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      JustGiving and imATHLETE Forge Event Marketing Partnership

      Leading tech companies team up to automate the way event participants engage with charities

      Charleston, S.C. (December 6, 2017) JustGiving™, a Blackbaud Company and the world’s leading social platform for giving, and imATHLETE, a leading online registration company, today announced they would work together to strengthen event fundraising and automate the way event participants engage with social good organizations.

      Reaching more consumers through the participatory sports world and connecting these populations with their communities to do good requires constant innovation and unique experiences for races. With this partnership, JustGiving and imATHLETE will offer event directors a way to reach and engage more runners and offer a unique fundraising journey that is fun and generates more money for charities and the communities they serve.

      “The partnership will leverage imATHLETE’s experience and expertise in the endurance industry and JustGiving’s sophisticated data science technology to enhance the relationship between event organizers and their participants,” said Jerry Needel, president and general manager of Blackbaud Consumer Solutions. “Together we can reach more people, and by introducing social tools that engage, nudge and reward fundraisers, we can push them to new levels and greatly increase the number of event participants who are raising money for charity.”

      imATHLETE and JustGiving are currently working to maximize charitable giving with the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon 2018 and TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2017 presented by REI, and have additional partnership announcements forthcoming.

      “We are thrilled to work with JustGiving; by combining the transformative technology of both companies, we are creating a better experience for both athletes and event organizers,” said Jeff Matlow, imATHLETE’s CEO. “Most importantly, this partnership gives us a simple and social way for any athlete to connect to their community and do good.”

      The companies will be hosting a joint webinar to kick off the partnership on December 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST.

      About imATHLETE
      imATHLETE blends registration, coaching and e-commerce technology with the social networking and gamefication inherent in running, triathlon, cycling and all participatory sports. Recognized as a leading force in the sporting world with its industry-changing registration technology, imATHLETE is one of the fastest growing companies in the market. Its technology is transforming the relationship between event organizers and their participants. To learn more about imATHLETE, visit www.imATHLETE.com. Better yet, visit its blog at blog.imATHLETE.com/blog. imATHLETE also can be found on Twitter by following @IAmAthlete and by liking the imATHLETE Facebook page.

      About JustGiving
      JustGiving (a Blackbaud Company) 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 fulfil 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.

      Media Contacts

      Rhys Goode
      PR Director, JustGiving
      0207 067 0900
      07715 963 976
      Rhys.Goode@justgiving.com

      Cortney Martin
      Marketing Manager, imATHLETE
      877.462.7979 x122
      cortney.martin@imATHLETE.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.

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

      The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 1.9 percent while online giving increased 12.5 percent for the three months ending October 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 Manager
      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, 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.

      2017 Giving Tuesday Highest on Record

      Blackbaud reports online giving was up 28% with more than $60.9 million in online donations

      Charleston, S.C. (November 29, 2017) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, whose systems process a majority of the online donations made in the United States on #GivingTuesday, processed more than $60.9 million from over 7,200 organizations receiving donations this year. Online donations were up again for the sixth year running at 28% this year.

      “In this year of unprecedented disasters, it’s humbling to see how many organizations mobilized armies of volunteers, served hot meals, rebuilt homes, provided shelter, rescued people and pets, and stood up for victims in need wherever and whenever they were needed,” said Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud’s vice president of corporate citizenship and Philanthropy. “As a #GivingTuesday founding partner, we are proud that the movement continues to grow and this year was even more powerful as the day continued to garner donations for these groups to further their work and help them accomplish even more than they thought possible.”

      #GivingTuesday Donations Grew in 2017

      • #GivingTuesday online giving grew by 500% since its creation in 2012
      • Online giving has jumped by 28% since 2016
      • Online donation volume grew by 20% compared to 2016
      • 8% more social good organizations received an online donation on #GivingTuesday 2017 compared to 2016

      Technology Continues to Drive #GivingTuesday’s Success

      • Online average gift amounts exceeded $134
      • About 26% of online donations were made from a mobile device

      “Blackbaud has been monitoring and measuring #GivingTuesday online giving trends since the very beginning, and this year, we continued to see a double-digit increase in online donations,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of data and analytics. “There was also strong growth in the volume of online gifts and average gift amounts. The modern day donor continues to increase their use of mobile devices and we saw that trend continue on #GivingTuesday 2017.”

