The Blackbaud Institute team and partners work to power the future of social good.
We bring together leading innovators and experts from every type of institution, from nonprofits and businesses to academic institutions, to foster diverse perspectives, collective thinking, and collaborative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
Through our collective passion for good, we’ve built a library of content that informs our readership while being receptive to their personalized needs, so they can continue making the world a better place.
In support of the Blackbaud Institute’s mission to bring together the best minds in philanthropy and accelerate the impact of the social good community, the Blackbaud Institute’s Advisory Board supports the development and sharing of leading-edge research and insights. The Board, comprised of credible and knowledgeable experts from across the sector, guides the Institute in broadening the scope of resources the Blackbaud Institute builds for our audience to accelerate the impact of their work.
Editor, The Agitator
Roger M. Craver is a fundraising pioneer who’s helped launch and build organizations like Common Cause, The National Organization for Women, ACLU, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and dozens of other major organizations, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Roger is the author of the classic, “Retention Fundraising: The Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life.” Now he’s the editor-in-chief of the fundraising blog The Agitator and founder of DonorTrends, which provides fundraising analytics.
Chief Innovation & Optimization Officer, NextAfter
Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.
A nonprofit thought leader, Kachuriak is the author of Optimize Your Fundraising: How to Transform Your Organization One Test at a Time, and is the lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, Why Should I Give to You?, and The Midlevel Donor Crisis.
Kachuriak is also the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Human Coalition, a member of the board of directors for Open Doors USA and the Halcyon Movement, an Advisory Board Member for the SMU Digital Accelerator, and an Advisory Board Member for Kids Prosper Kids.
Una Osili, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Una O. Osili, Ph.D., is an economist with significant experience in research and policy in the fields of household behavior and economic policy. She serves as Associate Dean for Research and International Programs and Dean’s Fellow, Mays Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice worldwide.
Dr. Osili directs the school’s research program with its partners including US Trust, United Way Worldwide, Coutts Inc, and National Collegiate Athletic Association. She leads the research and publication of Giving USA, Global Philanthropy Indices, and pioneered new approaches to using data to better understand global and national philanthropic trends. Dr. Osili is a member of the graduate school faculty at Indiana University. She earned her B.A. in Economics at Harvard University, and her M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Amy Sample Ward
Amy is dedicated to educating and supporting organizations in using technology to create meaningful community engagement and make lasting change. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.
In addition to serving as NTEN’s CEO, she is a speaker, author, and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events around the world. In 2013, she co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology.
Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer and General Counsel, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Jason Lee is the chief advocacy and strategy officer and general counsel for AFP, representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $100B in charitable contributions every year around the world for countless causes. In his current position, Lee strives to increase the public visibility and awareness of the association by developing political initiatives regarding fundraising and philanthropic issues. He represents the association in public policy and legislative matters and chairs the Charitable Giving Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of nonprofit leaders dedicated to raising awareness about the value of the charitable deduction and its impact on support for essential community service.
He has held positions as Interim President & CEO (2016-17), where he provided executive leadership for the $12M membership-based nonprofit with employees in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Prior to this role, he served as General Counsel at AFP (2004-2016).
Kyla provides overall leadership to the Resource Alliance, working closely with various stakeholders, including institutional partners and the global volunteer network as well as engaging with the wider philanthropic sector. Her role focuses on expanding the reach and impact of the capacity building work of the organization to achieve its vision of a strong and sustainable civil society.
She has spent 20 years in fundraising, marketing and resource mobilization both within the international non-profit community, as well as inside the commercial sector. Most recently, Kyla’s experience has included leading the international fundraising, marketing and program delivery as COO for Operation Smile International, a global children’s non-profit organization with programs in over 60 countries.
Counsel and Staff
Chief Marketing Officer, Blackbaud, Head of the Blackbaud Institute
Bringing more than two decades of leadership experience spanning the private, public and social sectors, Catherine LaCour is Blackbaud’s Chief Marketing Officer, a member of the company’s executive leadership team and head of the Blackbaud Institute. Catherine leads cross-organization strategy to deliver Blackbaud’s brand promise, increase adoption of its leading cloud solutions, drive an outstanding customer experience and forge strategic partnerships that lift the entire social good community.
