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

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

    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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  • #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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  • 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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  • No Time Left? Your Company Can Still Rock #GivingTuesday

    No Time Left? Your Company Can Still Rock #GivingTuesday

    #GivingTuesday 2016 is finally here. If you have just one hour left to plan for the big day, spend 90 seconds of that time with our quick guide for some last-minute ideas and inspiration.

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  • What Would You Do with 1 More Hour for #GivingTuesday?

    What Would You Do with 1 More Hour for #GivingTuesday?

    Calling all champions for social good: #GivingTuesday 2016 is finally here. If you had one hour left to prepare, spend 90 seconds of that time with our quick guide for some last-minute inspiration.

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

    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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 1-Week Warning: Is Your Foundation Prepared for #GivingTuesday?

    1-Week Warning: Is Your Foundation Prepared for #GivingTuesday?

    The big day is almost here… With one week left until #GivingTuesday, is there something more your foundation could do to prepare? See our 1-week #GivingTuesday quick guide for some ideas.

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  • #GivingTuesday Is 1 Week Away – Is Your Company Ready?

    #GivingTuesday Is 1 Week Away – Is Your Company Ready?

    With one week left until #GivingTuesday, is there something more you – and your company – could do to prepare? Take a look at our 1-week #GivingTuesday quick guide for some ideas and inspiration.

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  • Your Company's 2-Week Countdown to #GivingTuesday

    Your Company's 2-Week Countdown to #GivingTuesday

    If you haven’t done much planning yet for Giving Tuesday, you still have plenty of time to take steps that will help your company make a difference on November 29. Check out our 2-week quick guide.

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  • What Your Foundation Can Do with 2 Weeks Before #GivingTuesday

    What Your Foundation Can Do with 2 Weeks Before #GivingTuesday

    Giving Tuesday is around the corner. Take a look at our 2-week #GivingTuesday quick guide for some simple ways you can prepare now to make November 29 an even bigger success.

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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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  • [Podcast] Nonprofit Coach: Annie Rhodes on Leveraging Technology: Blackbaud Outcomes

    [Podcast] Nonprofit Coach: Annie Rhodes on Leveraging Technology: Blackbaud Outcomes

    Ted Hart interviews MicroEdge + Blackbaud Director of Foundation Strategy, Annie Rhodes, on how technology can help the philanthropic sector better measure impact and track outcomes.

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  • Webinar: Best Practices - Employee Giving & Disaster Relief Programs

    Webinar: Best Practices - Employee Giving & Disaster Relief Programs

    Learn about about trends and best practices for running efficient employee giving and disaster relief programs.

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  • Webinar: Best Practices - Effective Employee Volunteer Policies

    Webinar: Best Practices - Effective Employee Volunteer Policies

    Join guest speaker Katy Elder, with Points of Light, as we discuss the ins and outs of creating and leveraging effective policies around employee volunteerism.

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  • Webinar: Case Study - Berkshire Bank Discusses AngelPoints CRA

    Webinar: Case Study - Berkshire Bank Discusses AngelPoints CRA

    When Berkshire Bank began coordinating their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) service activity with AngelPoints CRA, the impact and results were incredible. Watch the webinar to hear their story.

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  • Webinar: Blackbaud Outcomes - Helping You Understand Your Social Impact

    Webinar: Blackbaud Outcomes - Helping You Understand Your Social Impact

    Learn about the solution that will empower you to track and measure your progress using a standardized outcomes taxonomy, while better demonstrating the social impact of your philanthropic giving.

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  • Webinar: Technology Considerations in the Changing Landscape of Giving

    Webinar: Technology Considerations in the Changing Landscape of Giving

    How do you choose the right solution to manage your giving? Join MicroEdge CTO, Joel Martins and Art Joshstone of Grant Partners Inc. as they discuss technology and the role it plays in giving today.

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  • 5 Essential Controls for Charities during the Holiday Giving Season

    5 Essential Controls for Charities during the Holiday Giving Season

    Five things organizations can do to protect themselves and ensure that the influx of contributions received this holiday season support programs, not fraudsters.

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  • Powering Momentous Change Through the Blackbaud Institute

    Powering Momentous Change Through the Blackbaud Institute

    Philanthropy isn’t just on the verge of something new, we’re in it.

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