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Blackbaud lays off 'a small number' of employees

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Blackbaud laid off employees from its Daniel Island campus as part of a restructuring process last month, according to an emailed statement from John Mistretta, executive vice president of human resources.

Layoffs occurred mostly in the professional services, customer support, research development and operations, and finance and administration departments. The company did not say exactly how many people were laid off, but it did say the affected employees were offered severance packages.

The restructuring was a result of “organizational realignment and other operational efficiencies we’ve gained by improving how we work at Blackbaud. ... We merged and streamlined functions within these groups, resulting in some redundancies, and regrettably it affected a small number of jobs in those teams,” Mistretta said.

The company said the competitive market requires a constant eye on how to become more efficient, but no other layoffs are planned for the “foreseeable future.”

The company continues to hire in various departments. It currently has 57 full-time job openings on its website. The tech firm’s software supports nonprofits’ fundraising efforts, accounting and grant management. 

Blackbaud has a major expansion plan in the works. A $154 million company investment will go toward hiring 300 more employees and building a new tech campus near existing operations on Daniel Island. A 360,000-square-foot facility is under construction now.

Blackbaud employs 3,100 people globally, with about 1,300 based in the Lowcountry.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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February 17, 2018

Blackbaud laid off a number of employees this past week (Feb 2018) but that has yet to be reported here or anywhere else.