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2018 Blackbaud K-12 User Conference

July 25-27 in Seattle

Join Blackbaud K-12 and more than 850 of your private school peers in Seattle for three days of idea sharing, networking, hands-on training, industry best practices, and a lot of fun! If you’re in admissions, development, IT, marketing and communications, or are a head of school, this is the one conference you don’t want to miss. Preregister now to save $100 off registration and to receive important conference updates.

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Don’t miss the best private school conference of the year!

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Full Price

Begins March 16.


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Group Discount: If your school purchases 5 or more full conference early registrations or regular registrations, the 6th registrant from your school will automatically receive a free registration. Each registrant must use the same email domain. For questions about the group discount email us at

Meet Our Keynote Speaker Natalie W. Nixon, PhD

Meet Our Keynote Speaker Natalie W. Nixon, PhD

About Natalie:
In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process. Natalie is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University and is a published author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to online magazine on creativity and design thinking.

Topic: Inventiveness, Play and The Future of Learning
The field of education has been wildly disrupted in the past 10 years, and the tsunami effect is only just beginning. Educators, administrators and technologists must remain buoyant while also developing environments that help students to thrive. To do this, we must think through possible future scenarios around the future of work and how those narratives link back to our systems for learning. Natalie will explore connections between the future of work and the future of learning and leave us with alternative paradigms to ponder and hopefully begin applying.

Conference Details

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Registration is open! 

The Blackbaud K–12 User Conference is the premier event for private schools. Hosted by Blackbaud, the conference brings together fundraisers, admission directors, IT directors, heads of schools, educators, financial managers, marketing and communication experts, and many more to discuss current trends, best practices, and outcome‐based solutions that connect your whole school. And, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to have fun along the way networking with your peers, industry experts, and Blackbaud staff and partners to help you gain more knowledge and experience with Blackbaud technology.

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Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations received in writing on or prior to May 1, 2017, will be refunded, less a $75 (USD) processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after May 1, 2017. A check refund will be issued for all cancellations received 90 days after registration. No refunds will be granted for no-shows. Please send any information regarding cancellation via email to

Substitution Policy
Replacement of a registered K-12 UC attendee by a business colleague/co-worker will be accepted. One substitution per registration will be allowed at no charge if submitted by May 1, 2017. Beginning May 2, 2017, a $75 USD processing fee will apply to all substitutions before the event and onsite. Original registrant must submit a written request for substitution to A Blackbaud staff member will then contact the original registrant for more information on the substitute attendee. Payments for substitutions must be made before arriving onsite.

We hope you can join us for the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference which we expect to be our largest private school conference to date! We’re planning lots of great product training and best practice sessions that will ignite ideas and provide major tech insight for your upcoming school year.

Below please find the agenda at-a-glance.

Tuesday, July 11

  • Registration opens in the evening

Wednesday, July 12 (Product Training and Advanced-Level Strategy Workshops)

  • The conference kicks off with our keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakout sessions run from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Sponsor reception starts at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 13 (Best Practices)

  • The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakout sessions run from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14 (Unconference)

  • The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. led by Hans Mundahl
  • Unconference sessions run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided on all three days. Dinners will be on your own.

We’ve secured a room block at the Boston Marriott Copley Place for a room rate of $305.00.

This rate is available July 10-14, 2016. Visit our main hotel site for more information and to book your hotel room. You may also make your reservation by calling: (800)-631-2989. Be sure to mention the Blackbaud K—12 User Conference to get our discounted rate.

Group rates are subject to availability, so please book early!

Click here to book your room online.

If you have questions about booking your hotel room, you may contact:

BBK12UC Hotel Reservation Office

  • Phone – 1-800-631-2989
  • Fax – 703-205-0235

Dear Valued Sponsor,

We invite you to join us at the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference for independent schools, from July 12–14 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.

As a sponsor or exhibitor at the Blackbaud K–12 User Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your brand, products, and expertise to more than 900 attending K–12 professionals.

