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.

2012 Year in Review

Check out our 2012 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

  • Rachel Jackson

    Volunteer, Team Blackbaud Austin, Little Helping Hands
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    Rachel Jackson

    Rachel Jackson believes in volunteering and service. She’s a member of Team Blackbaud Austin and volunteers with and on behalf of her family. Through Team Blackbaud Austin, she promotes their quarterly blood drives and volunteers monthly with its Mobile Loaves & Fishes team, providing food to those in need in Austin. She enjoys the camaraderie these activities create, especially working with those she might not get to over the course of her day.

    She also feels it’s very important to show her children the value in helping others. By participating with Little Helping Hands, she and her family have done everything from lake shore cleanup to bagging groceries at a food pantry to arts and crafts with the elderly. She hopes these activities will instil a lifelong habit of volunteering in her children. She also serves on the fundraising committee for Texas Freedom Network.

  • 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 Hanser

    Volunteer, Oklahoma Tornado Relief
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    Kyle Hanser

    Disaster relief volunteering started for Kyle Hanser in the summer of 2011 when a neighbourhood in nearby Cashion, OK was levelled by a deadly EF5 tornado. Every weekend for 3 months, Kyle and his team cleaned up debris and coordinated hundreds of other volunteers. In May 2013, multiple tornadoes once again devastated Oklahoma communities. Since then, Kyle organized and led chainsaw crews and debris clean-up teams from Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Indiana. Disaster relief in Oklahoma requires heavy outdoor manual labor, coordination with multiple organizations, and support for survivors. As a disaster relief volunteer, Kyle is privileged to work side-by-side with families who survived, building personal relationships over several months, and encouraging them as they began to rebuild their lives.

  • 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.

  • Dan Helfman

    Volunteer, American Heart Association
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    Dan Helfman

    Dan Helfman lost his father to a heart attack less than a week before his twelfth birthday, so the devastating consequences of heart disease became apparent to him at an early age. Since 2009, he volunteered for the organization’s annual Heart Walk in Lincoln, NE. For the last two years, he has organized group volunteer days with his Blackbaud coworkers to set up the Heart Walk itself. The work is satisfying not only from a cardiovascular standpoint (moving chairs and tables, hanging banners, and preparing tents for event activities - all constitute an excellent workout!), but also from an emotional one. He looks forward to honouring his father through many more years of continued work with the American Heart Association.

  • 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 organization’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 neighbours every day. She learns her neighbours 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, neighbours 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 favourite 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.

  • Amy Van de Water

    Serves as a one-on-one aide at Camp Sunshine Read More

    Amy Van de Water

    Amy Van de Water serves as a one-on-one aide at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and for their families. Amy first went to the camp as a guest in 2006 after her niece was diagnosed with a brain tumour and saw, firsthand, the care given not just to the child, but also to the family. That experience led to her long-term commitment as a volunteer, staying with one camper throughout a entire week’s experience.


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 honours since the challenge kicked off in 2010.


Rachel Hutchisson
Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy
800.443.9441 x3070

Sally Ehrenfried
Community Relations Manager
800.443.9441 x2100


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