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Blackbaud Community Matters Strengthens Global Vision for Giving Back
[December 20, 2012]

Blackbaud Community Matters Strengthens Global Vision for Giving Back

CHARLESTON, S.C. --(Business Wire)--

As a global provider of software and services dedicated to the nonprofit sector, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) has a strong commitment to corporate citizenship. The company today announced the availability of a report featuring its vision for corporate citizenship in 2013 and a review of 2012 activities.

"Blackbaud exemplifies the true meaning of corporate philanthropy in our community," said Jane Riley-Gambrell, executive director of Communities in Schools, The Charleston Area. "They believe in our mission of helping students graduate and becoming successful in life. We are so grateful for the long-standing partnership, both through their contributions of funds and volunteers."

Following the acquisition of Convio in May, the company formed a new vision for its corporate citizenship program called "Blackbaud Community Matters," embracing the best from both companies and cultures.

Blackbaud Community Matters encompasses the company's commitment to:

  • Deliver products and solutions that help "do good"
  • Govern its business ethically
  • Be a good employer that cares about its people
  • Be a good steward of the environment
  • Serve others both through good business practices and through philanthropy

Among new initiatives in 2013, Blackbaud will extend its employee-directed grantmaking program to additional communities in which the company has offices and will launch a new program that will encompass employee-led volunteer activities across the world.

"Blackbaud is a community of people who strive to make a difference and seek to give back to the nonprofit sector by sharing expertise and industry knowledge through serving nonprofits both professionally and personally," said Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud's director of corporate citizenship and philanthropy. "Blackbaud Community Matters was designed with an intentional approach to invest in the nonprofit sector and empower our people, ultimately serving as a multiplier for doing good."

2012 corporate citizenship highlights include:

  • Becoming a founding partner of #GivingTuesday and actively championing the new effort while making a new philanthropic investment
  • Joining Billion + Change, making a pledge and serving as an ambassador for encouraging other companies to get involved in skills-based volunteerism
  • Participating in service days in Charleston (Trident United Way Day of Caring, 253 employees), Austin (Spring and Fall Service Days, The Entrepreneur's Foundation of Central Texas, 396 employees), and a worldwide service day supporting Habitat for Humanity (120 employees volunteering at seven sites)
  • Enhancing educational offerings for employees interested in serving on nonprofit boards or committees, including a board 101 training series
  • Providing valuable industry research, including The Blackbaud Index, focused on monthly charitable giving trends
  • Teaching employees how to be grant makers, making funding decisions for The Blackbaud Fund, which is held at the Coastal Community Foundation (seven grants made to nonprofits in the Lowcountry of South Carolina focused on education for disadvantaged youth)

"Serving on the Blackbaud Fund grantmaking committee has truly impacted me on so many levels," said Kevin Kreamer, Blackbaud National Account Manager. "It brings to light many of the day to day challenges that nonprofits face, and I carry the experience through to my professional role here at Blackbaud and from a personal perspective in getting closer to my community and its needs."

Learn more about Blackbaud's corporate citizenship program and download the full report at

About Blackbaud

Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 27,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, social media, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), analytics, financial management and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

Forward-looking Statements

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC (News - Alert) filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC's website at or upon request from Blackbaud's investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

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