Charleston, SC Based Blackbaud Recognized by Forbes as One of America’s Best Employers for Women

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C., July 28, 2020/PRNewswire/ —?Blackbaud?(NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, announces today that it has been named to Forbes’ Best Employers for Women 2020 list. Blackbaud, which previously received this prestigious recognition in 2018, was recognized in the IT/Internet software category for excellence in diversity, pay equity, professional development, family support, and more. ?

“The diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences of our employees are paramount to all that we do at Blackbaud,” said Blackbaud Chief People Officer Maggie Driscoll. “Our people are critical in driving our mission and vision and ensuring we’re creating and fostering a thriving culture. Recognitions such as being named a Forbes Best Employer for Women are a reflection of the continued commitment and attention we put on creating a world-class work environment that empowers women—and all employees.”

Blackbaud’s diversity program is a focused and continually expanding effort spanning education, awareness, recruitment, empowerment, community involvement, and financial support. Blackbaud has employee-led affinity groups, including Women in Tech, Women in Sales, and Women in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which serve to empower and develop personal and professional growth in female leadership. The technology company prides itself on the equal gender balance of its workforce. And, every year, Blackbaud hosts an Executive Women’s Summit, where top female leaders come together to focus on building relationships and supporting one another. In addition to this recognition, Blackbaud’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has earned it spots on Forbes’ 2019 and 2018 America’s Best Employers for Diversity list, Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers list for four years and AnitaB.org’s list of Top Companies for Women Technologists?for the past two years.

Forbes partners with market research company Statista to create its annual ranking of America’s Best Employers for Women. The list is compiled by surveying more than 75,000 U.S. employees—45,000 of whom are women—employed at companies with a minimum of 1,000 employees in the U.S. The survey focused around topics relevant to women in their workplaces and was designed to shed light on their experiences. View the full list of America’s Best Employers for Women here.

Learn more about life at Blackbaud by visiting Blackbaud.com/careers/life-at-blackbaud.  

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud?(NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit? www.blackbaud.com, or follow us on?Twitter, LinkedIn,?Instagram, and?Facebook.

BCDCOG Expands Staff, Outreach Efforts with Key Hire – Morgan Grimes

Read More

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 22, 2020) – Morgan Grimes has joined the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments as a Communications and Outreach specialist focusing on Lowcountry Rapid Transit, South Carolina’s first high-capacity mass transit project.

Grimes will spearhead community relations and outreach along the project corridor as part of an integrated communications effort. She has previous experience with the National Association of Black Journalists and the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. She is a Lowcountry native, born and raised in Summerville, and is a UofSC graduate with a degree in Public Relations.

“Morgan fills an important role for BCDCOG as we seek to engage with future Lowcountry Rapid Transit riders and business owners in the project area,” said BCDCOG Executive Director Ron Mitchum. “Her ability to build relationships will be invaluable as the project continues to develop.”

“I look forward to engaging with the communities and businesses in the project corridor and being able to connect them to LCRT in a meaningful way,” Grimes said

Local businesses and community members interested in learning more about Lowcountry Rapid Transit are encouraged to reach out to Grimes by phone at (843) 529-2119 or by email at morgang@bcdcog.com.

VIDEO: Get to Know Morgan Grimes!

ABOUT BCDCOG:
The?BCDCOG?is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county leaders in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development.?BCDCOG’s purpose is to strengthen the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. For the latest on?BCDCOG, visit?www.bcdcog.com, like us on?Facebook, or follow on Twitter at?@BDCCoG.

Bank of America Connects Charleston and Myrtle Beach-Area Youth to Workforce Success Through Paid Virtual Summer Leadership Experience

Read More

Student Leaders underlines bank’s ongoing commitment to connect young people to jobs, skills-building and opportunities to strengthen our community

South Carolina – Bank of America today announced that the four Coastal South Carolina high school students selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills-building.? In light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, through which students had the opportunity to participate in sessions exposing them to the vital role that nonprofits play in advancing community health, the importance of public-private partnerships to advance social change and a focus on building financial acumen.?

The Class of 2020 Coastal South Carolina Bank of America Student Leaders are:

  • Caelan Bailey, Wando, Academic Magnet High School
  • Isabela Cawley, Mount Pleasant, Charleston County School of the Arts
  • Claire Hains, Conway, Horry County Schools?Scholars Academy
  • Caroline Morgan, Murrells Inlet, Horry County Schools?Scholars Academy
Caelan Bailey
Isabela Cawley
Claire Hains

Caroline Morgan

Coastal South Carolina Student Leaders participated in programming that leverages Bank of America’s national partnerships and expertise and worked closely with the bank’s Charleston and Myrtle Beach leadership and nonprofit partners. They enjoyed a collaborative, mentoring-focused project working closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry to work on social media strategies and in the creation of a story bank tool designed to collect stories and anecdotes from Big Brothers Big Sisters participants.? In addition, Student Leaders engaged in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights, and how to build a more diverse and inclusive society and had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their personal finances through Better Money Habits?, Bank of America’s financial wellness and education platform.?

