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Blackbaud Acquires Kilter, an Activity-Based Engagement App

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The Addition of Kilter Will Give Blackbaud’s Nonprofit and Corporate Customers New Ways to Engage Their Audiences Through Everyday Health and Wellness Activities

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that it has acquired Kilter. The acquisition will allow Blackbaud to expand activity-based peer-to-peer fundraising engagement, to support activity-based health and wellness initiatives for socially responsible companies, and to grow the ways individuals can connect with the causes they care about most through the activities they love.

Kilter is an intuitive, gamified, activity-based engagement app boasting virtually limitless activity type choices. Kilter expands activity-based engagement beyond the familiar options of running, walking and cycling, enabling users to track new, popular and personally relevant activities, from pickleball to meditation to motorcycling and more.  

Blackbaud will leverage Kilter to support activity-based fundraising for Blackbaud TeamRaiser®, the market’s most powerful event-based fundraising software, offering a robust set of capabilities for nonprofit organizations hosting events. With the addition of Kilter’s intuitive app, Blackbaud will offer an unmatched experience for event participants, meeting their new expectations for digital engagement and for event experience, while enabling nonprofit customers to drive fundraising growth and expansion. Kilter will also support activity-based health and wellness activities for Blackbaud’s YourCause® CSRconnect® platform, a leading solution for employee engagement leveraged by companies in support of their social responsibility goals.

“Activity tracking, like logging workouts, sharing goals, and exchanging virtual encouragement with friends, is quickly becoming part of daily routine for millions of people around the world and an essential part of peer-to-peer fundraising,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO, Blackbaud. “Our acquisition of Kilter will allow us to serve nonprofits by expanding the ways they can engage with their supporters to prepare for their existing fundraising walks, runs and rides, and to create totally new types of engagement opportunities that aren’t tied to a specific date or place. It will also provide a unique solution for companies as employers take a more active role in supporting their employees’ health and wellness pursuits across remote and distributed workforces.”  

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“Blackbaud powers many of today’s largest and most complex activity-based fundraising events through Blackbaud TeamRaiser and enables Fortune 500 companies to engage employees through YourCause CSRconnect,” said Jerry Needel, vice president of innovation and incubation, Blackbaud. “This acquisition reflects our commitment to bring innovative capabilities and a leading mobile app experience to our customers—delivering solutions that help them reach their goals as quickly as possible.”

Kilter’s features include:

  • Extensive support for 60+ different physical and virtual activities from yoga to motorcycle rides to healthy eating, with the ability for users to create new activity categories on demand
  • Gamification that drives deeper engagement by helping event participants connect with and support one another, as well as motivating individual users
  • Integrations with fitness trackers that event participants are already using, including Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin and more, and the ability to incorporate data from external platforms like Peloton and Strava

“Kilter enables nonprofits to turn their supporters’ everyday health and wellness activities into opportunities to raise money for their cause,” said Seth Braddock, founder and CEO, Kilter. “We couldn’t have found a more perfect home for Kilter than Blackbaud, a global leader in software solutions for social good and a team that shares our passion for empowering people to engage in ways that matter to them.”

Kilter’s activity tracking app will be offered as a feature to Blackbaud TeamRaiser customers with no additional subscription fees and will be available in the coming months, ahead of spring 2023 events. In the future, Blackbaud also plans to extend Kilter’s capabilities to YourCause CSRconnect customers, with integration to YourCause CSRconnect coming later in 2023. The app will be introduced to select customers in late 2022.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG), school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than four decades, Blackbaud is a remote-first company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit  www.blackbaud.com or follow us on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

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Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding expected benefits of products and product features. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

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Splash Mountain at Disneyland is Closing… What’s next?

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As Splash Mountain closes, it will undergo a transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a whimsical attraction inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

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Splash Mountain is a log ride at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. It was formerly located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before closing in January 2023. The ride is based on the animated sequences of the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the two locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a “briar patch” followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 52.5 feet.

