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The Buzz: November 3, 2021


Welcome to today's edition of THE BUZZ!

In this edition, you'll find:  

  • Green Ninja Promotions
  • A Special Blackbaud Community Member Spotlight
  • Unanswered Questions in Community
  • Upcoming Events
And more…  

Happy Wednesday, Blackbaud Community,

We are proud to welcome our newest green ninjas!

Green ninjas are selected by Crystal, Elizabeth and me, Ray, based on their engagement in the Community. They will be tapped for special Community projects and eligible for VIP treatment at Blackbaud events. Please be sure to congratulate our latest green ninjas:

Lauren Marcus Eisenberg
Joined the Community in 2015 and has been a consistent influencer in the K-12 Community ever since. Lauren sets a professional and friendly tone on all her posts guiding others to reply in kind. She regularly poses thoughtful and useful questions that will have 10+ replies. She takes the time to tell her peers thank you and you can catch her handing out likes almost every week. Congratulations to Lauren Marcus Eisenberg for earning your Green Ninja badge!

La Donna Borth
La Donna is a founding member of the Blackbaud Community! Since 2015, she’s been a present voice in the Raiser’s Edge community. She is a database administrator with the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province and she has earned her pro certification in Raiser’s Edge. In the past two months alone, she’s racked up more than 2,500 points by being active in Community. Congratulations to LaDonna Borth for becoming our newest Green Ninja!

Kadesha Washington
Kadesha joined Community in 2017. She’s an active voice in the Luminate Online community and always lending feedback in the OBP community. She is Blackbaud certified in Luminate Online and OBP Marketing, a Blackbaud Champion, and is always reaching out and making new friends in the community and making others feel welcome.

Learn more about becoming a Blackbaud Community ninja HERE

Each week, we aim to bring you a little closer to one of our Blackbaud Community super users (AKA Ninjas).


To kick this off, we’d like to introduce Chris Nungesser, Advancement Systems Manager for the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC and green ninja:

What area are you in (geographically) and why do you love it?
Charleston is a great place. We have some of the amenities of a larger city, but, in a lot of good ways, Charleston still feels like a smaller town. There's a slower, relaxed pace of life here compared to some other parts of the country.

What do you enjoy about the Blackbaud Community?
I love how people are willing to take time to help others solve problems. There's no real reward for them answering my question - helping me and my organization doesn't do anything for them - but they do it anyway because they're amazing, generous people.

What is something that you never thought you’d enjoy at your current job that gets you up and motivates you now?
I didn't go to school for data/systems type work. This isn't what I wanted to do. I kind of fell into this work and found that I have an aptitude for it. So I am sometimes surprised at how much. I enjoy things like data clean-up, or writing up a user guide, or spending time trying to get reporting software to spit out the information I'm looking for.

Look for more Blackbaud Community ninja introductions in future installments of The Buzz. Interested in becoming a ninja yourself? Find all the ninja training information HERE.

BLACKBAUD RAISER’S EDGE NXT: Getting fundraisers to consistently enter actions
Blackbaud Community Member Courtney is looking for your best practices in getting fundraisers to consistently enter actions.
BLACKBAUD RAISER’S EDGE NXT: Pulling Report on Amount Raised per Fundraiser
Laura and her staff are new to Raiser’s Edge and looking to pull a report based on the amount raised per fundraiser. Join in the conversation!
BLACKBAUD FUNDRAISER PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT™: Memorial Gifts and Acquired Donors & impact on retention
Join Jon as his discussion entails the impact of retention rates with one time / memorial donations.

Here's how: Answer an unanswered question! We'll be awarding 1,000 points to any user who can answer one of these questions in Community this week.  

Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT®: Lisa needs an assist with bank reconciliation when it comes to unrealized gains and losses. Can you add your help?

Blackbaud Altru®: Patty is looking for mobile sales stations recommendations. Can you advise what’s worked for you?

Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT®: Rachel is looking for an assist with a recent events training where seating charts were mentioned. Do you have that knowledge?
Looking for more unanswered questions to answer? Visit our unanswered questions page HERE. 

Gift Processing Assistant – New York, NY

Leadership Giving Specialist – Phoenix, AZ

Donor Database and Support Associate – San Diego, CA

Did you know that we have new job postings daily in the Blackbaud Community? See the Blackbaud Community jobs board HERE.

Customer Success Adoption Webinar – Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT JustGiving Integration: Why Traditional Integration Fails (Nov 8)

Be Your Own Sherlock Holmes with the New Fraud Management Tool (Nov 10)

Financial Edge: Looking Ahead (Nov 11)

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Blackbaud Community Events Calendar HERE.  

Don't Miss the Social Good Developer Drop-In Session on November 9
Pick up right where we left off at bbcon and join in on the action! This is a FREE event that brings together all levels of developers and tech enthusiasts.

All Your GivingTuesday Resources in One Place!
Blackbaud’s own Melissa Rancour has created a one stop page for all your GivingTuesday needs and questions. What are the biggest challenges you have faced with GivingTuesday? What are your biggest wins? Drop in and join in the conversation.

Do you have a job posting, event, blog or question you want everyone to know about? Let other Community members know by leaving it in the comments below!     
News Community News 11/03/2021 2:09pm EDT

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I was surprised and delighted to get this acknowledgement. As you can imagine, I value the user community and happy to be an eager participate when it comes to both giving and receiving. I'm giving myself a gold star for the day - lol!

Shout-out to @Kadesha Washington and @La Donna Borth - congratulations to you both as well.

Wow! Thanks so much, Crystal, Elizabeth, and Ray!! Also, major kudos to @Lauren Marcus Eisenberg and @La Donna Borth -- they are rock stars! Super honored and humbled to be in such good company.

I'll also add that I'm Blackbaud Certified in Luminate Online as well as OBP Marketing.

I made sure to update your certifications in the text above, @Kadesha Washington