Blackbaud CRM

Blackbaud CRM

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Blackbaud CRM

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Blackbaud

4 out of 10
June 24, 2016
Blackbaud CRM is used in the business office for financial data and our development office for fundraising.
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My Review.

10 out of 10
April 19, 2016
Blackbaud CRM is being used to track and inform our advancement and alumni activities for our department.
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What is Blackbaud CRM?

Designed for large, complex organizations as well as federated and international nonprofits.

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  • No setup fee

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  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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Product Details

What is Blackbaud CRM?

Blackbaud CRM combines nonprofit expertise with fundraising and customer relationship management software tools, integrated analytics, multichannel marketing, and data mining services to help large nonprofits build stronger and more productive relationships.

Blackbaud CRM combines Blackbaud’s fundraising expertise with a nonprofit CRM software solution to empower fundraising programs to grow.

  • Approach individuals strategically by understanding the relationships and interactions they've had with other supporters and organizations
  • Customize customer relationship management software solution to make it as unique as constituents, and address distinct situations appropriately
  • Coordinate and streamline multiple fundraising teams, define solicitation and stewardship responsibilities, and unite multidimensional relationships across disparate chapters, field offices, and programs
  • Empower on-the-go fundraisers to access or update important constituent information directly on their smartphones

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What is Blackbaud CRM?

Designed for large, complex organizations as well as federated and international nonprofits.

What is Blackbaud CRM's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 6.3.

Who uses Blackbaud CRM?

The most common users of Blackbaud CRM are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Non-profit Organization Management industry.

Reviews and Ratings

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Ratings

Reviews

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Stephanie Wollenburg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • The Blackbaud CRM is excellent at creating its own custom reports.
  • RENXT is a powerful tool to use on the road.
  • The reports are not easily customized and some are not customizable at all. For example, in the dashboard, when they give you the number of donors that increased giving in the previous year, you'll get a falsely inflated number because they count any new donor (who gave zero) as a donor that increased giving.
  • The RENXT reporting is beautiful, but again, not very customizable.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • It is incredibly user-friendly! From the first time I opened a constituent profile, I could easily navigate between tabs and find the information I need in a timely fashion without confusion.
  • It allows personalization! Depending on what information is most relevant to me, I can organize the widgets that are shown first. I typically look at the same few pieces of information on every profile, so I don't have to dig for it!
  • I love the "Recently Accessed" feature to the left of the main page. It helps me navigate to the last few records I've looked at. However, if I'm doing a fuzzy search for "John Smith" and I click on the wrong one, it'd be great if that search was added to my "recently accessed" list, instead of just the record I clicked on. This would allow me to keep up with which names in the search I've already looked at.
  • Query View! I have recently started using queries and they are so helpful. However, they are very difficult to learn and hard to tailor to exactly what I need. The main issue, as a higher education institution, is that a lot of our constituents have multiple pieces of information for categories. For example, if I want to pull a list of alumni who graduated with a degree in Marketing, some alumni may be missing if their primary degree is not Marketing - and some alumni may be repeated.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Queries and exporting is a breeze once you are familiar with the product. It helps us pull out exactly what we need.
  • The integration of this CRM with so many other products and enhancement plugins has been vital in streamlining many of our processes.
  • Some of the online products by Blackbaud, such as Luminate, do not integrate so well.
  • When using complex/long/or multiple negatives in a query we sometimes are not able to get the results we intended.
Wendy Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Managing a large development/fundraising team's goals and outcomes
  • Working hand-in-glove with various types of fundraising activities: research, on-line, direct mail, events, grants, and planned giving
  • Layers of security that enable user groups to get what they need and nothing more
  • Reporting! Reporting! Reporting!
  • The marriage of event registration (on-line) and CRM needs some work.
  • Challenges to adapt to organization culture surrounding things like "naming conventions", specialized reporting needs, some bugs in roll-up reporting on couples or families.
  • Tribute giving tracking/reporting is awkward.
  • Better shared language of function between BBCRM and other BB products like Netcommunity and Raiser's Edge. Can cause some errors in the implementation process.
  • Netcommunity functionality pushing data to CRM is messy and fraught with challenges.
Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Blackbaud CRM works really well with large member bases and outreach efforts.
  • The program offers great CRM fundraising features for in-depth marketing campaigns.
  • Blackbaud CRM can also be utilized and integrated alongside other Blackbaud products. This can make the product highly desirable for pre-existing Blackbaud product customers.
  • The product is fairly complex and powerful. The implementation process can be difficult if not adequately prepared for in advance.
  • The product really requires a dedicated staff to support it as an ongoing effort. It's not something can be left alone after installing.
  • Training costs can be higher than other, less powerful CRM packages.
Debbie Gillum | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Customizable
  • Personalization in emails
  • Support articles
  • Hard to use interface
  • Outdated front end
  • Importing contacts takes multiple steps, is not easy or intuitive
  • Hard to teach others how to use Blackbaud
  • Difficult to find what I need
  • Very hard to segment out inactive emails
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • Help desk. Can't praise that enough. As the main in-house resource for figuring out all things Blackbaud, when something "interesting" occurs their online chat is both responsive, helpful, and delightfully prompt.
  • Reaching out to customers to get their input. Particularly in the past 5 years, Blackbaud has vastly improved their interest in listening to their customers.
  • The interface is overly complex - intimidating for the new user. That said, they are working on improving that with the next generation. It will be interesting to see what abilities will go by the wayside in an effort to simplify.
  • Setting up user access is complex, and not complex enough in some cases.
June 24, 2016

