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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.

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.

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.

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


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%


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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[White Paper] The Peer to Peer Fundraising Technology Landscape


As the Internet and technology have continued to evolve, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns have become more sophisticated. User interface.

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


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

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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.

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.

The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

Connection Cafe

If your database is not connected to Guidestar, you can run checks manually through the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check. Need an example?

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

So July and August can be a great time to clean-up your fundraising system to make sure your data is as accurate and robust as possible, in particular when you start thinking of embarking on a data analytics and/or prospect screening project in the coming months, let’s say maybe later in the 3 rd and 4 th quarters.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Platform


Peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising is a powerful tool for fundraisers. Today, there are a wide range of P2P fundraising platforms.

Using CRM to Manage Your Mission

Connection Cafe

Jackson, Client Success Lead, Blackbaud. They wanted to understand how CRM is different from a traditional donor database and how nonprofits can benefit from investing in CRM. What’s the difference between CRM and a donor database? CRM #bbcon Blackbaud database donor Fundraising Software and Services software

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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


In fact, Blackbaud’s 2011 Online Giving Report , noted that the largest online gift in 2011 was $260,000 ! I hear $1,000 used most frequently.

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Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database: Case Studies


Written by Idealware's senior editor Chris Bernard, these three case studies illustrate the article " Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database? We don’t do straight volunteering so much, just a yearly event—a lobby day—and anyone who registers or interacts with us is in (the database),” she said. PublishDate: December 2011. 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. Be Gracious.

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Predictive Modeling vs. Wealth Screening: Effective Segmentation Programs Require a Healthy Mix

Connection Cafe

Target Analytics Affluence , Blackbaud’s newest data set, is an example of where to obtain this type data. It’s a great debate.

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A 3 Step Guide to Attracting Corporate Donors Using Social Media


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

Blackbaud kills off Common Ground


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.

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


So, utilize all that great information in your database to deliver the right email message to the right audience. Maybe a hat or pair of gloves?

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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 Reap the Rewards at the Finish Line

Connection Cafe

I’m thrilled because now I can be closer to the Blackbaud office and take on a new challenge. Show their picture and tell their story.

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: . Database and online marketing tools allow you to bucket your supporters into different groups based on interest – USE THOSE TOOLS. Wiener Dog Lover. A/B Test.

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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.