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Marian University: Partnering with Blackbaud to be a Perfect Host

Marian University: Partnering with Blackbaud to be a Perfect Host


Hi my name is Mark Bridenstine, and I’m from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s an exciting time to be at Marian. We have 4,000 students, and one of the bigger areas of growth has been with our college of osteopathic medicine. Along with the growth in the medical school, the undergraduate on-campus population has really grown, so we need a place for them to live. We just broke ground on a new dormitory that will be built on campus. Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT has empowered our team in advancement gift officers and everyone else on the team – to have quick and easy access to the information they need to have informed discussions with donors. They use NXT to facilitate their meetings by being able to look up some pertinent information that traditionally might have been, you know, silo-ed away in different files on different servers, for example, scholarship recipients and endowment totals. That’s information that is in spreadsheets and PDF’s But now we’ve facilitated a way to get that information into different fields on NXT. One of the significant contributions of has been to help manage events. So we use the Blackbaud event module in NXT to check in guests to our major fundraising gala that happens every year. and we have about 2,000 guests and donors that arrive at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis in order to make that event a success we really needed a solution that that would help facilitate not just the check-in but the placement of folks at tables and communicating that information to them in an easy way.

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