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  • Customer Video: How SEFCU is Making an Impact1:27

    Customer Video: How SEFCU is Making an Impact

    It's one thing to say you donated $3 million dollar last year, but it’s another thing to be able to say that money equated to 15 million pounds of food. That’s how Jolene Barr, Community Impact Leader

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  • The Year Ahead in Philanthropy: 2017 Trends to Watch

    The Year Ahead in Philanthropy: 2017 Trends to Watch

    2016 was a generous year in philanthropy. What else will 2017 bring? Here are our predictions for the coming year in philanthropy from Jamie Serino, the MicroEdge + Blackbaud Director of Marketing.

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  • 6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

    6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

    We're just a few weeks in and already 2017 is shaping up to be a roller coaster of a year. The key for all of us will be to stay on track and keep focused on the work that matters.

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  • Fighting Global Poverty Through Impact Investing & Partnerships: A Conversation with Yasmina Zaidman of Acumen

    Fighting Global Poverty Through Impact Investing & Partnerships: A Conversation with Yasmina Zaidman of Acumen

    Latest on the Champions for Social Good Podcast: Jamie Serino speaks with Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Acumen about how impact investing is working to fighting global poverty

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  • A 2017 Outlook on Corporate Responsibility

    A 2017 Outlook on Corporate Responsibility

    When it comes to the social sector, philanthropy, giving back, helping others, improving our communities, and our planet, we are seeing clear and positive trends.

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  • New Year's Resolutions for Grantmakers

    New Year's Resolutions for Grantmakers

    The New Year presents a wonderful opportunity to press pause and get ready for the coming year. Start by reflecting on your organization’s strategy!

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  • How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

    How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

    The days of nonprofits having control of all aspects of their campaigns are over. Cause minded individuals are now taking the initiative to create their own change.

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  • Webinar: What Is Your Outcomes Maturity Level?

    Webinar: What Is Your Outcomes Maturity Level?

    Ready to grow your organization's outcomes capacity? No matter where you are in your outcomes journey, view the webinar to learn essential steps to take in order to strengthen your impact.

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  • The Power of Volunteerism: Strengthening Partnerships and Human Capital with Dr. Rebecca Hardin

    The Power of Volunteerism: Strengthening Partnerships and Human Capital with Dr. Rebecca Hardin

    Latest on the Champions for Social Good Podcast: Jamie Serino speaks with Dr. Rebecca Hardin, Federal Employee Volunteer Program Director, about how employee volunteerism strengthens human capital.

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  • The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

    The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

    Grab a glass of eggnog, a plate of holiday cookies, and enjoy our 5 Community Foundation Year-End Survival Tips!

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  • How We Can Inspire Remarkable Change for Good

    How We Can Inspire Remarkable Change for Good

    Successful movements aren’t owned by an organization or single entity; they’re owned by the people who comprise the movement itself. Understanding what we can do as leaders to support how people...

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  • Giving Back: An Afternoon of Job Shadowing

    Giving Back: An Afternoon of Job Shadowing

    A few weeks ago, the MicroEdge + Blackbaud NYC team held a skills-based volunteering project, job shadowing, with Independence High School. Marketing Director Jamie Serino tells the story.

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  • [Podcast] Technology Adoption in the Philanthropic Sector with Lisa Pool, Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    [Podcast] Technology Adoption in the Philanthropic Sector with Lisa Pool, Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Lisa Pool, Executive Director of Technology Affinity Group (TAG), about the adoption of technology in philanthropy.

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  • Webinar: Top 5 Strategies for Corporate Giving and Engagement Programs

    Webinar: Top 5 Strategies for Corporate Giving and Engagement Programs

    Our five-point approach to executing successful corporate giving and engagement programs – so you can make a bigger difference through your nonprofit partners and enhance your organizational culture.

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  • [Podcast] Modern Leadership & Social Change: A Discussion with John Gerzema of BAV Consulting

    [Podcast] Modern Leadership & Social Change: A Discussion with John Gerzema of BAV Consulting

    Jamie Serino speaks with John Gerzema, Chairman and CEO of BAV Consulting, on his recent research on modern leadership, social change and his latest book, The Athena Doctrine.

