Blackbaud Invites Change Agents to Baltimore for bbcon 2017, the Premiere Tech Gathering for Social Good

Charleston, S.C. (April 13, 2017) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that bbcon 2017, the premiere tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, will take place in Baltimore, October 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Each year bbcon convenes thousands of innovative professionals to share the latest insights, trends and innovation at the intersection of technology and social good. This year’s conference offers attendees the chance to:

  • Learn from industry-leading experts on how to push their practice in over 200 breakouts.
  • Participate in meaningful conversations with social good leaders and practitioners around the biggest challenges, opportunities, and trends in the sector.
  • Connect with technologists, marketers, administrators, fundraisers, and other social good professionals
  • Expand their vision by being the first to hear about transformative technology innovations coming from Blackbaud and its partners.
  • Get inspired by fresh new ideas and content – all designed specifically for the social good sector – with powerful keynotes, memorable experiences and more.

Attendees will also have access to dedicated tracks for various roles and markets – from arts and cultural organizations and cause-based nonprofits to educational institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations, corporate giving and more.

For more information and to register for the premiere tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, visit www.bbconference.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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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.

Blackbaud Announces Date of First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Charleston, S.C. (April 11, 2017) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, will report its first quarter 2017 financial results on Monday, May 1 after the U.S. financial markets close for trading.

Save the BLKB first quarter 2017 earnings call event to a calendar

In conjunction with this announcement, Blackbaud will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 2 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 this call, enter passcode 732627 after dialing 800-967-7149 (Domestic) or 719-386-0002 (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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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.

Investor Contact
Mark Furlong
Director of Investor Relations
843-654-2097
Mark.furlong@blackbaud.com

Blackbaud CTO Mary Beth Westmoreland Named One of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology

Charleston, S.C. (April 07, 2016) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that Mary Beth Westmoreland, Blackbaud’s chief technology officer, has been named one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. This definitive list honors the most extraordinary female leaders, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry.

Mary Beth was recognized for her leadership in Blackbaud’s transformation to a cloud software company that is innovative, agile, and successful, for her mentorship to inspire other women and for her commitment to corporate citizenship. She was named alongside women executives from other leading software companies including Angela Ahrendts of Apple, Safra Catz of Oracle, Ana Corrales of Google, Peggy Johnson of Microsoft, Virginia Rometty of IBM and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.

“I want to thank the National Diversity Council for the honor of being named an influential woman in tech alongside these amazing leaders,” said Mary Beth. “But it’s the work of our talented engineers, architects, designers and all of our staff that made this possible. They challenge and inspire me every day, and I’m proud to share this recognition with them. I’m excited to be a part of an innovative, purpose-driven team and company that is truly powering an ecosystem of good.”

The National Diversity Council is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity and inclusion. The annual list recognizes female executives, influencers and achievers who contribute to the growth or strategic direction of their organization; demonstrate a commitment to corporate citizenship, integrity and ethical behavior; and serve as role models and mentors to inspire future generations of female professionals.

For more information about Blackbaud, visit www.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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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

Blackbaud Names Jagtar Narula Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Charleston, S.C. (April 4, 2016) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the promotion of Jagtar Narula to senior vice president of  corporate strategy and business development, which was effective March 31 upon the retirement of Charlie Cumbaa.

Narula joined Blackbaud in 2014 as the leader of corporate financial planning and analysis, and investment strategy. He led many key initiatives, including work to define product profitability, strengthen forecasting, budgeting and financial reporting, and develop models to inform product investments and pricing decisions. As an instrumental member of the extended corporate development team, Narula steered the negotiations and due diligence for the mergers and acquisitions of WhippleHill, MicroEdge, Smart Tuition, Attentive.ly and AcademicWorks.

Narula has also driven Blackbaud’s investor relations and business planning efforts, and led teams to achieve significant growth in financial analyst coverage. Most recently, he oversaw cross-company strategic planning initiatives to accelerate progress against Blackbaud’s short and long-term business goals.

“Jagtar quickly proved himself a vital asset to our organization,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud president and CEO. “He has served a pivotal role in leading our corporate teams and setting the corporate strategy, while also discovering and shepherding key acquisitions.”

Prior to joining Blackbaud, Narula served as vice president of finance at Xerox Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for managing the financial performance of a global business of hardware and software solutions. Additional roles included vice president of acquisition operations and director of strategy, mergers and acquisitions. In these roles, Narula was responsible for corporate strategy development and acquisition execution and integration, including the largest acquisition in the corporation’s history. His past work to develop a pragmatic “build, buy, and partner” innovation strategy has informed his current role with Blackbaud.

“I’m looking forward to leveraging my previous experience in private equity, M&A, corporate strategy and financial leadership roles to drive strategic and operational decisions for Blackbaud,” said Narula. “Blackbaud is the world leader in providing cloud solutions to nonprofits and the social good market, which has tremendous opportunity in front of it. I am excited to help shape the direction in providing value to our customers and growing the footprint of our business.”

Prior to Xerox, Narula was a principal and vice president at Core Capital Partners, a $350 million technology industry focused private equity fund, and an assistant vice president on the technology, media and telecommunications team at GE Equity, the private equity investment arm of General Electric Company.

