New "Service to Others" Blog Focuses on Civic Engagement
Submitted by Blackbaud
CHARLESTON, S.C. - April 7, 2009 - With its mission to make the world a better place both as a corporate citizen and as a catalyst for individual employees, Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB), the leading global provider of nonprofit software and services, announced the success of its local and global first quarter philanthropic initiatives.
In just the first three months of 2009, the company has started a blog to deliver its corporate message of "service to others makes the world a better place," donated used computer monitors and other equipment including cell phones and office furniture to local organizations, and has participated in many other philanthropy efforts.
"In uncertain economic times, the nonprofits we work with can count on Blackbaud to be more than a technology partner," said Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud's director of corporate relations and philanthropy and president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' SC Lowcountry chapter. "Our partners can now read our blog to learn about Blackbaud’s dedication to corporate philanthropy and about the nonprofit sector in general."
Blackbaud addresses the specific needs of nonprofits with software and services, enabling them to improve operational efficiency, build strong relationships, and raise more money to support their missions.
Additionally the company's employees continue to demonstrate the corporate value that "service to others makes the world a better place" with the following initiatives:
In March, the Blackbaud Fund committee met in partnership with the Coastal Community Foundation to determine the Charleston-area charities that will receive community grants. Made up of Blackbaud employees from across the company, the grants committee determines how the funding is distributed.
From Feb. 8 to14, Blackbaud employees participated in the "52 Weeks of Thanks" created by the Daniel Island Community Association in Charleston, S.C. During that week, employees donated meals and snacks to first responders serving at the fire station on Daniel Island.
"Out of poverty" has been Blackbaud's quarter one initiative since Jan. 1. Working with Goodwill and the Lowcountry Food Bank, employees have participated in sessions to learn how they can assist and have since generously donated food, clothing and household goods. In April, Blackbaud employees will pack approximately 400 weekend backpacks for the Lowcountry Food Bank's Backpack Buddies program.
The "Service to Others"blog, dedicated to corporate philanthropy initiatives, was launched in January and focuses on Blackbaud's service value and the broader world of philanthropy.
Team Blackbaud, a group of employees who encourage grassroots volunteerism, was expanded to include offices in San Diego and Denver.
"Being employed by an organization like Blackbaud, where service and volunteerism is supported, is so rewarding," said Desiree Marshall a quality assurance engineer as well as a volunteer planning member at a local middle school. "I want to serve my community by ensuring that students are technically equipped and educated to be successful, and in turn, have a positive impact on their communities."
In addition to Blackbaud's 2009 quarterly initiatives, there are ongoing programs developed to support and encourage employees to give back all year long:
Employee Volunteer Impact Grants "“ a program launched in 2008 encourages employees to apply for a "Reward Your Passion" grant on behalf of nonprofits where they volunteer. More than 85 grants have been awarded based on employees' dedication and commitment to organizations they serve since the program's inception.
Volunteer for Vacation "“ allows employees to earn additional vacation days by volunteering with local nonprofit organizations. Additionally, many employees participate in United Way's Day of Caring, taking a company-sponsored day off of work to volunteer with a nonprofit and make a difference in the community.
For more information and to read to Blackbaud's "Service to Others" blog, visitwww.blackbaud.com/philanthropy.
About Blackbaud 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 partneringÂ with nonprofits andÂ providingÂ them the solutions they need to make a difference inÂ their local communities and worldwide. Headquartered in the United States, Blackbaud also has operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.Â For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.
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