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Blackbaud Reports Most Successful #GivingTuesday Yet

Announces 52% year-over-year growth in U.S. online donations
with $39.6 million processed and new indicators of movement trajectory

Charleston, SC (December 2, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced a 52% increase in online donations during #GivingTuesday compared to 2014. Based on more than 5,000 organizations that received at least one online donation, the company processed more than $39.6 million on #GivingTuesday 2015, which represented a significant amount of online donations made to charities in the United States.

“As a founding partner, we couldn’t be more thrilled about the generosity we saw from individuals and charitable giving organizations on #GivingTuesday,” said Rachel Hutchisson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud. “We’ve recorded an increase of 52% in online giving in the United States in comparison with 2014, with $39.6 million online donations and over 130 million emails processed through Blackbaud systems. Thanks to the momentum behind #GivingTuesday, a path has again been cleared for meaningful causes around the world to make a bigger impact on those they serve. We are humbled and honored to support such an important movement and want to thank everyone who participated in making this the most successful #GivingTuesday yet.”

U.S. Online Giving Grows on #GivingTuesday:

  • Blackbaud’s data showed a 52% increase in online donations during #GivingTuesday compared to 2014
  • Blackbaud processed more than $39.6 million on #GivingTuesday 2015, which represented a significant amount of online donations made to charities
  • The average online gift was $137, up 6% from 2014
  • Online donations tend to be larger than traditional direct mail gifts and #GivingTuesday donors also show this behavior

Big Volume and Big Gifts:

  • There was a 42% increase in online transaction volume compared to 2014
  • Blackbaud sent more than 130 million emails on behalf of nonprofit organizations
  • There were multiple $50,000 online donations recorded
  • The median gift amount above $1,000 was $2,500 – this continues a trend that Blackbaud has seen for years as affluent donors choose to give online in great numbers

#GivingTuesday Goes Mobile:

  • 17% of online donations during #GivingTuesday were made on a mobile device – which was up from 13% in 2014
  • Data shows a shift towards mobile giving during evening hours as donors engage on multiple screens

“The impressive year-over-year growth we’re seeing in online giving in the United States, coupled with the use of mobile, social, and emerging fundraising channels is a significant indicator of not only the trajectory of the #GivingTuesday movement, but also the increasing role that technology is playing for the cause-minded donor,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s Director of Analytics.

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About Blackbaud

Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, education and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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