Blackbaud

Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Geared for smaller organizations
  • Has majority of fields to store data
  • Needs to update system for speed in running data through
  • Needs to update system to show new interface
  • Needs more ability to customize system
  • Needs to flush out purchasing/PO module
  • Needs better ability to write custom reports and data fields
Katalin Sankowich | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Support is second-to-none.
  • Blackbaud CRM is one of the more customizable options. Since you can't always be sure of future needs, this is a must-have.
  • It is one of the easier systems to learn. Many CRM options are cumbersome and require much more training. I had no issue training individuals with varied experience levels.
  • As with most (read: all) Blackbaud products, the pricing is a bit high. There are other options that are significantly cheaper - which makes Blackbaud CRM a much less-likely option for smaller organizations.
April 19, 2016

My Review.

Tim Ambrose | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Blackboard provides great training for their products which is important when introducing new team members to the necessary software.
  • Blackbaud CRM allows easy web access to our database which is important when out in the field for real time updates.
  • Blackbaud CRM improves team time management by allowing the inclusion of important and efficient reminders.
  • I have no feedback in this area at this time.
Caitlin Tom | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • I like how user-friendly and intuitive BB CRM is. A new user can learn quickly, which is a useful strength in our department.
  • I like the customization of the features. What I want my layout to look like can be different than my colleagues.
  • I also think Blackbaud is great at allowing you to get only want you want out of it. With such a large database, the ability to drill down to specific data records is super helpful.
  • Querying for data is a complex process- one that requires much time and practice to get good at it.
  • We have issues with our system during the import process- duplicate records are not handled well by the system.
  • We're only just learning about export definitions, but once we know more, it seems to be a much better way to organize data output than query.
February 12, 2016

Blackbaud review

Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Pledge reports are clear and easy to run, as well as a few other financial reports.
  • Records are clearly organized with tabs to select your area of interest
  • Record searching is all inclusive
  • The platform for event management and registration did not work as promised. Data being imported was all wrong and had to be removed
  • Poor customer service
  • Social fundraising aspect did not work as promised
Salvador Orochena | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • The user interface is user friendly, intuitive and customizable through security. Reduces the change management obstacle in training.
  • The application is both configurable and customizable. This presents significant benefits in addressing unanticipated needs, once the proper resources, and training are established. Examples are creating custom reports, adding functionality, interfacing with other applications / platforms.
  • Support and application enhancements. Blackbaud support is effective in addressing out of the box functionality and overall supporting customizations as well. Blackbaud's knowledge base and community provide several resources that can be leveraged in support and enhancing the application.
  • As an enterprise application, I would like to see additional application administration functionality incorporated as part of the application. A specific example is providing additional functionality to address database maintenance.
  • Additional report development tools to allow users (non technical) to create dynamic reports. Currently you can use MS Report Builder and leverage an adhoc query but believe this can be enhanced further.
  • Surface the Financial Transaction Model to the application further. This would allow users to see revenue changes overtime better when reconciling revenue.
January 08, 2016

I'm a fan of Blackbaud!