Narula holds a bachelor of science in engineering from State University of New York College at Buffalo, and a master of business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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.

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

The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits decreased 1.4 percent while online giving increased 7.1 percent for the three months ending February 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.

Media Contact
Nicole McGougan
Public Relations
843.654.3307
nicole.mcgougan@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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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.

Blackbaud Acquires Market Leading Scholarship Management Platform AcademicWorks

Acquisition to extend Blackbaud’s offerings for higher education, K-12, and corporate and foundation
customers, deepen connections between advancement and scholarship functions 

Charleston, S.C. (April 3, 2017) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the acquisition of AcademicWorks, Inc., the market leader in scholarship management for higher education and K-12 institutions, foundations and grant-making institutions.

“Anyone who has ever applied for, awarded, or managed a scholarship has experienced how much opportunity there is to streamline the application, tracking and notification process,” said Tim Hill, president of Blackbaud Higher Education Solutions. “Blackbaud agrees, and that’s why we’re so excited to announce the acquisition of AcademicWorks, which is revolutionizing this process for institutions, donors and students. Together, we’ll continue to improve scholarship management and deepen connections between advancement, stewardship and scholarship teams — and, ultimately, help drive life-changing outcomes for students.”

AcademicWorks is a cloud platform that enables students to apply for all awards at an institution using one intuitive and streamlined process, while offering schools and awarding institutions a common platform for improved awarding, reporting, compliance, communication and stewardship of those awards.

“With Blackbaud’s focus on offering our customers integrated, complete solutions to further their missions, this partnership is a great step forward,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO of Blackbaud. “Making AcademicWorks a part of Blackbaud will allow our customers to increase student access to available scholarship funds, enhance cross-functional visibility throughout the awarding and stewardship process and revolutionize donor communication for schools to help drive the cycle of giving and receiving. It’s another step forward in building a connected ecosystem of good that builds a better world.”

AcademicWorks brings a team with significant experience in developing cloud software, a reputation for excellent customer service, and a solution that has quickly emerged as the leader in its space, with over 500 universities, academic institutions and foundations leveraging its cloud platform, making it the world’s leading scholarship management provider.

“From the day we founded AcademicWorks in 2010, our goal has been to empower higher education and K-12 institutions, foundations and grant-making institutions with industry leading tools and innovation to manage scholarships,” said Brandon Phipps, CEO of AcademicWorks. “Blackbaud’s sector-leading R&D investments will help to accelerate our pace of innovation, and by building cohesive solutions, we can help customers drive unmatched efficiency and deepen connection between advancement, stewardship and the scholarship office,” added Joe Price, president of AcademicWorks.

According to AcademicWorks’ research, on some campuses, as much as 30 percent of scholarship funds have gone unutilized and many donors report limited communication and stewardship once scholarships are given, so there are tremendous opportunities for technology to support greater effectiveness in the process. Additionally, this acquisition offers powerful new opportunities to deepen connections across the ecosystem of good powered by Blackbaud solutions, connecting donors, grant-making institutions and education institutions to increase effectiveness and stewardship in scholarship management.

In the short term, Blackbaud will continue to sell AcademicWorks as a stand-alone solution. In the future, with AcademicWorks cloud solutions integrated with Blackbaud’s best-in-class higher education and K-12 fundraising, financial management and analytics solutions, higher education and K-12 institutions will be able to streamline critical functions and create a more modern, intuitive experience for students and the administration.

AcademicWorks is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations around the globe, including in Austin, Texas. This acquisition also represents a positive development for Austin’s tech industry, where AcademicWorks is headquartered and Blackbaud has 300+ staff in a major office. All AcademicWorks staff is expected to transition to Blackbaud.

For more information, visit www.Blackbaud.com/Better-Together.

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 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

About AcademicWorks
Based in Austin, Texas, AcademicWorks provides the only comprehensive scholarship management solution focused on improving access to education through innovative technology. More than 500 institutions and foundations have revolutionized their scholarship management process with AcademicWorks. For more information, visit www.academicworks.com.

Blackbaud 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.

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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 increased 2.38 percent while online giving increased 11.3 percent for the three months ending January 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

 

The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking approximately $22 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.

 

Media Contact

Nicole McGougan

Public Relations

843.654.3307

nicole.mcgougan@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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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.

Museum Advocacy Day Ensures Lawmakers Know the Vital Role of Museums

Blackbaud joins museum professionals and supporters in Washington, D.C. to share impact
and value of museums to local communities with Congress

Charleston, S.C. (February 27, 2017) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced it is partnering with the American Alliance of Museums again to host Museums Advocacy Day in the Nation’s Capital.

Since 2009, more than 1,700 advocates have come to Washington, D.C. for Museums Advocacy Day and delegates have made more than 2,350 congressional visits. The purpose of this day is to advocate for federal support of America’s museums. Advocates from across the country gather for a day of issue briefings and then meet on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff members.

