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Blackbaud kills off Common Ground

Robert Weiner

Yesterday the news was that Blackbaud had laid off 50 employees it acquired when it bought Convio in May. Today the news is that Blackbaud is killing off Common Ground , one of the two donor management products (aka CRMs or Constituent Relationship Management systems) that they acquired from Convio. But not in a good way.

5 Fundraising Resolutions for 2016

Connection Cafe

The same trends that are changing the world around us at a rapidly accelerating rate are impacting the fundraising profession in new and exciting ways.

Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge NXT Launches

Tech Soup Blog

Raiser's Edge NXT is the new online fundraising and relationship management software for nonprofits by TechSoup donor partner Blackbaud.

3 Reasons Why Your Donor Database Data Went Bad

NonProfit Hub

We see this happen often within donor databases and nonprofit CRMs. There are three common reasons why data in a donor database can go bad: 1.

More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

More fundraising software = more data headaches. What sort of fundraising software are we talking about? There’s a lot. Probably.

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One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2014

Connection Cafe

Adrian Sargeant says “a 10% increase in donor retention can increase the lifetime value of your donor database by 200%.”. Superb content.

How Social Media Influencers Fuel your Fundraising Goals

NetWits

And they will do it through their social networks, all of which are the key to your fundraising efforts. Four Social Media Types.

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1 Strategy and 3 Tactics for Growing Event Fundraising Revenue by 10%

NetWits

Today I want to spend a little time thinking about the most important type of participant in your fundraising event (i.e. They show up early. 

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3 Powerful Fundraising Strategies for Email

John Haydon

In fact, Blackbaud has found that this year-end fundraising spike happens every year. Split testing ALL fundraising messages.

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10 Ways To Segment Donors To Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Effectiveness

TechImpact

Image courtesy of Fundraiser Help. According to a 2013 report by Blackbaud, each generation of donor has different giving tendencies.

4 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign

Connection Cafe

Peer-to-peer fundraising has been a powerful tool in the fundraiser’s toolbox for years. Costs for any kickoff party for fundraisers.

Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio is a done deal

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud completed its purchase of Convio. Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Email Marketing Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising SoftwareThe next adventure starts today, as we wait to see what the future holds for their various systems.

Blackbaud – Convio merger expected to close this week

Robert Weiner

The Department of Justice signed off on Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio last week, and it looks like the deal will close this week. Other outside experts I've talked to think Common Ground will get Blackbaud's full support and will be targeted to mid-sized nonprofits. eTapestry will be targeted to Blackbaud's smallest clients.

Summer Cleaning: A Data Hygiene Checklist Any Nonprofit Can Reference!

Connection Cafe

Here at Blackbaud, our Target Analytics team has an abundant product offering for data clean-up with our Data Enrichment Services , and other vendors may provide some or all of these types of services as well.  This gives you high level information to find out what is incomplete, outdated, or missing from your database.

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Using CRM to Manage Your Mission

Connection Cafe

Jackson, Client Success Lead, Blackbaud. What’s the difference between CRM and a donor database? Think about your organization – chances are your development department uses a database for the solicitation and management of donors and only people on that team can access it. By: Rachel L. Does it sound too good to be true?

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Great reads from around the web on May 9th

Amy Sample Ward

Blackbaud and Convio Now One Company – "Blackbaud, Inc. “This is an exciting day for the Blackbaud and Convio teams.

Fundraising Tools to Help You Prepare for End-of-the-Year Campaigns

Tech Soup Blog

BlackBaud's eTapestry lets you track donors, prospects, members, and alumni while managing gifts, pledges, and payments. fundraising

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Major Gifts and a $260,000 Online Donation

NetWits

In fact, Blackbaud’s 2011 Online Giving Report , noted that the largest online gift in 2011 was $260,000 !  Online Support is Needed.

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Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database: Case Studies

Idealware

Written by Idealware's senior editor Chris Bernard, these three case studies illustrate the article " Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database? Then it goes into Salesforce, which is our database for nearly everything.”. PublishDate: December 2011. Author: Chris Bernard. Fight Colorectal Cancer. $1 Million budget. Seven staff. In St.

5 Ideas That Will Give Your Donors a Reason to Stick Around

NonProfit Hub

Madeline Turner is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the  managing editor of the Content Marketing Program at Blackbaud. It’s Follow-Up.

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A 3 Step Guide to Attracting Corporate Donors Using Social Media

NetWits

In a recent review of 50 upcoming fundraising events, we found the same sponsorship message in every single organization.  Guess what?  So hum? 

