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Education Funding Partners Honored by B Lab as Both Best For Customers and Best For Governance

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Education Funding Partners Honored by B Lab as Both Best For Customers and Best For Governance

Education Funding Partners was recognized today as a company creating the most positive overall impact on its customers and for creating powerful governance structures to protect its company mission based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld.

Education Funding Partners is honored in both the Best For Customers list and Best for Governance list, which include businesses that earned a score in the top 10 percent of each of those categories out of the more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and environment. To certify as B Corporations, companies like Education Funding Partners must complete the full assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab.

The Customer portion of the B Impact Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers by focusing on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit and if those products/services are targeted toward serving underserved populations. The section also measures whether a company’s product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improving health, preserving environment, creating economic opportunity for individuals or communities, promoting the arts/sciences, or increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

The Governance portion of the B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s overall mission, ethics, accountability and transparency. It measures whether the company has adopted a social or environmental mission, and how it engages its employees, board members and the community to achieve that mission. This section assesses employee access to financial information, customers’ opportunities to provide feedback, and the diversity of the company’s governing bodies. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make around the world.

The 221 Best For Customers companies come from 69 different industries and 32 countries. Additional 2018 Best For Customers honorees include: AltSchoolSunrise Banks and Wetherby Asset Management. The 233 Best For Governance companies come from 77 different industries and 16 countries. Additional 2018 Best For Governance honorees include: Bridges Fund Management; Assurity Life Insurance Company; Firespring; and Facilities Management Services. B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing B Corporations as Best For The World Overall, Best For Environment, Best For Community, and Best For Workers, which can be found at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld. In the fall, B Lab will release the Best For The World: Changemakers and the Best For The World Funds lists.

“EFP is proud to be recognized by B Lab in 2018 as a ‘Best for the World’ company for the sixth year in a row,” said Tom Weeks, CEO of EFP.  “Our team is inspired by the B Corp community and our shared mission to use the power of business to support a social good. This honor reinforces that our commitment to public education and focus on our stakeholders — public school districts, corporations, and the communities they impact — is both good for business and good for society.”

“With the rise of anger at a system that feels rigged, people are hungry for companies like Education Funding Partners, who are changing the system by building businesses that seek to create the greatest positive impact,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “Best For The World is the only list of businesses that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance. As consumers, talent and investors increasingly demand transparent, values-aligned businesses to buy from, work at and invest in, companies will need to not just the best in the world but the best for the world.”

Today, there are more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations across more than 150 industries and 50 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at http://bimpactassessment.net.

About Education Funding Partners

Education Funding Partners (EFP) is a trusted, simple, and effective digital advertising solution for school districts, education-focused organizations and consumer brands. Leading Fortune 500 companies engage with millions of parents and educators through a new, scalable and brand-safe advertising media vehicle, while districts and education organizations impacted by the ongoing budget crisis gain sustainable funding solutions. Through EFP adNet, the nation’s largest education-based digital ad publishing network built by EFP, brands and agencies reach moms and parents of school-aged children while also investing their media dollars back into the K-12 community. EFP (www.edufundingpartners.com) is a certified B Corporation, a for-profit company, guided by comprehensive social performance standards. EFP has been Awarded ‘Best for the World’ by B Lab for the past six years and was named one of ‘Five Bright Ideas for Education’ by Harvard Business School. EFP is a division of ©2018 Abundant Venture Partners, LLC (www.abundantventurepartners.com).

CONTACT: Nancy Kerbs, Education Funding Partners – (508) 333-3488 or nkerbs@edufundingpartners.com

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform. For more information,

 

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Enrollment Rx Releases Formbuilder Rx On The Salesforce Appexchange

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ENROLLMENT RX RELEASES FORMBUILDER RX ON THE SALESFORCE APPEXCHANGE

Schiller Park, IL- July 11, 2017 – Enrollment Rx, the leading provider of cloud-based Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for higher education, today announced the addition of FormBuilder Rx on the Salesforce AppExchange. FormBuilder Rx creates complex and dynamic web pages, with drag-and-drop functionality that enables administrators to easily set up forms and personalized homepages.

The newest Enrollment Rx product, FormBuilder Rx, joins Enrollment Rx CoreEvents Rx, and Import Rx on the AppExchange. All of Enrollment Rx’s listed products are lighting-ready, have passed the rigorous security review, and are architected to support Salesforce’s long-term vision for higher education.

“FormBuilder Rx is our most exciting product release yet”, said Lawrence Levy, President of Enrollment Rx. “FormBuilder Rx allows us to deliver highly complex applicant portals and data intake forms, without the need to include software developers on our projects. We have enormously reduced the level of effort required to deploy Salesforce’s Communities and Sites for higher education, down from many months to just a few days. And because FormBuilder Rx can work in most Salesforce environments, it can be readily installed by any Salesforce client that is wrestling with custom code for Communities and Sites pages.”

“Possibly the most important component to publishing an app on the AppExchange is the security review”, said Marc Satin, Chief Operating Officer of Enrollment Rx. “Colleges and Universities are rightfully concerned with the privacy and security of their student data and it is critical that they are able to select apps from the AppExchange that have been reviewed for security compliance. Ensuring our apps go through this process enables our clients to rest easy knowing that Salesforce has validated our apps to ensure that there are no security gaps or flaws in our architecture.

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Enrollment Rx is a higher education technology company delivering innovative Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. Built on the Salesforce cloud computing platform, Enrollment Rx puts enterprise-class functionality and limitless scalability within reach of any size school. Academic institutions rely on Enrollment Rx to eliminate business process inefficiencies, maximize constituent engagement, and future proof their technology strategy.

Just last month Salesforce announced the launch of their Salesforce AppExchange Partner Program, delivering a single destination for everything ISV Partners need to be successful. As an ISV Partner, Enrollment Rx is thrilled to participate in the new AppExchange program, leveraging Salesforce technology to ensure our solutions continue to shine above our competitors and champion our relationship with the Salesforce.org team.

For more information on Enrollment Rx’s full suite of products, or to schedule a demonstration of our products featured on the AppExchangecontact us today.

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Blackbaud Announces Cloud Solution for Higher Education, Enabling Institutions to Manage the Complete Student Lifecycle

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New Education Management portfolio, Stewardship Management and Guided Fundraising combine with company’s leading solutions to offer market’s most comprehensive capabilities

CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Building on decades of leadership in the higher education community, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the Cloud Solution for Higher Education with the introduction of a new Education Management portfolio and the addition of stewardship management and guided fundraising tailored for higher education. Blackbaud offers the most robust advancement capabilities on the market and is now enabling higher education institutions to manage the complete student lifecycle—from admissions to alumni engagement. The announcement was made during bbcon 2018, the premier tech gathering for social good, taking place this week in Orlando, Fla.

“Today’s announcement of the Cloud Solution for Higher Education is the next step in Blackbaud’s continued commitment to provide comprehensive, purpose-built cloud solutions that drive digital transformation in every market we serve,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO, Blackbaud. “We are proud that thousands of higher education institutions across the world currently partner with Blackbaud to drive success. Now, with the introduction of our new Education Management capabilities and addition of new stewardship management and guided fundraising solutions, colleges and universities now have access to even more tools to help them achieve their goals.”

Education Management at a Glance

Blackbaud’s new Education Management portfolio includes student information, recruiting and enrollment management, school website systems and learning management, enabling institutions to build a connected campus that delivers a better student experience.

“Our admissions team is creating processes that can be done in the software instead of manually—it’s very freeing to have all of these options that we never had before,” said Martha Stocker, software support administrator, Lutheran College of Theology at Chicago. “Blackbaud’s education management capabilities provide us with one system that maintains all the information rather than multiple systems that don’t talk to each other. There is a lot of excitement here because we have not had the tools to be strategic with how we recruit.”

