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Blackbaud $10K Challenge Winner Announced

An Australian charity today received a $10,000 donation to ‘power the passions’ of people with disabilities.

Sylvanvale were unveiled as the winners of the Blackbaud $10K Challenge, an online competition hosted by Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good.

The Sydney-based charity was presented with a ten thousand dollar cheque, as a result of their ‘Making Passions Come to Life’ submission, which tells a touching story about the impact a donation of this size could have on the lives of people with disability.

The sixty second video showed moving footage of adults and children painting, gardening and hang-gliding, with commentary explaining how Sylvanvale’s mission is to ‘see the person and not the disability and that their passion is ‘seeing the passion of others come to life’.

Over 3,000 people voted in the competition, which launched in May this year.  The 5 entries with the most votes were put to a panel, consisting of Lise Taylor, Editor of Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine and founder of Not-for-Profit digital agency, Richenda Vermuelan.

The results were announced this afternoon at bbcon 16 – the world’s largest philanthropic conference series, which is currently taking place at Sydney’s Doltone House.

A second ‘People’s Choice Award’ of $2,000 was awarded to Action Aid for their ‘Passion for Empowerment’ video, which showed how the prize money could be used to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable and excluded women.

The aim of the Blackbaud $10K Challenge was to showcase the passion that fuels the Not-for-Profit sector and to give fundraisers a chance to share their stories with the world.

Senior Marketing Manager at Blackbaud, Stacey Astley-Clark, said

‘We were moved to tears by the stories that each of the entries told.  In the Not-for-Profit world, it’s easy for fundraisers to get lost in a targets and data, and forget what their incredible work is all about.  Charities like Sylvanvale really DO change lives and we feel absolutely honoured to be able to contribute to their amazing work’

Over 3,000 people voted in the competition, which attracted submissions from a wide range of charities including The Cancer Council, Care Flight and Cure Brain Cancer.

To view all entries to the Blackbaud $10K challenge visit: