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Blackbaud Pacific Conference – Live Blog Day 2


We are very sad to start packing up the conference now. It’s been a lot of fun and a real delight to see so many Blackbaud customers together, and so many new connections made. Thanks to all our fantastic presenters for generously letting us in on their secrets to success, I think we’ll all be going back with lots of ideas and plans in motion.

Thanks again to our sponsors and partners for being with us over the two days. Thanks again to Dockside for a beautiful venue and delicious food!

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Just caught Dr Ted Flack, from Vinnie’s in Queensland, presenting on the very successful CEO Sleepout. Ted shared a very powerful and moving video about homelessness and the great work that Vinnie’s do in assisting families during difficult times. He kindly shared some of his lessons learned from running the CEO Sleepout that can be applied for other organisations hosting major fundraising events or working with big companies – some technical, some you wouldn’t think of and some we’re extra grateful he shared!


We are off to see some more of the conference presentations. In the meantime, we can leave you with a little picture from today. Meet Ryan and Donny (the Wombat!), our friends at DonorTec If you’re here at the conference, pop on over to meet Ryan and Donny, and find out how DonorTec can help your organisation with your technology needs (at a nonprofit price!).


Delegates are making their way out of the second session today for a networking lunch. Blackbaud Web Developer, Adam Ziman was at the NetCommunity discussion with Chris Clark from the Blackbaud Internet Solutions team in the US. Chris explored website testing for easy usability at the user-end, an important viewpoint to consider when assessing your website. “It is important to think about the fact that you’re building a site for the user, for the organisation’s supporters. That’s something that always needs to be a prime consideration when I’m working with Blackbaud NetCommunity clients”  Adam said.


Welcome back to all the conference delegates. It’s been a jam-packed morning, with a keynote address by Aimee Suchard-Lowe, Manager at Marketing and Brand, looking at what marketers can learn from each other in the nonprofit sector. We also heard from Dr Kym Madden, a Researcher and Writer, about the current research and thinking in fundraising.

We’ve just now wrapped up the first session in our four streams. I stepped away from the blog desk to listen to Professor Robin Williams, Director of Alumni and Advancement at La Trobe University, talk about the highs and lows from his experience implementating The Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity at La Trobe and RMIT Universities. I think we all appreciated Professor Williams sharing his wisdom and there was furious note-taking around the room as he outlined his very insightful ’10 Commandments’ for implementation.