Fusion Labs and Blackbaud Enter into Partnership for the Community Foundation Marketplace
Dallas, Texas(May 8, 2014) PR Newswire--Fusion Labs, Inc., the Dallas based technology holding company announced today that its Nonprofit Solutions Division (NSD) company has joined the Blackbaud Partner Network as one of Blackbaud’s providers of software and services for the community foundation marketplace. This new agreement allows NSD to market, sell, implement, host, and support Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) and NSD products that comprise the solution set for these charitable organizations. The Blackbaud Partner Network is composed of a group of leading technology and services firms providing nonprofits with the solutions, applications and strategies they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide. Through this new partnership, NSD joins a network of companies that provide applications and solutions that extend Blackbaud product functionality in new ways. Mark A. Hall, President and CEO of Fusion Labs said, “We have been Blackbaud’s marketing and development partner in this space since 2005. Together we have created the premier technology solution that exists in the market today for nonprofit entities that do grant making and provide scholarships to qualified recipients throughout North America. Being selected for this partnership with Blackbaud will allow us to focus our investment to a much higher level in new products and enhanced features specifically designed for the complex business functions that take place in a charitable foundation.” Fusion Labs is also investing in senior leadership to lead the division. Lou Attanasi, former Blackbaud executive overseeing product design and development from 1986 through 2011, has joined the company as President of NSD and joined Fusion Labs Board of Directors. “Lou’s experience at Blackbaud and his vast relationships throughout the industry will ensure our ability to deliver solutions that exceed the expectations of our clients,” continued Hall.
Driven by the market “We are very excited to continue to evolve and strengthen our partnership with Fusion Labs,” said Heiko Henning, Blackbaud’s vice president of business development. “Fusion Labs has a proven track record of effectively serving the community foundation market and ensuring customer success. We believe Fusion Labs focus on this market and deep domain expertise will allow them to deliver the combined offering of best-of-breed software and services and enhance the value it delivers to our joint customers. Blackbaud is firmly committed to serving community foundations and a deeper, more integrated approach with Fusion leading the charge, will allow us to do this more effectively than ever.” From the smallest to the largest "We've witnessed explosive growth in the number of foundations that required web-enabled interaction with their constituents, fund holders, Boards, committees, and recipients in the past year," said Lou Attanasi, President of NSD. While there are numerous software applications that can offer online functionality, the GE/Spectrum suite can fully integrate with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge, and Blackbaud NetCommunity, the most utilized nonprofit software in the world, and allow for an organization to truly achieve a single source of truth in their business process. Together we have designed a platform that provides continuity in our offering, from the smallest startup foundations to the largest in the world. Having the ability to scale, without sacrificing usability or unique process flow, is the major differentiator for the Blackbaud/Fusion Foundation solution.” About Fusion Labs, Foundation Solutions Division Fusion Labs, Non Profit Solutions Division,(NSD), specializes in enterprise level professional IT services, application development, product enhancement, package integration, and solution-based managed services for Blackbaud’s suite of products. NSD provides service and support for charitable organizations throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Fusion Labs NSD is the category leader in the Foundation marketplace, and co-markets its comprehensive grant management solution(s) exclusively with Blackbaud. GrantedGE, PROFFER and Spectrum are fully integrated with The Raiser's Edge, The Financial Edge, Blackbaud NetCommunity and extensible to full lifecycle, on-line interaction with donors, grant seekers, scholarship applicants, Board Members, committees, and affiliates. The Fusion’s Spectrum Portal can be deployed as a SaaS offering or as an on premise solution with open API’s. 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 29,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 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, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics 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 operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com. Media Contacts: Fusion Media Contact Lisa Nally 214.217.9753 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published on May 7, 2014