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The Buzz: January 19, 2022


Welcome to this week's edition of THE BUZZ!

In this edition, you'll find:  

  • The new role of cryptocurrency and NFTs in online fundraising in the latest sgENGAGE podcast
  • Meet a Community ninja
  • Unanswered questions in Community
  • Upcoming events
And more…  

Happy Wednesday, Blackbaud Community,


Blackbaud is delighted to announce the newest members of the Social Good Startup Program in our January 2022 cohort. As part of our commitment to expanding the Ecosystem of Good®, Blackbaud’s Social Good Startup Program supports early-stage software companies focused on solving problems that matter to the social good community. Read all about the new cohort members HERE.


The latest episode of Blackbaud’s sgENGAGE podcast, which brings in experts to talk about a wide variety of topics impacting social good organizations, features Sonia Nigam and Amar Shah; Co-founders of Change. The episode focuses on innovations in online giving, including how social good organizations are adjusting to cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and what’s going to happen going forward in 2022. Listen to the episode HERE.


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

This week, we’d like to introduce Lori Elder, Member Services Manager at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.


What area are you in (geographically) and why do you love it?
We are located in southwestern Pennsylvania.  We have all four seasons (generally speaking), so our zoo transforms itself naturally four times a year.  Each season seems to highlight a different area of the park, which makes membership a great investment for a year-long adventure.

What do you enjoy about the Blackbaud Community?
I enjoy the comradery and support of all the other Blackbaud Altru users.  I also like to challenge myself to help answer some of complex solutions some of them are looking for, particularly if I am also interested in the outcome.

What is something that you never thought you’d enjoy at your current job that gets you up and motivates you now?
Finding new ways to be innovative, creative, and adventurous in stewarding current members and attracting new ones.  The pandemic has certainly pushed us in this area, but with much success!

Looking to become an elite member of the Blackbaud Community? These elite members are known as Blackbaud Community Ninjas. It’s a well-earned status, and all the requirements can be found HERE.


Just For Fun: What Is Something You Look Forward To Every Day?

Raiser’s Edge®: New Campaign, Same as the Old Campaign (NOT)

Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT®: Expense Module - Credit card feed


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 eTapestry®: Help with Customized Dashboard options in eTapestry!

Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge™: Tracking Volunteer Info/Hours

Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge™: Loading a Combo Box on a form

Blackbaud Online Express™: Suppress request for address and attribute information

Looking for more unanswered questions to answer? Visit our unanswered questions page HERE. 


Chief Advancement Officer (Charlotte, NC)

Data Services Manager (Dallas, TX)

Director, Gift Administration, Oregon State University Foundation

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


Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT: Mail Merge Magic Tile from Red Arc (January 25)

Host*Net - Microsoft Office Changes Webinar (January 25)

Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT: Acknowledge your gifts without mail merge! (January 27)

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Blackbaud Community events calendarHERE.  

How do I... in the Community?

Please post any questions about how to use Community on this thread so we can build a mini encyclopedia of how to use Community!

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 01/19/2022 2:42pm EST

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Thank you Ray! It is very helpful to have this synopsis of Community life.

@Ray Bergman Thanks so much for the link to the Red Arc session - I was going to look for it later and you had it right there handy for me. The Putney School has two openings. One is listed on the site already - Director of Development. The other listing will be coming soon and will be for our gift/data entry position. I loved reading about @Lori Elder in the spotlight.

I will have to check out the Blackbaud’s sgENGAGE podcast on Crypto. I attended a webinar from Free Will regarding donation treads and impact in 2022. I need all the help I can get with this new form of donations.