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2018 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference

July 25–27  |  Seattle, WA

Join Blackbaud K–12 and more than 650 of your private school peers in Seattle for three days of idea-sharing, networking, hands-on product training, industry best practices, and fun! Whether you’re a head
of school or work in admissions, development, IT, or marketing and
communications, this is one conference you won’t want to miss.

Questions? Please email

Register today.

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

Registration Fee

(See below for group discounts.)


Group Discount: If your school purchases five or more full conference early registrations or regular registrations, the sixth 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

User Conference Sessions

Click on the link below to check out all of the helpful training and best practice sessions scheduled for UC18.

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. She is also 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 thrive. To do this, we must think through possible 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, admissions 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


NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED 60 DAYS FROM THE ORIGINAL TRANSACTION DATE. The final cutoff date for registration cancellations is on/prior to May 15, 2018. Cancellations submitted in writing on/prior to May 15, 2018, will be refunded a $75 (USD) processing fee as long as the original transaction date is within 60 days. BEGINNING MAY 16, 2018, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. No refunds will be granted for no-shows. Please send any information regarding cancellation via email to

Substitution Policy

Replacement of a registered conference attendee by a business colleague/coworker will be accepted. One substitution per registration will be allowed at no charge if submitted by May 15, 2018. Beginning May 16, 2018, a $75 (USD) processing fee will apply to all substitutions before the event and on-site. 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 on-site. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER 60 DAYS OF THE ORIGINAL TRANSACTION DATE.

We hope you can join us for the 2018 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.

Please find the at-a-glance agenda below. You can see the full list of training and best practice sessions here.

Tuesday, July 24 – Registration Opens
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Registration
Wednesday, July 25 – Product Training & Advanced-Level Workshops
7:30–5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–10:00 a.m. Keynote
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Expo Hall Open
10:00–10:30 a.m. Break in Expo Hall
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45–3:00 p.m Breakout Session 2
3:00–3:30 p.m Break in Expo Hall
3:30–4:45 p.m. Breakout Session 3
5:00–7:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Expo Hall
Thursday, July 26 – Best Practices
7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45–10:15 a.m. Break in Expo Hall
9:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Expo Hall Open
10:15–11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1
11:25 a.m.–12:25 p.m. Breakout Session 2
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45–2:45 p.m. Breakout Session 3
2:45–3:15 p.m. Break in Expo Hall
3:15–4:15 p.m. Breakout Session 4
4:25–5:25 p.m. Breakout Session 5
5:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own — Explore Seattle!
Friday, July 27 – Unconference
7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9:00 a.m. Unconference Kickoff
9:15–10:00 a.m. Session 1
10:00–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–11.15 a.m. Session 2
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Unconference Wrap-Up
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided on all three days. Dinners will be on your own. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks served at the networking reception on Wednesday.

We’ve secured a room block at the Sheraton® Seattle Hotel for a room rate of $259 (USD).*

This rate is available July 23–27, 2018. 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.

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

Book your room online.

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

Blackbaud K–12 User Conference Hotel Reservation Office c/o Expovision

*All reservation names, date changes, and cancellations are due to the Blackbaud K–12 User Conference Hotel Reservation Office by June 22, 2018.

Dear Prospective Sponsor,

We invite you to join us July 25–27, 2018, at the Blackbaud K–12 User Conference for independent schools in Seattle, Washington.

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 hundreds of 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!

Andria Mullaney

Manager, Blackbaud K–12 Partner Program

View sponsor prospectus.

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

CFRECFRE International offers the only internationally 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.

All Blackbaud University Training sessions qualify for CFRE credits. Approved 75-minute sessions qualify for 1.25 CFRE credits. Go to the Mobile App to download the link to the CFRE tracker to keep track of your sessions.

For your convenience, CFRE provides a CE Tracker document to help you stay on top of your education.

Earning CPE Credits for Education 


As part of our continuing commitment to provide 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?

All Blackbaud University Training Day sessions in the Financial Edge and Best Practices tracks are eligible for credits.

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 is the number of CPE credits determined?

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

  • One-hour sessions are eligible for one CPE credit
  • Two-hour sessions are eligible for two 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 2018 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference

I’m writing to ask for approval to attend the 2018 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference July 25–27 in Seattle. The conference is three full days of learning, including best practice sessions, hands-on training, and collaboration with more than 650 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, president and general manager for Blackbaud’s K–12 Group, on his vision for the company’s future.

Registration costs are $1,025 (USD) for full conference access, but if we commit before March 30, we’ll save $130 (USD). 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 (three nights at $259): $ 777
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 $130 (USD) by signing up before March 30!

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 Sponsor!


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.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor!

Gold Sponsor


Thank you to our exhibitors!

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 the exhibit hall booth to learn more about how the organization’s 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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