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  • Our Challenge: How are You Strengthening the Social Economy?

    Our Challenge: How are You Strengthening the Social Economy?

    We believe that if we come together and build a stronger social economy –if we can work together across sectors in ways that are more effective and that drive greater participation – we’ll see...

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  • [Podcast] Trends in Health Philanthropy: A Conversation with Faith Mitchell, CEO of Grantmakers in Health

    [Podcast] Trends in Health Philanthropy: A Conversation with Faith Mitchell, CEO of Grantmakers in Health

    Jamie Serino speaks with Faith Mitchell, President & CEO of Grantmakers In Health on the leading trends in health philanthropy and how they address health equity and impact measurement.

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  • Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

    Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

    Deliberately, meaningfully, and thoughtfully designing an organization's culture can help people and teams rally around new technology.

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  • [Podcast] Strengthening Communities Through Corporate Volunteerism: A Conversation with Danielle Holly of Common Impact

    [Podcast] Strengthening Communities Through Corporate Volunteerism: A Conversation with Danielle Holly of Common Impact

    Jamie Serino speaks with Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact about the organization’s work to build CSR and employee volunteer programs for companies that deliver real value.

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  • Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: Our Role as Interlocutors for Good

    Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: Our Role as Interlocutors for Good

    While we don’t yet know the exact ways in which the SDGs will be accomplished over the next 14 years, we do know that the dedication of philanthropic organizations from Toledo to Tanzania will be...

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  • Announcing the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

    Announcing the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

    Enter the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, an initiative that will drive groundbreaking research and insights to equip a thriving social good sector for impact.

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  • Does It Count, If You Don't Count It? The Future of Social Impact Measurement

    Does It Count, If You Don't Count It? The Future of Social Impact Measurement

    Outcomes. Impact. Results. In the for-profit world, all are key to the long-term viability and health of an organization. Today, in the giving sector, we are seeing the same concepts emerge.

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  • Customer Spotlight: MetroWest Health Harnesses the Cloud to Boost Grantmaking Efficiency

    Customer Spotlight: MetroWest Health Harnesses the Cloud to Boost Grantmaking Efficiency

    Learn how MetroWest Health Foundation streamlined their giving by moving their grants management efforts into the cloud with GIFTS Online.

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  • [Podcast] The Evolution of Community Foundations, a Conversation with Julie Cole Mecum of the Community Foundation of Boone County

    [Podcast] The Evolution of Community Foundations, a Conversation with Julie Cole Mecum of the Community Foundation of Boone County

    Hear from Julie Cole Mecum, Chief Operating Officer at the Community Foundation of Boone County (@CFBooneCo), about how the Foundation has been evolving to adapt to the changing needs of its donors.

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  • Technology, Philanthropy, and a Solid ROI with Community Foundations

    Technology, Philanthropy, and a Solid ROI with Community Foundations

    Getting a solid return on investment and helping communities grow through grant making and innovation is all possible with community foundations.

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  • [Podcast] Empowering Leaders to Make a Difference: A Conversation with Mark Monchek of Opportunity Lab

    [Podcast] Empowering Leaders to Make a Difference: A Conversation with Mark Monchek of Opportunity Lab

    Champions for Social Good Podcast: Jamie Serino speaks with Mark Monchek, COO at Opportunity Lab, about Opportunity Lab’s approach to empowering conscious leaders to make a difference in the world.

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  • Outcomes Maturity Assessment

    Outcomes Maturity Assessment

    Can you find your organization in here? Do you want to build your organizations ability to track, report and leverage results?

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  • Impact Crash Course: How to Advance Your Organization’s Outcomes Measurement Maturity

    Impact Crash Course: How to Advance Your Organization’s Outcomes Measurement Maturity

    In our latest paper, you’ll learn about our five stages of outcomes measurement maturity and what you can do to advance your organization’s ability to prove your impact.

