YourCause® from Blackbaud®: Connecting Corporate Organizations with Social Causes

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Brandon C. Sharrett, president and General Manager
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is crucial in bridging the gap between business organizations and the broader society. It facilitates the alignment of brands with social causes, keeping employees at the center. Along with boosting employee engagement, CSR makes corporate workforces a part of something bigger than their job roles.

For companies implementing CSR programs and differentiating themselves in the corporate space, YourCause from Blackbaud has emerged as the go-to for advanced digital tools that connect employees with critical social causes.

Blackbaud’s YourCause solutions simplify the process of managing corporate philanthropy initiatives including employee volunteering, employee giving, global engagement, and grantmaking. Backed by decades of experience, their employee engagement platform has led the CSR market with its commitment to innovation, partnership, and social missions, all aimed at making the world a better place.

“The combination of technology, process, and people is the foundation of our business philosophy. It enables us to resolve our clients’ unique employee engagement issues while driving maximum return on their CSR investments,” says Brandon C. Sharrett, president and general manager, YourCause from Blackbaud.

YourCause enables companies to foster a positive workplace culture while retaining key talent by supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion through strategic social good initiatives that reflect a company’s mission and values.

The platform for employee engagement, YourCause® CSRconnect®, makes it easier for companies to connect their employees across borders to the causes they care about. Beyond traditional employee giving and volunteering, corporations can incorporate employee resource groups, disaster relief, seasonal giving campaigns, nonprofit board service and peer-to-peer fundraising opportunities.

For businesses that value societal participation as part of their objectives, the YourCause® GrantsConnect® platform offers a grant-making solution that helps clients manage the entire lifespan of a grant program. This allows companies to support employee-nomination grant programs or employee assistance funds.

The global design of CSRconnect and GrantsConnect allows CSR professionals to personalize the employee experience by segmenting programs via location to allow for content in multiple languages and time zones, as well as support grantmaking with translated applications and automatic currency conversion. Trustworthy payment distribution services, powerful ad- hoc reporting tools and flexible configurations create efficiencies for companies large and small to manage their programs.
YourCause meticulously vets charities for NPOconnect®, the nonprofit database behind CSRconnect and GrantsConnect, ensuring companies and their employees are connected to legitimate charitable organizations. NPOconnect leads the market with over 5 million nonprofits eligible for volunteering activities and over 1.7 million eligible for giving worldwide. Nonprofits can create profiles in NPOconnect to get payments faster by registering for ACH, reviewing donations and creating volunteer opportunities for companies.


The combination of technology, process, and people is the foundation of our business philosophy. It enables us to resolve our clients’ unique employee engagement issues while driving maximum return on their CSR investments

A recent example following the crisis in Ukraine effectively illustrates the support from YourCause. Wells Fargo recently announced $1 million in philanthropic support to enable humanitarian aid for Ukraine as well as support services to U.S. service member and their families across the globe. In order to enhance the company’s support, Wells Fargo worked with YourCause to create a list of verified organizations focused on humanitarian relief for Ukraine that their employees could give to. As a result, Wells Fargo employees donated more than $330,000 to the Ukrainian relief effort from March-April 2022. The company encouraged donations by featuring relief organizations in their YourCause portal and rewarded employee participation through a grant program.

YourCause fosters continuous innovation through an idea bank, where clients can submit suggestions for features they believe can boost employee engagement and administrative efficiency. The entire process is transparent, where clients can see and vote on the most relevant ideas to influence their prioritization and decision-making process. YourCause uses its clients’ experiences to develop a product roadmap and build a better solution.

Propelled by these initiatives, YourCause is becoming the market favorite for CSR programs. Blackbaud will continue to focus on leading the way in supporting and facilitating the expansion of global philanthropy through solutions like YourCause.

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YourCause®from Blackbaud®

Headquarters
Charleston

Management
Brandon C. Sharrett, president and General Manager

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YourCause from Blackbaud partners with socially responsible companies to manage employee giving, volunteering, and grants programs. Backed by decades of experience, YourCause is leading the CSR market with its commitment to innovation, partnership, and social missions, all aimed at making the world a better place

YourCause®From Blackbaud®