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • The product was very good at maintaining records and information. The information was agile and simple to retrieve and operationalize.
  • The system is user friendly. We implemented across an entire campus and more specifically within a division with hundreds of employees. Overall people took to it quickly.
  • The product I think does a more than adequate job of managing contact tracking which is key in all kinds of fields. This is critical because either for your own reasons, or as you depart from an organization, you are able to leave an accurate track record of your activities for the organization's continued success.
  • Three words. Desk. Top. Queries. I advocated for this the whole time I was there. Was told that users querying information from their desktops would crash the system. Can't believe it. Product like this shouldn't have that problem and as a user, my job would have been made infinitely easier had I been able to query information on the desktop.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • It integrates your database, allowing you to collect registrations and donations online, and then build email communications and websites that integrate with those contacts, so you don't have to import/export between tools.
  • It also provides tools for your participants, so they can customize their experience with your website and your communications, manage their own fundraising and participation, and conduct their own peer-to-peer fundraising efforts.
  • Blackbaud's responsiveness to their clients reporting issues with their CRM is notoriously delayed. It often takes them years to address bugs, and if the issues reported are just "nice to haves" and non-urgent, they often never get addressed.
  • The system has required significant customization on our end to make it work for us. While we've had clients who are smaller organizations use it right out of the box, if you are a larger organization with more specific needs, you're going to need a consultant or a IT department to help you customize the system.
  • The help feature built into the system is not very helpful and often outdated, with information that doesn't reflect the way the system currently operates. (They are also doing updates but not updating the help.) The online trainings that Blackbaud offers are pretty superficial and often don't speak to the way an organization uses the system. I've trained myself to use the system, through trial, error and explore, and our organizations trains all of our employees and clients on Blackbaud ourselves. Blackbaud does not provide that.
December 18, 2014

BB CRM 2.93

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Application is robust in terms of performance and lack of downtime.
  • Application can be used after brief training.
  • Application is powerful in that it can easily create constituent groups and the prospect management applications are strong.
  • Great room for improvement on reporting capabilities.
  • The foundations module is not worth the price, is very hard to use.
  • The concept of research groups needs to be rethought, as they are very hard to utilize by users.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Locked configuration strategy- if you have a high turn over, or an undocumented culture you will want to find a solution that supports change management. The config files are locked in Blackbaud which means some things you can't change. For orgs that have frequent turn-over this strategy is helpful.
  • Blackbaud has tutorials online as well as classes in person staff can take. They offer certificates so supervisors know that staff have been exposed to a body of knowledge. When staff members take the workshops it is important to provide them the time to practice and use what they just learned. We purchased (for a high fee) a pass for any of our staff to take as many of the workshops as possible. We also offered this to key volunteers- as more knowledge makes folks more employable and more comfortable.
  • Blackbaud has a very strong team of sales staff. Make sure you demo and that you know what you want. Fees are sadly complicated so use a spreadsheet. Once a quote is sent in writing my experience is there was very little flexibility in pricing. So your first call is really important. Do your homework.
  • The Sales experience is rough. Be prepared. Write everything down. It is rough because if you are new you do not know what to ask for. You have the purchase of the function and the maintenance of the functionality you purchase. It is complicated and tricky. It is also frustrating.
  • Costs are not consistent. Caution...you are on your own to set your limit or what you can pay, If you are not a techy and new or uncomfortable with negotiations you probably should involve others. Make them explain each line item to you. Do not sign until you know you have everything you will need to achieve your goals.
  • There documentation is old school and lacks graphics, workflow and is loaded with text. I would like to use user videos with click through demos.
Jeff Swan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Plenty of space to add detailed notes
  • Easy for different members of the staff to see the same information
  • Can be used well by trained staff to pull reports for management
  • Not always easy to use when trying to find a new function that one was not previously familiar with
  • No ability to use via iPhone or other mobile device
  • Not easy for remote users who are not inside the secure company network to print reports - too many steps to go through the VPN, etc.
Lin Wormley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Constituent Management - It's a great database to store donor information
  • Email Deployment - Since joining with Convio there are a lot more functionalities
  • Landing Page Provisioning - It's a great place to keep all assets in one place
  • The main area for improvement is with access for agencies. Seeing that Salvation Army utilized many agencies it was hard to make sure that assets stayed unique to one place.