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.

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.

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5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

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Last month, the Blackbaud Institute released a report entitled “ Share of the American Wallet ,” which uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore how demographic attributes and discretionary spending patterns relate to philanthropy.

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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. Chuck Longfield, Senior Vice President, Chief Scientist, Blackbaud. Richard Becker, President, Target Analytics, Blackbaud.

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. Analytics and reporting features that help target fundraising. Other Fundraising Resources. Image by Blackbaud.

Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit (Updated)

NonProfit Hub

We’ve already covered how to find the right online donation platform to boost your fundraising potential. To make it easy for you to navigate this article, we’ve broken our discussion into three helpful sections: Donor Databases for Small Nonprofits. Raiser’s Edge Fundraising Software.

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. The fact is that the fundraising database market is HUGE. Why I'm Optimistic About Blackbaud's Acquisition of Convio.

How Social Media Influencers Fuel your Fundraising Goals


With a new concept called Social Scoring, we now have a way to indentify and categorize the social media constituents in our databases by their reach or influence across their networks. And they will do it through their social networks, all of which are the key to your fundraising efforts.

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Share of the American Wallet: What It Does and Does Not Mean for Your Nonprofit

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The Blackbaud Institute’s newest research report, Share of the American Wallet , was released earlier this month. You have limited time and resources, and focusing on the right people is important, especially for major givin g, planned giving, and other high-touch fundraising methods.

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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. You cannot be a semi-established NPO or run a moderately successful fundraising event without them. Set clear expectations about their timeframe for fundraising.

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

Connection Cafe

Couple that with the rising cost of donor acquisition and you’ve got an incredibly difficult environment for fundraisers (and their nonprofits) to succeed. Adrian Sargeant says “a 10% increase in donor retention can increase the lifetime value of your donor database by 200%.”.

[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. Integration with CRM systems/databases of record. by Mark Becker, Founding Partner, Cathexis Partners. ————-.

3 Powerful Fundraising Strategies for Email

John Haydon

In fact, Blackbaud has found that this year-end fundraising spike happens every year. Check out last year: What’s your year-end fundraising plan? The fundraising strategies you employ during year-end should be rock solid. 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 study conducted by Blackbaud , overall donations to nonprofits increased in 2013 by 4.9%, and digital donations increased 6.4%. According to a 2013 report by Blackbaud, each generation of donor has different giving tendencies.

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. Advancement Services Cloud Computing Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising Software

Great reads from around the web on May 9th

Amy Sample Ward

It’s a no- to low-cost database that is a rich source of information about potential major donors, board members, employees, and strategic allies." Blackbaud and Convio Now One Company – "Blackbaud, Inc.

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. But, running a peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising campaign can be challenging, involving a great deal of time and logistics. At least five supporters you can count on to fundraise.

Major Gifts and a $260,000 Online Donation


Guest post by Bill Connors , author of Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge: A Non-Technical Guide. >> Join his free webinar on 4/17/12 @ 2pm ET - Making a major impact with your major gifts program. The question for me is, “Is this major gifts fundraising ?”

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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. Then it goes into Salesforce, which is our database for nearly everything.”. Apricot serves as a “resident management system” she said—basically, a case management database. “It’s

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


Editor’s note: We’ve been hearing from nonprofits and supporters that more people want to use their social spaces to fundraise for their favorite causes. Peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising is a powerful tool for fundraisers.

The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

Connection Cafe

If you have a database that is connected to the IRS database or to Guidestar, run your charity checks in batch at the beginning of December so you don’t have to spend time running checks for organizations to whom you’ve granted previously.

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

Tech Soup Blog

With #GivingTuesday and end-of-the-year campaigns only a few months away in December, we wanted to round up some of the best fundraising tools from the TechSoup catalog. BlackBaud's eTapestry lets you track donors, prospects, members, and alumni while managing gifts, pledges, and payments.

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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. Yet including corporate donors in your fundraising mix is a critical strategy. in total database with active email.

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. They’re not just names in your database; they’re volunteers, donors, advocates and potential board members.

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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. This gives you high level information to find out what is incomplete, outdated, or missing from your database. Ah… the fresh scent of a clean and healthy database!

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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. Yesterday the news was that Blackbaud had laid off 50 employees it acquired when it bought Convio in May. The Blackbaud/Convio staff I spoke with seemed taken aback by this decision.

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. Ever buy something that’s “one size fits all?” Maybe a hat or pair of gloves? It usually doesn’t work out so well. The same is true with your holiday email appeals.

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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? 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.

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


Blackbaud just released the 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report. This may mean enhancing cross-department communication and dealing with database integration issues. Online Ghost Haunts All Fundraisers by Roger Craver.

On Uncommon Ground

Judi Sohn

Blackbaud had too many products. You would assume that with other fundraising solutions targeted to the midmarket nonprofit, Common Ground wouldn't be missed. No other fundraising CRM/database targeted to the midmarket at that price point comes close.

Data Appends: A Guide for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

Adding highly skilled staff to do this analysis is expensive, but stretches the precious fundraising budget in the long run by making the development work more efficient and effective. They can enhance your ability to conduct meaningful analytics and improve your fundraising effectiveness.

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Fundraising: The Tech Tools You Need

Tech Soup Blog

To help your organization find the tools it needs, we have compiled a list of the best software and web-based tools along with resources on how to meet the many challenges of modern fundraising. Donated Fundraising Tools from TechSoup. Online and Social Media Fundraising Tools.

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

Connection Cafe

While still others may be statistical outliers that don’t model well but have assets that pique a fundraiser’s curiosity and turn into large major gift donors. Target Analytics Affluence , Blackbaud’s newest data set, is an example of where to obtain this type data.

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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. Luminate was the top contender for one of my clients, but they’re strongly considering eliminating Blackbaud from further consideration.

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

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At The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, fundraising is all about data and their data is all about their donors. We test every single mailing,” says Terri Burton, Associate Vice-President of Membership and Fundraising Events. billion in total fundraising and $2.2

Operations Outsourcing: Have It Your Way

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Outsourcing operations has any number of benefits, especially in the world of direct marketing execution and database management. In my role at Blackbaud, I get to talk with all kinds of nonprofits about their needs and staffing models.

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. If your donors feel like just another name in a database, it’s likely that your email open rates will dwindle. Guest Post by Ashley Donald.

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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. Andy is a regular speaker, blogger and the creator of the popular video blog series, “I’m on Team Andy”, where he shares the insights he’s gained from his work with nonprofits to optimize the use of peer to peer technology to boost fundraising results. _ _. “Its not just for breakfast anymore”. 2. Ask gala or event attendees to fundraise.