Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program

Let's build a better world—together

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Blackbaud's Social Good Startup Program is a unique year-long accelerator designed to support early-stage startups with the potential to impact the Ecosystem of Good®. Participants receive curated access to Blackbaud resources, marketing opportunities, and nondilutive grant funding.

The social good community has massive opportunity and meaningful challenges before us that will take diversity and bold new thinking to solve, so we welcome applications from startups with founders from underrepresented backgrounds.


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About the Program

The program combines a startup accelerator program—accessible from wherever your team is located—along with a team inside Blackbaud to help you get the most out of the program with technical, marketing, and strategic support. We seek early-stage software companies that:

Program Benefits

In addition to giving tech startups a platform to deliver bold, innovative solutions that empower social good organizations, this tech accelerator is offering an impressive lineup of benefits, including:

  • Access to the Blackbaud SKY® Developer platform featuring a (shared) test environment for building integrations
  • A private support channel and a dedicated Blackbaud engineer to help set you up for success with your integrations
  • Ability to reach thousands of Blackbaud customers by:
    • Making your software accessible in-product via the Blackbaud Marketplace
    • Add-ins that show your product data/features “natively” in Blackbaud SKY® products
  • Become a Blackbaud ISV Partner (one year free), including:
    • A company description on in the partner directory
    • Access to exclusive Blackbaud Partner events and content


  • Invitations to bbcon® and other customer events orchestrated by Blackbaud Marketing
  • A “demo day” to pitch your product to Blackbaud vertical sales and product leaders
  • The opportunity to leverage Blackbaud marketing channels (sgENGAGE® blog and podcast; True North Speaker Series, and internal exposure to all global Blackbaud employees)*
  • Consideration for a grant up to $5,000 (no strings attached, no equity dilution) from Blackbaud’s startup fund
  • A one year subscription to OneValley's Passport Program with access to resource sharing at scale, network connectivity to mentors, alumni, investors, and insights into your startup ecosystem

* At the discretion of Blackbaud Marketing


Applying for the Program

We are now accepting applications for future cohorts of the Social Good Startup Program on a rolling basis. The next cohort is scheduled to launch in January 2022. We are specifically seeking applications from early-stage software companies with an in-market product that extends or complements Blackbaud's vertical solutions. Qualified applicants will receive an invitation to the program prior to launch.




For questions about the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program, please contact [email protected].


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Meet the July 2021 Cohort

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Take a look at the January 2021 Cohort of the Social Good Startup Program.

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Watch our 2020 founders share their experiences in the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program.

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The Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program is honored to partner with Opportunity Hub to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Ecosystem of Good®

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Tune in to the sgENGAGE® podcast to hear our Senior Director of Platform Product Management, Roz Lemieux, and Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, Rachel Hutchisson, discuss Blackbaud’s focus on startups with diverse founders.

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