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Blackbaud kills off Common Ground

Idealware

Robert Weiner was kind enough to let us reprint this post from his website about Blackbaud discontinuing Common Ground. Click through to the original post to read or contribute to the active comments section for a discussion about what might happen when Blackbaud ends support. Blackbaud says it still gets support calls from GMP users.

Want to improve your fundraising results? Fire on all cylinders!

Frogloop

Blackbaud just released the 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report. Case Studies Online Fundraising

Operations Outsourcing: Have It Your Way

Connection Cafe

Outsourcing operations has any number of benefits, especially in the world of direct marketing execution and database management. It’s a fact.

On Uncommon Ground

Judi Sohn

Blackbaud had too many products. No other fundraising CRM/database targeted to the midmarket at that price point comes close.

Perspectives from the Charitable Giving Report: National World War II Museum

Connection Cafe

At The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, fundraising is all about data and their data is all about their donors. Acquisition.

Raise More By Avoiding “One Size Fits All” Email Appeals

NetWits

So, utilize all that great information in your database to deliver the right email message to the right audience.  When making a hard ask.

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How to Reap the Rewards at the Finish Line

Connection Cafe

Fundraisers that are new to your event are often uncomfortable with asking people for money multiple times, so they stop at just one ask.

Fundraising: The Tech Tools You Need

Tech Soup Blog

Donated Fundraising Tools from TechSoup. TechSoup offers a wide variety of fundraising tools through its donation programs. PayAnywhere.

How to Achieve Out of This World Open Rates [Plus 5 Tips to Avoid the Trash Altogether]

Connection Cafe

Online Fundraising Enthusiast. Here are five easy ways to get your nonprofit’s email into one of the 3 coveted buckets from our Blackbaud Email Marketing experts: . 1. Database and online marketing tools allow you to bucket your supporters into different groups based on interest – USE THOSE TOOLS. Wiener Dog Lover. 

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Peer to Peer – It’s Not Just For Races Anymore

Connection Cafe

Guest Post by Andy Welkley , Product Marketing Manager for Blackbaud’s Peer to Peer solutions. The competition your organization faces for patron dollars has never been hotter, and savvy organizations have started taking advantage of channels, like Peer to Peer, that have not been traditionally part of their fundraising mix.

5 Steps to Boost Donor Acquisition with Ticketing

Connection Cafe

Guest post by Ryan King , Blackbaud’s Sr. Do you often feel limited by your database, connections, and networks? Create a spark! Got it?

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Blackbaud kills Common Ground: So What?

Robert Weiner

According to the Q&A that Idealware conducted with Blackbaud , approximately 400 nonprofits are using Common Ground. Here are some reasons that I’ve been thinking and hearing about: Nonprofits that were previously looking at Luminate are nervous about placing a bet on Blackbaud’s commitment to the Salesforce platform. nonprofits.

75 Mobile Apps to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit's Productivity in 2015

Tech Soup Blog

Databases and Analytics. FileMaker also lets iOS users access their databases on the go with FileMaker Go 13 ( iOS ; free; software required).

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The Self-Taught Analytics Professional

Connection Cafe

Blogs and websites: Blackbaud’s npEngage blog on Fundraising Analytics. Part 2 – Predictive analytics demo fundraising.

7 Nonprofits that Inspired Us in 2013 and How Your Favorite Nonprofit Can Make the List this Year.

Connection Cafe

Bill is Blackbaud’s corporate communications manager. This is a guest post by Bill Fryman. Bill Read the case study. Read the case study.

How’s that donor database of yours?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

In general, although I am sometimes asked, I tend to avoid assisting clients with choosing a donor database package. By far the most popular DMS of the ones surveyed was … you guessed … Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge. In that trio was Organizer’s Database, the desktop open source DMS.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all of the commercial donor databases I’m aware of. This list came from my head, my bookmarks, and lists compiled by NTEN and Idealware for their donor management software surveys (and I’m not certain all of these are actually donor databases). Blackbaud. FundRaise.

Mud, Color, Glow, Run, and Raise: The Rise of Multi-Charity Events

Connection Cafe

Athletic event-based fundraisers are growing in popularity. . That means that any participant can fundraise for any charity they choose.

Major Fundraising Application Canned, What’s Next for Nonprofit Databases?

Idealware

As the nonprofit tech community continues to weigh in on the news that Blackbaud would be discontinuing Common Ground, we're still tracking the issue and sharing points of view we think would be of interest to you. The application was a fee-based, customizable online database for capturing donations and engaging donors.