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Solutions For Foundations

Your foundation has the incredibly important job of providing vital grant funding to deserving organizations while demonstrating the highest level of accountability to your donors and stakeholders. Blackbaud's innovative, configured, and holistic solutions are tailored to help foundations of all types and sizes. Our experts work closely with all types of foundations across the social good sector including: private foundations, non-profit foundations, and community foundations.

Our solutions enable foundations to be efficient managing their grantmaking workflow, increase collaboration and transparency throughout the grantmaking process, and utilize outcomes and results to drive decision making and measure tangible impact in their community. In addition, our solutions help foundations attract and cultivate donors, and make it easy for you and your grant partners to stay connected.

The Information You Need, When You Need It

When someone chooses to donate their hard-earned money to a cause, they want to be sure that it will be used responsibly. As a foundation, you’re being entrusted to understand the interests of donors and stakeholders, make strategic decisions in distributing funds, and provide timely, accurate information on the status of investments. It is also crucial that your foundation can show the impact of your efforts, through the concept of storytelling.

Blackbaud can help. Our Grantmaking, Outcomes, and CRM solutions make it simple for foundations of all types and sizes to:

  • Access data quickly so you and your grantees can make real-time necessary adjustments to achieve your goals
  • Increase responsiveness and workflow efficiencies by accessing critical information in a matter of minutes instead of days
  • Sustain strong relationships with the ability to create and send timely, personalized communications
  • Make more informed decisions and instill confidence in stakeholders through speedy, accurate reporting
  • Communicate tangible results with the power of storytelling to investors, employees, and the community through data and outcomes measurement

Attract and Engage Supporters

Creating an effective online presence that attracts new audiences and keeps supporters coming back requires assets including an engaging website design, personalized email communications, and self-service online tools.

Blackbaud offers a broad portfolio of interactive solutions that will help your foundation take its first steps forward online or take an existing strategy to the next level. Using Blackbaud NetCommunity and Nonprofit Central, you can even provide donors with instant access to information about nonprofits tailored to address their interests and philanthropic needs.

Track Finances and Investments

As a foundation in today’s philanthropy landscape, you’re under growing scrutiny to provide fiscal transparency at every level. Blackbaud’s financial management and outcomes solutions can help you make smart, strategic decisions, achieve the highest level of transparency, and evaluate the performance of every grant, investment, and fund in real-time. Backed by Blackbaud Solutions, you can:

  • Evaluate success of investments and allocate earnings and fees to participants in investment pools
  • Instantly verify to donors how gifts are spent and determine how funds are divided among programs
  • Improve reporting accuracy and efficiency by producing FAS117 reports directly from the system, eliminating margin for error from exporting data to spreadsheets
  • Manage applications for grants, monitor how recipients are spending grants, and report on the results
  • Access data at any time through flexible dashboards that hold data in a centralized and secure place

Who We Help

We think our solutions for foundations are great. But don’t take our word for it – hear it from your peers! Learn about the impact of an integrated solution straight from the source through case studies from a wide range of foundations, including:

  • Northwest Lions Foundation saves two weeks per year simply by streamlining the production of reports and another 100 hours a year by eliminating manual re-entry of data using Raiser’s Edge with The Financial Edge
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan gets instant access to the financial information they need – rather than relying on an outside firm - using Raiser’s Edge with The Financial Edge
  • Angel Foundation leverages Raiser’s Edge(i) to personalize communications for donors, both online and offline
  • The Collector's Foundation used eTapestry to launch an integrated website, enabling the foundation to strengthen the visual presence of their website and make updates in minutes instead of weeks
  • American Diabetes Association reduced their application review time from 2 weeks to 30 minutes with our grantmaking solution Blackbaud Grantmaking.

Featured Customer Testimonial

For more than fifty years, Communities Foundation of Texas has helped donors connect their charitable goals with real community needs that touch nearly all aspects of life. Communities Foundation of Texas needed a technology solution to manage its critical processes, from cultivating relationships with donors and charitable organizations to managing hundreds of funds.

CFT selected a combination of foundation software and management services from Blackbaud including Raiser’s Edge for foundation fundraising and management, and Blackbaud NetCommunity for Internet marketing and communications.

Communicating with a new demographic on an interactive website has increased the Foundation’s ability to grow and accomplish new goals: in fact, the new website launched on May 20, 2009 and on its first day received 8,400 donations to 353 organizations totaling over $4,000,000, shattering previous single-day online giving records.


Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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