Charleston Based Blackbaud and Facebook Scale Online Giving to Bolster Event Fundraising

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Leading tech companies team up to help social good organizations
extend the reach of their peer-to-peer fundraising events

Charleston, S.C. (July 26, 2018) — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the general availability of the integration of its cloud fundraising and engagement solutions with Facebook’s fundraising solution. Blackbaud’s integration seamlessly enables the publication of Blackbaud TeamRaiser? fundraisers to Facebook, allowing event supporters to simultaneously solicit donations directly via their own social networks and their TeamRaiser webpages while helping nonprofits view and manage Facebook transactions within TeamRaiser.

Both companies announced this new capability last November, with early adopters JDRF, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Susan G. Komen working alongside Blackbaud and Facebook.

“Blackbaud is the first and only cloud software company to leverage Facebook’s Fundraising API, which provides added value for our Luminate Online? and TeamRaiser customers,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, chief technology officer at Blackbaud. “We understand that managing fundraising between Facebook and other nonprofit technologies can be challenging for nonprofits, especially reconciling data with existing campaigns. Through this integration, Blackbaud delivers features to give nonprofits seamless access and centralized control over their Facebook fundraising tools, driving campaign awareness, maximizing participant fundraising and maintaining momentum even after events conclude.”

Facebook expands organizations’ fundraising networks while Blackbaud optimizes their fundraising strategy—all in one purpose-built place.

Using the Facebook integration, Blackbaud customers now have a simplified way to manage, process and record Facebook donations in Blackbaud TeamRaiser. The integration helps customers:

  • Improve participant and donor experience – participants can easily reach out to friends and family to reach their goals faster, with donations being made without leaving Facebook.
  • Raise more money, more efficiently – participants can fundraise simultaneously in both Facebook and TeamRaiser; donations will sync between both.
  • Increase reach and efficiency – Facebook Fundraisers are native content and given higher priority on newsfeeds; data is automatically updated in TeamRaiser.

“We’re excited to partner with Blackbaud to help nonprofits optimize their fundraising strategies,” said Emily Dalton Smith, director, Social Good Partnerships, Facebook. “Expanding to peer-to-peer fundraising events will help people generate more impact and even further support the causes they care about.”

Early feedback indicates improved donor experience, increased dollars raised and increased efficiency in managing campaigns across platforms:

“Being able to provide our Ride For Roswell participants with the option to integrate their personal fundraising pages with Facebook Fundraisers was a game changer for our 2018 event,” said Cindy Eller, executive director at Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. “One of our new riders received more than 20 gifts through Facebook within three days of integrating her fundraising page and another received more than 50 gifts and became one of our top fundraisers. These are just two examples that proves this new option was allowing our participants to better leverage their social networks in their fundraising efforts. We are also truly pleased that Facebook donations are processed within Luminate Online and update our participants’ TeamRaiser thermometers in real time. We’re excited by the possibilities of this tool and look forward to incorporating it into our other peer-to-peer fundraising events.”

This integration addresses an important need for Blackbaud customers: an automated, cost-effective and efficient way to leverage the reach of the Facebook platform to activate fundraisers while also managing, processing, and recording those donations directly in their Blackbaud solutions. Blackbaud intends to expand integration capabilities to its entire portfolio of cloud fundraising and engagement solutions in the future.

Discover best practices and case studies of nonprofits who are successfully using Facebook Fundraisers by watching the on-demand Blackbaud webinar.

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About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations 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 and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit?

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Are we missing the signs of depression on Facebook?

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By Mark A. Leon

“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

Depression is all around us. It does not discriminate by gender, age or lifestyle. In infects us and spreads like a cancer and takes over our lives. For some, the signs are very clear, while others hide it very well through their actions or lack of actions. With the world being brought at our finger tips, are we missing the clear signs of depression or choosing to turn a blind eye to them?

Facebook is populated by over one-third of the human population. It has bridged our worlds and put the idea of voyeurism and stalking into every day activities. There are so many common indicators of depression and so many of us need to be aware and take action to help.

After all, these are our “friends”.

What are these signs that a person may be suffering from some level of depression or loneliness?:

  • Aggressive use of language on the social networks (Facebook, Google+, Twitter)
  • Needing likes to reinforce value and ensure you are being noticed
  • Constant uploading of self portraits (selfies). ?When someone is constantly putting up pictures of themselves or re-issuing their favorites looking for reinforcement of their “beauty”, that can be a clear indicator
  • Constant quotes about seeking a better place, a better life, a true utopia
  • Constantly checking in to reinforce to their circle how socially active they are
  • Posing a number of “what if” questions or commentary on society
  • Not having any pictures of yourself, but friends and family only. ?Perhaps a sign of hiding behind unfriendly aging
  • Showing many pictures of drinking or many check ins to bars
  • Late night random thoughts out of character
  • Adding many new friends often. ?Needing to be surrounded by strangers and constant attention can be an indicator as well.? Number of “virtual” friends is never a direct correlation of having a support circle.? Often, it can be an indicator of physical and/or emotional loneliness.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. ? We can list off another ten or fifteen behavioral indicators on Facebook that could be a silent scream for help.

How many of these have you seen?

How often have you reached out to try and help or even ask if someone needed help?

I have witnessed these signs and later learned of depression, rehab, loneliness, sadness and rejection from these same people.

Maybe Facebook is the great savior for avoidance of responsibility since it is a virtual tool or maybe we have a higher responsibility to help.

Next time you witness behavior that is unorthodox, it doesn’t hurt to ask and just maybe you might be saving a life by unexpectedly being there for someone that truly needs someone.