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  • The Point of Impact: Where Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Collide

    The Point of Impact: Where Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Collide

    In our latest position paper, we dig in to how things are evolving in the CSR space and detail five distinct hallmarks of strategic, successful corporate giving and engagement programs.

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  • [Podcast] Accelerating Performance for Social Good with Root Cause Founder Andrew Wolk

    [Podcast] Accelerating Performance for Social Good with Root Cause Founder Andrew Wolk

    Podcast: Accelerating Performance for Social Good with Root Cause Founder Andrew Wolk

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  • Key Takeaways from SOCAP16

    Key Takeaways from SOCAP16

    SOCAP16, a conference truly at the intersection of money and meaning, was successful in unearthing highly complex and overdue conversations on how to leverage capital for social good. Read highlights!

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  • Day Three of #IMPACT2030 – Key Takeaways and Reminders

    Day Three of #IMPACT2030 – Key Takeaways and Reminders

    The last day of the IMPACT 2030 Global Summit focused on the how to drive greater awareness and action on a global scale to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Here are key some key takeaways.

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  • Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Achieve Agenda 2030

    Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Achieve Agenda 2030

    How can we take concrete, measurable action to align and motivate an unprecedented amount of human resources towards Agenda 2030?

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  • Day 2 SOCAP16: This Journey Is about Measurement and Outcomes

    Day 2 SOCAP16: This Journey Is about Measurement and Outcomes

    It was another exciting day at SOCAP16! While yesterday focused on the meaning behind impact investing, today was important in recognizing how we can achieve progress and results.

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  • All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

    All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

    At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved.

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  • #IMPACT2030 Set Sights on Change and Transformation

    #IMPACT2030 Set Sights on Change and Transformation

    #IMPACT2030 seeks to align employee volunteering in the services of the Sustainable Development Agenda

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  • Kicking off SOCAP16 at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

    Kicking off SOCAP16 at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

    Impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and global NPOs are coming together with the goal of furthering social change.

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  • Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

    Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

    The role that data & tech plays in the relationship between funders and nonprofits and how critical this relationship is to accelerating success of social good.

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  • Aligning CRA Efforts Within the Changing Climate of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Aligning CRA Efforts Within the Changing Climate of Corporate Social Responsibility

    A key piece of banks’ social responsibility strategies is related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Technology is now allowing banks increase their social impact through CRA efforts.

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  • How A Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone

    How A Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone

    Research consistently shows that employees are most likely to stay at companies that are innovative, align with personal values, and help employees play an integral role in making a positive impact.

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  • Customer Spotlight: Cox Automotive’s Volunteerism Drives Impact

    Customer Spotlight: Cox Automotive’s Volunteerism Drives Impact

    Learn how Cox Automotive's "No Excuses" approach to employee volunteering drives significant community impact.

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  • A Three-Step Roadmap for Community Foundations to Become the Donor’s Choice

    A Three-Step Roadmap for Community Foundations to Become the Donor’s Choice

    An ongoing challenge all fundraising organizations face is how to become a donor’s top choice. We’ve put together a helpful three-step roadmap for organizations looking to generate more donations.

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  • Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose?

    Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose?

    What are the pros and cons of configurable vs. customization software solutions? How do you know which is right for you? Read the blog article to learn more...

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  • Grantmaking Software Considerations Checklist

    Grantmaking Software Considerations Checklist

    There are many things to consider when choosing a software solution to fit your organization's needs. Our checklist lays out some of the options you'll be faced with, and how to make the best choices.

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  • Introducing Blackbaud Outcomes1:19

    Introducing Blackbaud Outcomes

    Blackbaud Outcomes™ empowers you to track and understand the measurable impact of your social investments. Make informed decisions, track the effectiveness of your programs and tell your impact story

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  • Cultivating Donor Loyalty By Differentiating Your Nonprofit Brand

    Cultivating Donor Loyalty By Differentiating Your Nonprofit Brand

    It’s that point of differentiation that may just break through brand apathy and help you journey toward a more committed, loyal donor base.

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  • 7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Telling Your Nonprofit’s Story

    7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Telling Your Nonprofit’s Story

    With the growing access to data and data mining tools, nonprofits have a wealth of knowledge to help them like never before.