      For more information about #GivingTuesday, visit www.blackbaud.com/givingtuesday.

      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.

      Media Contact
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations Manager
      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, 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 Extends Capabilities to Facebook Platform in Bold Move to Grow Online Giving

      Social good software leader to scale adoption of Facebook fundraising tools as it delivers a frictionless way for
      nonprofits to manage, process and record Facebook donations through its fundraising and engagement solutions

      New York, New York (November 29, 2017) — Today Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, announced it will integrate its cloud fundraising and engagement solutions with Facebook fundraising solutions. Blackbaud, Facebook and three enterprise nonprofits—JDRF, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Susan G. Komen—worked closely on the pilot program that took advantage of the new Facebook Fundraisers API, which was announced at Facebook’s Social Good Forum today in New York. Blackbaud simultaneously delivered features to automatically give nonprofits seamless access and control over their Facebook fundraising tools.

      This announcement addresses an important requirement raised by nonprofits, which is to have an automated, cost effective and efficient way to leverage the reach of the Facebook platform to activate fundraisers while also managing, processing and recording those donations directly in their Blackbaud fundraising and engagement solutions. Prior to this announcement, nonprofits who leveraged Facebook Fundraising received the dollars, but donor information was not automatically translated to their CRM solution.

      “As an organization that relies on people across the nation to raise funds to support our mission, innovation is critical in delivering an outstanding donor experience,” said Graham McReynolds, chief marketing & development officer of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, who piloted this new seamless integration between Facebook and Blackbaud TeamRaiser™ over the summer. “With this connection, our supporters can confidently take advantage of Facebook as another means to fundraise and see a full picture of their efforts. Ultimately, this allows us to expand resources to accelerate breakthroughs for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.”

      By spring of 2018, Blackbaud will help significantly scale nonprofit adoption of Facebook fundraising tools by helping at least 500 of its nonprofit customers embrace its new integration. This will first be available in Blackbaud TeamRaiser, which supports some of the world’s largest charity-led peer-to-peer fundraisers for walking, running and cycling events—like Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure and JDRF’s One Walk. Specifically, Blackbaud customized an integration that automatically publishes Blackbaud TeamRaiser fundraisers to Facebook, enabling event supporters to simultaneously solicit donations directly via their own social networks and their TeamRaiser webpages while helping nonprofits view and manage Facebook transactions within TeamRaiser. Over time, Blackbaud intends to expand integration capabilities to its entire portfolio of cloud fundraising and engagement solutions.

      Blackbaud, which is the world’s 24th largest cloud software company and only provider of a cloud platform created exclusively and designed specifically for the social good community, emphasized that today’s announcement is another example of its commitment to strengthening the social economy through radical collaboration, unleashing the power of data and catalyzing the impact of individuals.

      “We’re proud that Facebook trusted Blackbaud as the global nonprofit software leader to build this very important integration, and we’re honored to be the first software company to leverage the new API,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, chief technology officer at Blackbaud. “The beauty of Blackbaud’s cloud platform is that it’s not only designed for the unique needs and workflows of social good organizations, but also to be open and flexible. Our innovative cloud delivery model allowed us to rapidly find a creative solution to an expressed market need which will undoubtedly change the paradigm for how donors and causes connect and fundraise to drive global impact.”

      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.

      Media Contact
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations Manager
      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, 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.

      #GivingTuesday Set to Break Online Giving Records Again

      Despite Repeated Calls for Disaster Relief Donations; Data Shows No Sign of Donor Fatigue

      Charleston, S.C. (November 28, 2017) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, is expecting #GivingTuesday to put up its highest online giving numbers in its six-year history.  This despite the unprecedented year in natural disasters and domestic and foreign terrorism events on the news every night asking for support and donations. The question is –  are people still willing to give?  The answer is a resounding, yes!

