Charleston, SC (Vocus) December 3, 2007
Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) announced today that Marc Chardon, the companyÂs chief executive officer, has been appointed to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for a three-year term starting in 2008.
CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who serve them through their work in alumni relations, communications, marketing and development. The IAC was formed in 2003 to provide CASE with executive counsel and advice on opportunities to expand its relationship with educational partners within the advancement industry.
ÂCASE is pleased to have Marc as a member of the IAC,Â says Donna Hasslinger, vice president of member relations. ÂHis enthusiasm for the work that CASE does and his strong leadership will be definite assets as we work to better serve our corporate affiliates and expand our relationships with educational partners within the advancement industry.Â
As a member of the IAC, Chardon will provide advice and counsel to the CASE Board of Trustees on:
- Broad industry trends and their implications
- Matters related to gift reporting, data collection and reporting, and various practices
- CASE's relationship and opportunities with consultants and corporate affiliates
- Research opportunities within advancement theory and practice
ÂI am honored to have been selected by CASE to serve on the IAC. The work that CASE does and the role that it plays in advancing and supporting education worldwide is vital to the sector and to the more than 52,000 advancement professionals that it serves,Â said Chardon. ÂI look forward to helping further develop the initiatives that are underway and to support and advise the Council on its future endeavors.Â
Chardon joined Blackbaud as chief executive officer and president in November 2005. He previously served as chief financial officer for the Information Worker business group at Microsoft, where he was responsible for the core functions of long-term strategic financial planning and business performance management. He joined Microsoft in August 1998 as general manager of Microsoft France. Prior to joining Microsoft, Chardon was general manager of Digital France. He is an economics honors graduate from Harvard University.
CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,300 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 55 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations. For more information, visit http://www.case.org.
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 Â including the American Red Cross, Dartmouth College, the WGBH Educational Foundation, Episcopal High School, Lincoln Center, Cancer Research UK, Special Olympics, and Arthritis Foundation Â 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, BlackbaudÂs 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. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com.
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