The Buzz: September 2023 Edition
Welcome to this month’s edition of The Buzz. Inside you’ll find September’s monthly challenge and exclusive badge opportunity, an exciting announcement for bbcon 2023, and events that will help maximize your impact!
We have a lot to talk about in the Buzz this month, including a lot of great resources and discussions, but first we start with some exciting news....
bbcon 2023 Keynote Speaker Announced!
Have you heard today’s breaking news? Screen Actors Guild Award®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® winner America Ferrera is coming to bbcon for a special keynote conversation on belonging, expectations, and going after big goals! Read the full announcement here.
New Exclusive Badge for September
The Community enjoyed our August challenge. Our Just for Fun chat came alive in August with 54 new badge winners leaving 246 responses! If you want to get to know your fellow community members on a personal level, check out their answers and chime in with your own!
This month, we are making things exciting with a triple-play challenge! To earn September’s limited-edition badge, take the following three actions in the Blackbaud Community.
Comment on a blog post
Reply to a forum post
Update/add a profile photo
That’s it! Simply complete each action one time and you’ll earn the badge (but you must complete all three).
Here’s what this month’s badge looks like:
Tip of the Month
This month’s community tip will help you with the challenge of responding to a forum post. Replying to a discussion is easy and we’ve outlined some ways for you to write a helpful tip in your response. And check out our Using the Blackbaud Community page for other helpful tips/tricks!
Join the Discussion
To get you started on earning the September badge, here are some topics we’re highlighting that are being talked about across the community:
Our team has been hard at work compiling resources for teachers. It has everything you need in one handy place including: Gradebook, Assignments, Class Rosters, and more. If you’d like to see anything added – leave a comment on the blog.
Over in Organizational Best Practices, check out this good discussion post that anyone can answer! Virtual or onsite volunteering – what are some volunteer events you’ve seen or done successfully with your team?
Just for Fun: what’s your favorite board game? Monopoly? Catan? What game do you love to play?
bbcon 2023: What sessions are you most excited about and why? Read which sessions others are excited to see and add yours!
Contribute to Blackbaud Institute Research
How is your organization stewarding Generation Z? The Blackbaud Institute is currently conducting research on cracking the code on Gen Z engagement and would love to hear from you! Read more about this opportunity to participate in important industry research here.
Let’s Talk Budget
Have you read the latest from the engage blog? This four-minute read, “Evaluating and Streamlining Your Annual Budgeting Process” explores the process of annual budgeting from juggling the budget with day-to-day duties, simplifying, and eliminating confusion, and streamlining and communicating effectively. It doesn’t have to be a chore!
Check out these upcoming events that will help you maximize your impact:
Mastering the Year-End Fundraising Frenzy: Your Playbook for Before, During, and After the Busiest Season of the Year (Thursday, September 14th at 1pm ET)
Maximizing Impact: Involving Your Nonprofit Board in End-of-Year Fundraising Campaigns (Thursday, September 21st at Noon ET)
Blackbaud Users Field of Dreams (Thursday, September 21st at 1pm ET) - This is a user group of our members that focus on Blackbaud databases and helping each other out. Anyone is welcome to attend!
Happy Birthday Virgos & Libras!
It’s time to celebrate our members with birthdays in September. If you are celebrating a birthday this month, leave a comment below and we’ll wish you a happy birthday!
I also think I completed the challenge - will so miss you at bbcon this year - hoping to be there in 2024 can't wait to find out where there is. . . .
Lots of great stuff this month!
I'm super excited about America at bbcon this year!
Crystal, I am still not getting The Buzz notification in my email- sorry if I should post about this elsewhere.
Thank you for putting the reminder out there about the Blackbaud Field of Dreams. I hope some of you can attend!
I think I completed the challenge! Happy September!!
Happy Birthday Virgos and Libras!