Corporate Citizenship

Blackbaud is a community of people who care, who seek to help nonprofits drive positive change in the world. Through our corporate citizenship, we strive to make a difference both through what we do as a company and how we serve as individual people, personally and professionally.

2013 Year in Review

Check out our 2013 Corporate Citizenship Year in Review. Our focus is two-fold: to invest in the nonprofit sector and to empower our people.

Meet a Volunteer at Blackbaud

  • Jennifer Paquette

    Volunteer, Kindred Hearts Volunteer Transport Connection
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    Jennifer Paquette

    Jennifer Paquette volunteers for Kindred Hearts Volunteer Transport Connection where she serves as a volunteer driver and overnight bed & breakfast for animals, rescued from overcrowded or high-kill shelters, on their way to their new homes. Jennifer works towards helping as many innocent, helpless animals as she possibly can – one at a time. Always keeping in mind the mantra — "Saving just one dog won't change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog." For her, there is no better feeling in the world than looking into the trusting eyes of a homeless pet that is grateful that you’re helping to save their life and get them to their "fur-ever" home!

  • Tom Fahres

    Denver, Development Committee, Denver Scholarship Fund
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    Tom Fahres

    Tom Fahres serves as a Corporate Development Committee member and individual giving process consultant for the Denver Scholarship Foundation, helping students understand what is possible for them and then guiding them through the process of pursuing a college degree. Through his work on the committee, Tom assists the development staff formulate their strategy for approaching area businesses and corporations to get their involvement through service, philanthropy, and strategic partnerships. He’s involved with the Denver Scholarship Fund because he wants all children attending Denver public schools, no matter their socioeconomic or cultural background, to have a shot at going to college if that is their dream and goal.

  • Audrey Roth

    Chair, Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful
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    Audrey Roth

    Audrey is the board chair for Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful. As the chair, she manages an actively engaged board that is very hands on with fundraising to support the organization’s mission. Audrey volunteers through a variety of fundraising activities, but their most notable is the Annual Green and Lean 5K which occurs each spring in downtown Charleston, SC. Beyond the fundraising activities, her favorite experience volunteering has been participating in the Clean City Clara program at a local elementary school. It is a positive and interactive program that teaches children about preserving the environment and caring for their community. Audrey enjoys seeing the children’s excitement for this activity. For her, volunteering is fulfilling in many ways. It is critical to the operations of so many organizations and she finds it to be a rewarding experience because it helps her understand the perspective of others.

  • Kalai Taihook

    Volunteer, Milwaukee Area Nonprofits
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    Kalai Taihook

    Kalai Taihook is an active volunteer for organizations in the Milwaukee area. She often finds herself working with nonprofit organizations focusing on social services or the arts. Kalai is currently serving on the board of directors for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and assists at special events for other organizations in her community, like the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Kalai volunteers because it is a part of who she is and how she was raised. She believes that community is an important component of our society and if we don’t help each other out then who will? Kalai enjoys assisting an organization that’s providing a positive impact to Milwaukee.

  • Esther Pomeleo-Fowler

    Board Member, Workforce Solutions Capital Area
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    Esther Pomeleo-Fowler

    Esther Pomeleo-Fowler believes in connecting with her community and those who spend their lives giving back to others. Over the last year, Esther has been involved with Red Arena and Austin Waldorf School. At Red Arena, she and her daughter volunteered together by going to ranch each week after school and preparing the horses for the children’s therapy. Esther also led the class trip fundraising efforts for 8th and 12th grade field trips at the Austin Waldorf School. Recently, she joined the board of Workforce Solutions Capital Area. Over the next three years, she’ll actively participate in the growth and management of the organization’s programs. Esther feels she’s a better person every time she volunteers.

  • Kyle Thomas

    Volunteer, ORGT
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    Kyle Thomas

    Kyle Thomas believes in Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech’s positive impact on the Georgia Institute of Technology community. Since 1970, ORGT has encouraged young adults to live a healthy lifestyle and become stewards of the environment, while they learn, or instruct, an exciting outdoor adventure sport. He has witnessed firsthand how it helps students get back on their feet after suffering from a drop in their grades, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and drug addiction. Even though he lives five hours from campus, he serves as a senior trip leader, instructor, and mentor for ORGT’s whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) instructional programs. ORGT provided him the opportunity to take on a leadership role, teach and mentor others, work on a team, and learn the best practices of wilderness medicine and safety.

