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Blackbaud lauded by mayor, city as 'green' pioneers

DANIEL ISLAND, SC - Blackbaud, Inc, the leading global provider of nonprofit software and services, is rounding out the third quarter with a continued focus on its core value of "making the world a better place."

As a result of its many employee-led initiatives, Blackbaud was named a Green Business Pioneer by the City of Charleston and the Charleston County Council. The Pioneer Award was presented to Blackbaud because of its work stewarding and protecting Charleston's environment and resources through achievable business practices.

"We are very humbled to be among the recipients of the Pioneer Award," said Rachel Hutchisson director of citizenship and philanthropy at Blackbaud. "When it comes to being green, it's not about what we've done; it's about what we can still do for our environment and the nonprofit community, which is why we have also entered the Charleston Green Business Challenge."

The Charleston Green Business Challenge is a voluntary opportunity for businesses of all types and sizes to pursue sustainability and green-driven strategies, while improving business performance. Developed by the City of Chicago, the challenge is being piloted in five cities across the nation through the initiative of ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability.

Blackbaud remains committed to programs developed to support and encourage employees to give back and focus on the environment with programs to include:  

Day of Caring – In support of Trident United Way's National Day of Caring on September 14, a team of 150 employees will work on projects at 10 nonprofits in the Charleston area.

Blackbaud's-Adopt-A-Beach Program – On September 11, Greenbaud, Blackbaud's grassroots employee environmental team, will clean-up a two-mile stretch of beach on Isle of Palms, SC.

Employee-Led Community Garden – Taking advantage of the grounds surrounding the  
Blackbaud headquarters building, a team of employees has developed a garden where they will plant several vegetables and seasonal crops, which will all be donated to the Charleston-based nonprofit, Fields to Families. Vespa Pizza and Daniel Island Grill both located on Daniel Island, SC, are helping the Blackbaud Community garden by providing compost.

Focus on Back to School – With a third quarter focus on youth and education, Blackbaud       
employees are donating school supplies to Dorchester Children's Center and South Santee Senior and Community Center.

Employee Volunteer Impact Grants – "Reward Your Passion" is a corporate program that encourages employees to apply for grants on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. More than 30 grants have been awarded globally this year based on employees' dedication and commitment to organizations they serve since the program's inception.

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