Blackbaud piloted this program with the Social Good Startup Challenge in 2019, selecting 14 startups to participate in the inaugural
Recently, Blackbaud hosted a pitch competition for the founders of the 13 startups in its 2021 cohorts to present their solutions to a panel of judges, leaders and decision makers. The six Blackbaud judges were tasked with asking questions, providing feedback and awarding cash prizes to top presenters. The hybrid event drew nearly 150 participants. Winners included Give InKind (Gold); Change and Carpool to School (Silver); and GivingDocs, Civic Eagle and OHUB Futures (Bronze).
"Seeing the future of social
Blackbaud Social Good Startup Participants Impacting the Ecosystem of Good in 2021
Kerry Schraderand her daughter Ashlee Ammonswho founded Mixtroz—an online platform designed to make networking more engaging while providing real-time data to event organizers—made history as the 37th and 38th black females to raise over $1 millionin pre-seed funding. In 2021, both Schrader and Ammons were recognized on BizBash's list of the Most Influential Women in Event Tech. In addition, Ammons joined the mainstage at bbcon 2021 Virtual—Blackbaud's annual tech conference for a better world—and Schrader was featured on the Forbes Next 1000 list.
- In September, Wisely—a 2020 Social Good Startup Program participant, founded by Wes Moon—acquired Hopeful—a member of the 2021 cohort, founded by
Alex Jivovand Ahsan Javed. The acquisition made program history as the first time two participant startups have joined forces. Both Wisely and Hopeful have published integrations in the Blackbaud Marketplace, enabling Blackbaud customers to extend their existing solutions with new tools that predict and then analyze donor behavior.
- Change, an all-in-one donation platform making it easy for users to support the causes they care about, also made news in 2021. Founded by
Sonia Nigamand Amar Shah, Change is leading the future of the giving economy by enabling cryptocurrency donations to nonprofits through their platform. Change is also the first participant to partner with YourCause® from Blackbaud, offering their innovative solutions to Blackbaud's corporate customers.
- Blackbaud has supported 27 startups through the program to date, working with 51 founders and co-founders in 15 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces.
- These 27 companies have collectively raised well over
$45 millionin funding.
- All of the companies chosen for the program are fast-tracked into Blackbaud's ISV partner program, and participants have already published seven product integrations in the
Blackbaud Marketplace, where Blackbaud customers can find and implement the unique solutions.
- At bbcon2021 Virtual, all of the program participants presented in the "New Challenges, New Solutions" session, and several founders were also featured in panel discussions and on the mainstage.
- "The Blackbaud team has been a joy to work with, and they have bent over backwards to ensure that we have all the tech and people resources we could ever need to grow our platform within their powerful ecosystem," said
Brantley Boyett, president of Giving Docs, which provides a full suite of estate planning tools. "It's a joy to meet and interact with the other amazing startup companies in this group, and the incredible connections we've made with the internal team at Blackbaud will pay dividends for many years to come. It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of this amazing program."
- "Blackbaud works in the most exciting ecosystem, and we're fascinated with the opportunity to offer our solution and help their customers regain control of their digital footprints," said
Seth McGaugh, co-founder and head of product at Thrivacy, which helps individuals secure their personal identity information and validate credentials. "The Thrivacy team is focused on tailoring our solutions to the people we serve. That's the concierge service that Blackbaud provides to us, and that we intend to provide to our customers and theirs."
Blackbaud accepts applications for the Social Good Startup Program on a rolling basis. The deadline for consideration in the
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