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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 2.2 percent while online giving increased 10.3 percent for the three months ending August 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

      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, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud 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.

      Blackbaud Named to the AnitaB.org 2018 Top Companies for Women Technologists List

      On September 26, Blackbaud was named one of the AnitaB.org 2018 Top Companies for Women Technologists. Scoring the highest in the Technical Workforce of 1,000-10,000 category, Blackbaud edged out finalists Airbnb, GEICO, State Farm and Ultimate Software to earn top honors. In front of more than 20,000 attendees, Blackbaud Chief Technology Officer Mary Beth Westmoreland and Sr. Principal Software Engineer Amanda Glosson accepted the top company award on the main stage this morning at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC) in Houston, Texas.

      “On behalf of my 3,400 colleagues around the world, we are honored to be named one of the Top Companies for Women Technologists by AnitaB.org,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, chief technology officer at Blackbaud. “Diversity of thought and experience always leads to better performance for our company and, most importantly, better solutions for our customers. While Blackbaud is proud to be recognized alongside other companies and leaders who are committed to helping women in technology succeed, we know that there is still work to be done in every category of diversity.”

      When Mike Gianoni joined Blackbaud as president and CEO in 2014, he championed a formalized diversity and inclusion program for the company, including an Executive Women’s Community program. Today, the company has an equal gender balance in its workforce, and employee-led affinity groups like Women in Technology, Women in Sales, Black Employees Encouraging Diversity (BLEND), Pride@Blackbaud (LGBTQ) and Employees with Disabilities play a strong role in advancing an inclusive culture. Blackbaud also conducts regular unconscious bias workshops and gender-pay equity audits.

      AnitaB.org’s annual Top Companies for Women Technologists program is the only industry benchmark based on statistical analysis of employer data that measures technical employees using a standardized definition of the technical workforce. This year, Top Companies for Women Technologists evaluated 80 companies accounting for more than 628,000 technologists across a variety of fields.

      Download the complete 2018 Top Companies Insights Report for additional data, insights, and methodology details.

      Blackbaud’s Cloud Fund Accounting Software Helps Organizations Improve Financial Transparency, Save Time and Effectively Manage Their Programs

      New study and nonprofit finance executives commend the value of Financial Edge NXT
      for performance, scalability, security and more

      Charleston, S.C. (September 25, 2018)Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that a Nucleus Research ROI Case Study of StarCare Specialty Health System found that by deploying Financial Edge NXT®, Blackbaud’s top-rated cloud fund accounting software, an organization could experience an annual return on investment of 102 percent and average annual benefit of $446,680 within one year.

      StarCare, based in Lubbock, Texas, deployed Financial Edge NXT to improve the efficiency of its accounting and finance department and was able to increase employee productivity, improve data quality and eliminate costs associated with its legacy system. The organization’s fiscal team could more easily prepare for audits, reconcile accounts, manage transactions, and produce reports and key information for frontline managers, as well as reduce its reliance on technical staff in the IT department for daily reporting and maintenance.

      “No other cloud fund accounting software available to the social good community offers the intelligence, security, scalability, performance and user experience that Financial Edge NXT delivers,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, chief technology officer at Blackbaud. “We launched Financial Edge NXT with the goal of providing our customers with unparalleled functionality—from detailed, multi-scenario budgeting to fast, flexible reporting that enables timely, data-driven decisions. We’re proud to share today that nonprofit organizations have now used Financial Edge NXT to manage financials for more than one million individual projects.”

      The company also reported strong satisfaction rates with Financial Edge NXT among nonprofit finance executives seeking to manage financial reporting, monitor and track program success and support fundraising efforts in a single solution:

      • “Ultimately, we decided to partner with Blackbaud because they demonstrated the most detailed consideration of our needs throughout the selection process. They really dove in to understand our operating model and reporting requirements in a way that made us feel they were dedicated to ensuring our success on Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT.” —Jennifer Holleran, Assistant Director of Business Operations, Cornell Cooperative Extension
      • “As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the key to our financial staff’s efficiency is effective reporting for a large group of funders and other stakeholders. I’ve always seen this as the strength of Financial Edge, and now Financial Edge NXT simplifies the reporting process and allows us to easily analyze details, so we’re confident about the data.” —Chris Dons, CFO, Lawndale Christian Health Center
      • “Blackbaud is dedicated to giving their customers the best software tools in the industry, and this is evident with Financial Edge NXT. I can customize my reports to mirror grant or government reports, which makes my job easier. What used to take me days to gather information, takes me only minutes with Financial Edge NXT reporting. I am confident that my data is secure, software is error free and Blackbaud will provide the best service possible to their customers.” —Jennifer Johnson, CFO, Senior Resource Association
      • “Our Board was very passionate about not only having our finger on the pulse of our funds but also being accountable and transparent with the funds that we raise; Financial Edge NXT completely supports us in that. I see Blackbaud as the base of this Foundation—giving us all the tools, structure and transparency that we need to show our donors, so we can continue to grow and support a healthy, active community.” —Krista Linklater Executive Director, St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital Foundation
      • “We were driven for a scalable solution that would save time, increase accuracy and improve financial transparency within the organization. Financial Edge NXT’s flexible account setup and tracking options allow us to automate otherwise manual reporting processes while maintaining a simple account structure. This in turn allows managers to more effectively manage their program data, and ultimately helps us deliver more impactful programs.” —Adam Pomerantz, CFO, WINGS for Kids

