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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. The Blackbaud/Convio staff I spoke with seemed taken aback by this decision. Blackbaud says it still gets support calls from GMP users.

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 Blackbaud’s plans for, or ability to build, implement, and support Enterprise CRM? Will Blackbaud continue to develop on both the Salesforce and Infinity platforms? Idealware’s Consumer’s Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems reviewed 30 systems, the majority of which don’t come from Convio or Blackbaud.

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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. 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. This is just the beginning of the story.

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. The Sage staff I've talked to can't comment publicly until the sale is final, which they hope will happen this month.

Do New Online Donors Give Again?

Robert Weiner

A new study released by Blackbaud’s Target Analytics division suggests that first-time online donors do not become recurring donors.

Analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey

Robert Weiner

Steve MacLaughlin at Blackbaud has written an analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey. No surprise -- he focuses on the high number of responses that said they "don't know" or "don't measure" and cites the maxim "If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it." " His analysis is at [link].

Online Alumni Communities in the Age of Social Media

Robert Weiner

I'd like to hear from anyone who is using the social networking function of Blackbaud Net Community. I received the following email from a listerve. The topic of closed alumni communities versus social media is on the minds of a lot of university staff, so I'm posting this along with my response. We are purchasing Net Community for some of the other things it offers, and we're trying to decide if we should pursue social networking through it or use Facebook, etc.

2008 Online Giving Trends

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud has released a summary of early results from its analysis of 2008 online giving trends. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud’s online fundraising tools. They’ve found: Steady growth throughout the year. There was a slight decrease in online giving during the third quarter but online giving rebounded in the fourth quarter.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud. Blackbaud. Target Software/Blackbaud. Blackbaud. 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). It does not include custom systems, of which there are many.

We Are Blackbaud [Infographic]


Online Fundraising Blackbaud Fundraising Software and Services We are BlackbaudFor the past 30 years, we’ve been developing software and services for nonprofits. We are immensely proud of the work we do in helping over 27,000 nonprofit customers accomplish their missions.

Blackbaud Headed to SXSWi 2011


Blackbaud @ SXSW 2011. There are a ton of great activities, networking opportunities and sessions focused on the non-profit space this year – one of which Blackbaud will be moderating. Moderator: Frank Barry – Blackbaud. Blackbaud #nptech Non-Profit sxsw

Powering Momentous Change Through the Blackbaud Institute

Connection Cafe

Soon after, the audience was the first to hear the announcement of something truly momentous: the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. When I asked Ashley how the Blackbaud Institute came about, she shared that Blackbaud leaders “realized we are at a unique moment as a company.

Announcing the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

Connection Cafe

Today, we announced the newly minted Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. Enter the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, an initiative that will drive groundbreaking research and insights to equip a thriving social good sector for impact.

Celebrating Digital Learning Day: How Camp Blackbaud Amplifies Technology Skills for Good

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As a technology company that powers the world of social good, Blackbaud’s solutions help nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate giving programs advance their missions and make a positive impact on the world each and every day. Camp Blackbaud. Why Camp Blackbaud?

Why Salesforce1 and Blackbaud is a Great Pair for Nonprofits

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Blackbaud commends the recent announcement of Salesforce1 –’s new social, mobile and cloud customer platform. Well… all of the goodness that will come from the Salesforce1 platform investment carries directly over to Luminate CRM , Blackbaud’s, Salesforce-based CRM.

Introducing Blackbaud’s Portfolio of Fundraising and Relationship Management Solutions

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This week, Blackbaud shared our product portfolio strategy for 2015 and beyond, including the highly-anticipated plan for the future of the Raiser’s Edge solution line. I’ve also been asked by customers what it means when Blackbaud says it is “investing” in innovation.

Blackbaud Index for April 2013

Connection Cafe

The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Improvements to the Blackbaud Index. The Blackbaud Index has several new updates and improvements beginning this month. Research & Trends Blackbaud Index fundraising Online Fundraising

Camp Blackbaud: Pro Bono in Action

Connection Cafe

This is a big week for Blackbaud. As I push this post live, I’m gathered in Austin, TX, for the 16th annual bbcon – Blackbaud’s conference for the philanthropic community. Check out this video to get a look at Camp Blackbaud in action. It’s Pro Bono Week!

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. Blackbaud plans to release software upgrades every one to two months, and all RE NXT subscribers are automatically updated. Image by Blackbaud.

Blackbaud Announces March Web Seminars for Nonprofits


Blackbaud is offering a free web seminar series to help nonprofits build strategies for mobilizing, soliciting, and stewarding supporters during and after times of disaster. Blackbaud experts and partners developed the seminars based off of their work with nonprofit customers who responded to the Haiti earthquake.

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Blackbaud Index for March 2013

NonProfit Trends

The Blackbaud Index provideds the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. The March 2013 update to The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving is significant because it now covers more than $10 billion in overall charitable giving.

Blackbaud Buys their Rival Convio: Now What?


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.” That said, I know Blackbaud has made efforts to engage its users and I hope that this kind of collaboration will only increase.”

Convio and Blackbaud: The NPTech Brady Bunch?


You've probably heard by now that Blackbaud has announced it intends to acquire Convio in a roughly $240 million deal. Here are a few of the posts that have already made their way around the Interwebs: Blackbaud & Convio - a match made in heaven or hell?

Blackbaud to Acquire Nonprofit Software Maker Convio

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Good news or bad news for non-profits? 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 →

Blackbaud Index for August 2011

NonProfit Trends

The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector. Nonprofit Trends Blackbaud Index Fundraising Online Giving

Insights from the Blackbaud #GivingTuesday Trends Report

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup donor partner Blackbaud recently released a report that digs deep into the #GivingTuesday results over three years to reveal the patterns that are emerging from this increasingly important national day of charitable giving. Key Findings of the Blackbaud Report. Blackbaud was a founding partner of #GivingTuesday and has tracked the online giving trends of U.S. Here are six key findings from Blackbaud's #GivingTuesday Trends Report.

A Lesson on Budgeting from the Blackbaud Management Team

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What’s Really Driving the Increase in Online Giving?

Connection Cafe

The latest figures from the Blackbaud Index for Canadian giving and U.S. Nonprofit Fundraising Blackbaud Index Blackbaud Index Canada Canadian Giving millennials Online Donation Pages Online Fundraising Tips online givingIf you’re like most nonprofits and charitable organizations you’re seeing growth in online giving. How fast is your online giving growing? Maybe 25% or more?

Artificial Intelligence for Nonprofits and other Social Good Organizations

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This is how Blackbaud helps nonprofits make better decisions around supporter engagement. For example, Blackbaud has been using AI and machine learning to surface recommendations to fundraisers directly in their software applications.

Blackbaud Index for March 2011 | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Blackbaud Index for March 2011 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on May 18th, 2011 The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector.

Six Amazing Stats From Blackbaud’s 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Report


Whether or not you use Blackbaud’s software, one thing you’ve got to respect is their commitment to researching what online fundraising strategies work best for nonprofits. photo credit : Team Blackbaud by Geoff Livingston. This post originally appeared on

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Blackbaud Index for February 2011

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Blackbaud Index for February 2011 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on April 15th, 2011 The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector.

#GivingTuesday Continues to See Double-Digit Growth

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According to Blackbaud data, online giving on #GivingTuesday was up 20% on a year-over-year basis compared to 2015. Blackbaud processed more than $47.7 For a number of years, Blackbaud has also tracked the growth of mobile donations on #GivingTuesday.

11 Fascinating Facts About Online Fundraising That Will Inspire You to Action


… Online Fundraising 2011 online Blackbaud Social FundraisingIs your nonprofit raising money on it’s website? I’m guessing the answer is yes.

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Disaster Giving and The Blackbaud Index

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Disaster Giving and The Blackbaud Index Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on March 15th, 2011 The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving have been updated to show results for the 3 months ending January 2011 through the same period in 2010. The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving reports that overall revenue increased by 4.7%

The 2014 Charitable Giving Report

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Nonprofit Fundraising 2010 State of the Not-for-Profit Industry Survey Analytics Blackbaud Blackbaud Index fundraising nonprofit online giving The 2014 Charitable Giving Report includes 24 months of overall giving data from 4,798 nonprofit organizations representing more than $16.2

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Blackbaud Agrees To Buy Convio For $275 Million - Forbes

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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.

15 Techniques Used by Top Nonprofits to Boost Donor Acquisition and Online Fundraising Results

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Nonprofit Fundraising Blackbaud donation form Donor Acquisition donor retention fundraising ideas fundraising tips luminate online online donor acquisition Online FundraisingOnline fundraising isn’t a fad.

2011 Online Giving Trends and 5 Tactics Your Nonprofit Must Implement Today


In our 2011 Online Giving Report we’ve combined findings from The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving with additional multi-year giving data, which allows us to pull out a very rich set of insights.

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