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Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced the availability of a report featuring the company’s commitment to corporate citizenship and a review of 2011 activities.

“Blackbaud is a community of people who care and seek to help nonprofits drive positive change in our world,” said Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud’s director of corporate citizenship and philanthropy. “Our focus on corporate citizenship is an acknowledgement that we strive to make a difference both through what we do as a company and how we serve as individuals, professionally and personally.”

Blackbaud’s corporate citizenship commitment encompasses:

  • Delivering products and solutions that help “do good”
  • Governing its business ethically
  • Being a good employer that cares about its people
  • Being a good steward of the environment
  • Serving others both through good business practices and through philanthropy

“Blackbaud realizes that corporate citizenship goes beyond traditional philanthropy and finds intersections among the interests of their business and the interests of society to maximize the value delivered to both,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Blackbaud gives back

In 2011, Blackbaud focused its corporate citizenship on providing technology and insight to nonprofits, serving others and preserving the environment, and empowering employee-led philanthropy.

  • More than 10,500 individuals and organizations now use Blackbaud’s free technology tool BlackbaudNowfor grassroots fundraising efforts.
  • Blackbaud provides monthly updates on charitable giving through The Blackbaud Index, a free, broad-based fundraising index that provides data on giving trends.
  • In 2011, Blackbaud increased employee participation in Trident United Way’s Day of caring by 33% to 200 volunteers, participating in 14 projects, a contribution of 1000 volunteer hours.
  • Blackbaud encouraged grassroots employee leadership through Team Blackbaud (volunteerism) and Greenbaud (environmentalism).

According to a survey conducted of Blackbaud employees, 95 percent of employees think volunteerism is important. In addition, 90 percent of employees reported that they volunteered in the 12 months prior, totaling almost 100,000 volunteer hours or between $2.1 and $2.3 million in service to nonprofits.

“Blackbaud’s focus on nonprofits is important to our employees,” said Hutchisson. “In fact, 85 percent of employees reported that was a key factor in their decision to join the company. A large part of our corporate citizenship efforts are directed at supporting employees’ commitment to philanthropy.”

Learn more about Blackbaud’s corporate citizenship program and download the full report at www.blackbaud.com/corporate-citizenship.

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 25,000 customers in more than 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 employees throughout the US, and in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

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 filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov 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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