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      Blackbaud Europe Associates Give Back With Hands-On Volunteer Services and More!

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

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

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

      Key Findings from the Blackbaud Institute Vital Signs Report

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

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

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

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

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

      Media Contact
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      media@blackbaud.com

      Forward-looking Statements
      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding expected benefits of products and product features. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

      Blackbaud Announces Date of Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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

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

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

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

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

      Are Community Foundations Driving Radical Collaboration?

      By Annie Rhodes, Director of Foundation Strategy at Blackbaud.

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

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

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

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

      1. You attract new donors and increase community engagement.

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

      2. You keep people engaged with knowledge and storytelling.

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

      3. You know collaboration can take many forms.

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

      4. You start to rethink the idea of competition.

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

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


      Article originally appeared on NonprofitInformation.com on October 4.

      Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of JustGiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Media Contact
      Sylvia Baker
      Porter Novelli for Blackbaud
      404-995-4528
      Sylvia.Baker@porternovelli.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: management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; risks inherent in the expansion of our international operations; defects or delays in our cloud-based solutions and hosting services; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to data security and data privacy; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the Securities and Exchange Commission filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

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

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

      The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Tracking approximately $23 billion in US-based charitable giving, the Index is updated on the first of each month (or the next business day) and is based on a three-month moving average of year-over-year percent change. Featuring overall and online giving, the Index can be viewed by size and subsets of the nonprofit industry via an interactive online chart. The Index also features a fundraising benchmark calculator that allows users to easily chart their own results against the Index and historical data to provide a fuller view of charitable giving.

      To access The Blackbaud Index, subscribe to monthly email alerts, read about the methodology, or access special reports, visit www.blackbaud.com/blackbaudindex.

      Media Contact
      Nicole McGougan
      Public Relations
      843.654.3307
      nicole.mcgougan@blackbaud.com

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

      How to find a job with purpose – Cosmopolitan Magazine

      Download the full article: “How to find a job with purpose” 

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

      Get involved from 5 to 9

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

      1. Figure out what fits into your life.  

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

      2. Join a big squad.

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

      3. Ask how you can help. 

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


      Article originally appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine October 2017 print issue.

      Lianne McGrory Takes on Managing Director Role at Blackbaud Europe

      Global cloud software leader appoints new executive to boost outcomes for non-profits

      London, UK (28 September 2017) — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the appointment of Lianne McGrory to managing director of Blackbaud Europe.

      “Leveraging 13 years working with non-profits across Europe and the Pacific regions, I’m excited to take the lead and help organisations find efficiencies and implement best practices to improve fundraising outcomes,” said McGrory. “In my new leadership role, I have found the intersection of two great passions – social good and technology – and look forward to inspiring, supporting and partnering with customers to help them achieve their missions.”

      McGrory is responsible for growing the European operation of Blackbaud’s International Markets Group, which has offices in London, Glasgow and Dublin. McGrory started with Blackbaud in 2004 working at company locations in Glasgow and London before relocating to Sydney in 2010 where she most recently managed the sales and professional services business for Blackbaud Pacific.

      “Lianne is a seasoned technology leader who is passionate about growing social good while delivering excellent customer experiences,” said Jerome Moisan, president of Blackbaud’s International Markets Group. “I am confident that customers will uncover more opportunities and enhance business processes for greater fundraising outcomes with Lianne at the helm.”

      To learn more about Blackbaud Europe careers, visit www.blackbaud.co.uk/company/careers.

      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.co.uk.

      UK Public Relations
      Casper Harratt
      0207 601 7100
      casper.harratt@blackbaud.co.uk

      Forward-looking Statements
      Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

      Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT Again Yields an Impressive Total Economic Impact

      Independent study shows how a higher education institution can operate more effectively and raise more
      with three-year results such as triple-digit ROI, double-digit growth in major gifts and more

      Charleston, S.C. (September 28, 2017) — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the results of a commissioned Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study[1] conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Blackbaud, examining the return on investment a higher education institution experienced by deploying Blackbaud’s smart cloud fundraising and relationship management solution. Forrester found that over a three-year period, Raiser’s Edge NXT™ helped an institution achieve a 484 percent return on investment, increase gift revenue of over $2.1 million primarily by fostering a 56 percent growth in major gifts, and save time and resources through efficiencies in gift officer research, scheduling and activity logging.

      Forrester took a comprehensive approach to evaluate the impact that Raiser’s Edge NXT had on a higher education institution. Specifically, it interviewed Blackbaud subject matter experts, Forrester analysts and an institution currently using Raiser’s Edge NXT, and constructed a financial model representative of the interview using the TEI methodology. The objective of the framework was to identify the cost, benefit, flexibility and risk factors that affect the investment decision.

