The Raiser's Edge Features

The Raiser’s Edge gives you the tools you need to cultivate lifelong relationships with donors and diversify your fundraising management. Think of an investment in The Raiser’s Edge fundraising software as insurance for your organization’s future. See below for more information on all the valuable features packed into The Raiser's Edge


New Features

The Raiser's Edge will be introducing two new updates this summer, guaranteed to boost your fundraising performance. With a sleek online marketing solution and an exciting new event management app, your nonprofit has all the power it needs for effective fundraising

Standard Features

Maintain Clean Data in Your Fundraising Database

  • AddressFinder – Thirty million Americans change their addresses each year. Make sure your database is accurate and up to date!
  • DeceasedRecordFinder – On average, two percent of the contacts in your database are actually deceased. Use this tool to avoid mailing to deceased constituents.
  • Automated De-duplication Process – Some of the best parts of The Raiser’s Edge remain unseen, like the sophisticated algorithms that automatically check for duplication as you enter new data.
  • Database Mobile App – Take your constituent data with you using the mobile version of your Raiser’s Edge database in the mobile app.

Save Time and Keep More Money for Your Nonprofit

Blackbaud Merchant Services makes payment processing simple, secure, and affordable. Integrated with Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud NetCommunity, and other Blackbaud software, our end-to-end solution features one low rate and no hidden fees for all credit cards, transaction types, and card categories. It also includes: detailed reporting, easy bank reconciliation, mobile payment processing, and mobile event management through the RE:Event app. Blackbaud Merchant Services is PCI-compliant and card data is encrypted and stored in our secure Blackbaud Vault.

If you have questions or need more information on how to create your fee-free Blackbaud Merchant Services account, click here or email

Raise More Funds

  • Batch Gift Entry – An easy-to-use interface for inputting donations helps you save time and money.
  • Campaign Management – Set up as many campaigns as needed to organize your fundraising initiatives.
  • Database Segmentation – Parse out your donors based on unifying factors for more effective fundraising.
  • Fundraising Appeal and Acknowledgements Templates – A library of tasteful, appealing, and best-practice plea and acknowledge letters makes sending email messages and direct mail letters easier and more effective.
  • Major and Planned Gift Cultivation and Tracking – Work with actions and the constituent records to grow donor activity.
  • Pledge and Recurring Gifts Management – Rest easy knowing that open-ended commitments are properly managed.
  • Revenue Forecasting – Estimate expected revenues directly in your database.
  • Split Gift Designation – Effortlessly apply a single contribution to more than one campaign, fund, appeal, or package.

Gain a 360° Supporter View

  • Donor Management – Enjoy a comprehensive view of your constituents, both in your database and through the mobile app.
  • Microsoft® Integration – Office suite tools work directly with your database.
  • Relationship Tracking – Get a complete picture of your constituent interaction in order to more effectively manage your donor relationship.
  • Contact Management – including foundations and corporations.

Grow Your Supporter Base

  • Alumni Management – Use tools developed specifically for managing your former students.
  • Membership Management – This tool is perfect for affiliations and similar member organizations.
  • Volunteer Management – Track volunteer activity seamlessly within your database.
  • NEW Event Management Mobile App – Simplify your event experience and make fundraising easier to manage with on-the-spot payments and mobile check-ins! Scheduled for release June 26, 2014.
  • Alumni, event, membership, and volunteer management are available at an additional cost.

Identify and Target Your Best Prospects

  • Smart Prospect Research and Analytics – Find major gifts from high net worth alumni or from grateful with a comprehensive set of Target Analytics solutions.
  • Integrated Wealth Screenings – Built right into The Raiser’s Edge fundraising system, wealth screenings provide invaluable data on donor giving capacity, including real estate holdings, pension and income data, philanthropic and biographical data, stock ownership, and much more. By having this data at your fingertips and accessible directly from the constituent record, it can enhance major donor development and moves management efforts while telling you the appropriate ask amount for each individual solicitation.

Personalize Communications for Every Audience

  • Better Connections with Better Lists – Easy-to-use queries and list management tools allow you to include the contacts you want and exclude those you don’t. Perfect for collaborating and getting sign-off on lists that require many stakeholders’ input. Reviewers can easily select and de-select individual contacts with the click of a mouse, allowing you to save a revised list without changing the original query.
  • Direct Mail – The Raiser’s Edge fundraising solution is the leading tool for conducting and measuring the success of direct mail campaigns. You’ll benefit from segmentation capabilities through queries, appeal response tracking, and integrated mail merge with Microsoft® Word.
  • Email Marketing – All of Blackbaud’s online marketing solutions offer email marketing, online donation forms and event management.
  • Social Media – Share online donations pages through popular social media outlets, such as Facebook®, Twitter®, and Google+™.
  • Honor and Memorial Giving and Acknowledgement – Traditionally more complex due to the need to thank two people, you can now easily set up and send thank-you’s to both the donor and honor or memorial recipient.
  • One-Click Acknowledgements – Every organization needs to thank its donors, and The Raiser’s Edge provides you with special tools to do so.

Measure Your Success

  • Robust Reporting Tools – The Raiser’s Edge includes pre-built dashboards, easy-to-use queries for all fields in your database, filters, and reports that have already been set up, so it’s easier than ever to make well-informed decisions and further your mission. And for unique needs, utilize attribute functionality to create custom fields that can be included in any queries or reports.

Get Support When You Need It

  • Award-Winning, Unlimited Live Support – Reach out via phone or online chat, and take advantage of our online user communities and blog.
  • Training Classes – Get the know-how you need with quality web-based and in-person training.
  • Ongoing Product Updates – We’re always improving with regular product updates, releases, and patches. Plus, you can help shape the future of The Raiser’s Edge by participating in Product Discovery.

Safety and Security with PCI Compliance

Blackbaud has validated compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA DSS). Trustwave Datacontrol®, the leading provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses worldwide, performed the PCI DSS validation for Blackbaud’s hosted solutions and the PA DSS validation for Blackbaud’s locally-installed payment applications. And because all nonprofits operate differently, Blackbaud offers both hosted and locally installed payment solutions.

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