We needed a strong technology partner with a flexible solution that would continue to develop with us and adapt to our changing needs as a growing department
Charleston, S.C. (Vocus) October 23, 2007 –
Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), announced today that approximately 1700 higher education organizations rely on its solutions and services—more than any other nonprofit solutions provider in the industry.
Universities that have recently selected Blackbaud’s Higher Education Solution include: Marquette University, Santa Clara University, Georgia State University, Wichita State University Foundation, Florida State University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Arizona.
“We needed a strong technology partner with a flexible solution that would continue to develop with us and adapt to our changing needs as a growing department,” said Julie Tolan, Marquette University’s vice president, university advancement. “We found that in Blackbaud.”
Prior to embarking on an ambitious campaign with a significant increase in fundraising goals, advancement staff members at Marquette University decided they needed a more deeply integrated solution with a focus on prospect research and major giving. “We needed a single source that could enable us to manage and optimize our wide array of communications and advancement efforts,” said Tolan, “and in turn, empower our end-users.”
Marquette University had relied on Blackbaud for its analytics and prospect research services, but is currently implementing the integrated higher education solution including CRM, financial management, business intelligence, and direct marketing.
“We are pleased to truly partner with these prestigious institutions and to continually work with them to tailor product development to better fit their needs,” said Marc Chardon, Blackbaud’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to helping these universities position themselves for continued success and growth by enabling them to provide the best constituent experience possible.”
Santa Clara University also recently signed an agreement with Blackbaud to implement an enterprise-wide CRM and Internet solution to improve effectiveness of outreach efforts and fundraising activities, and increase operational efficiency.
“Our ultimate goal is to establish a complete view of our alumni, donors, prospects and other constituents so that we can best leverage that information in all of our communications,” said Nancy Trish Calderon, Santa Clara University’s assistant vice president of development. “We will achieve this goal by adopting not only the best technology, but also improving our overall operations through our partnership with Blackbaud.”
About Marquette University
Founded in 1881, Marquette University has been educating people of faith to be leaders in their professional lives, their communities and in society for more than 125 years. More than 11,000 students on the urban campus in Milwaukee, Wis., are challenged to learn and grow through rigorous and nationally-ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.
Blackbaud is the leading global provider of software and services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, enabling them to improve operational efficiency, build strong relationships, and raise more money to support their missions. Approximately 19,000 organizations — including the American Red Cross, Dartmouth College, the WGBH Educational Foundation, Episcopal High School, Lincoln Center, Cancer Research UK, Special Olympics, and Arthritis Foundation — use one or more of Blackbaud products and services for fundraising, constituent relationship management, financial management, direct marketing, school administration, ticketing, business intelligence, website management, prospect research, consulting, and analytics. Since 1981, Blackbaud’s sole focus and expertise has been partnering with nonprofits and providing them the solutions they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide. Headquartered in the United States, Blackbaud also has operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Brigid O'Brien Miller
Santa Clara University
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