Increased focus on solution providers and technology partners
Charleston, S.C. (April 22, 2014) — Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the newly revamped and revitalized Blackbaud Partner Network. The network expands on Blackbaud’s existing partnerships, adding new ones to build an even stronger ecosystem around its leading solutions and services for nonprofits.
“When companies work together to provide better solutions for their clients, everyone wins,” said Chris Clinton, Blackbaud’s vice president of global channels and partner ecosystem. “That’s why we’ve developed the Blackbaud Partner Network, a group of leading technology and services firms providing nonprofits with the solutions, applications and strategies they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide.”
Blackbaud recently entered into several new and expanded partnerships. ADP joined the Blackbaud Partner Network as an alliance partner; allAware, Attend.com, Fusion Labs, Graduway, Haiku, and Ve Interactive all joined as Blackbaud Technology Partners. These companies join a group of long-term Blackbaud partners such as Salesforce.com, PaperSave, Omatic, Microsoft, and Small World Labs.
“Joining the Blackbaud Partner Network allows us to focus our investments to a much higher level in new products and enhanced features specifically designed for the complex business functions that take place in a charitable foundation,” said Mark Hall, Fusion Labs president and CEO. “Blackbaud and Fusion, together, have created the premier technology solution that exists in the market today for nonprofit entities that do grant making and provide scholarships to qualified recipients throughout North America.”
The new Blackbaud Partner Network is designed to make it easier for partners to work across Blackbaud business units with consistent partner approaches that match their business models. “We are making strides in aligning sales and support teams with our partners,” said Clinton. “We’re introducing quarterly planning, and most importantly, report cards and metrics to ensure that both Blackbaud and our partners deliver at the highest levels for our customers.”
The Blackbaud Partner Network is composed of the following categories:
- Implement and Consult – Blackbaud Solution Providers (BSP) are authorized by Blackbaud through training and testing to provide Blackbaud product implementation services, including data migration, product configuration, and product customization. Additional services provided by BSPs include: campaign planning, interactive strategy, graphic design and web design that help nonprofits get the most from Blackbaud products.
- Integrate – Blackbaud Technology Partners (BTP) provide the sector with applications and solutions that complement Blackbaud products and extend their functionality in new ways. These partners’ technology is validated and promoted with Blackbaud products.
- Sell – Blackbaud Associate Partners have the opportunity to introduce Blackbaud products to nonprofits and earn a percentage of revenue generated for business that closes. Blackbaud Channel Partners work with Blackbaud to co-sell or re-sell Blackbaud products.
“We’ve been incredibly proud to partner and grow with Blackbaud since 2009 in CRM consulting projects to help our joint nonprofit customers accomplish their missions,” said Darius Vaskelis, Sakonent’s chief executive officer. “It has been an honor to help causes realize the benefits from Blackbaud on-premise, in the cloud, and on mobile devices to engage their constituents in new ways.”
To learn more about the Blackbaud Partner Network, visit www.blackbaud.com/partners.
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 29,000 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, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics 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, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.
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