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.” ” So what does this acquisition mean for the nonprofit community, in particular for the 1500+ customers that use Convio?

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?

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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? There are tons of choices out there for small and mid-sized organizations. 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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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. This Winter, Luminate Online will officially support HTML5, allowing organizations to select this new DOCTYPE when building out content.

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

NTEN

Earlier this fall, Convio released its " Peer-to-Peer Event Fundraising Benchmark Study ," based on a look at 48 organizations using Convio's TeamRaiser to manage fundraising events.

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. Join NTEN's Executive Director, Holly Ross, Wednesday, January 25th, for a Community Call: " Your Perspectives on the Blackbaud and Convio Acquisition Announcement." > blackbaud Change Management CMS Community community call convio CRM Infrastructure nptech Policy Social Media

Convio Go! List-Building Strategies

Connection Cafe

What’s the best way to approach someone who’s never been in contact with our organization? To help the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (a nonprofit medical research organization) find the answers, the Convio Go! The goal of an incentive campaign is to increase awareness about your organization and attract potential supporters who identify with the work you do. To read more about OMRF’s success story or learn how Convio Go!

Let’s Chat – Considering if Chatter can help your Organization

Connection Cafe

In addition to the ways the Salesforce platform is helping organizations integrate with social data, I pointed to a few other tools that are available for anyone to use. The other side of Social CRM is what is changing inside organizations; how communication between organizational staff is getting more social. Employees at your organization are using IM, Skype, social networks, and collaborative file and note sharing tools to communicate and exchange information and do their jobs.

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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? - This week, Blackbaud and Convio began operating as one entity in the wake of a merger in which the former acquired the latter for $325 million. Blackbaud specializes in software and services that increase efficiency for nonprofit organizations, and Convio is “a leading provider of constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to maximize the value of every relationship,” according to its website

The Dish: 2011 Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

The 2011 Convio Summit is 14 days away. General Session and Keynote Heard the buzz about constituent engagement and want your organization to embrace this new way of thinking? Or at least come by and say "hi" and meet the faces behind those Convio voices and emails that you know.

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. Overall, 79 percent of organizations included in the report raised more in 2010 than 2009. The increase in people engaging online means organizations need to ensure their communications and fundraising asks match the channel preferences for their constituents if they hope to maximize the value of each relationship.

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. Overall, 79 percent of organizations included in the report raised more in 2010 than 2009. The increase in people engaging online means organizations need to ensure their communications and fundraising asks match the channel preferences for their constituents if they hope to maximize the value of each relationship.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Organizations use this tool to track donors, send out newsletters, track the success of campaigns, track who is engaged with the organization in what ways, etc. And, in my experience over the past 15 years, it’s where organizations are willing to spend the most money on technology – often more than on their website or other technology tools – for good reason. It is a tool that has unmatched cost-effectiveness for small organizations.

Sparkly Shoed Convio Superstar

Connection Cafe

We got to talking and I learned of her Convio savvy and love of all things Gigya. And here we are… Tania Luciow is a lover of sparkly flats, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund , and Convio. 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. Author: Guest Blogger. It’s that time of the year again folks!

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. It was always a struggle before differentiating when a gift was from an organization or entity, and when it was from a single person. Tags: Geek Posts Salesforce Common Ground Convio database

Convio Common Ground progress report

Judi Sohn

It’s been a little over a month since I signed on the dotted line for Common Ground , Convio’s Force.com application for nonprofit donation and constituent management. Between them and Convio, I feel like we’re in good hands. Convio support has been excellent, and I’m learning a great deal through good old fashioned trial and error. Last week, Convio updated their managed packages to version 2.0. Convio docs recommend a batch size of 5(!!)

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Convio Nonprofit Benchmarks Are Ready

Connection Cafe

So for the fourth year in a row, Convio is proud to provide you the latest copy of our Online Nonprofit Benchmark™ Study with hopefully enough to satisfy every sweet tooth, or hardened online marketer. 61 percent of all organizations saw their average gift drop in 2009.

2012 BBCon – Blackbaud and Convio User Conference

Amy Sample Ward

A true evangelist is moved to create, is a seamless co-creator with your organization, and is motivated to spread content. Successful organizations intentionally design and construct multiple online channels that enable access for all fans and develop paths for relationship reciprocity and trust, fostering true evangelists. Date : September 30-October 2, 2012. Location : Washington, DC. Topic : Designing Online Engagement to Collaborate with Your Community.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Content Management Systems are an essential part of the communications function of nonprofit organizations. Proprietary CMS as part of a large package (such as from Convio or Blackbaud). can be a really good option, and I certainly don’t want to say that this is not a good idea – I think it can be – but it also can be quite costly – and for many organizations, it’s overkill.

