There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, receiving more than $240 billion each year in charitable contributions. They are service organizations and charities whose missions are to meet the social needs of the nation and to improve the quality of life of those they serve.

Yet industry figures show that at least one dollar out of every five that nonprofits collect must be used not in support of the mission but in the effort to raise more funds. Nonprofit software provider Blackbaud says that its goal is to use technology and strategic consulting to help nonprofits operate more efficiently - spending less to raise funds so that they have more money with which to work.

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