Blackbaud’s Initiatives Create a Diverse and Inclusive Environment

Blackbaud’s Initiatives Create a Diverse and Inclusive Environment is proud to offer Top Companies for Women Technologists, a national program to recognize organizations building workplaces where women technologists can thrive. In 2018, we evaluated 80 companies, accounting for more than 628,000 women technologists across a variety of fields. Top Companies is the only program that provides a consistent benchmark of the technical workforce across a wide range of industries.

Our three awards are based on technical workforce size — less than 1,000 employees, 1,000 to 10,000 employees, and more than 10,000 employees. Each of our three winners had the highest overall score in their respective categories.

Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, earned the highest score of our participating companies with technical workforces of 1,000 to 10,000. The company currently has an equal gender balance in the workforce thanks to its many initiatives focused on diversity.

These initiatives include a formalized diversity and inclusion program as well as an Executive Women’s Community program. These initiatives were first championed by Mike Gianoni when he became Blackbaud’s President and CEO in 2014. From then on, other initiatives and affinity groups emerged to promote and advance an inclusive culture within the company.

“Diversity of thought and experience always leads to better performance for our company and, most importantly, better solutions for our customers,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, Chief Technology Officer at Blackbaud. “We are proud to be recognized alongside other companies and leaders who are committed to helping women in technology succeed, and are also committed to continuing in the work we know we must do in every category of diversity.”

Other Blackbaud initiatives include:

  • Employee-led affinity groups like Women in Technology, Women in Sales, Black Employees Encouraging Diversity (BLEND), Pride@Blackbaud (LGBTQ), and Employees with Disabilities.
  • Regularly conducted unconscious-bias workshops to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.
  • Routine gender pay-equity audits to ensure employees are fairly compensated.

We’re proud to recognize Blackbaud’s ongoing leadership in supporting women technologists, and to help the company’s leadership quantify their progress toward a more equitable workplace. If you’d like to join the ranks of companies that measure what matters, preregister for our 2019 Top Companies for Women Technologists program. You’ll receive important updates on Top Companies deadlines, and be able to start gathering data for for your submissions Spring 2019.

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
    Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.