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  • Online Benchmark Reveals Key Insights for Nonprofits in 2017

    Online Benchmark Reveals Key Insights for Nonprofits in 2017

    While fundraising involves a lot of common sense and experience, data should be the points on the map that guide our decisions.

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  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

    7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

    In your next search for a great partner, ensure a successful implementation by keeping these seven characteristics as benchmarks for a partnership that will be sure to please.

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  • The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

    The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

    3 Reasons Why Leadership Volunteers Are Pivotal to a Successful P2P Fundraising Strategy

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  • Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

    Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

    When you have have something valuable, the more you have of it, the richer you become.

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  • Ask Yourself: Are You a Results-Focused Giving Champion?

    Ask Yourself: Are You a Results-Focused Giving Champion?

    Results-focused giving means more than simply “doing good.” It means investing with purpose to achieve specific, measurable outcomes and impact.

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  • 3 Key Changes in Single Audit for Grant Managers

    3 Key Changes in Single Audit for Grant Managers

    The bar has been raised for grant recipients receiving federal awards. With the new Uniform Guidance, non-federal entities are expected to meet performance measurements.

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  • Five Years Later: How #GivingTuesday Reached Ubiquity

    Five Years Later: How #GivingTuesday Reached Ubiquity

    I knew these two were on the cusp of something special. And 5 months later, #GivingTuesday was born.

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  • 5 Important Tips for Writing Donor-Focused Emails

    5 Important Tips for Writing Donor-Focused Emails

    Tips for writing email content that is scannable and user-centered.

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  • How Independent Fundraising Momentum is Reshaping Traditional P2P

    How Independent Fundraising Momentum is Reshaping Traditional P2P

    The peer-to-peer fundraising marketplace has undergone a transformation with momentum rapidly shifting toward individually directed fundraising and “DIY” or independent campaigns.

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  • Growing your Members and Donors with the Power of Data

    Growing your Members and Donors with the Power of Data

    Whether you’ve mastered target tags or are new to the power of data, there’s something for everyone in their insights.

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  • #GivingTuesday Continues to See Double-Digit Growth

    #GivingTuesday Continues to See Double-Digit Growth

    The #GivingTuesday movement began just a few years ago and we are continuing to see growth across all key metrics.

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  • How to Say “Thank You” to Donors at Year-End

    How to Say “Thank You” to Donors at Year-End

    A word of gratitude—even from the nonprofit organization that we chose to support—can give us a reason to smile and a reminder that hope is not gone

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  • Why Advocacy Organizations Must Keep Sustainers Top of Mind During EOY Fundraising

    Why Advocacy Organizations Must Keep Sustainers Top of Mind During EOY Fundraising

    A healthy and robust sustainer program can help you achieve your mission faster and better.

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  • #GivingTuesday: 5 ways to get the most out of it at your company

    #GivingTuesday: 5 ways to get the most out of it at your company

    #GivingTuesday is an effective way to engage employees with your organization’s giving. Hear how to get started from Andrew Troup, Director of Corporate Giving + Engagement at MicroEdge + Blackbaud.

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  • Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

    Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

    Wherever you stand in the ecosystem of good, know that today is for you.

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  • How to Get Your Employees to Give More, More Often

    How to Get Your Employees to Give More, More Often

    Learn best practices for increasing and maximizing your employee's charitable gifts, from organizational tips to technology concerns and more.

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  • Your Ladder of Engagement is Holding You Back

    Your Ladder of Engagement is Holding You Back

    Once you start to engage supporters based on availability, interest, and skills you are going to realize that there are different ladders of engagement for different supporters.

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  • [Podcast] The Nonprofit Coach: LIVE from bbcon 2016 - The Blackbaud Conference

    [Podcast] The Nonprofit Coach: LIVE from bbcon 2016 - The Blackbaud Conference

    The Nonprofit Coach Radio Show, Ted Hart interviewed MicroEdge + Blackbaud's Charlie Vanek, VP Product Management and Joel Martins, VP Product Development, live from bbcon 2016!

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