      Forrester interviewed University of North Texas (UNT), one of Texas’ largest universities with more than 1,000 full-time faculty members, 37,000 students and 380,000 active constituents. UNT gift officers and executives found its former system archaic, difficult to navigate, time-consuming and frustrating, leading the University to distrust the software and avoid using it. “Our old system was very slow, and you had to use it from a computer—we all work off our mobile devices nowadays—and there was a big gap in what was needed for the front-line fundraiser; Raiser’s Edge NXT filled that gap,” said Clint Shipp, executive director of advancement services at UNT.

      To address these challenges, UNT searched for an innovative cloud solution that could help gift officers effectively foster current and potential donors, enable executives to better track team KPIs and view reports, improve productivity and reporting, and seamlessly integrate with its existing systems and launch immediately without an expensive and time-consuming data and systems conversion. With Vice President of Advancement David Wolf championing the effort, UNT adopted Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT.

      After Deploying Raiser’s Edge NXT, University of North Texas Experienced:

      • Fostered new and repeat donors to give 56 percent more major gifts than average, resulting in a three-year revenue lift attributable to Raiser’s Edge NXT of over $2.1 million.
      • Increased personal visits by 20 percent, and phone and email actions by 43 percent without any increase in development staff—with UNT setting a new fundraising record in 2017 of over $30 million raised with 24 percent more major gifts than even at the height of its 2012 major giving campaign.
      • Avoided software and maintenance costs of $371,417 and recouped the cost of its investment in Raiser’s Edge NXT within six months of purchasing.
      • Enabled UNT to recapture 6,411 hours of gift officer productivity worth $180,814. Gift officers reduced research time by 40 minutes per personal meeting and 10 minutes per phone or email action, and saved 20 minutes for scheduling per meeting. Staff also saved two hours per month logging activity.

      “Personal visits have really been on the rise, a lot of which I attribute to our good systems in place; and because we now have the right solution to help our gift officers know what to do at the right time,” added Shipp. “Gift officers are not wasting as much time in the office — they are more active than I’ve ever seen before.”

      “The ROI that Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT delivers for UNT goes beyond its stellar financial results,” said Tim Hill, president and general manager of Blackbaud Higher Education Solutions. “Our innovation also provides UNT’s advancement team a consistent, cohesive user experience and increases their productivity levels. We’re honored to partner with UNT in reaching its goals and fulfilling its mission.”

      Learn how University of North Texas made 2017 its most successful fundraising year to date with Raiser’s Edge NXT by downloading the full study at www.blackbaud.com/Forrester-Report-UofNorthTexas. Hosted by Blackbaud, join UNT and guest Forrester on October 23 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this story in webinar form.

      This study is one of three recently announced by Blackbaud that highlights the positive total economic impact of Raiser’s Edge NXT for customers, learn more at www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/forrester-studies. 

      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
      843.654.3307
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      [1] The Total Economic Impact™ Of Raiser’s Edge NXT, a September 2017 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Blackbaud

      Associate-Centered CSR: Communities in Schools Charleston

      At Blackbaud, we believe in the power of individuals to be agents of social good. When people participate in their communities through volunteering, philanthropy, and civic engagement, good things happen. One of the most impactful ways of serving one’s community is through nonprofit board or committee work. Volunteering at this level provides an opportunity for individuals to lend their experience, expertise, and other personal or professional skills to an organization looking to make this world a better place. To help encourage this type of service volunteerism, we actively match colleagues’ skills, interests, and passions with organizations that could greatly benefit from their service.

      Amy Chase, one of Blackbaud’s VPs of professional services, recently joined the board of Communities in Schools Charleston (CIS) and is serving in the role of chair for its Development Committee. Amy’s work at Blackbaud taps into her various career experiences—working at nonprofit organizations, consulting, volunteering and project managing—as she manages multiple teams of business analysts, project managers, developers, architects and consultants who help create solutions that fuel nonprofit missions.

      Amy wanted to give back to an organization where she could fuse her professional experiences and skills together with her service to an organization assisting children and education. “Serving on the board of CIS has given me an opportunity to make an immediate impact by supporting its development efforts in private-, corporate-, foundation- and event-based giving while allowing me to also build relationships with other board members and staff that are equally committed and passionate about programs for improving school dropout rates in Charleston,” said Amy.

      “The hardest positions to fill on a nonprofit board are the development committee positions, says Jane Riley-Gambrell, former executive director, Communities in Schools Charleston. “Executive and development directors often have to get creative to attract talent to this portion of the team so  when someone like Amy comes along, it is a nonprofit’s dream. In her short time on our board, she has hit the ground running, accepting the development chair role, providing our development director with much needed support and knowledge as well as helped the board learn more about necessary steps for long-term success within the organizations development department. We are beyond thrilled to have her talent and skills on our team.”

      Established in 1989 to implement dropout prevention programs, the mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Now celebrating its 28th year, Communities in Schools Charleston has grown to serve nearly 10,000 students in 19 Charleston and Berkeley County Schools, using an evidenced-based comprehensive approach to bring community services to students, their families, and schools.

       

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