Building on the success of its record-breaking campaign, the University of Miami is developing a solid strategy for growth by achieving a 360-degree view of its constituents and further engaging alumni online
Charleston, S.C. (Vocus) September 15, 2008 -
Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) announced that University of Miami (UM) will use The Raiser's Edge® Enterprise, Blackbaud® NetCommunity™, and Blackbaud Direct Marketing™ to manage its advancement operations and alumni outreach.
With the recent conclusion of its $1.4 billion Momentum campaign, the University of Miami became the first university to reach the record-setting billion dollar milestone in the state of Florida and one of the youngest in the nation. Of the 56 Universities that have run billion dollar campaigns, UM is one of only four universities established in the 20th Century and the only private university to achieve this high mark.
This rapid growth led to a complex advancement environment with the need to track more than 400,000 constituents and giving societies, coordinate communication and activities among 80 gift officers, and report on an unprecedented amount of data. The University was also limited by its previous website content management system as it didn't support the level of interactivity it needed to better engage its 163,000 alumni.
"We chose Blackbaud not only because they provide the solution that will help the University get to the next level in advancement and alumni relations, but also because they are committed to the higher education community and tailoring products to fit our very specific needs," said Ann House, UM's associate vice president for Advancement Services.
Blackbaud is a leading provider of software and services for higher education institutions, including solutions for constituent management, fundraising, financial management, website management and online giving, prospect research and analytics, direct marketing, and data enrichment services. With more than 25 years of experience serving higher education institutions, Blackbaud has partnered with more than 1800 universities, colleges, and foundations worldwide by providing solutions that help secure funding, demonstrate accountability, and build strong relationships with alumni, students, parents, and supporters so they meet their unique goals. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/highered.
"Building on the success of its record-breaking campaign, the University of Miami is developing a solid strategy for growth by achieving a 360-degree view of its constituents and further engaging alumni online," said Marc Chardon, Blackbaud's chief executive officer. "We are pleased to partner with the University and to provide the solution that will help staff members achieve their mission of supporting the University and maintaining its place as one of the best research institutions in the country."
About The University of Miami
The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to its community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of its University family, UM strives to develop future leaders of the nation and the world. Visit http://www.miami.edu for more information.
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 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.
Karla V. Hernandez
University of Miami
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