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      Blackbaud Target Analytics to Showcase Latest AI-Enabled Innovations at #ApraPD2017

      As a year-round gold sponsor, Blackbaud Target Analytics™ is proud to be a part of the Apra Prospect Development 2017 Conference to share key insights and showcase its latest AI-enabled analytics offerings.

      Throughout a variety of sessions, Blackbaud speakers will showcase how the company’s advanced wealth and modeling capabilities put the power of full wealth screenings, net worth, discretionary spend, investment details, and predictive giving and major giving models in the hands of customers.

      Blackbaud speakers will also highlight how the company’s intelligent offerings provide customers the ability to identify planned gift prospects and major gift prospects, as well as how the AI-enabled analytics provides valuable insight into the three primary fundraising channels to help customers uncover their best prospects and convert them into major givers. Blackbaud sessions include: 

      Speed Dating for Prospect Development
      Speaker: Michael Quevli, Target Analytics Senior Consultant

      Who’s the boss? Large Shop Management
      Speaker: Melissa Bank Stepno, Target Analytics Practice Manager

      The long and Winding Road: Driving Analytics from Campaign Prospecting to Forecasting
      Speaker: Melissa Bank Stepno, Target Analytics Practice Manager

      Vendor session – From Alexa to Fundraising – Unpacking AI
      Speaker: Alan Dix, Target Analytics Sr. Solutions Manager
      Speaker: Anthony Pisano, Blackbaud Product manager

      Data Analytics Symposium:

      Secrets of Data Driven Nonprofits
      Speaker:  Steve MacLaughlin, Vice President of Data & Analytics

      A mix not to Miss: Blended Gifts
      Speaker: Lawrence Henze, Target Analytics Principal Consultant

      Build, Buy, Partner: Strategies to Optimize your Analytics Efforts
      Speaker: Alan Dix, Target Analytics Sr. Solutions Manager

      Apra is committed to serving, representing and advancing the professionals and practices that enable the philanthropic success of institutions that rely on fundraising for achieving their missions. The organization fosters a collaborative environment for sharing and discussion, while leading the development, dissemination and advancement of best practices, resources, thinking and trends. To learn more about Apra and its annual conference, visit

      Blackbaud Helps The First Tee Score Big!

      Blackbaud recently partnered with The First Tee to execute the design and build of its home office website, internal website, and the 172 chapter websites on WordPress.

      “We chose Blackbaud out of a dozen other companies. We wanted a partner that would pull us and get us farther with technology and they did that throughout the process from start to finish.” — Jennifer Weiler, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The First Tee

      The First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With 172 chapters across the country, The First Tee needed a website that chapter representatives could quickly access and update on the go. The organization partnered with Blackbaud to design a site that’s mobile friendly, mission focused, and easy to navigate.

      “Our experience working with Blackbaud was fantastic! From start to finish, what really stood out to us was the amount of research that went into the plan and strategy. We actually had metrics and research to back up why we placed things where, which was really beneficial.” — Lauren Taylor, Senior Communications Coordinator for The First Tee

      The First Tee really wanted to redesign their site so it was more mobile and user friendly. Chapters are focused on their mission and are usually on the golf course teaching kids and conducting programs and clinics.  They don’t necessarily have the time or expertise to update websites.

      “Blackbaud’s solution allows the chapters to focus on their mission at hand. We wanted to make the website engaging for site visitors and easy to use for the chapters so the coaches and volunteers could spend more time making a deeper impact on the communities they serve.” — Liz Hiers, Strategic Design Manager at Blackbaud                                                                                  Participant and coach tallying scores

      The First Tee aims to set students up for life and teach the skills that allow children to achieve their goals through after-school and in-school programs.

      To see the full story come to life, check out this short video:



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      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.








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      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


      UGA Achieves Record-Breaking Fundraising Growth with Blackbaud CRM

      University of Georgia (UGA) selected Blackbaud CRM to create a unified view of all constituent communications and activities. Its goal was to support strategic planning and management, and increase efficiency using a single, cohesive system. Upon implementation in 2013, UGA has the ability to track and measures fundraising activity across the entire organization with greater insight into overall fundraising capacity of constituents. The solution also enables advanced coordination of fundraising efforts and increased visibility into the overall communications plan.

      “Adopting Blackbaud CRM throughout the campus has helped us to redefine business processes and work more efficiently than ever before — UGA finished its 2017 fiscal year by setting new fundraising records again with four consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising. Four years after implementing, we have doubled our revenue from our preceding eight-year average. The results speak for themselves.”  — Derek Clark, Senior Director of Advancement Services at University of Georgia.

