Blackbaud makes donation in wake of church shooting

Blackbaud CEO Mike Gianoni said Monday the company donated $75,000 to a new fund set up to foster racial equality in the Charleston area.

Corporate donations continue to come in after the June 17 shooting deaths of nine members of a Bible study group at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

Daniel Island-based software maker Blackbaud on Monday donated $75,000 to the Coastal Community Foundation’s newly established Lowcountry Unity Fund.

The fund seeks to support community organizations that foster equality and progress surrounding issues of racial and economic inequality.

The company also said it will match up to $25,000 in donations made to the fund by Blackbaud employees.

“We are humbled by the continuing acts of strength and unity we have seen here in Charleston over the past two weeks, and (we) both want and need to be a part of the long-term solution,” said Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni. “The families of the victims of this tragedy asked us, through their actions, to invest in a united community for the future.”

About half of the company’s nearly 3,000 employees live in the Charleston area.

Blackbaud also said the company made an undisclosed donation to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund in support of the victims.

Several other large and small companies have contributed to different funds during the past two weeks. They include Google, Boeing, Starbucks, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Benefitfocus, InterTech Group, Wells Fargo, South State Bank, Carolina Panthers, Daimler, Volvo, BlueCross BlueShield and Palmetto Moon, among others.

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