We offer a wide range of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities to suit your needs that you can view here.

Blackbaud got its start 30 years ago with a private school as our very first customer. Since then, we’ve continued to deliver the most innovative solutions and services to private school communities. I hope you’ll join us as a sponsor or exhibitor. Together, we will make this the best K–12 User Conference yet—one that’s well worth your investment!

If you’d like more information, feel free to contact me at On behalf of the entire Blackbaud K–12 team, I look forward to partnering with you for what’s shaping up to be our most successful K–12 User Conference ever!

Peter Baron
Manager, Blackbaud K–12 Partner Program

View Sponsor Prospectus >

Earning CFRE Credits for Education cfre

CFRE International offers the only internally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. As stewards of the public trust, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International certifies fundraising professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector. CFRE International fulfills this mission by establishing and administering a voluntary certification process based on current and valid standards that measure competency in the practice of philanthropic fundraising.

Earn CPE Credits for Education cpe

As part of our continuing commitment to providing high-quality continuing professional education, Blackbaud is a registered sponsor of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, a program offered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). This registry recognizes that our continuing professional education for accountants meets nationally recognized standards.

Accountants are required by state governing boards to earn CPE credits to maintain and enhance their professional competence. As a registered sponsor, Blackbaud’s name and address is printed on a registry that is distributed to state boards of accountancy and made available to licensed accountants across the country. A link to Blackbaud’s website appears with our listing on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors on NASBA’s website,

Blackbaud is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:


Which sessions are eligible for CPE credits?

We will post which sessions are eligible for credits in early spring.

What are the prerequisites for participation?

There are no prerequisites to attend.

Is advanced preparation required?

No advanced preparation is required. Hands-on sessions require that you bring your personal laptop. Be sure to check the session descriptions for more information.

How are the number of CPE credits determined?

CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour. Participants are eligible for 1 CPE credit for every 50 minutes of instruction attended.

  • 1 hour sessions are eligible for 1 CPE credit
  • 2 hour sessions are eligible for 2 CPE credits

Is CPE credit automatically awarded?

No. CPE credit is not automatically awarded. Letters or certificates of completion are available upon successfully completing a class. You are responsible for submitting this information to the State Boards of Accountancy.

Let us help you make the case to attend. View our sample trip justification letter below.



Re: Request to Attend the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference

I’m writing to ask for approval to attend the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference July 12–14 in Boston. The conference is three full days of learning—best practices, hands-on training, and collaboration with more than 850 of my peers. I’ll have access to tons of breakout sessions with content designed exclusively for K–12 schools, and I’ll have the opportunity to hear from Travis Warren, SVP for Blackbaud’s K–12 Group, on his vision for the company’s future.

Registration costs are $995 for full conference access, but if we commit before March 15, we’ll save $100. The conference is a great, cost-effective way to ensure that we’re getting the most from our school software investment and should result in immediate ROI.

I’d also like to focus on finding solutions or best practices that could benefit these projects:

  • [add project or initiative]
  • [add project or initiative]
  • [add project or initiative]

Here’s an approximate breakdown of conference costs:

Airfare: $ XX
Transportation (round-trip taxi from airport to hotel): $ 50
Hotel (two nights at $289): $ 578
Meals (three days at $50): $ 150
Early bird registration fee: $ 895
Total: $ XXX

I’d like to take advantage of early bird pricing and save $100 by signing up before March 15!

Thank you for considering this request. I’m excited about the opportunity to attend and bring back relevant information and best practices we can start implementing at our school right away!

I look forward to your reply.


The 2017 Conference Program Guide is Here!

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors!


Magnus Health is the most innovative way to collect, track, and manage student health information. Our primary focus is streamlining the collection and secure storage of student information. Magnus equips schools with the tools they need to save time and money, reduce liability, and improve emergency preparedness.

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Award-winning school websites, custom-design, communications software and digital marketing services for independent schools, public schools and colleges.

