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Season Of Giving 2018: Holiday Selfie Time!

Hello favorite Community!

If we are to believe big box stores, the holidays started some time in September. laugh

So it's September, can I put my tree up now meme with Will Farrell from Elf.

For the rest of us, we are now celebrating the holiday season as the year winds down. This means time with family, friends, and traditions for most.

That also means we're kicking off our third year of Season of Giving and this year we're focusing on giving back to you! 

For the next four weeks one of your friendly Blackbaud Community Managers will post a blog with that week's instructions so you can be entered to win a nifty prize.

Just as seasons past, we're keeping it simple so you have four chances to win! WOOT WOOT! 

Picture of baby with hand in fist and hashtag that says "winning" over it

What's first on the list, you say?

HOLIDAY SELFIE TIME! 

Time to update those profile photos and get a chance to win an amazing, secretive prize from your Community Managers. Okay, fine, it's some of the finest Blackbaud Community swag you've ever seen. 

Steps:
1) Upload your favorite holiday picture (family, pets, your smiling face) by Sunday, December 2.
2) Reply below that you've updated your profile picture & tell us why you chose it.
3) Wait in anticipation for the winner to be announced on Monday, December 3.

I can't wait to see the new profile pictures! Let's do this!

See you around the Community! 
Posted by Shannon Emery on Nov 26, 2018 9:12 AM America/New_York

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Meet my Care Bears Christmas Village!   I was so proud to finally have the entire set.
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 09:33 AM EST
I updated with a Halloween picture to get back at the other interloping holidays on Halloween!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 09:47 AM EST
Vida Smith‍ 

will ferrell bff GIF
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 09:51 AM EST
I love the holiday coffee specials!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 09:58 AM EST
I updated my profile picture. I chose it because the best way to celebrate the holidays is with christmas T-rex onesies!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 10:26 AM EST
Profile picture updated!  I chose this one b/c it represents the spirit of the holiday!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 10:29 AM EST
Done, because I am getting into that holiday spirit!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 11:12 AM EST
The holidays = Family for me. Updated my profile picture with my family:)
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 11:12 AM EST
My very first experience with a photo booth at an event was the staff party 2 years ago. Had a blast - terrible quality but such fun photos!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 11:58 AM EST
Just moving to BB now so this is my first photo.
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 12:35 PM EST
Profile pic updated! Peyton was SO happy to meet Santa and was a wild child until it was time for his photo, when he sat and smiled perfectly for the camera!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 12:45 PM EST
<-- because we all need a little more Pusheen in our lives
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 12:46 PM EST
I updated my profile picture which now shows my husband and I with our freshly cut Christmas Tree. Going to Urquhart's Tree Farm is a much beloved family tradition and encapsulates so many holiday memories!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 12:59 PM EST
Oh so glad I asked someone to take my photo as I put my first decoration on the tree on Friday!!!!! Hope all of you that celebrate Thanksgiving had a good one!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 01:01 PM EST
I updated my profile picture with a Christmas photo from a couple years ago!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 01:57 PM EST
Profile updated! One of my Christmas trees (yes, I have multiple) is a classic retro aluminum tree. My color wheel broke this year, but I purchased one of those cool kaleidoscope projectors and it's actually even better! It's absolutely magical at night. I love the nostalgia with a modern update. 
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 02:46 PM EST
I am the one on the right in this picture. This was taken as part of our museum's 2017 annual appeal campaign as we were highlighting a matching grant opportunity. The headline was, "Matching isn't always a good idea—unless it’s matching your donation to OMA."
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 03:04 PM EST
I love my family, but when the food is gone and the packages are unwrapped I prefer to love them from a distance! There always appears to be a "Cousin Eddie" in every family! Love every one of my family however we do not need any new boarders nor their pets!
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 03:40 PM EST
I updated my photo. I didn't have one at all so I chose one that was a good photo of my face. 
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 04:07 PM EST
Me and my favorite snowman...in honor of all those snowed in this Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 07:34 PM EST
Robert Brown‍ - my Mom has a large village she does every year and my little brother has taken up on the tradition! I love your Care Bears Christmas village! :) 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:08 AM EST
Vida Smith‍ - I know several people who would agree with your Halloween picture. It's also Crystal Bruce‍'s favorite holiday so we even decorated our area! :) 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:09 AM EST
Heidi Tabat‍ - Intriguing minds must know - what's your favorite holiday drink? Mine is peppermint cocoa! 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:10 AM EST
Lawrence Rush‍ - I may or may not have yelled out "T-REX ONESIES" when I read this and now will go Google them because I feel this is a MUST!
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:11 AM EST
David Tang‍ - That literally made my heart happy. Love it! :)
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:11 AM EST
Marie Stark‍ - I can only imagine you do Christmas right! Love your picture. :) 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:12 AM EST
Donna Oleniczak‍ - What a lovely family! I get to spend the holidays with my immediate family this year after a long time being apart so your profile pic makes me happy!
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:13 AM EST
Lori Kelly‍ - Photo booths are amazing and the picture quality doesn't matter as long as it brought you joy. :)
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:13 AM EST
Welcome a'baud Kirstin McDonald‍ - I am so very glad you're here in the Community! Great picture :) 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:14 AM EST
Brittany Ivey‍ - AWWWWWWWW. We don't deserve doggos, I swear. That's better than most kid with Santa pics that I've seen! Ha! 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:15 AM EST
Kylea Johnson‍ - PUSHEEN FOR LIFE. :)
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:15 AM EST
Hannah Shaffer‍ - I've never been a tree farm before so now that's on the list but I did get a live tree this year. It's making the house smell amazing and even more holiday-y. 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:17 AM EST
Elizabeth Johnson‍ - wait, just one decoration? Do you place one on each day? Love the pic! 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:18 AM EST
Emily Bates‍ - What a lovely family picture! You managed to get everyone into the picture, I see. :)
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:18 AM EST
Melonie AllynSchwerin‍ - you sound like me! I have a regular tree and then also a mini tree up this year. I love this tree though - what others do you have?
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:25 AM EST
Collette Stefanko‍ - That is BEYOND genius. I love it! Great slogan. Hope the campaign was successful with marketing like that!
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:26 AM EST
Kristen Kinney‍ - Your picture is great but your 'why' made me giggle. Here's those moments with family...especially when they leave :)
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:27 AM EST
Sharifa Love‍ - I am glad you updated a picture! That's a great head shot of you. I love (no pun intended) the lighting. I really need to get some of those done! :)
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:40 AM EST
Joan Perry‍ - What a lovely picture! Olaf is happy to be your favorite snowman! :) 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:45 AM EST
Season's Greetings,
 
