Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of Convio
Blackbaud plans to support Convio's current offerings, and the companies' combined research and development (R&D) teams will work with customers to improve and extend current products and build new offerings. Blackbaud plans to keep Convio's current office structure, adding key offices in the Bay Area and Austin. Gene Austin, Convio's former president and CEO, will lead the enterprise customer business unit at Blackbaud, reporting to Marc Chardon. "We are excited to work together to bring nonprofits the technology they need at a faster pace than either of us could have separately," said Austin.
Easter Seals, an organization focused on providing exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy to people living with autism and other disabilities, has worked closely with both Blackbaud and Convio for nearly a decade. "In that time, each company has developed core, and in many cases distinct strengths, in the fundraising and marketing arenas," said Steve Bergman, Easter Seals' CIO. "Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio will hasten the creation of new products that could enhance the effectiveness of nonprofits like Easter Seals."
Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 27,000 customers in more than 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent education, animal welfare, and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, social media, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), analytics, financial management, and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has employees throughout the US, and in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.