Catherine brings deep passion for the role every person and organization can play in building a better world. She challenges herself and those around her to cultivate an ecosystem of good and strengthen the social economy, and speaks frequently in forums such as TEDx, the Social Innovation Summit and more. You can watch her speak here.
Catherine is a board member for the Women’s Refugee Commission, a nonprofit advocating for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee women and children. She currently sits on the College of Charleston Graduate School’s Advisory Board.
Managing Director, Blackbaud Institute
Ashley Thompson is the managing director for the Blackbaud Institute. She is responsible for driving Blackbaud’s extensive research, thought leadership, and best practice content.
Through this role, she builds thoughtful strategies and solutions for the philanthropic sector utilizing the most comprehensive data set in the social good community. She also manages internal and external relationships for the Institute, including the convening of the Blackbaud Institute Advisory Board.
Ashley is active in the Austin community and participates in numerous groups as a volunteer, active board member, and collaborative partner.
She is a regular contributor to npENGAGE, serves on the 2019 Giving USA Editorial Review Board, and is a member of the NonprofitPRO Editorial Advisory Board.
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist, Blackbaud, Retired
Chuck Longfield became Blackbaud’s chief scientist in January 2007 and is the founder of Target Software, Inc. and Target Analysis Group, Inc., both now Blackbaud companies. Chuck has extensive experience designing and implementing national as well as international constituency databases that address the fundraising information needs at many of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations. In recognition of his accomplishments, Chuck is the recipient of the DMA 2012 Max Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award. Prior to founding the Target companies in 1992, he taught math to middle and high school students. He was honored by FundRaising Success in 2007 with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the nonprofit sector. He holds a BA in mathematics and a MEd from Harvard University and has more than 30 years of experience helping nonprofits automate their fundraising operations.
Vice President, Product Management, Blackbaud,
Senior Advisor, Blackbaud Institute
Steve MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits.
MacLaughlin serves on the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) board and is a frequent speaker at events including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), American Marketing Association (AMA), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA), and many more.
He is a frequent blogger, published author of a chapter in the book People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and is a co-editor of the book Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets. His latest book, Data Driven Nonprofits, became a bestseller in 2016.
Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Blackbaud
Rachel Hutchisson is VP of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), responsible for global corporate social responsibility, leading the company’s 3,300 associates in efforts to serve and give professionally and personally. She is committed to the core philosophy that “good is for everyone,” championing positive change and inspiring individuals to integrate service into their development.
Rachel brings experience in marketing, brand communications, corporate culture and strategic relationships to her role. She built Blackbaud’s CSR program from the ground up, leveraging her deep experience working at the intersection of business and nonprofits.
Rachel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Rachel is the Board Chair of the Giving Institute (Giving USA), and AFP International. Her talk “The Era of Corporate Social Responsibility is Ending” is available on the TEDx YouTube channel.
Vice President, Data and Analytics, Blackbaud
With more than two decades of experience in consumer marketing, executive leadership, and entrepreneurship, Andy has made a career out of the application of data to improve organization performance. Andy served in a variety of management roles, including vice president of marketing at Deluxe Corporation. At Deluxe, Andy spearheaded brand management, product management, distribution strategy, direct marketing, internal and external communications, public relations, strategic organizational development, and consumer technology delivery efforts.
Andy left Deluxe in 2001 to join Connie Cervilla in her consulting firm, Core Group. Through that work Andy was introduced to the fundraising practices and donor behavior for many of the nation’s great universities.
In 2002, Andy started Reeher LLC to provide a shared management system that provides insight and frontline focus to improve management practices within university fundraising. Through the adoption of this cooperative approach, the Reeher Community has grown to over 100 higher education institutions. Reeher subscribers have reached new highs in performance and productivity in all aspects of college and university advancement. Andy now serves as the VP of Data and Analytics at Blackbaud. Andy has a B.A. in history from Grove City College and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago.