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Blackbaud’s 2010 Higher Education Executive Forum

By on Oct 7, 2010


I’m in Chicago for Blackbaud’s 2010 Higher Education Executive Forum. This is a gathering of executives and senior leaders from some of the most successful higher education institutions to network, share ideas, and connect on the key issues that impact the world of advancement.

There is an Advancement and a Technology track that have some really great presenters from across the higher education sector. On Friday, the keynote session will be given by Adrian Sargeant, the Robert F. Hartsook Professor of Fundraising at Indiana University and holds what is presently the world’s only endowed chair in that discipline.

Later this afternoon, I’ll be giving today’s keynote presentation called “5 Key Trends Transforming Interactive Communication.” This is the next big set of topics I’ll be focusing on at upcoming conferences and events.


Steve MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits.

MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in many mainstream publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, The NonProfit Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Bloomberg, and has appeared on NPR.

He is a frequent speaker at events including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), American Marketing Association (AMA), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA), Giving Institute Summer Symposium, National Association of Independent School (NAIS), Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), Institute of Fundraising National Convention (United Kingdom), Civil Society Conference (Netherlands), International Fundraising Congress (Netherlands), Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School (Ireland), and a keynote speaker at several conferences across the social good sector.

Steve previously served on the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University.

He is a frequent blogger, published author of a chapter in the book People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and is a co-editor of the book Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets. His latest book, Data Driven Nonprofits, became a bestseller in 2016.

Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.

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