      Recently completing its fourth year using the solution to manage its fundraising programs, UGA experienced the following benefits from fiscal year 2014 to 2017 attributable to Blackbaud CRM:

      • A fundraising lift of $18.9 million
      • 94% growth in fundraising
      • 22% compound annual growth rate
      • 192% return on investment (ROI)
      • Avoided labor costs of $3.4 million and IT costs of $400,000

      Read UGA’s full story: Media Fact Sheet: Fundraising skyrockets at UGA.  For more information about Blackbaud CRM for higher education institutions, visit  or email

      Blackbaud University Day – The Express Path to Becoming a Blackbaud Power User

      We can’t wait to see you at bbcon 2017, the premiere tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, on October 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center!

      Want to get even more out of your bbcon 2017 experience? Join us early for Blackbaud University Day on October 16 to accelerate your learning and build your skills with focused instruction, deep-dive training, and practical demonstrations to help you get the most impact from your Blackbaud solutions.

      We’ve received such great feedback on our bbcon Learn Lab sessions that we decided to take things up a notch so that everyone can participate. University Day is the new pre-conference day dedicated to Blackbaud University training. The day will be filled with Learn Lab sessions and Nonprofit Workshops  — whether it’s product training to build your skills or workshop-based courses to expand on your industry knowledge, there is something for everyone.  Be sure to check out the session listings and descriptions on the conference website.

      Blackbaud University Day is also a great value, you’ll receive $600 worth of training for just $325. Take advantage of early-bird pricing and add University Day to your bbcon 2017 registration.

      Meet our instructors and follow along on The Road to Blackbaud University Day in our Community blog series.

      (Blackbaud University Day courses and times are subject to change. Please read descriptions carefully as some sessions have workstations in place and others require you to bring your own laptop.)

      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

      [New eBook] Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

      Released under the Blackbaud Institute of Philanthropic Impact, this fifth annual installment in the popular npEXPERTS eBook series brings together 10 of the brightest minds in social good to share their unique perspectives on creating a culture of philanthropy—one in which executives, board members, accountants, marketers, and everyone in between understand the importance of your organization’s fundraising success and how they can contribute to it within their unique roles. Experts and topics include:

      1.) Beth Kanter (Beth’s Blog) – Marketing
      2.) Anne Wallestad (BoardSource) – Board of Directors
      3.) Linda Wood (Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund) – Leadership
      4.) Katrina VanHuss (Turnkey) – Peer to Peer
      5.) Andrea McManus (ViTreo) – Development
      6.) Jann Schultz (Project Hope) – Analytics
      7.) Cheryl Contee (Fission & – Social
      8.) Wendy Watson-Hallowell (Belief Works) – Outcomes
      9.) Pamela Barden (PJ Barden Inc) – Programs
      10.) Russell Pomeranz (Claverack Advisory Group) – Finance

      Download your copy of npEXPERTS – Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy.  For more information about this eBook, check out the latest npENGAGE blog from Ashley Thompson, managing director of the Blackbaud Institute.

      Blackbaud featured in Capterra’s School Admin Top 20 Report

      Blackbaud, specific to our K-12 solutions, ranked 4th in Capterra’s Top 20 Most Popular School Administration Software infographic. There are more than 450 school admin solutions listed on Capterra, so being named to the Top 20 is no easy feat.

      “Capterra released an infographic report that highlights the most popular school administration software on the market today,” said Rachel Wille, Senior Product Research Analyst at Capterra, a school management software research company. “The report is determined by a formula that includes the total number of users, total number of customers and social presence. Blackbaud had some of the highest social followers of software surveyed, which helped them place in the top 5.”



      Charleston Employees “Make Their Mark” on Blackbaud’s New World Headquarters

      Since announcing plans for a new world headquarters last year, we’ve seen a number of exciting milestones and the building is really coming along. Recently, we included all of our Charleston employees in a significant milestone called the “Topping Out” beam signing. This marks when the final piece of steel is laid in the new building and it is commemorated by having the people who make our mission possible sign a part of the steel beam. We look forward to providing our employees a 360,000 square foot campus that cultivates collaboration, promotes disruptive innovation and inspires them to reach their full potential once it’s completed.

      Our fundamental belief that the world will be a better place when good takes over is integral to our corporate culture. Working at Blackbaud means working with people who share a passion for doing good. We strive to create a high-energy and fun environment that challenges employees to advance social good science™ and be their best while embodying our values – We work as one. We bring heart. We invent possibilities. We expect the best. We give back.

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