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Blackbaud’s Tech Accelerator Program Selects Eight New Startups


Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), a Charleston, SC-based provider of software for powering social impact, announced the newest cohort of participants in its Social Good Startup Program.

The tech accelerator is designed to support early-stage software companies focused on solving problems that matter to the social impact community. With eight new participants, the January cohort continues to support startups focused on developing AI solutions to maximize impact for nonprofits and companies focused on social responsibility, as well as those with founders from backgrounds typically underrepresented in the technology industry.

The startups in the January 2024 cohort include:

  • Nonprofit Sector Strategies, a public benefit corporation dedicated to helping nonprofits maximize mission impact through strategic planning and board management services. BellesBoard, its signature product created in 2018, is a board management software solution and mobile app that grows nonprofit boards’ efficiency, engagement and fundraising.
  • Chariot, a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) fundraising solution designed for nonprofits. its three-click DAF payment option integrates with donation forms to unlock more of the $229 billion sitting in 3 million donors’ DAF accounts. Chariot enables real-time data capture to thank DAF donors immediately and digital processing to deliver DAF gifts directly to nonprofit bank accounts instead of sending checks in the mail.
  • CharterBoards, which enables charter school leaders to spend less time on administration and more time on academic achievement. Leaders can quickly prepare and manage meeting agendas, board packets and minutes from a single app—then publish to their public-school board site with one click. CharterBoards handles repetitive tasks, like approving minutes, taking attendance, and passing motions, so school leaders can spend more time participating in discussion about school matters.
  • Grapevine, a platform dedicated to Giving Circles – where people connect to grow the greater good. The platform helps people to connect with other like-minded people, pool their donations, discover nonprofits, and decide together where to give.
  • OpenGrants, which allows grant seekers to be instantly matched to grants for their startup, small business, nonprofit or government. It uncovers thousands of grants from federal, state, local and private sources across the U.S., then use AI to recommend them. The platform includes an embedded marketplace of independent experts to support grant seekers and lets users hire the help they need when they need it.
  • School Journey, a mobile app conceptualized and specifically built to extend Blackbaud’s education management solutions. The app gives Blackbaud-powered K-12 schools an intuitive mobile experience for existing platform data. It also connects students, teachers, and parents with a unique community engagement layer that streamlines school communication. The app leverages AI tools integrated into the platform to elevate and empower a student’s learning process and well-being.
  • Storyraise, a platform for nonprofit marketing and fundraising leaders to create digital reports and campaigns. Organizations save time by developing their own stunning annual, impact and donor reports. Storyraise also offers a tool for nonprofits to create fully-baked social media and email campaigns with the help of AI. Nonprofits can also take advantage of full-service creative services.
  • SureImpact, an impact management solution specifically designed for all members of the social good sector.

Program participants receive curated access to Blackbaud resources, marketing opportunities and nondilutive grant funding, and Blackbaud works with startup founders to design a plan for each company that addresses their goals for growth.

Founders are invited to participate in the annual Blackbaud Social Good Startup Showcase, where they can pitch their ideas to Blackbaud leaders for a chance to create networking opportunities and win prizes. This year’s showcase will take place at bbcon, Blackbaud’s annual tech conference happening in Seattle, September 24-26, and the winners of the 2023 showcase will be in attendance.

Launched in January 2020 and led by Lizzie Schaffer, general manager, Social Good Startup Program has supported a total of 55 startups through seven prior cohorts, with these organizations collectively raising upwards of $175m in funding and contributing 25 new solutions to the Blackbaud Marketplace. In addition, more than 55% of the startup founders who have participated in the program are from backgrounds typically underrepresented in tech.

Blackbaud accepts applications for the Social Good Startup Program on a rolling basis.