Our old finance program was not built for a nonprofit, making our fund accounting practices extremely tedious. Now, our staff will be able to access data for a real-time view of the Museum's finances and operations
Charleston, SC (Vocus) August 11, 2008
The Field Museum, located in Chicago, is regarded as one the finest natural history museums in the world and attracts more than 1.3 million visitors annually. When the Museum was faced with a costly and resource-consuming conversion with its legacy system, staff decided to research other solutions. "What we found in Blackbaud was a
responsive, dedicated team and are confident that they will be a sustainable partner," said J.W. Croft, The Field Museum's executive vice president.
The partnership between The Field Museum and Blackbaud began in 1990 when the development staff selected The Raiser's Edge® for fundraising management. Pleased with the level of support and the performance of the technology, the Museum leadership recently chose to expand the relationship with Blackbaud to help improve operational efficiency, financial administration, ticketing capabilities and business intelligence through a unified technology platform with real-time reporting capabilities.
"Our old finance program was not built for a nonprofit, making our fund accounting practices extremely tedious. Now, our staff will be able to access data for a real-time view of the Museum's finances and operations," said Croft. "Blackbaud solutions will enable us to demonstrate organizational effectiveness to our supporters and create a more meaningful experience for our patrons. Just as we are a leading museum in renowned exhibits and research, it is our strategic goal to be a leader in operations and technology. With Blackbaud, we will achieve these goals."
"Sustainability is at the heart of this partnership," said Chris Bilbro, Blackbaud's director of arts and cultural solutions. "We are dedicated to the Museum's long-term success and to helping improve its overall operations so that donors and patrons reap the benefits. "With more than 25 years of experience, Blackbaud has partnered with over 1,500 arts and cultural organizations worldwide by providing solutions that help them meet their unique institutional goals in development, finance, and retail departments; visitors' and admissions' offices; and box offices. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/artsandcultural.
About the Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum, founded in 1893, is one of the world's premier natural history museums, housing more than 23 million specimens. It is also a major center for scientific research, with a presence in 64 countries and more than 200 scientists working around the world in anthropology, botany, conservation, cultural understanding, geology and zoology. For more information, visit http://www.fieldmuseum.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 22,000 organizations -- including University of Arizona Foundation, American Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, The Taft School, Lincoln Center, InTouch Ministries, Tulsa Community Foundation, Ursinus College, Earthjustice, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the WGBH Educational Foundation -- use one or more of Blackbaud products and services for fundraising, constituent relationship management, financial management, website management, direct marketing, education administration, ticketing, business intelligence, 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. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com.
The Field Museum
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