Petition Blackbaud to allow us to continue using Common Ground
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Petition Blackbaud to allow us to continue using Common Ground

    1. Elizabeth  Davis
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Davis

      Austin, TX

Blackbaud's decision to terminate our use of the Common Ground product by 2014 will damage our non-profit's ability to serve our constituents. We are petitioning Blackbaud to extend all Common Ground license to not expire and allow us to migrate as our time and resources permit. This will not cost Blackbaud money as Salesforce supports the infrastructure. We ask Blackbaud to be a good citizen and to do no harm to the estimated 600 non-profits using this product.

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    1. Reached 200 signatures
    2. Join the Facebook page!

      Elizabeth  Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Big thank you to Sarah Schaub for creating a facebook page. Please join and add your comments. https://www.facebook.com/SaveCommonGround. We all heard that Blackbaud will be supporting clients beyond the termination date because they have contractual obligations. They should give all of us this extension. Keep being vocal and lets spread the word.

    3. Disappointing Town Hall Meeting

      Elizabeth  Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I was disheartened by the town hall meeting. Please send me an email at edavis@miraclefoundation.org to let me know what we should do next. The Blackbaud investors should know how the decisions of the management team are negatively affecting the clients they serve. We will not be the last group of customers that are dropped after a Blackbaud acquisition. Again, if you have ideas, please let me know.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Davis HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      We just spent over a year converting from a highly customized Salesforce CRM to Common Ground framework ... we cannot afford to spend another year, back-to-back, converting to a new system. We need more time to assess options and make whatever shift is neccessary.

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    • Robert Schmitt RICHLAND, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Having done extensive research before adopting CG, including all of the BB alternatives, CG was the obvious and best choice. Why is it that software company acquisitions always and predictably result in termination of the best products, e.g. Adobe bought Macromedia and killed the best multimedia program ever built - Authorware. BB should be ashamed to treat its soon to be former non-profit clients in the manner. Truly disappointing can without exception the reason why Luminate CRM will never be an option for us.

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    • Shirley Sexton CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a nonprofit services provider who gave input in the early stages of Common Ground.

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    • Vinay Bhagat AUSTIN, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      As the Founder of Convio - the company behind Common Ground, recently acquired by Blackbaud, I think at minimum Blackbaud should let the customers on the Common Ground platform have the chance to stay. It's a managed package on Salesforce.com and there are no hosting costs for Blackbaud. Yes, there are some additional web add ons, but they too are hosted with Amazon, so the infrastructure costs are very low. This kind of disruption is a challenge for small nonprofits, that should otherwise remain focused on running their missions. Most are happy with the product as is, and would rather stay on a product that's not getting any more R&D vs. have to move.

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    • Adam Rondeau MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      We just made the move to Common Grounf from a very messy Raiser's Edge that was shared by over 13 foundations and consequently limited in capability. This change seems unnecessary and the fact that Blackbaud believe their product is just as good as/better than Common Ground is delusional. Stop thinking about the bottom line and start thinking about your (recently acquired) customers.

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