I have updated my profile picture. I chose an image of my cat that I took the other day. Sneaky Lilly Santa. So precious. I love sharing the holidays with my family, friends and especially Pets. Thank you for adding some fun and Joy to the holiday season, especially when everyone is buckling down before the holiday to get things done, its nice to take a second and have a little Holiday Fun.
 
Happy Holidays
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 09:57 AM EST
Shannon Emery‍ - no inside of the house is totally decked out! Just my first ornament for the day that the entire tree was decorated and the most fun I've ever had decorating a tree! It was quite the party! Wish you were here too!
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 10:16 AM EST
Changed to a Christmas picture of my family because they're my heart!
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 10:45 AM EST
Shannon Emery - I have the aluminum tree and then a traditional tree with ornaments and lights. I have to do a fake tree because real ones give me hives, but I save money by using the same fake tree for over 20 years now. My ornament collection is a mix of nerdy (lots of Star Wars ornaments with some Godzilla and anime mixed in), ornaments inherited from family, ornaments marking significant events (year we got married, daughter's birth, etc), and I always grab an ornament when we go on trips/vacations. Nice mix of oddities. <3
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 10:47 AM EST
I uploaded a picture from my son's first Nutcracker Ballet performance.  He cried because he didn't want to wear what he called "a monkey hat" but still managed to put on his celeb smile for the photo shoot!  5 years later and he's now starring as Fritz!
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 01:09 PM EST
I chose a photo from 2 Christmases ago with my mom and sisters. It was the first time in years we had all been together on Christmas Day and was the most cherished gift! 
  • Posted Tue 27 Nov 2018 02:27 PM EST
Christmas lights up, check. Christmas tree up, check. Holiday photo uploaded to Blackbaud Community profile, check. Happy Holidays!
  • Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 12:15 AM EST
Updated! Homemade Holiday Sweaters can't be ugly, right?
  • Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 12:17 PM EST
I updated my pic with a picture of my husband as a santa elf.  This somehow graces my phone background every time around Christmas when he steals my phone and changes it to this.  But specifically because today is his birthday and it just makes me smile.
  • Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 02:28 PM EST
Updated my pic, to me and the fam.... picking pumpkins.  I picked this one, cus ..... well.... we don't really take a lot of full pictures with everybody... I usually keep ME out of em.... so this one is a good one of everybody!
  • Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 03:19 PM EST
Updated to just me and my mini. Happy Holiday Season!
  • Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 04:32 PM EST
I spend holidays hiking with friends and wearing microspikes to give me traction in the snow. We call it the "Hike and LIke." We hike and then eat whatever we like. I've taken a pass on most "gifts" and instead focus on having experiences with friends and family. 
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 09:22 AM EST
Updated my picture from the Rockefeller Center Christmas decorations in NYC!
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 10:02 AM EST
family pic last year! <3
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 11:48 AM EST
Updated my picture to my favorite Berner (my sister's fur baby)! He posed for his holiday card and I couldn't resist. It's one of my favorites!
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 02:02 PM EST
Katherine Scott‍  - so glad to do it! That kitty cat is super cute - love that hat! :)