The Cloud Solution for Higher Education

Blackbaud’s Cloud Solution for Higher education combines Blackbaud’s proven leadership in higher education—including fundraising and relationship management, analytics, financial management, grant and award management, and marketing—with its new education management capabilities. Today, Blackbaud also announced the addition of the following solutions tailored to higher education:

  • Blackbaud Stewardship ManagementTM:  This software transforms donor relations by making it easy to collect quality impact statements and share them with donors. Blackbaud Stewardship Management enables education institutions to collect communication from scholarship beneficiaries and provide it to the right donors—providing personalization and connectivity at scale to simplify a formerly time-consuming process.
  • Blackbaud Guided FundraisingTM: Made possible by Blackbaud’s acquisition of Reeher in May 2018, Blackbaud Guided Fundraising provides the tools, automation, and project management capabilities that annual giving teams need to scale a multi-channel, person-to-person fundraising strategy. Blackbaud Guided Fundraising will enable education institutions to better leverage student fundraisers through coordinated phone, email, SMS, direct mail, and online payments, allowing students to engage with donors directly with personalized messaging across multi-channel communications streams, while ensuring effective engagement through algorithm-driven predictive segmentation and real-time donation processing.

Key outcomes of Blackbaud’s Cloud Solution for Higher Education include enabling universities and colleges to advance their institutions with increased revenue, deepen alumni engagement and enhance community outreach, connect departments and students, and improve the student and alumni experience through high-impact lifecycle management.

“Alumni communities are more dispersed than ever before, and alumni and campus communities have new and sophisticated expectations,” said Tim Hill, president and general manager, Blackbaud Higher Education Solutions. “Helping institutions of all sizes reach their goals and achieve success is one of the reasons we come to work; we’re constantly innovating to meet their needs. Our purpose-built cloud solutions for higher education ensure a thriving institution both today and in the future, with unmatched solutions, analytics, and expertise that span the complete student lifecycle.”

To learn more about how Blackbaud is changing the landscape of higher education technology and the Cloud Solution for Higher Education, visit www.blackbaud.com/who-we-serve/higher-education-institutions or stop by Blackbaud’s booth in the expo hall during bbcon.

Click to Tweet: Today at #bbcon: @Blackbaud announces Cloud Solution for Higher Education with new Education Management portfolio, enabling institutions to manage the complete student lifecycle https://blkb.co/2IKoxVD

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Assessment Technologies Provider Questionmark Achieves ISO 27001 Information Security Certification

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Independent audit verifies that Questionmark meets detailed standards for security best practices and controls

TRUMBULL, CT – 26 July, 2017 — Questionmark, an industry leader in assessment management technology, today announced it has achieved the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for Information Security Management.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognized information security management standard which ensures organizations apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security. ISO 27001 ensures that process, technical and people controls are in place and audited to protect confidentiality, integrity and availability of data on an ongoing basis. The certification was achieved after in-depth assessment by a third-party accredited team of auditors at BSI (British Standards Institution).

John Kleeman, Questionmark’s Executive Director and Founder and security business lead, commented, “We work with many high-risk industries such as banks, government agencies and healthcare organizations who entrust us with their data and who need assurances on security. We’re very proud to have achieved this independent certification and joined the ranks of a select few. It is a testament to Questionmark’s dedication to implementing robust security controls, and the importance we place on the protection of our customer data.”

Carla Whyte, Senior Client Propositions Manager at BSI said: “It’s becoming increasingly vital for organizations to manage and safeguard sensitive customer data. By achieving certification to ISO 27001, Questionmark’s clients and stakeholders can have confidence that there is a robust information security management system in place.”

To ensure continued excellence with information security, Questionmark has grown the security management team dedicated to the prevention of security threats and implementation of escalation and response procedures.

Any organization that values the security of their data should carefully consider whether their chosen vendor has obtained this internationally recognized stamp of approval.

To learn more about Questionmark’s secure assessment technologies, click here to request a demo.

About Questionmark

Questionmark assessment and portal solutions are used by organizations worldwide to securely measure knowledge, skills and attitudes for certification, regulatory compliance, workforce learning, channel expertise and higher education. Questionmark’s assessment management system, available as a cloud-based or on premise solution, provides collaborative, secure authoring of questions and assessments; comprehensive item banking; multiple delivery options including mobile devices; powerful reporting and analytics to inform stakeholders; and trustworthy, defensible results.

Complete details are available at www.questionmark.com. The Questionmark Blog provides assessment-related news, interviews, insights and best practices.

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