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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. In what was said to be an unrelated development, they also announced the departure of Gene Austin, the former CEO of Convio. The Blackbaud/Convio staff I spoke with seemed taken aback by this decision. But not in a good way.

Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

Robert Weiner

Lots of people have already weighed in on Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio (two of my favorites: [link] and [link] ). How) will this affect Convio’s online marketing suite? Here my perspective. have no inside knowledge about what the merged company will look like. My main questions are about product strategies. Common Ground? Luminate?

Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio is a done deal

Robert Weiner

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

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. This is just the beginning of the story. expect that it will take at least several months, and probably several years, before the dust settles and we know what's left behind. We'll see. How's your crystal ball?

More nonprofit software mergers and acquisitions

Robert Weiner

Last year the big news in my industry was Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio and the merger/acquisition of Datatel and Sungard Higher Education (now called Ellucian). 2013 is off to a bang with Accel-KKR's acquisition of Sage's Nonprofit Solutions Group and iModules acquisition of Harris Connect. for the foreseeable future.”

Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

Robert Weiner

Convio released their 2010 Online Nonprofit Benchmark Study in March, based on results from nearly 500 clients. read more.

Nonprofit Technology Resolutions for 2009

Robert Weiner

In early January, Convio asked a group of nonprofit technology bloggers to suggest New Year’s resolutions for nonprofits ( TechSoup Blog was one of the participants ). In addition, they asked people to post resolutions on Convio’s Connection Café blog.

New Year’s Resolution: Be Good To Your Data

Robert Weiner

NOTE: This post is part of a collaborative effort organized by Convio. My friend and fellow consultant John Kenyon is fond of saying that, after people, data is an organization’s most important asset. Yet many organizations don’t pay enough attention to the care and feeding of their databases. And run backups religiously.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

Convio. 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). SYSTEM. VENDOR. Batsch Group.

Blackbaud to Acquire Nonprofit Software Maker Convio

Vertex Systems

The list of major nonprofit software vendors will grow smaller this year as the largest maker  of fundraising software to non-profit organizations has agreed to buy Convio. Convio provides fundraising software and is … Continue reading → Good news or bad news for non-profits?

4 Nerdiest Upcoming Convio Features

Connection Cafe

Over the past several months I've had the pleasure of working with Convio's Engineering team on a number of new features for Luminate Online.

Blackbaud Buys their Rival Convio: Now What?

Frogloop

The nonprofit community was stunned yesterday when Blackbaud purchased long time rival Convio. According to Blackbaud President Marc Chardon, “Combining Convio and Blackbaud is expected to help create one of the largest SaaS vendors with over $440 million in trailing twelve months pro forma revenue.” The Good.

Convio and Blackbaud: The NPTech Brady Bunch?

NTEN

You've probably heard by now that Blackbaud has announced it intends to acquire Convio in a roughly $240 million deal.

Behind the Convio Admin Curtain

Connection Cafe

Ever wonder who the man (or woman) behind the curtain is on your favorite Convio powered site (sort of like the Wizard of Oz but in a less ruby slippers are more online strategy kind of way)? AM: I often look for answers to questions that I have in the Convio Community. Author: Emily Goodstein. ” Say it with me! Thanks, Andrew.

2012 Convio Benchmark Study

Connection Cafe

The sixth annual Convio Online Marketing Benchmark Index Study is now officially released. Author: Vinay Bhagat. Watch the video on YouTube

Hot Off The Presses: Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study

Connection Cafe

Downtime may be hard to come by with SXSWi , NTC and AFP International activity this week, but just in case you have a few minutes to burn waiting for a flight, train or a panel to start, I’m arming you with some exhilarating reading material — the Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index Study. Author: Jill Ward.

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My Study Abroad, at Convio

Connection Cafe

Have you ever wondered who else works at Convio? Author: Emily Goodstein. Howdy, Connection Cafe readers! Well, today is your lucky day.

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Donation Form Optimization: A new report available from Donordigital and Convio

Connection Cafe

Author: Jill Ward. A new report from Donordigital and Convio reveals some interesting findings about web donation forms.

Infographic: Convio Reports on Person-to-Person Event Fundraising Benchmarks

NTEN

You can find the complete study online here. They recently released an infographic to illustrate some of the key benchmarks.

Comparison of ShareThis, AddThis and Gigya (Now w/ Convio Integration!)

Beaconfire Wire

Gigya, especially with it’s recent integration with Convio , might be your best bet depending on your needs. AddThis widget (on hover).

Blackbaud Agrees To Buy Convio For $275 Million - Forbes

AFP Blog

Blackbaud Agrees To Buy Convio For $275 Million - Forbes : There are profits to be made in non-profits. Blackbaud, a provider of cloud-based software for non-profits, this morning said it has agreed to buy Convio, which provides fund-raising software for the non-profit sector, for $16 a share, or about $275 million.

Convio Go! List-Building Strategies

Connection Cafe

To help the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (a nonprofit medical research organization) find the answers, the Convio Go! To read more about OMRF’s success story or learn how Convio Go! Author: Jennifer Atkins. Are we saying too much? Too little? What tools do we need? What channels should we use? What should our message be?

Care2 Impact Prize Awarded to Vinay Bhagat of Convio

Frogloop

Kudos to Vinay Bhagat of Convio for winning the 2012 Care2 Impact Prize for his outstanding impact in online advocacy and fundraising.

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Blackbaud, Convio, and the Nonprofit Software Market

Idealware

So as you've likely heard by now, Blackbaud has plans to aquire Convio. As two of only a handful of big companies in the nonprofit technology space, this is big news. But what does it mean? There's been a lot of concern and speculation. Am I wrong about that?". Perhaps this won't happen here. doubt it, but who knows.

NTEN Community Call: Your Perspectives on the Blackbaud-Convio Acquisition Announcement

NTEN

On January 17th, the nonprofit, technology, and financial communities learned that Blackbaud was beginning the steps to acquire Convio , whose board had approved the purchase. blackbaud Change Management CMS Community community call convio CRM Infrastructure nptech Policy Social Media

The Dish: 2011 Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

Or at least come by and say "hi" and meet the faces behind those Convio voices and emails that you know. Author: Jill Ward. Enjoy!

New Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Study

Beaconfire Wire

One of the best studies of how nonprofits are using online communications is Convio’s annual report. Here’s a link to download the  Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study (in PDF The report, which was released today, is well worth a read. Advocacy continues to play an important role. percent in 2009.

New Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Study

Beaconfire Wire

One of the best studies of how nonprofits are using online communications is Convio’s annual report. Here’s a link to download the  Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study (in PDF The report, which was released today, is well worth a read. Advocacy continues to play an important role. percent in 2009.

What will the Blackbaud-Convio Merger Mean? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy.

AFP Blog

What will the Blackbaud-Convio Merger Mean? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy. : One of the most significant mergers in the realm of nonprofit technology in recent years is now in the books.

Sparkly Shoed Convio Superstar

Connection Cafe

We got to talking and I learned of her Convio savvy and love of all things Gigya. TL: Hands down, I would say the Convio Community.

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Convio and SXSW 2012

Connection Cafe

Dust off your Tom’s, iPads, and lanyards- SXSW is finally upon us and no one is more excited than we are here at Convio.

Blackbaud and Convio One Company – Now What?

Tech Soup Blog

Ever since we announced the completion of Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio , we’ve been hard at work with our combined team, focused on integrating quickly so we can deliver added value for our joint customers and the nonprofit sector. Donated Blackbaud services are available at TechSoup. Queue the virtual round of Kumbaya. ? ).

Coming Soon: Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

If you read Connection Cafe regularly, follow @Convio on Twitter or are a fan of the Convio Facebook page - well, first things first, thank you. But second, you may be aware of this little thing called Convio Summit that's beginning tomorrow. Follow @Convio on Twitter. Author: Cheryl Black.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Two of them (Convio and Blackbaud) are even publicly traded companies, which says a lot about the profit potential of this vertical. CRM Open Source Web Tools blackbaud convio commonground Data nptech opensource salesforceBecause of this, the deck has always been stacked against open source tools in this arena.

Blackbaud and Convio: Stronger Together

Connection Cafe

Author: Sara Spivey. Not even a whole summer on the Blackbaud team, and we are knocking things out left and right. Jana Eggers , Sr.

Convio Nonprofit Benchmarks Are Ready

Connection Cafe

Organizations with fewer than 10,000 email addresses on file, many of which are participants in the Convio Go! Author: Quinn Donovan.

Blackbaud Extends Offer to Acquire Convio - MarketWatch

AFP Blog

Blackbaud Extends Offer to Acquire Convio - MarketWatch : CHARLESTON, S.C., BLKB 0.86% today announced the extension of the expiration of its cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Convio, Inc. Apr 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Blackbaud, Inc.

Convio Common Ground launched!

Judi Sohn

If I knew that I could make the switch from the old Salesforce nonprofit Starter Pack to Convio Common Ground in less than 6 weeks, I would have made this move months ago. Tags: Geek Posts Salesforce Common Ground Convio database Yes, it was time consuming, but not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. So grateful. Not ideal.

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A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

Connection Cafe

On behalf of everyone at Convio I want to say “THANK YOU!” Author: Kent Gilliam. remember it like it was yesterday. Former Sgt.

Salesforce.com, Convio Announce AppExchange Availability

AFP Blog

Salesforce.com, Convio Announce AppExchange Availability: "Convio has announced the availability of the Convio Database Connector on Salesforce.com's (News - Alert) AppExchange.