Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced the opening of registration for bbcon 2012, its annual conference for nonprofits, which is being held September 30 to October 2 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Early registration discounts are available through July 15. The conference, which drew more than 2,100 attendees last year, will provide nonprofit professionals with three days of educational content focused on professional development, technology training, and opportunities to network and interact with peers and industry experts. Following Blackbaud’s recent acquisition of Convio, bbcon 2012 will combine with the annual Convio Summit to create an even larger gathering of nonprofit professionals and partners. “We are excited to bring the nonprofit technology community together for three days of professional development, hands-on training and networking,” said Sara Spivey, Blackbaud’s vice president of corporate marketing. “bbcon 2012 will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about new technology, deepen their knowledge of Blackbaud products, discover best practices and bring back actionable strategies to share with their organizations.” Educational sessions to feature nonprofit tech trends and tips Sessions at this year’s conference will focus on the following areas: analytics, arts and cultural, constituent relationship management (CRM), K-12 education, financial management, fundraising, interactive, and personal and professional development. View the 2012 bbcon Preliminary Agenda. “bbcon is everything all in one place—you can get training, learn about new technologies, stay at the forefront of trends and network with peers,” said Patti Posey, database administrator at Stamford Hospital Foundation. “I have attended the conference for a number of years and each time I come away with new knowledge to help me and my organization work smarter and better. And that helps us better achieve our mission and serve our constituents.” Attend bbcon 2012 for free Blackbaud is awarding scholarships to 10 nonprofit professionals who best summarize how they would benefit from attending bbcon 2012. Professionals interested in applying for a scholarship should submit an application by June 15, 2012. Blackbaud will give away additional passes through its new Refer-A-Friend program www.blackbaud.com/referafriend. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.blackbaud.com/bbcon. About Blackbaud Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 27,000 customers in more than 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent 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, social media, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), analytics, financial management, 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 employees throughout the US, and in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.