      “Blackbaud has exclusive access to the world’s most robust set of philanthropic data and even with the repeated calls for giving this year in response to an amazing series of events, we can tell you we don’t see any donor fatigue leading into #GivingTuesday and end-of-year giving,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of data and analytics. “Blackbaud has seen consistent double-digit, year-over-year growth in online donations since we began tracking #GivingTuesday in 2012 and with a 317 percent growth in online donations to date, we anticipate a record breaking year for 2017.”

      Blackbaud is ringing the opening bell at Nasdaq on #GivingTuesday with organizations that have stood up for victims of multiple disasters in recent months all around the globe. “Blackbaud is proud to partner with charities like ShelterBox, World Vision, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, the Houston SPCA and more on this #GivingTuesday as they continue their missions to rebuild communities in the wake of so many disasters,” said Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud’s vice president of corporate citizenship and philanthropy.

      “On this #GivingTuesday, Catholic Charities USA is highlighting the plight of the vulnerable and persons in need in America. Millions of our sisters and brothers are without shelter, including far too many of our veterans. Donations from today will help Catholic Charities serve vulnerable populations by providing housing and a wide range of other services,” said Anthony Sciacca, chief development officer for Catholic Charities USA.

      Online giving to human services organizations after recent disasters was up 12.9 percent and to international relief organizations was up 14.1 percent year-over-year. “Our research shows donors will continue giving monthly planned gifts and seasonal end-of-year gifts to the causes that touch them personally – regardless of other gifts for disaster related relief efforts,” MacLaughlin added. “They are continuing to go above and beyond this year as giving is up 2.2 percent compared to this time last year.”

      “Social media continues to be instrumental in allowing us to mobilize the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors to help those impacted by an historic hurricane season,” said Louise Welch Williams regional CEO for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross. “For example, we’ve sheltered more people than we have in the last five years combined.”

      With more people displaced today than in any time in recorded history, the need for organizations like ShelterBox is massive. And in this year of unprecedented disasters, donations enabled the organization to bring lifesaving aid to families wherever the need is greatest. “ShelterBox is preparing every day for the worst day ever,” said Kerri Murray president of ShelterBox USA. “We use data to help us understand areas endemic to disasters and communities that are most vulnerable to these events. #GivingTuesday provides a tremendous opportunity for people around the world to give their time, talent and resources, which is what makes our work possible.”

      #GivingTuesday is an online, global giving phenomenon that follows the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, giving holiday-minded shoppers an alternative way to give back and pay it forward in the spirt of the season. “Research has shown that generosity can be contagious, spreading up to three degrees, even to people we don’t know. This holiday season World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts are putting that theory to the test, harnessing the power of social media to spark a million generous acts across America to light up the world for others in need,” said Wendy Piñero-DePencier, World Vision vice-president of brand and campaigns. “When you choose to shine bright in one child’s life it creates a domino effect of generosity around you, ultimately cascading into more gifts that enable families and communities to climb out of poverty.”

      #GivingTuesday continues to prove it is more than a hashtag and the results for organizations around the globe continue to rise. To date, #GivingTuesday has helped a broad range of organizations raise more than $177 million from millions of people in over 98 countries. For more information about #GivingTuesday and to get involved, visit https://www.blackbaud.com/givingtuesday.

      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.

      Media Contact
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations Manager
      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, 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.

      IDC Vendor Profile “Blackbaud SKY: A Cloud Platform for the Greater Good”

      IDC recently published a vendor profile, “Blackbaud SKY: A Cloud Platform for the Greater Good,” analyzing Blackbaud as categorized in the marketing cloud platform segment of the marketing technology market. This Vendor Profile reviews key success factors for Blackbaud’s cloud offering, including company strategy and products/solutions, and provides essential guidance for technology adopters.

      Additional topics covered include: analytic applications; big data analytics and discovery; cloud collaboration suites; customer relationship management applications; enterprise social software; financial resource management; marketing operations; social networking; and value added content.

      IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers.

      Download the September 2017 IDC Vendor Profile: Blackbaud SKY: A Cloud Platform for the Greater Good.

      Why a Microsoft Engineer Decided to Join Blackbaud (Part 1)

      My name is Chris Mitchell and I’m a proud to be a Blackbaud Engineer. I’d like to tell you a little bit about my path to joining Blackbaud. It was the end of 2015 and I was eager to work at a company whose sole focus is to help social good organizations make the world a better place.

      I spent the majority of my career at Microsoft (20 years) working on some very well-known products and services including Windows and MSN.  I dealt with all sorts of complexities on a daily basis, while also satisfying the most difficult and challenging technical leaders (I even argued with Bill Gates and won – my little claim to fame!).  It was all these experiences that helped me finally get a job I had wanted for years, a job that would allow me to positively impact the world.

      At Microsoft, I was leading the Windows Insider Flighting and Feedback team using customer feedback and real usage data to manage the release of Windows 10.  I loved my work; in fact, I was in the midst of transforming how Windows was built. This aside, the idea of being able to work directly with organizations who are striving for social good and solving society’s biggest issues and where my work would go beyond effecting the bottom line was even more exciting. Before joining Blackbaud I visited the company’s headquarters in Charleston, SC and met with Chief Technology Officer Mary Beth Westmoreland, distinguished engineer Paul Gibson, and VP of Engineering Andy Snyder, to explore how I might be able to contribute.  Originally, I had been enticed by the mission of its customers and the belief that I could help them and have some small part in changing the world, to my surprise, I found so much more.

      During the time of my visit, Blackbaud was in the middle of a big vision shift from what I call “traditional” software products to the “cloud.”  There were so many opportunities for me to help and lead through the change. For example, we discussed standard tools for deploying cloud service, how customers discovered, purchased and learned about their products, and how to transform products over time.  I left feeling inspired and excited, with ideas running through my head about the challenges, opportunities and potential Blackbaud could offer.

      For Blackbaud to be successful in its transformation, it would need to align product strategies, and build common development, operational and business tools.  Processes would need to change and a great deal of strategic technical decisions would need to be made.  I knew that I could help and I was dying to get started. After just a few months on the job, I was promoted to Director of Engineering, leading a new team focused on the core services that we would need to make our products and solutions easier to discover, buy, extend and use.  While the vision around core services was well understood, the strategy and tactics were still being developed.  Stepping into this role required more than just drawing on my previous experiences where mandates were often used.  Our team had to bring people and groups together from various product backgrounds, locations and technology stacks to solve common problems like identity, access, provisioning, billing and the developer tools.  We had to bring people together and achieve better results together.  Two years have now passed since my first day, and the opportunity to solve big, critically important challenges for Blackbaud, our customers and their missions continue to present themselves.  I’m proud to be a part it.

      As engineers at Blackbaud, we get to engineer scalable architectures, build world-class engineering systems and push the boundaries of the cloud. Our reward for this work is the opportunity (in our small way) to help organizations that provide clean water, find a cure to cancer or heart disease, or provide better education to kids around the world. In fact, this is Blackbaud’s higher purpose.  It’s that purpose and the way “We Work As One” that has made it possible to bring so many teams together and achieve what we have and continue to.  We continue to come together to solve problems on behalf of our customers. We are moving toward a common cloud provider, building a common “Paved Road” community-based engineering system, continuous integration and deployment pipeline, a developer platform for partners, common self-contained services that can be reused in multiple “products”.  We are building out expertise with data, analytics and machine learning via our Sky Intelligence platform.  We are working across teams, across regions and what used to be Product lines to put our customers and the cause before code.

      In my next post, I’ll talk more about how we are transforming our engineering process and tools to be more open, collaborative and extensible for all our engineers and our partners.  We believe this is fundamental to helping our customers achieve their missions and to be more than just their software solution provider, but to truly be their partner.  This is something that I couldn’t get working just anywhere; it’s unique and why I joined and why I stay at Blackbaud.

      Learn more about a career at Blackbaud at www.blackbaud.com/careers.

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

      The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits decreased 0.7 percent while online giving increased 10.8 percent for the three months ending September 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 Manager
      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, 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.

      Jay Odell Takes Helm of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Nonprofit Unit

      Company taps 13-year veteran to lead newly re-envisioned group dedicated to helping nonprofits increase impact 

      Charleston, S.C. (October 31, 2017) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the appointment of 13-year company veteran Jay Odell as president and general manager of its newly restructured Enterprise Nonprofit Unit serving North America.

