Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the launch of Blackbaud Certification in The Raiser’s Edge (bCRE), designed to offer nonprofit professionals an opportunity to validate Raiser’s Edge competencies and join an elite community of certified users. In addition, a new version of its flagship donor management software, The Raiser’s Edge ®, was released today featuring improvements to security and clean data management, user-friendly exports, tools for batch organization and more. Blackbaud Certification in The Raiser’s Edge (bCRE) Blackbaud collaborated with more than 30 organizations, fundraising leaders and consultants for over a year and a half to create a professional development program for Raiser’s Edge users. Consisting of three progressive levels — Associate, Professional, and Master — and more than 600 certification exam questions, bCRE helps create professional development opportunities by identifying knowledge gaps and offering training paths to fill those gaps. With bCRE, hiring managers and organizations can find qualified professionals with the right skillset to fill job openings. “We’re excited to launch the new certification program at bbcon, Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits, where thousands of nonprofit professionals gather to hone their skills,” said Meredith Johnson, Blackbaud’s director of educational services. “The progressive levels of certification create a clear professional development path for nonprofit professionals, helping them distinguish themselves and advance their careers while at the same time, making it easy for nonprofit hiring managers to qualify candidates.” Rochelle Sweeney, database administrator with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, is among the inaugural group of bCRE nonprofit professionals. Sweeney pursued bCRE to demonstrate her capabilities, level of commitment and ambition. “Better trained employees means better quality data,” she said. “I will seek out Raiser’s Edge certification credentials in new hires going forward.” For more information about Blackbaud Certification in The Raiser’s Edge, visit www.blackbaud.com/bCRE. The Raiser’s Edge 7.93 “The latest release of The Raiser’s Edge was built to deliver value to our customers,” said Tom Maszk, Blackbaud’s vice president of product management. “Our team works closely with customers to understand their needs or issues and translate those into solutions that save them time and help them achieve their missions.”
One of the most-anticipated features in the release allows users to customize export headers.“Adding the ability to name export column headers is a much-requested feature that will be excitedly received by Raiser’s Edge users,” said Bill Connors, author of Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge and independent consultant. “The already powerful features of Export in The Raiser's Edge allow a great diversity of information to be exported, and being able to label that data in the most meaningful ways for the database administrators, fundraisers, mail houses and others that use those exports will make their work easier and more efficient, no question.” Additional key features and functionality include:
- Enhanced duplicate management – The new tool identifies and helps users merge duplicate records, saving time and reducing database clutter.
- Fuzzy birth dates for donor records – Now, all users need is the month and day to create a query for sending out birthday cards to top donors.
- User-defined batch categories – To help users organize their work, they can now create batch categories that match the way they work, then drag-and-drop their batches into the new categories.
- Added security – Database administrators now have more control over what they allow users to edit and access.