  • Christopher Goodhart

    Chair, Campaign for Drawing
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    Christopher Goodhart

    Christopher Goodhart is passionate about the Campaign for Drawing. As chair, he works closely with the Executive Director in planning, strategy and fundraising not to mention chairing board meetings and reviewing finances. He also works to create marketing partnerships that focus on the organisation’s brand and will promote Campaign internationally. Their annual Big Draw festival operates in 20 countries worldwide, with over 1,200 events in the UK alone where more than 200,000 people take part. The festival touches families, children, health, education, vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and helps build communities, all this with just a pencil and paper! He’s proud and humbled to be involved and contributes as much as he can because the Campaign inspires everyone it touches.

  • Michelle Nguyen

    Founder, D-LuxEvents
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    Michelle Nguyen

    Michelle loves volunteering and giving back to her community. As the founder of D-LuxEvents, she manages volunteers who donate their time to put together various fundraising events ranging from golf tournaments to health and fitness activities for nonprofit organizations around San Diego. They work closely with the Young Survivors Coalition and The Live Well Project. She enjoys engaging people in volunteering and watching them walk away from the day with a sense of appreciation and happiness within themselves.

  • Rebecca Sundquist

    Volunteer, Neighbor2Neighbor
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    Rebecca Sundquist

    Rebecca Sundquist lives in the heart of Kansas City, Mo, and passes by her homeless and near-homeless neighbors every day. She learns her neighbors names when serving dinner at Neighbor2Neighbor, Inc. She’s drawn to serving N2N because it builds a supportive community of respect and accountability among staff, neighbors and volunteers like Rebecca. In addition to meal service, N2N provides case management and access to legal and medical resources. Rebecca is currently helping to track attendees at an informational/fundraising event.

  • Jacquelyn Tolliver

    Volunteer, DC Central Union Mission
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    Jacquelyn Tolliver

    Jacquelyn Tolliver volunteers at the DC Central Union Mission where there are many homeless or jobless men participating in a program to get them back on their feet. She and a couple of her friends go every few weeks to help the men create or update resumes that they can use for job applications. Each guest gets 15 hard copies of their resume at the end of the session and if they have an email address they receive a soft copy too. Jacquelyn’s mom instilled in her the importance of volunteering and giving back to her community. Her favorite example, every Mother’s Day her mom’s gift was that they serve a meal at a local homeless shelter together as a family.

  • Nancy Miller

    Volunteer, Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte
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    Nancy Miller

    Nancy Miller volunteers at Carolina Medical Center — Northeast. When she and her family moved from the Charleston area to North Carolina, Nancy was looking for a way to become a part of her new community. Her work as a Clinical Services Reception Desk/Patient Information volunteer has allowed her to help others during what can be a difficult time for them and their families while also connecting with her community.

  • Viral Mehta

    Volunteers for McGrath Foundation
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    Viral Mehta

    Viral Mehta volunteers for McGrath Foundation, which provides funding for breast cancer nurses in Australia and seeks to improve public awareness of the disease, particularly among younger women. In addition to helping with fundraising and merchandise sales during the organization’s events, he personally takes the Foundation’s message into the Indian community. He convinced one cultural group called Taranaa, Inc. to raise money for the Foundation during its annual Bollywood concert, donating all the profits.

  • Caroline Benton

    Wears two hats: volunteer and mother
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    Caroline Benton

    Caroline Benton wears two hats – Blackbaud employee helping nonprofits resolve technology questions and mother of a child with Cystic Fibrosis. Caroline is a committed advocate for research into the life shortening disease, which her son Joey was diagnosed with when he was six weeks old. Joey does his part, too, serving as a spokesperson for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Environment

Blackbaud strives to be a responsible member of the community, doing our part to protect our natural resources. We work, both as a company and through individual effort, to preserve the environment by implementing an array of green business practices and by educating employees. Greenbaud, our employee-led environmental corps, offers environmentally focused initiatives such as oyster bed redevelopment projects, beach sweeps, and a community garden effort called Sprouts.

We are proud to participate in the Charleston Green Business Challenge, looking to the program as a way to both audit and enhance our environmental practices each year. Blackbaud has consistently received top honors since the challenge kicked off in 2010.

Contacts

Rachel Hutchisson
Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy
800.443.9441 x3070
rachel.hutchisson@blackbaud.com

Sally Ehrenfried
Community Relations Manager
800.443.9441 x2100
sally.ehrenfried@blackbaud.com

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