UPLAND | July 14, 2022
UPLAND announced the launch of its nonprofit strategy practice, centered on collaborating with organizations to envision and shape their futures. The firm is bringing its cross-industry experience and future-focused methodologies to mission-driven clients, helping create and activate organizational growth strategies that deliver lasting impact for people, communities, and the planet.
Senior Consultant and Nonprofit Strategist Katie Sulau has joined the organization to play a leading role in the new practice area. In this capacity, Sulau will lead a range of projects and client engagements, from developing and delivering long-term strategic growth plans, to more specific strategies related to growing and sustaining mission-driven organizations, including branding, partnerships, and board development initiatives.
Sulau has fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, serving within organizations and as an outside advisor. She's coordinated national campaigns, redesigned finances and operations for multi-million-dollar NGOs, coached nonprofit leaders, and facilitated strategic planning for groups of all sizes.
"Nonprofit organizations are doing the hard work to fight for a better world no matter what, and UPLAND is here to help those organizations achieve their big goals and grow their impact, We are a team of curious people who care deeply about helping organizations innovate and thrive in a world that's constantly changing. I'm delighted to be a part of this team and eager to be inspired by all of the work our clients are doing in the field."
-Katie Sulau, Senior Consultant and Nonprofit Strategist, UPLAND.
Phil Roos, Founder and CEO of UPLAND added, Having recently rebranded from Great Lakes GrowthWorks to UPLAND, we knew the time was right to elevate our existing nonprofit business to its own practice area. While mission-driven project work has always been an important part of what we do, we want to augment our efforts in this space, to better support organizations dedicated to achieving positive impact and change. As part of this, I could not be more thrilled to have Katie onboard. She brings deep knowledge and expertise in the nonprofit sector and is already adding tremendous value for our clients.
UPLAND is a strategy, innovation, and branding consultancy headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. Founded in 2015 as Great Lakes GrowthWorks, UPLAND has rapidly expanded by leveraging its unique foresight-led approach to envisioning the future, uncovering robust opportunity areas, and co-creating high-impact solutions. UPLAND serves established (Fortune 500), middle market, early stage, mission-driven, and nonprofit clients who are eager and ready to disrupt their ecosystems and achieve transformational growth. The firm's mission is grounded in the belief that thriving client organizations will have a greater ability to make a difference in the world and achieve their own impact-driven purpose.
ABC Supply | May 19, 2022
500 miles, 200 laps, 33 drivers and one cold bottle of milk — the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place on Sunday, May 29. When it does, one car will be racing to raise awareness and $1 million in donations for a nonprofit that is making a difference for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans in the United States.
Longtime friend of AJ Foyt Racing and Indy 500 team sponsor ABC Supply Co. Inc. is putting nonprofit Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) center stage at "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Since September 11, 2001, over 2.5 million Americans have served our nation, and of that group, more than 1,000 Veterans have sustained severe physical injuries, including one or more amputations, full or partial paralysis, and severe traumatic brain injury. Founded in 2004, HFOT's mission is to build and donate specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. To date, the organization has built over 330 homes.
J.R. Hildebrand will pilot the No. 11 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, which this year will sport a star-spangled American flag design with the HFOT logo and their tagline of "Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives." The patriotic car salutes and honors our troops during the event while underscoring the mission of Homes For Our Troops.
ABC Supply Co, Inc., the nation's largest wholesale distributor of roofing, siding and other select exterior building products, has been a multimillion-dollar supporter of Homes For Our Troops since 2020. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent goes directly toward Homes For Our Troops' mission, so it relies primarily on word-of-mouth awareness instead of paid promotion.
We're proud to give Homes For Our Troops a national stage at the Indianapolis 500 to help increase awareness and donations for their organization. The work they do to support Veterans is incredible, and we're hopeful that others will be inspired to support them as well."
Mike Jost, Chief Operating Officer of ABC Supply
HFOT's partnership with their Veterans doesn't stop once their homes are complete. The organization also offers resources for financial planning, homeownership education and peer mentoring.
"At Homes For Our Troops, we consider our Veterans family. We don't just give them the keys and walk away; we maintain a relationship with them to help them rebuild their lives. The support from partners like ABC Supply enables us to provide not only specially adapted custom homes to severely injured Veterans, but also a lifelong support network," says HFOT President/CEO Brigadier General, USA (Ret) Tom Landwermeyer.
The HFOT IndyCar will first hit the track for competition in qualifying races May 21-22.
"I think the fans will love it, and I think they will be so happy to see the American flag — especially with our team," says A.J. Foyt. "I would like to thank ABC Supply for supporting Homes For Our Troops. It's great."
"To support this organization at the Speedway, bring attention to Veterans and some of the challenges that they face, and highlight the things that people and organizations like Homes For Our Troops are doing to give them opportunities to better their lives is such a special thing to be able to be a part of," says J.R. Hildebrand, driver of the No. 11 car.
