Driving More Good, More Effectively: Highlights from Sydney's bbcon 2019

October 20, 2019 Brian Isaac

So much is happening in the world of social good, and we couldn’t be more excited to be at the forefront of it all.

Just this week, we wrapped the 2019 edition of bbcon Australia, the alternative conference for organisations and change agents driving social good.

And what a conference it was! 370 attendees shared in the latest insights, trends, innovations, and social good community stories, from learning how to implement fundraising campaigns and measure data, to finding inspiration through stories of resilience and triumph.

Blackbaud Pacific Managing Director Kevin Sher gives the opening address at bbcon 2019.

In addition to more than 45 expert-led sessions, bbcon Australia 2019 featured an opening keynote from Tania de Jong, award-winning soprano and founder of Creative Innovation Globa, and a closing keynote presentation from powerful and inspiring community leader, defence lawyer, and refugee Deng Adut. In addition, we watched moving presentations at bbcon 2019 from featured speakers Annabelle Chauncy of School for Life Foundation; David Sexton of Variety - the Children’s Charity; Abby Clemence of Infinity Sponsorship; Cheryl Pultz of Australian Conservation Foundation, Stu Hawkins of Red Arc; and Katherine Raskob of Fundraising Institute Australia.

Over the course of the two-day event, our delegates, speakers, sponsors, and guests enjoyed learning via keynote presentations, networking sessions, and exhibitor booths. We collaborated in masterclasses and discussion panels. We even played games, held competitions, enjoyed live music, had selfies taken by an app-powered robot, and learned to use our voices to sing and harmonise together!

Tania de Jong directing a choir of bbcon-goers in three-part harmony during her opening keynote. “Together we can change the world, one voice at a time!”

We also unveiled a few surprises as well. Here’s what we announced:

Blackbaud Merchant Services is coming to Australia

Spend more time on your mission and less on payment processing with integrated merchant services from Blackbaud. Powered by our modern, integrated, and open cloud, you also benefit from industry-leading security, scalability, and performance.

Watch our interview with Cynthia from The Nature Conservancy to learn how the organisation benefited from Blackbaud Merchant Services.

Stay tuned for more news on Blackbaud Merchant Services coming soon.

Financial Edge NXT coming soon

Move your mission forward with Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT®, Blackbaud’s nonprofit cloud fund accounting software. Effectively manage financial reporting, monitor and track program success, and support fundraising efforts, all in one complete nonprofit accounting software system built to streamline financial processes and ensure the overall integrity of your organisation.

Click here to learn more about Financial Edge NXT. Stay tuned to find out when it’s available.

bbcon 2019 advances Blackbaud's higher purpose


That was the number of unique missions in the bbcon 2019 audience. In the words of Blackbaud Pacific Managing Director Kevin Sher, “That’s 153 different missions that will change the world. And the world is impacted by that change more now than ever.”

What happens when all of those missions come together in the same room? Our higher purpose at Blackbaud is to build a better world, and it’s amplified when the leaders of these goals connect with each other.

When planning for bbcon, we always consider the full spectrum of community leaders and professionals in the audience. Whether you’re a small charity or part of a much larger non-profit enterprise, learning from a variety of unique perspectives is how you can make even more of a positive impact on the world.

“Education is the never-ending gift. Children are the new change-makers.”
- Annabelle Chauncy, Driving Effective Change Through Purpose and Innovation.

What are people saying about bbcon 2019?

In addition to the exciting sessions, masterclasses, and presentations, we were privileged to speak with several attendees about their experience at bbcon 2019.

"bbcon AU was a great conference, with quality content and a wonderful chance to meet others with similar challenges and opportunities and hear what they are doing.”

David Warwick, Digital Manager at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

“This is my first bbcon in Australia and it’s great seeing this amazing venue overlooking Darling Harbour. Australia plays a vital part in helping us build our ecosystem of good. bbcon is engaging, thought-provoking, and a lot of fun.

David Benjamin, Executive Vice President of Blackbaud and President of Blackbaud’s International Markets Group

I’ve spent these last two days immersed in learning new skills from great educators, participated in a panel discussion, and met up with some fabulous people. Thank you for an outstanding event.”

Jennifer Webster, Marketing & Social Media at the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation

“It’s the best bbcon ever. There’s such a buzz, such an atmosphere. We love bbcon! We’re going to be here every year.”

Stu Hawkins, Founder of Red Arc

Stu Hawkins, Founder of Red Arc, during his presentation, There’s a Tile for That!

Kevin Sher, Managing Director of Blackbaud, also shared thoughts on his 11th (!) bbcon experience, as well as his highlights of the conference, where Blackbaud Pacific is headed in 2020, and his description of the bbcon experience:

Find more live interviews on our Twitter feed!


Relive the magic of bbcon 2019

Watch all of the bbcon 2019 sessions when and where you want!

You can now experience the bbcon 2019 sessions on-demand. Purchase a virtual pass and get access to all recorded conference sessions. You can watch the videos at any time, as many times as you like, from wherever you like.

The virtual pass is for everyone in the social good industry who wants to get inspired by today’s trends and tomorrow’s tech innovations. Expand your vision and get inspired by fresh new ideas and content. You’ll walk away with concrete ideas and strategies about how best to move your mission forward.

Stay tuned for the bbcon 2019 Virtual Pass to view the keynotes and presentations on-demand. Learn more at http://bbcon.blackbaud.com.au/virtual-pass/.

Thank you

Thanks to our amazing community of social good professionals, bbcon 2019 was again a huge success. bbcon reminds us that, together, we have the opportunity to drive more good, more effectively. When we work together, we make up the passion, ambition, and resilience needed to strengthen our mission to build a better world.

If you joined us in person or online for bbcon 2019, thank you for your support and can’t wait to see you in Sydney next year! The dates have just been announced: 22 - 23 September 2020! 

If you'd like to register to attend bbcon 2020, go to the official bbcon website. Super Early Bird tickets are now available!

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