Is there finally news on our much-used and favoured fundraising tool?
We have been lamenting the lack of news from Blackbaud about what’s happening with Raiser’s Edge for quite some time. First there was hope with Convio which we blogged about. We even went to BBCon in 2012 and interviewed the Senior VP for Marketing & Products about the vision for Raiser’s Edge.
And then it all went quiet.
So started talking about Life After Raiser’s Edge and addressed tools like App-o-matic to pump some more life into the tool and help people wring maximum value out of their investment in Raiser’s Edge.
We’ve been quietly getting on with helping charities with fixes, work-around solutions, health-checks and clever ideas about how to move things forward with RE ever since.
But it looks like finally, there may be some new news!
What’s coming next is already billed as Raiser’s Edge NXT.
The detail will emerge from BBCon, Blackbaud’s Annual Convention, this year to be held in the rather fun sounding Gaylord Opry in Nashville, Tennessee from 6th – 8th October. But it is already being billed as reaffirming “the company’s commitment to its fundraising and relationship management, and financial management platforms, follows a consistent wave of investments and innovation during the last two quarters … “
“Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT will offer customers a suite of powerful, capability-rich solutions that enable nonprofits to expand their donor base, boost productivity, effectively manage transactions and eliminate IT burden—all within a brand new, intuitive interface that is designed to support the way nonprofits work. These solutions will also offer full integration capabilities, allowing seamless communication between the two systems.
In addition to developing its cloud-based NXT line, Blackbaud will continue to support its flagship fundraising and relationship management solution, The Raiser’s Edge™, as well as its financial management solution, The Financial Edge™, and has committed a set of enhancements for both solutions to customers in the fall timeframe”
There are promises too – Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni – who only joined Blackbaud in January – believes “…not only will nonprofits experience all the benefits of the cloud—such as a lower total cost of ownership and reduced administrative overhead—they will also benefit from an unparalleled user experience, and powerful built-in tools that help them expand the reach of their missions while improving organizational efficacy.”
So it finally seems there may be something new for RE users after all.
Watch this space for more news.
- We will evaluate RE NXT and share what we feel are the features, benefits and opportunities against other market options for you shortly.
- If you are an RE user and need some help and extra support in your team, find out about our Database Management on Demand service. We are making an offer available exclusively to IoF Members (watch out for your newsletters, landing 17th & 23rd October for more news), of some free extra time on new 10 hour contracts taken out by 19th December this year. Details also here
Source: Blackbaud PR via Business Wire, published in Charleston, South Carolina 9 September 01.09pm EDT.