“As we build our new organization, inspiring our community to get involved is key.? Whether we are recruiting men and mentors of colors to become mentors, or we are inspiring caring neighbors to invest in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry mission, telling our story is critical,” explains the organization’s president and chief executive officer, Merridith Crowe.? “We are so grateful to Bank of America and its young leader volunteers.? Their project to collect best practice examples and create a library of resources for our work moving forward is such a gift, especially since we are a small, but mighty staff.”

Bringing students from across the country together in order to discuss the role of citizenship and how cross-sector collaboration creates community impact is a core component of the Student Leaders program.? This year, 300 students will gather virtually for Young America Together at Home program, delivered by the Close Up Foundation, which will include discussion of finding one’s voice in order to effect change and pressing policy issues such as the economy, healthcare, the environment, and immigration.

“Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, we remain committed to supporting youth and young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building, and leadership development,” said Kim Wilkerson, Bank of America’s South Carolina State President. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”

In the wake of significant job losses nationwide, the ability to earn a paycheck will be essential to many young people whether they are helping to support their families or planning for the future. As part of their Student Leader experience, each student received a $5,000 stipend to recognize them for their community achievements

Recent estimates suggest that the number of disconnected youth – those who aren’t in school and don’t have a job –?has likely tripled since last year and could be as high as 18 million. Without access to opportunities that build career skills, many young people may be left behind, leading to high rates of youth unemployment and hindering overall economic progress. In addition to Student Leaders, the bank invests in summer jobs for young people through its partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand as well as Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s job shadow program through which high school students gain valuable workforce skills. This summer, Bank of America is connecting approximately 3,000 young adults to summer jobs through partnerships with nonprofits and local mayors and its own Student Leaders? program.

Bank of America
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer, and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

Enjoy the Ride: Charleston Inspiration Can Be Found in the Most Unusual Places – Thank you @koote23

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

Street art is no new to Charleston. In fact, we have witnessed a renaissance over the last several years from Shepard Fairey to the Avondale Outdoor Art Gallery, to the walls of Park Circle.

Sometimes, you have to hunt harder to find artistic works of inspiration. Just south of 526 on Savannah Highway in West Ashley, on the side of a run-down Antique Auction House is the works of famed street artist Koote23 (www.instagram.com/koote23).

On the walls with the kind light of the sun, you will find the visual imagery of Bourdain, Einstein, Hendrix, and Dali. These four men help define the legacy of culinary arts, science, music, and art.

Yet, so many in the Lowcountry have missed this artistic treasure, so powerful in its color and imagery.

Koote23, we thank you for bringing this beauty and inspiration to what would otherwise be another neglected building.


The city of Goose Creek mourns the passing of John M. Bryant

Read More

This week we mourn the death of John M. Bryant, a true leader in the history of Goose Creek. Mr. Bryant was a founding member of the Goose Creek Parks and Playgrounds (Recreation) Commission and served as its chairman for many years.

“Mr. Bryant’s contributions to our City cannot be overstated,” Mayor Habib said. “His leadership laid the foundation for Goose Creek Recreation and all it would become. In many ways, felt by many people, Goose Creek was enriched by his service, shaped by his vision, uplifted by his actions, and left better than it was before. We are grateful for his life, and we are saddened by his passing.”

Former Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler called Mr. Bryant a strong advocate for the community.

“He was one of our early philosophical thinkers,” Dr. Heitzler said. “What do we want for Goose Creek? For him, Recreation was always at the top of that list. He was an early part of the movement to develop a Recreation Commission that would later become part of the City.”

Services for Mr. Bryant were held today. Visit https://www.russellfuneralchapel.net/obituary/John-M-Bryant to read more about his life.

Charleston Based Blackbaud’s Rachel Hutchisson Speaks on the Future of Giving and Philanthropy at Social Innovation Summit 2020

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C., July 23, 2020,/PRNewswire/ —?Blackbaud?(NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, recently took to the mainstage of Social Innovation Summit 2020 as a featured sponsor of the all-virtual event. With an audience of 6,000 leaders and innovators across 75 countries, Blackbaud’s Rachel Hutchisson, vice president of corporate citizenship and philanthropy, shared insights into the future of giving and philanthropy during her mainstage presentation on day three of the Summit.

Blackbaud’s vision is to power an Ecosystem of Good? that builds a better world. During her presentation, Hutchisson shared, “Working at the intersection of all this good teaches us a lot…It reminds us, first of all, that even in this time of multiple social and economic crises, we are surrounded by so much good.”

