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The Buzz: July 2024 Edition!


Welcome to July’s edition of The Buzz. Inside you’ll find details around bbcon 2024 sessions, an opportunity to recognize your organization for its extraordinary work, our July exclusive badge challenge created by our own Blackbaud Community All-Stars, and more!

Hi Community,

July is in full swing, and it's the perfect time to catch up on the latest buzz in our community. Let's dive in and see what's new and exciting!

Blackbaud Impact Awards

Don’t miss out! The nomination period for the Blackbaud Impact Awards closes this Friday, July 12. Your organization deserves to be recognized for its important work.

Tell us all about how you’re taking big strides to unleash new possibilities for your organization and deepen your mission-impact with the support of Blackbaud software. We cannot wait to hear your story and celebrate your inspiring accomplishments!

Review the submission details and check out the winner perks and prizes (which include a free pass to bbcon 2024 in Seattle, WA!) here. 

bbcon 2024:

The session lineup is out this year’s conference is happening September 24-26th in Seattle, WA. bbcon is a great opportunity to network and learn at our more than 150 breakout sessions! What sessions are you excited to see? Let us know in this discussion happening in the bbcon community. While you are there, read about tips for your visit to Seattle from one of our Community All-Stars, Amy Barker. You can also add your tips for seeing the Emerald City. Just for fun: Post the answer to this question on my profile wall and I’ll award you 100 community points: What famous US city did Seattle ALMOST share a name with?

Not registered yet for bbcon? Register by August 18 to lock in the reduced advanced pricing rate.

July Monthly Challenge:

The Blackbaud Community All-Stars have done it again! They’ve crafted this month’s challenge and it’s all about learning from our mistakes.

Every slip-up is a chance to grow, to tweak our approach, and to come back stronger. It's like tripping over a rock – sure, it might sting, but it also teaches us to watch our step next time. So, let's embrace our blunders, share our 'oops' moments, and turn them into 'aha' moments. What's a mistake you've made and the lesson you learned from it? Drop your stories here and let's learn together! Everyone who responds receives this exclusive wise owl badge for July:


Community Kudos:

Congratulations to all of our Blackbaud Community members who recently won a bbdevdays award! Alex Wong, Hallie Guiseppe, Carrie Davis, Kristina Pollard, Douglas Foley, and Tom Scarlett. You can read all about their big wins here.

Q2 Top Contributors

We want to thank all our top engagers in the community for the past quarter! These earned points by answering questions, posting discussions, liking posts, and posting comments.

Top Contributor (Member)

Carlene Johnson with 77,841 points!

Top Contributor (Partner)

Christine Robertson with 186,732 points!

*These other helpful Community members also received Top Contributors badges:

Austen Brown
Alex Wong
Jennifer Kluh
JoAnn Strommen
Liz Hackett
Dariel Dixon
Miki Martin
Irene Hui
Dan Snyder

We also want to thank our Blackbaud employees who earned a top contributor badge for Q1:

Kevin Brazell
Nikki Baldwin
Bryna Gleich
Michael Morrissette
Debbie Smith
David Springer
Alyssa Maslankowski
Chris Rodgers
Ashley Moose
Raney Allen

Community Tip of the Month:

Interested in earning a top contributor badge too? You can see your name on next quarter’s list by earning enough points to land in the top ten contributors. Each action you take earns points and those points add up – especially for asking and responding to questions! You can learn more about points and badging in the help section of our community.


You can now filter events by product, sector, and location, like virtual vs. in person. You can also earn points by RSVPing to an event listing in Community (but don’t forget to register via the event registration link too).

Here are some of the events happening this month:

Product Tour: Introduction to Blackbaud Grantmaking ™ (Thursday, July 11th at 11am EST)

User Group (In-Person): Charlotte, NC at Central Piedmont Community College (Wednesday, July 17th at 10:00am EST)

Product Tour: Rethink Fund Accounting and Disbursement (Thursday, July 18th at 11am EST)

Webinar: Finance Fundamentals for your Foundation (Thursday, July 25th at 11am EST)


Happiest of birthdays to all of our July birthdays! We are celebrating the Cancers and Leos among us. If you are celebrating a birthday in July, drop a note in the comments and we will wish you another happy year around the sun.

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To all my fellow July peeps…

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Happy Birthday, July babies!

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Also, sending prayers to everyone in Jamaica and Texas.

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