      For more than three decades, Blackbaud has been the leading global provider of nonprofit solutions, serving both emerging and enterprise nonprofits, including Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. The company’s vertical solutions for the nonprofit sector span fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, analytics and more.

      Previously, the company’s strategy, operating models, offerings and customer experience practices for large nonprofits were directed out of various groups. With Odell’s appointment, Blackbaud makes a strategic leadership realignment to better support the increased R&D investments, rapid innovation and expanded cloud roadmap that the company is driving in the nonprofit sector. Odell will lead enterprise nonprofit strategy, sales and go to market; and will partner closely with Customer Success, Services and Support to ensure a world class customer experience across the engagement lifecycle.

      “Our enterprise nonprofit community deserves a seasoned executive sponsor who deeply understands and advocates for their needs,” said Brian Boruff, president of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Markets Group. “Over the last 13 years, Jay has worked closely with thousands of nonprofit organizations and led teams to build innovative solutions that exceeded their expectations. He is deeply committed to helping nonprofits expand their mission impact, and as such, the sector can expect continued strides in the Blackbaud partnership experience.”

      Odell was recruited to Blackbaud to build and lead its first product management organization in 2004. Under his leadership the company significantly expanded its product portfolio in the U.S. and internationally into non-English-speaking countries. In his most recent product management leadership role, Odell served as vice president over Blackbaud’s CRM, financial and analytics solution portfolios; during which he led the creation and commercialization of the company’s flagship cloud solutions, Raiser’s Edge NXT™ and Financial Edge NXT™.

      Also, as a vice president in Blackbaud’s General Markets Business Unit from 2010-2014, Odell was responsible for building the nonprofit arts and cultural vertical into a high growth business (across sales, marketing, services and support) while introducing new solutions, like Altru™, to meet the highly specialized needs of this audience. As part of his new leadership role serving enterprise nonprofits, Odell will explore new opportunities to establish specialized offerings and solutions to better serve additional nonprofit verticals.

      Prior to Blackbaud, Odell directed strategy, business development, product management and product marketing for FreeMarkets, Inc. (acquired in 2004 by Ariba, which was later acquired by SAP), and was instrumental in driving both the company’s impressive four-year growth from $13 million to over $150 million and international expansion. Odell also served as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company where he did merger and acquisition work and consulted with companies seeking to create new businesses within the technology market. Odell has a Master of Business Administration Degree from Dartmouth College, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science from Rice University.

      “The nonprofit landscape is changing at record pace, and leading organizations are discovering the powerful role that connected, intelligent cloud solutions can play in increasing funding and engagement, driving operational effectiveness, and supporting mission delivery,” said Odell. “Our priority is to continue innovating in these areas while delivering remarkable time to value and ROI. Every organization’s next great mission accomplishment is within reach, and we’re investing even more in the solutions and experiences that get them there.”

      This announcement comes just days after Blackbaud and Microsoft announced plans to strengthen their strategic partnership to digitally transform the nonprofit sector. 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, 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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      Associate-Centered CSR: Camp Blackbaud at Charleston HQ

      Our fall Camp Blackbaud took place this past week and for this camp, we hosted middle school students through our partnership with Charleston County School district and Charleston Promise Neighborhood for two exciting days focused on STEM robotics. Twenty 7th and 8th grade students from Simmons Pinckney and James Simons spent time with Blackbaud associates learning about the product development process, coding and robotics.

      “Our Camp Blackbaud program walks students through the product development process with group learning, small group activities and individual learning,” said Gabby Sanders, Blackbaud’s corporate citizenship coordinator. “This is a really awesome age group too because after kicking off middle school camp last fall, we discovered that this session has veteran campers from our 5th grade camp. It’s so special to see these kids come back two to three years later and learn even more from our incredible teams of volunteer counselors!”

      The students also got to learn and hear personal tech stories from Blackbaud’s CPO Kevin McDearis, CTO Mary Beth Westmoreland, and SVP of HR John Mistretta during an “Executive Talk” session. We have had a great turnout from Blackbaud leadership with both the students and Charleston Promise Neighborhood staff loving how the demo audience engaged with the students after their presentations to learn more about their projects.

       

       

       

       

       

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