Blackbaud is a partner that understands the challenges facing nonprofits and shares their mission of making the world a better place
Charleston, SC (Vocus) December 16, 2008
Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB), announced that two of its constituent relationship management (CRM) and fundraising solutions, The Raiser's Edge® and eTapestry®, have won top honors in a survey of U.S. nonprofit professionals. The solutions each received a User Satisfaction Award in the 2008 Donor and Member Management Solution Software Survey conducted by Campbell Rinker.
"Blackbaud is a partner that understands the challenges facing nonprofits and shares their mission of making the world a better place," said Marc Chardon, Blackbaud's chief executive officer. "It is the highest honor to be recognized by our customers and to receive two Campbell Awards."
Campbell Rinker is an independent research firm that specializes in producing marketing research for nonprofits. During July and August over 3,800 users of nonprofit software and online solutions for donor and member management, mass communications, and fundraising were surveyed online. The survey, conducted every two years, gathers information on user satisfaction, pricing preferences, purchasing habits, and organizational scope.
"Nonprofit staff members have few opportunities to voice their opinions about the solutions they use," said Dirk Rinker, Campbell Rinker's president. "Over the past six years, the Campbell Award has become the de facto standard for independent, statistically valid ratings of nonprofit solutions. We are extremely grateful to the many customers who told us which products they would recommend to others."
The Raiser's Edge enables nonprofit organizations to communicate with their constituents, manage fundraising activities, expand their development efforts, and make better informed decisions through powerful segmentation, analysis and reporting capabilities. This is the second Campbell Award the solution has received. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/crm.
eTapestry tracks donors, prospects, and alumni while managing gifts, pledges, and payments. Accessible via the Internet, eTapestry includes easy integration to online donation, website services, and advanced email tools that give nonprofits a complete web toolset. This is the third Campbell Award the solution has received. For more information, visit http://www.etapestry.com.
"We are excited to be recognized for excellence from a truly reputable source like Campbell Rinker," said Jay Love, eTapestry's chief executive officer. This award is especially meaningful because we're being recognized by our nonprofit customers for the third consecutive time."
Also winning a Campbell Award in recent nationwide survey of approximately 2,400 users of accounting software and online solutions for nonprofits is The Financial Edge. This solution received the honor of being the most recommended accounting solution by nonprofits with annual revenue of less than $5 million. The Financial Edge is an accounting application designed to address the specific accounting and analytical financial reporting needs of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/financialmanagement.
About Campbell Rinker
Campbell Rinker provides Campbell Awards to several categories of software and online solutions serving the nonprofit community, ultimately helping nonprofits to prosper through technology. As a member of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations and the Marketing Research Association, Campbell Rinker follows a code of ethics designed to set an example for others in the research community. For more information on Campbell Rinker research, visit http://www.CampbellRinker.com.
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.
Since its release as the first web-based fundraising software for nonprofits in 1999, eTapestry has grown to a leadership position with over 5000 nonprofit customers worldwide. eTapestry provides On-Demand fundraising solutions, including a donor database, website development, ecommerce, and advanced email. For more information, visit http://www.etapestry.com. eTapestry is a Blackbaud Company.
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