The American Alliance of Museums represents over 35,000 individual museum professionals, volunteers, institutions and corporate partners. It aims to develop standards and best practices, gather and share knowledge, and provide advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.

“Motivated in part by concerns about reports that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) could face potential elimination, museum professionals are stepping up in record numbers this year,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “These agencies play a uniquely valuable role in helping make the arts and humanities accessible to every American. The museum field will stand strongly against any effort to impede the important work of NEA and NEH, and the multiplier effect their grants have in local communities.”

“We will need every museum professional, every trustee, and every volunteer to speak with one voice to help preserve these vital agencies, and to make sure the new Congress knows about the vital role museums play in our communities, our economy, and in the education of our young people,” Lott added.

“Blackbaud is proud to join forces with over 300 advocates, including museum directors, trustees, educators, development officers, government relations, visitor services, volunteers, students and business owners, to bring a unified message to Congress, share stories demonstrating why museums are essential and describe how federal policies affect museums,” said Kevin Knight, Blackbaud’s senior vice president and general manager, Arts and Cultural. “We feel compelled to stand by our customers and help educate our lawmakers on the vital role museums play in the communities they serve.”

Blackbaud wants members of Congress to understand how museums continue to be an anchor in their communities.  The company recently donated $1 million to the International African American Museum (IAAM), which will be built on Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf. Blackbaud will sponsor the Digital Media Lab that will allow virtual or in-person visitors to the museum to trace their family origins, research their ancestry and record their own stories. This museum will anchor African American history to the place in Charleston that holds rich heritage and unique history and allow visitors to walk away with a newfound sense of cultural appreciation and unity.

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates over $135 billion annually in economic activity, supports more than 4.1 million full-time jobs and returns over $22 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues. The typical museum devotes three-quarters of its education budget to K-12 students and helps teach the state, local or core curriculum, tailoring their programs in math, science, art, literacy, language arts, history, civics and government, economics and financial literacy, geography and social studies.

Learn more about Museum Advocacy Day at www.aam-us.org/advocacy/museums-advocacy-day and the issues being presented to Congress at www.aam-us.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/issues-at-a-glance.pdf.

Follow this news on Twitter using #MuseumsAdvocacy2017.

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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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

Online Giving to Nonprofit Organizations Reaches a Record High in 2016

Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report reveals overall giving increased 1.0 percent
and online giving grew 7.9 percent compared to 2015

Charleston, S.C. (February 22, 2017) — Based on the largest analysis of charitable giving data, Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the availability of its annual Charitable Giving Report, featuring the most comprehensive look at how nonprofit fundraising performed in 2016. Released under the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, the report analyzes trends from more than $23 billion in fundraising revenue from 2016 and provides the latest insights from leading industry experts to help inform fundraising strategies.

“This fifth annual edition of the Charitable Giving Report includes expanded insights from the Blackbaud Institute,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of Data and Analytics. “For the first time, we’re including key insights into donor demographics, retention trends, generational giving, and significant online donations in addition to our charitable giving research.”

According to the report, overall giving to K-12 education and arts & culture sectors grew the most in 2016, and the healthcare sector experienced the largest decrease in year-over-year fundraising with a 4.5% drop. In 2016, overall giving to large organizations grew by 1.0%, medium organizations increased 1.7% and small nonprofits experienced flat growth while online giving to large organizations grew by 6.3%, medium organizations grew 11.4% and small nonprofits grew 8.1%, on a year-over-year basis.

Key findings from Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report:

  • Overall giving grew approximately 1.0% in 2016
  • Online giving grew 7.9% in 2016 compared to 2015
  • Online donations were 7.2% of all fundraising in 2016
  • #GivingTuesday online donations were up 20% in 2016
  • Nearly 17% of online donations were made on a mobile device in 2016

To commemorate its fifth consecutive year, leading social good experts from across the sector also share their thoughts throughout the report on how these fundraising trends have shaped the industry and where it is headed in the future.

  • “I’m pleased to see that giving grew in 2016 and appreciate Blackbaud’s great analysis of the year. That said, over the course of the past five years, we are seeing more giving, but fewer donors. That speaks to the work that charities must do to improve their retention and cultivation of donors by creating a culture of philanthropy and telling their stories of impact and change. It also requires an understanding that the newer generations of donors view themselves as change agents who do not simply want to passively give charitable contributions; it requires building new types of relationships with donors to help them enact change in the context of charitable mission.”—Jason Lee, Interim President & CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • “It is more important than ever for individuals and charitable organizations, grounded in their commitment to rigorous continual learning, to translate that learning into effective advocacy with and on behalf of the communities in which we live and serve. Ultimately, we need to be fierce advocates for the issues and causes that best serve the community and nation. It’s only when we give voice to these issues that that government, business, and the charitable sectors can work together to solve problems, encourage giving, and build a better future for us all.”—Daniel Cardinali, President and CEO, Independent Sector

To view more charitable giving trends, download the report at www.blackbaud.com/charitablegiving. Updated on the first of each month and based on year-over-year percent changes, visit The Blackbaud Index to stay up-to-date on the latest fundraising trends and experience the recently enhanced interactive Index charts.

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, 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 relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, 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.