      This year, Financial Edge NXT was a recipient of the 2018 Top Rated Badge for Accounting, Tax and Budgeting Software by TrustRadius, a trusted review site for business technology, and received a Five-Star rating from CPA Practice Advisor, a definitive resource for information to tax and accounting professionals in public practice.

      For more information about Financial Edge NXT, go to www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-accounting-software/financial-edge-nxt. To download the Nucleus Research ROI Case Study of StarCare Specialty Health System, go to https://nonprofitaccounting.blackbaud.com/assets/starcare-roi.

      Click to Tweet: #Nonprofit finance execs commend the value of @Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT for performance, scalability, security and more! Read what they have to say: http://bit.ly/2oYVZip

      About Blackbaud
      Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud 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.

      Blackbaud 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 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’s CMO Catherine LaCour Reflects on Blackbaud’s Sustainable Development Goals Commitments

      As I look ahead to UN Week and the bustle of activity it brings as world leaders, diplomats, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and others together to discuss the world’s most pressing problems, it’s also a great time to pause and take pride in what Blackbaud has been able to contribute in the last two years since we first made our commitment at the 2016 UN Private Sector Forum in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 interconnected global goals adopted by 193 member states during UN Week 2015 that address various global challenges. We were honored to participate in the Private Sector Forum, which brings together CEOs, Heads of State and Government, and leaders from the UN and civil society each year to address global challenges, and I look forward to representing Blackbaud at this year’s Forum.  

      In support of SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), at the 2016 Forum we pledged to “map over 35,000 customers and partners, trends in giving and collaborative ways to increase innovative investment to grow the social economy in order to develop an ‘ecosystem of good’ framework for normalizing and explaining the SDGs in the U.S.” Since that time, Blackbaud has made great strides toward achieving that commitment, both through its position as a natural convener in the social good community and through our technology solutions.   

      Progressing the SDGs Through Thought Leadership
      As head of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, I could not be prouder of the work my team has done to release leading-edge research and insight that accelerates the impact of the social good community. These publications help inform organizations in how they can be more effective, allowing them to do even more. From our annual npEXPERTS series, which brings philanthropic leaders together, delivering actionable insight and perspectives on pressing topics in social good, to our Next Generation of Giving research series that uncovers how organizations across the globe can better connect with supporters of all generations, to resources like our Financial Management Toolkit, which provides step-by-step guidance on how nonprofit finance and development departments can drive greater mission impact by working together as true strategic partners, the Blackbaud Institute is helping to drive the social good community forward and accomplish more good that supports all aspects of the SDGs. 

      Additionally, through our award-winning thought leadership blog, npENGAGE, we have provided our significant reading audience with tools and insights for addressing the SDGs, no matter their size or geography. Notable leaders such as Alison Holder, executive director of Equal Measures 2030, have contributed their expertise to this effort, and we continue to look to leverage npENGAGE as a channel to deliver best practices and tips to help organizations support the SDGs.  

      Advancing the SDGs Through Technology
      In May 2017, we announced the integration of the SDGs into our Blackbaud Outcomes solution, allowing funders to easily report the impact of their grantmaking on the 17 goals and related targets. Blackbaud customers are now able to easily collaborate with their grantee partners (many of whom are also customers) around specific SDGs with instant access to reporting around progress and results. The combination of the Blackbaud Outcomes sector-sourced measurement taxonomy with the SDGs has resulted in the most powerful software tool available to grantmakers to measure the impact of their programs.  

      Supporting the SDGs Through Collaboration
      Also in 2017, we announced the publication of “Global Goals Mapping: A Resource for Social Good Organizations,” a collaborative effort of Blackbaud, Foundation Center, Council on Foundations and Global Impact. “Global Goals Mapping” is a comprehensive resource that maps giving and volunteerism using both the IRS National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) codes and the United Nations International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations (ICNPO) codes to classify the activity and programs of charities and connect them to the SDGs. It creates a shared alignment resource to support all organizations across sectors in their efforts to map their contributions toward the SDGs. Each of the four partners has been integrating the resource into their offerings with a goal of improving funders’, companies’ and other stakeholders’ financial and human capital investments toward achieving the SDGs for a sustainable future. Participating in partnerships like this to provide needed resources to the sector is at the core of who we are as a company. More details can be found at: https://www.blackbaud.com/GlobalGoalsMapping. 