Barb Faasse‍  - Family is also my heart! Great picture. 

Sara Crowe‍  - Awww, tell him congrats...if that's not too weird coming from a stranger. He does have a great smile.

Kelsi Griffith‍  - I'm in the same boat this year! I get to spend time with my family time for the first time in years, it's amazing. 

Crystal Chouinard‍  - I love that we're on the checklist. Boom. Done. 

KaLeigh Hurley‍  - Those sweaters are amazing and are LIFE. 

Aubrie Wright‍  - I snickered when I saw your profile picture. Happy belated birthday to him! :)

Christopher Blitz‍  - That's a great family pictures. Always make sure you're in the pictures - the family will always cherish them

Shelly Gammieri‍ i - Awww, that's gorgeous!

Carol Meerschaert‍ t - I actually really love this idea! I'm the same way throughout the year - experiences over stuff. 

Snigdha Verma‍  - It's always a goal to get to NYC for the Christmas experience

Jeanna Dawson‍  - What a lovely family picture! 

Claudia Sauers‍  - That's one freakishly good looking doggo! :)
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 02:59 PM EST
Carol Meerschaert‍ That's beautiful and inspiring! Hoping to do more and have less in the coming year, too!
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 03:04 PM EST
It is time for the Santa Claws photo
  • Posted Fri 30 Nov 2018 08:01 AM EST
For 
  • Posted Fri 30 Nov 2018 08:11 AM EST
Here's my kitty Charlie Grey.  He's definitely a Christmas Kitty! :)
  • Posted Fri 30 Nov 2018 08:52 AM EST
I posted my picture of Santa and Mrs. Claus, as played by my husband and myself.
  • Posted Fri 30 Nov 2018 09:29 AM EST
I've updated my profile pic!  I love this photo because I truly like how I look in it, and it's from a very fun trip to Disneyland, so it brings back good memories.
  • Posted Fri 30 Nov 2018 02:25 PM EST
I updated to my daughter and her friend in a giant Christmas ball at Six Flags for Holiday in the Park. 
  • Posted Fri 30 Nov 2018 04:03 PM EST
I have updated my profile pic. I choose to upload a photo of me with my family at my cousin's wedding because here in India, marriages are celebrated like festival full of fun, crazy dancing, bursting crackers, wearing beautiful dresses, jewellery and family get together.
  • Posted Sat 01 Dec 2018 12:54 PM EST
Congrats to Snigdha Verma‍ for winning our Season of Giving holiday selfie challenge! I'll be reaching out to you Snigdha to get some additional details. For everyone else - thanks for updating your holiday profile pictures, it makes me happy to see all of the different ones! 
  • Posted Mon 03 Dec 2018 08:19 AM EST
I've updated my profile picture because this is a more recent photo.
  • Posted Mon 03 Dec 2018 09:31 AM EST
I updated my picture and chose it because it shows me, my sister, and my mom in our Swedish sweaters at Christmas!
  • Posted Mon 03 Dec 2018 09:44 AM EST
I updated my pic to a BBCON selfie because BBCON is my favorite work-related holiday!
  • Posted Mon 03 Dec 2018 04:11 PM EST
Thank you for the thoughtful Blackbaud community swag! Loved it! Can I post a picture of it Shannon?
  • Posted Wed 12 Dec 2018 01:49 PM EST
Hey Snigdha Verma‍! So glad that you got it and are enjoying it! WOOT! If you want, you can post it here. You click on the picture, click on copy, and then paste into the box and the image will appear. If you need to adjust it, right click and choose image properties so you can adjust the size. If you have any problems, I can help you post too! Just reach out via private message and we'll get it posted. 
  • Posted Wed 12 Dec 2018 05:39 PM EST

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