Attendees heard from a number of prominent figures dedicated to activism and philanthropy. The first day of bbcon included conversations with special guests actress
Attendees also heard from other featured speakers:
Built for a Changing World™
Blackbaud's mission is to provide cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence that empower and connect people to drive impact for social good, and the company is committed to innovating, pivoting and adapting to ensure customers are successful even through periods of major change. The conference highlighted innovation on several fronts:
Blackbaud and Microsoft help organizations adapt to change with connected solutions
At this year's bbcon, Blackbaud and Microsoft reaffirmed their commitment to digitally transform the social good community and recognized the critical role that innovative technology has played in allowing social good organizations to effectively work in new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blackbaud and Microsoft announced updates to their continued partnership on further connecting Blackbaud's industry-leading solutions with Microsoft's tools for transformative productivity, collaboration, automation and insights, including the release of the certified connector for Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT® for the Microsoft Power Platform, making it easier for organizations to integrate data from the Blackbaud solution with hundreds of applications on the Microsoft Power Platform.
The conference showcased how social good organizations are using Blackbaud and Microsoft technology together to adapt to change. Included in the list of highlights was
Also spotlighted was the
Continued Innovation Across Blackbaud's Comprehensive Cloud Solutions
Blackbaud announced that Blackbaud Grantmaking will soon be fully available in Blackbaud SKY™, the company's modern, integrated and open cloud solution for the social good community, at no additional cost to current customers. This advancement will allow organizations to access the solution anytime, anywhere, and from any browser on any device and provide a more cohesive, seamless experience across Blackbaud solutions.
Blackbaud also announced the expansion of the global capabilities of YourCause CSRConnect with partners like GlobalGiving and others to offer 20 times the validated global charities and more local currency support, making it easier for companies to bring employees across geographies together in support of causes around the world.
The company highlighted a variety of innovations that helped customers adapt during COVID-19. They include: fitness tracking integration in Blackbaud's peer-to-peer fundraising portfolio; a new virtual prayer wall that enables congregants at faith organizations to share and respond to prayer requests online; and text messaging capabilities for scholarship directors at higher education institutions to ensure that no funds were going unutilized and to collect thank you's from students to share with their donors.
Blackbaud's new Social Good Startup Program
Building on last year's announcement of the Social Good Startup Challenge in partnership with One Million by One Million (1Mby1M), Blackbaud announced the initiative's expansion into the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program, a yearlong program designed to drive innovation outside of Blackbaud's walls. Through the program, Blackbaud will look to support the early-stage growth of companies that have the potential to impact the Ecosystem of Good® with their innovative solutions. The company also shared that, in alignment with its commitment to diversity, it would focus its January 2021 cohort on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) founders. The program is now accepting applications.
sgENGAGE releases new e-book on Working in a Changing World
sgENGAGE, Blackbaud's flagship blog and podcast platform, released its first e-book. "Working in a Changing World: Expert Advice for Remaining Resilient and Impactful in a New Normal," features guidance from experts, including
Virtual bbcon 2020 Gives Back
Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector and the important role that these organizations play, Blackbaud made a donation to the
Voices of bbcon 2020
"The best part about bbcon 2020 Virtual was how interactive and engaging the experience was," said
"It has been amazing! The speakers are spot on for what is going on in this crazy world we're learning how to navigate," said Vicky Registrar,
"I have attended seven previous bbcons and look forward to attending again in person someday, but I see the value of a virtual bbcon where so many people are able to participate," said
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