About ABC Supply
ABC Supply Co. Inc. is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation's largest wholesale distributors of select exterior and interior building products. Since its founding by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982, ABC Supply's sole focus has been serving professional contractors and "making it easy" for them to do their jobs by offering the products, support and services they need — including myABCsupply, a tool that allows contractors to request measurement services, order materials, track deliveries, pay invoices and more.
A 16-time Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award winner and two-time recipient of Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Award for Best Places to Work, ABC Supply is an "employee-first" company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed. The company was also named a Best Employer for New Grads by Forbes in 2021.
Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, ABC Supply has over 840 locations nationwide.
About Homes For Our Troops (HFOT)
Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives.
HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to our program services supporting Veterans.
Blackbaud | May 18, 2022
Blackbaud, the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, released its 2021 Social Responsibility Report, sharing how the company is growing and strengthening the entire social good community, empowering its people, stewarding the environment and expanding responsible business practices.
2021 was a year of perseverance and adopting a 'new normal,' despite the continued uncertainty of a global pandemic. Organizations and individuals didn't just accept the status quo—they re-imagined what was possible in a now-hybrid world. And Blackbaud was right there with them, enabling impact through our technology, expertise, partnership and people. We're proud to share our achievements and priorities, and how we drive powerful impact to help good take over."
Mike Gianoni, president and CEO, Blackbaud
Blackbaud's priorities and 2021 progress are categorized by several key commitments:
Commitment to the Social Good Community
Nearly 150,000 organizations across the globe receive funds thanks to a Blackbaud solution, and Blackbaud makes it a priority to support this community of nonprofits, K-12 schools, universities, companies, healthcare institutions, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, faith organizations and individual change agents.
Highlights of Blackbaud's investment in 2021 include:
Providing free resources and engaging in cross-sector initiatives to help strengthen the entire social good community, like providing cutting-edge philanthropic research from the Blackbaud Institute, supporting the Giving Institute and Giving USA and recruiting early-stage startups to the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program
Making donations in support of COVID-19 relief and disaster recovery, and announcing a new multi-year, six-figure gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry to build greater equity, social capital and a stronger, more diverse workforce
More than 70% of Blackbaud employees volunteering in 2021, and 20% serving on nonprofit boards
Growing the Blackbaud Partner Network by 43%, making it easier for customers to access leading technology and services firms, all focused on helping them make a bigger difference
Enabling customers through training and insights, which led to a 95% customer support satisfaction rating
Commitment to People, Culture, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Blackbaud believes success comes from prioritizing employees' personal and professional well-being and development, and it can only be realized by embracing diverse perspectives and experiences. Blackbaud's remote-first strategy provides opportunity for all regardless of location.
Highlights of Blackbaud's 2021 workplace progress include:
Attracting top talent—55% of all new hires in 2021 came from historically underrepresented groups, and 91% of employees said the fact that Blackbaud operates in a socially responsible manner was important to them
Investing in employee development—40% of employees experienced career progression in 2021, 99% of employees completed the Blackbaud Way interaction training, and 85% of people managers attended engagement labs and inclusive culture trainings
Caring for employee well-being through a global wellness program, bi-monthly education sessions and encouraging participation in employee affinity groups to enhance community and belonging in the virtual setting
Commitment to Climate
As part of its responsibility to act in the fight against climate change, Blackbaud is dedicated to proactively protecting the environment. Blackbaud has set out to achieve this through responsible operations, decarbonization, philanthropic partnerships and employee engagement. Since 2019, Blackbaud has reduced its global real estate footprint by 50%, reduced the emissions required to run its office space by 63% and reduced employee commuting emissions by 75%.
Highlights of Blackbaud's climate progress include:
Transitioning to a remote-first workforce approach, which fast-tracked the company's ability to minimize the environmental impact of its operations
Achieving carbon neutrality across its business operations and data centers by reducing emissions and investing in renewable energy credits and carbon offset projects
Passionate members of Blackbaud's sustainability employee affinity group educating and engaging their colleagues in environmental efforts and volunteer events
Commitment to Data Privacy and Protection
Blackbaud continues to make significant investments in its cybersecurity program to provide customers with confidence that their technology and data are secure. This is further strengthened by incorporating data privacy and protection education into the customer onboarding and implementation process, and providing ongoing resources such as webinars, best practices content and one-on-one consultations. Learn more about Blackbaud's commitment to data privacy and protection here.
ESG Progress and Metrics
Blackbaud seeks to drive long-term sustainable value for all stakeholders by living out its higher purpose of helping good take over, and by operating as a socially responsible business. In addition to these core commitments, Blackbaud transparently tracks and reports on its operations through a robust environmental, social and governance (ESG) program.
As part of its ESG program, Blackbaud has:
Joined the UN Global Compact and signed on to its 10 principles that outline the fundamental responsibilities of business for human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption
Developed a structure to guide and provide oversight of ESG initiatives, including CEO sponsorship, board oversight, an employee-led, cross functional steering committee, employee impact teams and affinity groups
Tracked impact through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—particularly SDGs 3, 4 and 16
Blackbaud is the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG), school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than four decades, Blackbaud is a remote-first company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom.