cornell Cooperative Extension, a USDA division of NIFA, links the research and extension efforts at Cornell University, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, providing the knowledge to maximize New York State’s programs in agricultural and natural resources, communities, environment, nutrition and youth and families. Learn more at http://cce.cornell.edu/.

 

Blackbaud Announces Date of Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Charleston, S.C. (October 10, 2017) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, will report its third quarter 2017 financial results on Wednesday, October 25 after the U.S. financial markets close for trading.

Save Blackbaud’s third quarter 2017 earnings call event to a calendar

In conjunction with this announcement, Blackbaud will host a conference call on Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the company’s financial results. A live webcast will be available and archived on Blackbaud’s investor webpage and to access the call, enter passcode 976294 after dialing 877-616-0061 (Domestic) or 719-325-2171 (International).

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com. 

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Are Community Foundations Driving Radical Collaboration?

By Annie Rhodes, Director of Foundation Strategy at Blackbaud.

Let’s get right to it: community foundations are the center of the universe for philanthropy in their communities.

Who is better placed to enhance local vibrancy and alleviate social issues in our communities? Who is better positioned to align donor resources with community needs? Who is more intimately aware of the nuances and needs in our communities? Nobody. Community foundations truly hold a unique position to make a difference for the people and places they serve.

But with that unique position comes a responsibility to connect the dots across the various groups and individuals who can effectively collaborate to create change. Community foundations that can truly embrace collaboration may see the strongest results of their efforts.

What does it look like when a community foundation embraces collaboration?

1. You attract new donors and increase community engagement.

Collaboration is tough if you’re all alone. Collaborative community foundations recognize that it has to start with attracting donors and potential partners with the right first impression. Websites, landing pages, email communications – any part of your digital world – needs to convey the right message from the get-go to elicit a feeling of, ‘I trust that this organization can truly help my community.’ It’s important to pull people in with a sense that they’ve found the right partner for change. To truly embrace collaboration and see the benefits it can bring, you’ll need to make sure you have the systems and tools in place ahead of time.

2. You keep people engaged with knowledge and storytelling.

Once someone is engaged, how do you keep them engaged? Community foundations have an opportunity to use their unique position to share community insights with donors and other collaborators – insights that people won’t be able to get anywhere else in quite the same way. To build these insights, you’ll need to absorb data and perspectives from a variety of sources, and you’ll need to nurture relationships to keep those lines of communication open. When you embrace collaboration in building insights, you simultaneously cement your position as a knowledgeable resource and give people a sense that they are invested in the community impact story they are helping to build.

3. You know collaboration can take many forms.

The word “collaboration” gets thrown around so much, and the term can mean many things and take many forms. In one scenario, collaboration may look like a community foundation bringing key donors to a literal table to discuss community issues and the foundation’s vision for the future, with a dialog about how to co-create that future. In another scenario, like with the Community Foundation of Boone County in Indiana, collaboration could look like a multi-sector partnership with various viewpoints and sets of resources combining to enhance the vibrancy of places around the community. In another scenario, collaboration could mean investing in knowledge sharing with other organizations tackling similar community-based issues halfway across the country.

4. You start to rethink the idea of competition.

By nature, community foundations operate similar to a business – only instead of attracting and expanding a customer base, you’re focused on donors. So, it isn’t surprising that there is a sense of competition among community foundations for donor attention and dollars. But we are seeing some radically collaborative community foundations rethinking the idea of competition and viewing other community foundations as potential collaborators to create shared outcomes. As one example, we see the Silicon Valley Community Foundation trailblazing in this area, pulling together different community foundations as well as other types of organizations and individuals to achieve results.

With the magnitude and complexity of social issues facing our communities expanding and changing every day, collaborative community foundations may hold the key to making a major difference.


Article originally appeared on NonprofitInformation.com on October 4.

Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of JustGiving

Acquisition to extend Blackbaud’s offerings for peer-to-peer fundraising to drive more charitable giving

Charleston, S.C. (October 3, 2017) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced it has completed its acquisition of U.K.-based JustGiving™, whose online social giving platform has played a powerful role in the growth of peer-to-peer fundraising.

Blackbaud purchased, through its U.K. subsidiary, all outstanding equity interests of Giving Limited, doing business as JustGiving, for an aggregate purchase price of £95 million, or approximately $127.4 million, financed with cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facility. The two companies announced that they had entered into a definitive acquisition agreement on June 23. The acquisition closed Monday, October 2.

“We are proud to welcome JustGiving to the Blackbaud family,” said Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni. “Blackbaud is committed to accelerating the impact of individuals and organizations pursuing global good with modern, mobile-first and integrated cloud software. As we marry JustGiving’s leading innovation in social giving with our unmatched cloud solutions for social good, we can power game-changing breakthroughs that strengthen the entire social economy.”

The acquisition comes as fundraising driven by individual supporters rallying others to give (referred to as “peer-to-peer fundraising”) is playing a more significant role than ever in charitable giving. At the same time, social and mobile giving continue to grow. Blackbaud noted that this acquisition was in line with its broader commitment to helping customers respond to and leverage technological and social change.

“Individual supporters—and the new ways they are connecting with causes, organizations and one another—continue to transform the landscape and potential of the social good community,” said Jerry Needel, president and general manager of Blackbaud Consumer Solutions. “It’s key for us to equip these individual change agents to drive impact for the causes they care about and to ensure organizations have the right tools to navigate and respond to changes in the landscape.”

JustGiving is a leader in peer-to-peer giving, with people in 164 countries raising over $4.5 billion for good causes through its online platform since 2001. The company is a female-founded enterprise; started by Anne-Marie Huby and Zarine Kharas.

This acquisition doubles Blackbaud’s ongoing investment in peer-to-peer capabilities and expands what the company offers today through TeamRaiser® and everydayhero, which are used by leading nonprofit organizations to connect their causes to the individuals who support them. The acquisition will also add a new personal crowdfunding capability (individuals raising funds for other individuals) as well as position Blackbaud to better serve the U.K. market, where it has operated for more than two decades, and where JustGiving is a fundraising leader.

“We’re passionate about growing the world’s giving and advancing good causes – and I can’t think of a better way to do it than as part of the world’s leading cloud software provider powering social good,” said Anne-Marie Huby, co-founder and managing director of JustGiving.

JustGiving is headquartered in London, U.K. Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations around the globe, including in London. JustGiving’s staff will join Blackbaud’s London-based International Markets Group led by Jerome Moisan, senior vice president and president of Blackbaud’s International Markets Group. JustGiving will be led by Jerry Needel, president and general manager of Blackbaud Consumer Solutions.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

About JustGiving
JustGiving is the world’s leading social platform for giving, enabling over 22 million people to raise over $4.5 billion for over 26,000 charities since launching in 2001. As a tech-for-good company, JustGiving develops world-class technology and innovative tools to fulfill its mission to connect people with the causes they care about. By making giving more simple, social and rewarding, JustGiving helps all causes, charities and people in need to reach more people and raise more money. For more information, visit www.justgiving.com.

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The Blackbaud Index: The Go-To Resource for Charitable and Online Giving Trends

The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits decreased 0.8 percent while online giving increased 9.7 percent for the three months ending August 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking approximately $23 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.

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Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

How to find a job with purpose – Cosmopolitan Magazine

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Long hours on your feed. Meeting after meeting. Work can be beyond draining when you don’t feel like your job truly matters. That may be why nearly 75 percent of people covet positions that not only pay the bills but also deliver a sense of purpose, according to a recent LinkedIn sand Imperative survey. Luckily, more companies are realizing that doing good can be (very!) good for business, and almost anyone can now score more meaningful employment. Step one: Soak up this wisdom from five masters of rewarding work.

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If you already love—or just need to keep—your job, here’s how to find meaning off the clock.

1. Figure out what fits into your life.  

“Volunteering takes time. Do you have enough to help out at your local hospital? To paint schools? Search VolunteerMatch.org for opportunities. If you can’t participate in ongoing projects, jump into one-time events like a climate-change march or breast-cancer walk.”  — Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of communications consultancy McPherson Strategies

2. Join a big squad.

“Last October, I teamed up with thousands of women for an online fundraising adventure called If Girls Ran the World. We ran, tracked our miles, and fundraised. As a group we collected more than $135,000 for organizations like Women’s Refugee Commission, a nonprofit that helps displaced women and children.” — Catherine LaCour, senior vice president of global marketing at Blackbaud, a social good cloud-software company.

3. Ask how you can help. 

“Go out and actually talk to the people you want to support. If that’s low-income students, for example, ask their teachers how you can provide them with the tools they need to succeed.” — Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation, which champions programs that help alleviate global poverty.


Article originally appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine October 2017 print issue.