Blackbaud Impact Awards: Eligibility and Submission Requirements


Everything you need to know to submit a great Impact Award nomination!

Award Categories

The Silo Buster Award

Silos never stood a chance at your org.

Your organization has broken down walls and opened new pathways for cross-functional collaboration—and you’ve seen amazing results, like increased productivity and better organizational outcomes. This award recognizes organizations using Blackbaud technology to create fully connected teams that are more aligned than ever!

The Changemaker Award

You don’t just respond to change; you use tech to embrace it.

Your organization is agile, and you have the impact to prove it! This award recognizes organizations that have embraced new tech capabilities to overcome challenges and deliver results. Tell us how you drove adoption of something new, tested a different approach, or applied a new capability to power up your cause or mission.

The Fueling Greatness Award

You’ve turned audacious goals into inspiring results. 

Your organization has achieved soaring results that unlocked new possibilities. This award puts a spotlight on organizations that have reached or surpassed ambitious goals, whether in your business operations or the delivery of your missions. We want to celebrate organizations that have leveraged Blackbaud technology to truly amplify their impact.

The Data Strategist Award

Data is your not-so-secret weapon

Data is your most valuable asset, and your organization has successfully used it to extract actionable insights that drive strategy. This award recognizes data-fluent organizations that can demonstrate how data-informed decisions have given them a greater edge, or how they discovered new pathways to overcome an obstacle through analytics, reporting, and communication.

The Futurist Award

Thinking inside the box? No way! You’re a master of tech flexibility.

The status quo has never been a part of your organizational DNA. Your organization leverages automations and integrations to extend your Blackbaud solutions, whether low-code, no-code, or pro-code. This award is for organizations that can share their story of technological exploration and creativity within Blackbaud’s flexible ecosystem.

The Outstanding Leadership Award

A leader who empowers teams and pushes boundaries.

Leaders set a vision and steer the organization on a path toward that vision. They are purpose-driven, and they know how to make difficult decisions to course-correct and energize their teams to sustain a unified passion for their cause. This award honors an executive-level leader who is empowering their teams and driving organizational success.


Important Dates

May 29–July 12
Nomination submission period

August 14
Finalists notified

September 24–26
Winners announced at bbcon!


Who Can Apply

We welcome Blackbaud customers from across the globe to nominate their organizations. Individual leaders at Blackbaud customer organizations can also be nominated for the Outstanding Leadership Award.


Why should I nominate my organization?

Your organization deserves recognition for its work in driving impact. We want to celebrate the successes of our customers and put the spotlight on organizations like yours! Spreading the story of your mission impact can also help inspire others.

Winners will receive:

  • One complimentary all-access pass (includes Blackbaud University Day) for bbcon 2024 in Seattle, WA; or a donation of 400 in local currency to your organization*

  • Invitation to an exclusive reception at bbcon 2024 in Seattle to connect with other winning organizations and Blackbaud leadership

  • Media kit and press release template to share the news of your win with your network, peers, and stakeholders


How will winners be recognized?

Winners of the Blackbaud Impact Awards will be publicly announced on the mainstage at bbcon 2024, September 24–26 in Seattle, WA.

Additionally, winners will be featured in a press release, on the Blackbaud website, and on social media.

By entering the Blackbaud Impact Awards, applicants agree to allow Blackbaud to publicize their organization and submission content as a finalist or winner on the Blackbaud website, marketing communication channels, and with the press.


What makes a winning submission?

  • Review the category descriptions and select a category (or categories) that most clearly align with a specific accomplishment your organization has achieved.

  • Authentically share about the real obstacles your team overcame and what you have achieved. No one knows your story better than you do!

  • Wherever possible, paint the picture of what you’ve achieved with real data points or specific examples. This brings your story to life!

  • While this award isn’t only about the software, we do want to understand how your Blackbaud solutions have played a role in your accomplishments. Tell us how you used your software to help fuel your impact.


Can I nominate our organization for more than one award category?

Yes! Organizations may submit up to one nomination per category—please treat each as a unique submission and tailor the submission to the specific category you are entering. Each nomination must be materially different.


How do I apply on behalf of my organization?

Submit your nomination via the form at the bottom of the page. Nominations must be submitted before 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 12, 2024. All nominations are final as of the nomination period end date. Unfortunately, we cannot accept changes or amendments.


How will submissions be judged?

Each submission will be reviewed by a judging panel of Blackbaud experts and evaluated based on the overall quality of responses, which focus on innovation, creativity, analytics, communication, and growth, backed by measurable proof points or quantifiable impact. All decisions made by the judging panel are final.


How will winners be notified?

Winners and finalists will be notified of their status by email by Wednesday, August 14, 2024. Winners will be publicly announced at bbcon 2024, happening September 24–26 in Seattle, WA.



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