CHARLESTON, S.C. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced Breaking Bad and Switched at Birth star, and Shriners Hospitals for Children® Love Ambassador RJ Mitte, as keynote speaker for bbcon 2014. Through its new theme Power On!, the conference, which will be held October 6 – 8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, will provide attendees the chance to re-ignite their passion, network with nonprofit leaders and peers, embrace emerging trends and more.
"bbcon gets better every year! It was hard to choose which sessions to attend because there were so many that were targeted and specific to my job," said Asia Bribiesca-Hedin at nonprofit City of Hope.
Featured Keynote Speaker: RJ Mitte
Just three years old when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, RJ never let his disabilities deter his drive to succeed in television and film. RJ will share his story of how Shriners Hospitals for Children played a critical role in his own journey to success.
Through his story, Power on! Turning Your Disadvantages into Advantages, RJ will inspire and empower attendees to turn the things that stand in the way of their success into the very things that can help them reach it. Read RJ’s story.
Attendees will gain new insight and share ideas through more than 160 break-out sessions, many of which qualify for CPE and CFRE credits. Sessions include product roadmaps, hands-on training, Blackbaud technology demonstrations and more. New this year to bbcon is Big Idea Day. Facilitated by leading industry experts, Big Idea Day will offer nonprofit leaders a platform to network and engage in rich dialogue on various thought leadership topics.
In addition, the Blackbaud Nonprofit Impact Awards, which honor nonprofits that use technology to make a positive impact on constituents and society, are open for nominations through August 15. Nonprofits can enter in the following categories: Most Impactful Use of Blackbaud Technology, Best Use of Multichannel Marketing, Best Use of Peer-to-Peer/Special Events, Best Use of Analytics/Prospect Research and Best Fundraising/Support Cultivation Idea. The winner from each category will receive a donation to their organization, plus free registration to bbcon 2014 where they will be honored by Blackbaud and their peers.
To celebrate the work of nonprofits and honor their commitment to making a difference in the world, country music singer/song writer Phil Vassar will put on a special concert on Tuesday, October 7 for attendees.
“bbcon has historically been a powerful venue for nonprofits to exchange ideas, gain insight and acquire tools to embrace technology in meaningful new ways,” said Blackbaud CEO Mike Gianoni. “I’m excited to join all the world-changers in October, and to see how the ideas and relationships catalyzed this year will accelerate momentum in the nonprofit community for years to come.”
Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment solutions, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.
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