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For 8 years,Graduway has transformed the way alumni and parents stay in touch with their schools and each other. Graduway makes it easy for schools to have their own branded web and mobile platform, which connects with social media. Graduway is a preferred Blackbaud technology partner and is the first vendor to officially offer API connectivity with RE NXT, allowing hundreds of schools to keep their CRM’s up to date and maximizing constituent engagement

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Thank you to our Exhibitors!


Boardingware is a leading cloud residential life management software for boarding schools.

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Reimagining PS-12 Private School Admissions.

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BrightArrow Technologies Digital Voice Dialer is an automated service designed for emergency notifications, informational messages, and a variety of other school to parent communications.

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CampBrain provides management and registration software for summer camps and auxiliary programs. Serving 1100+ organizations since 1994, we have a dedicated team of over 35+ providing personal, caring support and building beautiful, intuitive software.

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Test Innovators is a team of educators and technologists dedicated to helping students succeed on standardized tests. Our decades of experience with test writing and tutoring, combined with our dedication to finding the best technological solutions, provide students with an unparalleled test preparation experience.

Learn More is the leading electronic health record system for schools! Designed by school nurses and directors, our secure, easy-to-use web-based solution manages health forms, allergies, medications and illness/injury tracking for your school throughout the school year.

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Carney, Sandoe & Associates provides faculty and administrator placement, retained search, and consulting to independent, international, and like-kind schools.

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Serving schools since 1930, Dewar is the originator of the Tuition Refund Plan, a comprehensive method for protecting both schools and families from the financial consequences of student withdrawals and dismissals.

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CrisisGo is a comprehensive emergency planning and communications platform that puts emergency response plans on mobile devices and desktops for immediate use when they are most needed. With CrisisGo, school administrators have quick access to emergency response procedures and can quickly report emergencies, call for help and stay connected during a crisis.

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Whether you’re Day, Boarding, Montessori or International, SchoolAdmin was designed with your needs in mind. Simplify your world with our sophisticated, yet simple web-based CRM.

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Kaymbu is the leading family engagement and classroom documentation tool for early education programs. From simple photo sharing to rich visual assessment, Kaymbu connects educators with young, digital-native parents.

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Bring your school community together through photos.

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Almabase is a full fledged alumni relations software that you can use to create an online community for alumni to network with each other, communicate with alumni, provide mentorship opportunities for students, job boards for alumni, collect donations online, manage event tickets. The best part is, while all of this is happening, your alumni database becomes up-to-date and comprehensive automagically by pulling information from Facebook and LinkedIn.

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REACH is a purpose built student management system that sets a global benchmark for managing and reporting daily activities in boarding schools. REACH operates on all devices and all platforms. Ten core modules provide for schools the ability to manage risk, gain efficiency and improve communications. REACH simplifies student leave, student tracking, attendance monitoring and behavioural management.

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The project manager and planner that empowers students.
Studyo provides tools to help students learn to prioritize, self-manage and simply get things done.

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Visitu improves building and school security by providing lobby visitor management software on an iPad. Visitu allows schools and businesses to manage visitors and know who is on their campus or in their facility at all times.

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MobileServe exists to help volunteers and organizations share stories that are authentic and accessible, and to connect people with organizations, causes, and each other, so that single acts of service can inspire an entire culture of doing more good.

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Nonprofit of Choice

Congratulations to National Network of Schools in Partnership for being selected as our Nonprofit of Choice at the 2017 K–12 User Conference! Stop by their exhibit hall booth to learn more about how their work is shaping the future of K–12 education.

Can’t wait? Check out these #BBK12UC 2017 best practice sessions!

Resource Board Posts or Groups? Making Communication Simple & Clear
Educating Parents, Students, and Teachers in How to Use onCampus
Admission Marketing Partnership
Top 10 onBoard Features
Why Heads of School Are Critical to Marketing Success
How to Move Your Product Adoption Forward in Year 2


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