      Embracing the SDGs Internally
      Blackbaud has also championed the SDGs through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) and HR efforts. We’re a member of IMPACT 2030, a private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with the United Nations, social and public sectors, and academia, with the unique mission to activate human capital investments through employee volunteer programs to advance the achievement of the SDGs, and have played a key role on the organization’s Measurement Committee. 

      We’ve supported SDG 4 (Quality Education) through programs such as Camp Blackbaud, which offers STEM education opportunities to local underserved youth, and the Blackbaud Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation, which provides grants to support education for disadvantaged youth and the disabled in our local Charleston, South Carolina community, among others.   

      We’ve also demonstrated support of SDG 5 (Gender Equality) through our commitment to gender equality in the workplace – Blackbaud is proud to have a better-than-industry-average female to male employee ratio, and we continue to look for new ways to empower women into leadership positions. We were recently recognized for our efforts on the Forbes Best Employers for Women list, and named a Top Company for Women Technologists by AnitaB.org.

      Looking back on all we’ve accomplished so far has made me even more excited for the week to come. We’re not done yet, and I look forward to meeting with colleagues from across the social good community at events like Global Citizen Movement Makers, the Goalkeepers Summit and others to further explore how we can work together to advance the SDGs in meaningful ways through future partnership, convenings, research and technology innovations. 

      Blackbaud’s VP of Professional Services Amy Chase Selected to Become Riley Fellow

      Amy Chase, vice president of Professional Services at Blackbaud, joins other leaders selected from throughout South Carolina to participate in the 13th class of the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including nominations from existing Riley Fellows, applications, and interviews. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities.

      “I’m looking forward to this unique opportunity to work with local leaders across various industries,” said Chase. “We all bring a diverse range of roles, backgrounds and perspectives to embark on a learning experience that will have a tangible benefit to the Lowcountry. Personally, I look forward to applying concepts from the
      DLI to positively impact the Blackbaud culture.”

      Over the course of five months, Chase will take part in a highly interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships. She will also work with other class members in one of five Capstone project groups formed to respond to real issues in the community.

      “Discovering ways in which differences can strengthen our organizations is of utmost importance as we seek to grow and support a thriving economy and rich culture,” said Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “We now have more than 1,900 Riley Fellows statewide.  Each new class further extends the reach and impact of leaders willing to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all its residents.”

      The DLI classes are expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president. “DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Johnson.

      DLI graduates become Riley Fellows, members of a powerful, cross-sector, statewide leadership network that includes CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, non-profit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders. Chase will be Blackbaud’s third Riley Fellow, joining John Mistretta, executive vice president, Human Resources and Rachel Hutchisson, vice president, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy.

      For more information about the Diversity Leaders Initiative and a full participant list, visit https://riley.furman.edu/diversity.

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

      The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 0.3 percent while online giving increased 11.4 percent for the three months ending July 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

      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.

      Healthcare Organization Yields Impressive Fundraising Results Using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT with Grateful Patient Solution

      Independent study shows how a healthcare organization can more efficiently identify patients who
      want to give back as thanks for exceptional care

      Charleston, S.C. (August 28, 2018)Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the results of a commissioned Total Economic Impact™ (TEI)1 study conducted by Forrester Consulting, which examines the return on investment that a healthcare organization may experience by deploying Blackbaud’s smart cloud fundraising and relationship management solution along with its wealth and asset screening solution. Forrester found that over a three-year period, a healthcare organization can achieve a 90 percent return on investment, increase the volume of grateful patient gifts raised by gift officers by 40 percent and increase the average size of grateful patient donations by 28 percent.

      To evaluate the economic impact, Forrester took a comprehensive approach to its study, interviewing Blackbaud subject matter experts, Forrester analysts and a hospital foundation (Inova Health Foundation) currently using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT™ and Grateful Patient Solution. Using the data, Forrester analysts constructed a financial model representative of the interview using its TEI methodology to identify the cost, benefit, flexibility and risk factors that affect the investment decision.

      “For over 35 years, Blackbaud’s innovation, industry expertise and value-added services have helped healthcare organizations excel in fundraising and constituent relationship management,” said Page Bullington, president and general manager of Blackbaud Healthcare Solutions. “The ROI that Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Grateful Patient Solution brings Inova goes further than its financial results. Our innovations allow Inova to learn more about its constituents and leverage the combination of better data and enhanced functionality to focus its fundraising efforts, ultimately increasing its efficiency and effectiveness.”

      Inova Health Foundation (“Inova”), based in Falls Church, Va., is part of the Inova Health System, a large nonprofit health organization that employs over 17,000 staff throughout five hospitals, 25 assisted living and long-term care facilities, 26 primary care locations and a variety of other health-related services. Previously struggling to identify and target ideal donor prospects, Inova turned to Blackbaud to enhance the technology powering its research, direct mail and gift officer outreach.

      Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Grateful Patient Solution helped Inova identify grateful patient prospects with high giving potential. “It would be impossible to identify the right patients to talk to without Blackbaud because of the volume coming into our system every day,” said Paige Moses, associate vice president, Foundation Services at Inova Health Foundation. “We’ve been able to set up a process that can handle the volume of constituents Inova sees every day with a very lean staff. Before, we couldn’t get through this volume of constituents.”

      After deploying Raiser’s Edge NXT with the Grateful Patient Solution, Inova experienced:

      • Raised an additional $429,511 from grateful patients. Gift officers leveraged better data and technology to target prospects, increasing the number of gifts from grateful patients by 40 percent and the average gift value by 28 percent.
      • Increased direct mail donations, raising an additional $142,300. Inova built highly-targeted direct mail efforts to grateful patients based on data from daily screenings and quarterly modeling.
      • Saved more than $113,000 per year. By replacing legacy solutions and upgrading to the cloud solution, Inova has also been able to greatly improve its efficiencies and productivity.
      • Recaptured $32,000 of increased foundation employee productivity annually. Foundation staff streamlined regular processes to save over 2,000 hours annually with Blackbaud’s solutions.

      “Being able to establish a direct mail program that drove over 800 donors in one year versus a former program that only drove 78 donors in 2015 and 105 donors in 2016 is a huge win,” said Jeff Johnson, senior director of Inova Health Foundation.

      Learn how Inova increased patient donations while improving productivity using the Blackbaud solutions by downloading the full study at https://hello.blackbaud.com/12227_Healthcare_Forrester_Report.html. Hosted by Blackbaud, join Inova Health Foundation and guest Forrester on September 19 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this report in webinar form.

      Click to tweet: .@InovaHealth increased its volume of grateful patient gifts by 40% with @blackbaud’s help – learn how! http://bit.ly/2wt0LYB

      About Blackbaud
      Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud 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.

      Blackbaud 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. 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.

      More giving, fewer donors: Blackbaud’s Steve MacLaughlin discusses this unique era in philanthropy

      Steve MacLaughlin is a bestselling author and fundraising expert – and here at Blackbaud, he’s one of our resident data and analytics specialists.  

      Steve joins international social influence expert Derrick Feldmann on stage at Influence Nation Summit on Sept. 6 in Washington, where they’ll tackle the conundrum of why overall donations continue to grow as the number of individual donors decreases. 

      The bottom line: Philanthropic success depends on engaging, building, and stewarding relationships with donors. This relationship cultivation is especially important, considering that while giving has increased in recent years, the number of overall donors has decreased. There is a limit
      to donor elasticity at the current pace. 

      Check out three Blackbaud Institute reports that explore those trends: 

      Research finds that the number of donors has declined by 7% since 2010, yet the value of giving grew by 41%. This challenging climate holds promise, according to Steve.

      “While the number of households giving has declined, the value of their giving has increased at a better rate than inflation,” he noted. “Our most recent data shows that this decline may have stopped and could even be reversing. There has never been a better time to double down on stewardship, embrace donors, and focus on acquisition.” 

      At Influence Nation Summit, Steve and Derrick will analyze the data and explain how social good organizations can capitalize on trends. If you can’t make it, check back here after the conference to watch their conversation. 

       

      New IDC Report: Blackbaud ranked in Top 100 Cloud Software Vendors

      Blackbaud has once again been included in IDC’s “Worldwide Software as a Service and Cloud Software Market Shares, 2017: A Year of Expanding Platforms1” report, which was published earlier today. This IDC study examines the SaaS and cloud software market in 2017 and includes a list of the top 100 cloud software vendors by revenue.

      Blackbaud ranked No. 24 for the second straight year on IDC’s list of “Top 100 Cloud Software Vendors by Revenue” and climbed two spots to No. 18 on IDC’s list of “Top 20 Worldwide SaaS Applications Revenue by Vendor.”

      According to IDC, the worldwide SaaS and cloud software market grew by 26.2% in 2017, reaching $107.5 billion, and the leading 20 cloud software providers accounted for 49.1% of the cloud software market in 2017. Click here to purchase/download a copy of the report.

      1(doc #US43821218, August 2018)

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

      The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 0.7 percent while online giving increased 8.1 percent for the three months ending June 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

      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, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud 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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