Hutchisson emphasized the resiliency of giving, even during times of uncertainty. Giving in the U.S. over the past 40 years has consistently increased year over year with an average $7 billion annual increase in giving.

Moreover, people who are engaged are generous, even during an election year. Looking at 400,000 political donors who gave over $800 million to this year’s political campaigns revealed that they also gave more than?that amount to other causes. Additionally, Hutchisson points out that generosity continues to beget generosity. In difficult economic times, the number of donor households decreases. However, data from the Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and lasted 19 months, revealed that those who could continue to give actually gave 40% more during those difficult times.

Hutchisson noted, “Companies are creating and sustaining this Ecosystem of Good, and it’s important to remember that companies are made up of people who want to be engaged. These employees are giving to COVID-related campaigns at a rate of 15 times the normal rate of giving.”

“Generosity is flowing,” Hutchisson concluded. “And when I look to the future, I’m hopeful this will continue. I’m reassured and reminded that there’s a spirit that flows through the Ecosystem of Good. And that spirit is generosity.”

Watch Hutchisson’s full presentation here and learn more about corporate social responsibility at Blackbaud here.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud?(NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit?www.blackbaud.com, or follow us on?Twitter, LinkedIn,?Instagram, and?Facebook.

Media Inquiries
media@blackbaud.com 

Forward-looking Statements
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding expected benefits of products and product features. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

SOURCE Blackbaud

Charleston Battery Partner with 2021 PGA Championship for July 24 Match

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery announced an exclusive partnership on Wednesday with the 2021 PGA Championship in conjunction with the Battery’s July 24 match against Atlanta United 2. The 2021 PGA Championship will be contested May 17 – 23, 2021, on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. As a title sponsor for Friday’s match, the Championship is offering exclusive access to ticket registration to Charleston Battery fans through a number of social and digital initiatives leading up to the matchup against Atlanta.

“Live sports are coming back to the Lowcountry,” said Scott Krenitski, Charleston’s Chief Revenue Officer. “With our resumption of the 2020 season, we’re also looking ahead to 2021, and the 2021 PGA Championship being hosted at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course is a big deal for Charleston sports. From one sport to another, it’s a legendary resort, legendary event, and legendary course bringing sports fans together in the Lowcountry. Featuring the 2021 PGA Championship at our match this Friday, and providing fans exclusive access to ticket registration, is just a part of building that excitement.”

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is no stranger to championships having hosted the 2012 PGA Championship that saw Rory McIlroy best the field by eight strokes on his way to a second major title. In partnership with the new era of Charleston Battery leadership, both parties plan to inject excitement into Charleston area sports for the next several months.

“With professional golf back in action, we’re moving full steam ahead in planning for the 2021 PGA Championship and the return of major championship golf to the Lowcountry,” noted Scott Reid, 2021 PGA Championship Director. “The Battery is the first to bring back live team sports to Charleston, and we’re proud to partner with them for their July 24 match against Atlanta and to provide their fans with exclusive access to ticket registration for next May’s PGA Championship.”

In the lead up to Friday’s match, the team will be unveiling exclusive content tied to the partnership with the 2021 PGA Championship, including player golf contests from the main pitch at Patriots Point as well as coverage of players taking in scenic holes on The Ocean Course. Fans can follow along on the Battery’s social media channels for exclusive access to 2021 PGA Championship ticket registration.

New Book by Charleston Author Shelia L. Anderson Celebrates the Life and Gullah Culture of Carolyn E. White

Read More

Charleston, S.C. – July 21, 2020 – Local Gullah storyteller, Carolyn E. White, along with local author, Shelia L. Anderson, has just published her memoir, Jabulile, The Gullah Storyteller: The Stories of My Life.

White, a native of James Island, is an award-winning storyteller who has traveled across the country as “Jabulile,” recalling the stories she heard while growing up with her parents and grandparents on then-rural James Island. The book, like a Gullah gumbo, is seasoned with the words and phrases of the Gullah language.

White is proud of her Gullah heritage and enjoys sharing it wherever she goes. Her travels have taken her to far-flung places such as Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as cultural festivals across the Lowcountry.

While this is White’s first book, Anderson, a former educator, has authored several books, including four children’s books. The book is self-published and is available at Amazon.com.

Summary

Having traveled across the country telling the tales of her beloved Gullah culture, like a recipe for a spicy Carolina Lowcountry gumbo, Carolyn E. White shares her own life’s story and the ingredients that went into the making of “Jabulile,” the quintessential Gullah storyteller! Seasoned with the spices of the Gullah language, White’s memoir will make you laugh and cry, as well as ponder a time gone by and its impact that is felt today. You will come away with your spirit uplifted and a renewed appreciation for life and, perhaps, your own story. You will feel the spirit of “Jabulile!”

Click Here to Purchase