Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) recently acquired WhippleHill Communications, Inc., a New Hampshire-based, education software company that uses its innovative, cloud-based solutions to exclusively serve K12 private schools. Blackbaud invested $35 million in this latest addition to its full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services to nonprofits of all types.
WhippleHill announced the acquisition on its website, stating, “Blackbaud and WhippleHill both share a passion for helping schools achieve success as they work to serve families, faculty, alumni, and other constituents effectively. And together, with our combined front office and back office solutions, we now have the power to truly offer you the whole school connected.”
As a leading provider of cloud-based technology solutions for K12 private schools, WhippleHill committed itself to helping academic institutions serve students, parents and teachers with excellence and served more than 450 schools across North America. It provided seamless pathways for schools to manage information and communicate with their content management, student information management, enrollment management and learning management solutions.
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The WhippleHill organization will merge with Blackbaud’s existing K12 education solutions group, forming an expanded team dedicated to K12 private schools. Travis Warren, WhippleHill’s former President and Founder, heads up the new group and reports to Kevin Mooney, Blackbaud’s President of General Market Business Unit.
“We’re excited to join the Blackbaud organization,” said Warren, his new title now Vice President and General Manager of Blackbaud’s K12 Private Schools Group. “Both companies share a passion for supporting and advancing the education sector, and this new structure allows us to collaborate in a way that will springboard innovation and offer K12 private schools an unrivaled solution set. In an industry where customers are frustrated by multi-vendor solutions with lackluster integration, K12 private schools will now have what they’ve been asking for—access to a comprehensive set of solutions that meet their needs and work well together, under the leadership and support of a single technology company that is highly invested in their success.”
Blackbaud, who has served the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years and is recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. It works with more than 30,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, Private K12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes.
“We’re pleased to bring WhippleHill’s expertise into the company,” said Blackbaud President and CEO, Mike Gianoni. “By combining WhippleHill’s innovative, cloud-based front-office solutions for parents, teachers and students with Blackbaud’s preeminent back-office solutions and award-winning support, K12 private schools will have access—like never before—to a comprehensive suite of best-in-class offerings that are “integrated by design” to help them manage the entire education lifecycle.”
The combination expands Blackbaud’s addressable market and further positions the company as one of the largest cloud-based vendors in the world. Gianoni added: “For 30 years, the nonprofit community has counted on Blackbaud solutions to help them change the world. Today’s announcement is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to product and service innovation at the leading edge of the nonprofit sector. Coupled with unparalleled customer service and a passion for seeing customers succeed, we’re well-positioned to create new value for customers, increase profitability and grow competitive share.”