Convio puts the money where their mouth is for 09NTC

Amy Sample Ward

In the nonprofit technology community, I’ve heard stories of cut backs on “nice to have&# items and expenses such as travel and training so that organizations can focus on their most critical goals first and cut back on what they deem not to be completely necessary. Every dollar of your gift will be matched by Convio , up to $10,000. Tags: fundraising community conference 09ntc nptech events convio

A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

Connection Cafe

And while I’m enjoying those every day miracles, I’m proud not only to have served my country as a soldier but to continue serving my community through you – the many nonprofit organizations and causes that do so much important work at home and abroad. Author: Kent Gilliam.

Convio Summit? There's an app for that.

Connection Cafe

The result of my* efforts, the Convio Summit 2010 Guide , is now available in the iTunes App Store. Author: Bruce Keilin. Prior to the end of the summer and sending my kids back to school, my family went on a short vacation to Truckee, CA.

Convio Opens the Kimono

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I received an embargoed press release in my email about Convio's Open Initiative. The most recent announcement is from Convio, which launched Convio Open. Also, I wonder what happens to the smaller and medium size nonprofits that can't afford the hefty cost of Convio's tools?

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Social Media Charades at the Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

Yesterday, James Young and myself had the opportunity to present to packed house of nonprofit organizations on social media at Convio Summit. Organizations have to be willing to think outside the box and yes, even make mistakes when forming the initial strategies.

An Open Letter to Convio

Judi Sohn

But please, please – take stock now of what it is that makes you the best choice in the space right now, and do everything you can to make sure that your true north continues to be offering an excellent product and great service to the thousands of organizations you serve who spend every waking minute trying to change the world.

An Open Letter to Convio

Judi Sohn

But please, please – take stock now of what it is that makes you the best choice in the space right now, and do everything you can to make sure that your true north continues to be offering an excellent product and great service to the thousands of organizations you serve who spend every waking minute trying to change the world.

iCared with lots of others for Convio Cares Week

Connection Cafe

If you contact employees at Convio on a regular basis, last week you may have gotten several out of the office notices stating that they were out for the day but would return your email or phone call as soon as possible. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

Convio Innovator Awards - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Robert Weiner

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio’s nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The average gift amount was unchanged at many organizations, with the average gift hovering around $67.50 The study reports: Positive year-over-year growth in all of the key areas of online success.

What's new and cool in Convio Common Ground version 3

Judi Sohn

It's been a little over a year since I fully deployed Convio Common Ground at the Colorectal Cancer Coalition. Afterwards, thanks to new upgrades from Salesforce aimed at developers like Convio, there was minimal configuration. Convio support is looking in to that as well.

Convio will join Kintera and Blackbaud as a publicly traded company

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Convio will join Kintera and Blackbaud as a publicly traded company September 1, 2007 You’ve probably heard the news, and I’m taking a break from my break to write about it. Convio has registered to go public. If it did not raise productivity then organizations would never choose these software packages to begin with.

Convio debuts online marketing benchmark report for nonprofits

AFP Blog

Convio debuts online marketing benchmark report for nonprofits: "Convio, a provider of online constituent relationship management solutions for nonprofits, has created an online marketing benchmark report to assist nonprofit organizations in creating online marketing programs that aim to maximize results.The online report includes a discussion of key metrics that have been shown to influence

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards

Frogloop

Each year, at the annual Convio Summit, Convio honors a few of their clients who have pushed the envelope with their online campaigns. Use of Convio's multi-lingual tools helped CI reach out to both English and Spanish speakers. Offer $100k grant to organization with the most votes in their "Peace Primary". They used conditional content in the participant center and emails, and allowe people to self-organize their own training events and peer to peer fundraising.

Live from Convio Summit 2007 - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

Watch the Convio Online Video Session on YouTube

See What's Out There

At the 2009 Convio Summit, Michael Hoffman was joined by Ramya Raghavan of the YouTube Nonprofit Program and David Neff of American Cancer Society for a session about online video. Session description: This session will cover how using videos to tell stories and drive support can be an effective strategy for nonprofit organizations. Video youtube convio web 2.0

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Convio Open – Why the Convio Facebook Application blows away Causes

See What's Out There

Convio has built a Facebook application builder as part of their Open initiative. For organizations on the Convio platform, the Facebook application is a no-brainer and a HUGE improvement from Causes. As Michael Hoffman shares, the Convio Facebook application is really good.

Must-Read Reports for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As the reports come in, I’ll organize them by continent. Published by Convio. View: All Convio Reports. Published by Convio. View: All Convio Reports.

Best Cloud Tools for your Nonprofit

Frogloop

If your priority is to get a web presence up quickly for your new organization, you can always revisit design again. If you're drawn to the power of Salesforce integrated featureset, Convio's Common Ground CRM which is built on the Salesforce platform may be a good alternative. Online Advocacy Online Fundraising Online Organizing Technology TrendsNonprofits are often among the earliest adopters when it comes to technology and cloud computing is no exception.

NY Times Story about Convio Security Breach

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last Monday, November 19, TechSoup learned that it was one of the organizations affected by the Convio/GetActive break-in, in which hackers stole email addresses and passwords of subscribers to various nonprofit newsletters. Here's the link to the NY Times story.