We are pleased to partner with these leading nonprofits to help them achieve their online goals
Charleston, SC (Vocus) March 4, 2009
Charleston, S.C. (March 4, 2009-- Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced that adoption is rapidly increasing across its entire set of Internet solutions for online fundraising, email and website marketing, team fundraising, events, advocacy, and content management. Nonprofits recently selecting Blackbaud Internet Solutions include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Foundation for Caregivers, Marquette University, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, and Room to Read.
"We are pleased to partner with these leading nonprofits to help them achieve their online goals," said Rich LaBarbera, Blackbaud senior vice president and the high-tech industry veteran leading the Blackbaud Internet Solutions division. "Along with an increased investment in research and development, the division brings an unparalleled level of expertise and innovation to nonprofit web technology."
Backed by award-winning services and support teams, Blackbaud's comprehensive set of Internet solutions, featuring Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ and Blackbaud Sphere™, is designed to meet the evolving needs of nonprofits. With Blackbaud, nonprofits have a choice in implementation models with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions, Blackbaud OnDemand hosting services, or self-hosting options. More than 400 employees are focused on strategy, design, development, and training services in support of Blackbaud's Internet solutions.
"In today's difficult economy, nonprofits are demanding a deeper connection between the marketing advantages of the Internet and the deeper understanding of donor relationships that exist on the fundraising side of the house," said LaBarbera. "They want a supplier that can provide proven industry-leading solutions in both areas, and only Blackbaud can do that."
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico recently selected Blackbaud® NetCommunity Grow™, a new quick-deploy SaaS offering that includes nonprofit Internet strategy planning services and ongoing support. The organization chose to partner with Blackbaud to create a new website, for its quick implementation timeframe, for the solution's ability to support bilingual content, and its strength of design. "With Blackbaud NetCommunity Grow, we will now be able to quickly rebuild our website and develop an effective online and offline fundraising strategy," said Eduardo Carrera, the organization's executive director.
Blackbaud recently announced that it will deliver a national CRM database and bilingual website for The Kidney Foundation of Canada comprised of an integrated Raiser's Edge, Blackbaud NetCommunity, and Sphere Events solution. Room to Read, a long-time Raiser's Edge customer also recently selected Blackbaud NetCommunity for website management and Sphere Events' Friends Asking Friends technology for personalized appeals. "Powered by our existing Raiser's Edge database, Blackbaud's Internet solutions will allow us to better serve our supporters and provide them with easy-to-use tools to reach out to their own networks," said Lisa Hogen, Room to Read's chief development officer.
The Foundation for Caregivers will use Blackbaud Sphere eMarketing and Events with Friends Asking Friends to support its virtual "weight-loss-athon." "Blackbaud's commitment to Internet solutions and the future of Sphere make it the best choice for creating custom events, team and individual fundraising pages to support our Weigh To Give campaign," said Tim Griswold, Foundation for Caregivers' executive director and founder.
For more information on Blackbaud Internet Solutions, including the new Blackbaud NetCommunity Grow,
visit http://www.blackbaud.com/internetsolutions. A webinar will be held March 18 at 2 p.m. EST introducing Blackbaud NetCommunity Grow. Visit http://www.blackbaud.com/events/webseminars.aspx to register.
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.
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