In June 2020, it was announced that the U.S. versions of the ride would be receiving a new theme based on Disney‘s 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. The new ride, which will be titled Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is scheduled to open at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in late 2024. The Magic Kingdom version of Splash Mountain closed on January 23, 2023. The closing date for the Disneyland version has yet to be announced. (wikipedia)

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MOVIE STARS AND FILM FEST VIPS SHOWED UP FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN OF THE IN-PERSON UTAH INDIE FILM FESTIVAL

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Zooz Cinema Center by Marbl Toronto hosted A-list Events opening weekend of the film fest from Friday, January 20 – 22, 2023.


    PARK CITY, UT /24-7PressRelease/ — After two years of predominantly virtual activity, celebrities, media, and film enthusiasts returned to the chilly and snow-filled Sundance Mountains for the return of in-person film festival events held in Park City, UT for the nation’s top Indie film festival. As such, Zooz Group, a leading global social media technology, and influencer management agency, and partners, Marbl Toronto, Collider.com, Saratoga® Spring Water, Hendrick’s Gin, Emsculpt NEO, and EMFACE, Sommsation, Fisker, mou and Stella Artois all aligned to host the top media and hospitality pop-up, the “Zooz Cinema Center by Marbl Toronto” on Main Street, Park City.

For the opening weekend, the Zooz Cinema Center by Marbl hosted the annual Collider Interview Studio by Collider.com, which this year was partnered with Saratoga Sprint Water to conduct exclusive video interview content with the top stars. casts and filmmakers of the film festival, all of which fans can follow on Collider. Video will start rolling out on January 25th featuring discussions on films by talent including Emilia Clarke, Anne Hathaway, Ben Platt, Will Forte, Daisy Ridley, Adam Lambert, Scoot McNairy, Gael Garcia Bernal, Alexander Skarsgard, Brandon Cronenberg, Randall Park, Omari Hardwick, Emilia Jones, Stephen Dorf, Bella Thorne, Will Pullen, and dozens more.

Each evening, the Zooz Cinema Center by Marbl Toronto hosted an impressive schedule of festival premiere receptions for:
• “FAIRYLAND” featuring producer Sofia Coppola, Emilia Jones (Coda), Adam Lambert (Queen), and Scoot McNairy (Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile).
• Confluential Films Festival Mixer celebrating “FANCY DANCY”, “YOUNG, WILD, FREE”, “GOING TO MARS: THE GIOVANIA PROJECT”, “TO LIVE, DIE AND LIVE” with cast members Omari Hardwick (Kick-Ass, Army of the Dead), Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country, Loki), Lily Gladstone (The Last Manhunt, First Cow), Algee Smith (Euphoria, Judas & The Black Messiah), Cory Hardrict (All American: Homecoming; American Sniper), and Sierra Capri (On My Block).
• Pinky Promise Productions & “STARLING GIRL” with Lewis Pullman (Top Gun:Maverick), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women; Sharp Objects), Austin Abrams (Euphoria), and Wrenn Schmidt (For All Mankind).
• “SHORTCOMINGS” Film Premiere Party with Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat; WandaVision), Justin H. Min (Umbrella Academy), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble, Turning Red), Debby Ryan (Spin Me Around), and Ally Maki (Wrecked, Toy Story 4).
• The Creative Coalition & Hendrick’s Gin hosted the #NextGen Young Hollywood Celebration that harnesses millennial and Gen Z voices to amplify and deliver social good and advocacy messages to the next generation of engaged citizens. 2023 Guests included Callie Haverda (That 90s Show),Eliza Scanlen (Starling Girl), Ana Scotney (Bad Behavior), Will Pullen (A Little Prayer), David Jonsson (Industry) and Bobbi Salvör Menuez (My Animal).

Photo Selects from all events are available for editorial and social media use are linked here: https://www.photagonist.ca/Sundance23ThickSkin/n-TLqK5t

On-site, guests were treated to gourmet food catered by Marbl Toronto’s hottest dining sensation, Marbl Toronto (http://marbltoronto.com/), owned by restaurateur, Peter Girges, who flew in head Chef Ryan Morrison and lead staff to cater gourmet food and beverage experience emphasizing the restaurant’s modern American bistro dishes sourced from the most sustainable, local and fresh products available. Mixologists from Marbl also featured cocktails by official spirits partner, Hendrick’s, the unusual gin created from eleven fine botanicals famously infused with rose and cucumber that imbues the spirit with its uniquely balanced flavor resulting in an impeccably smooth distinct gin. Cocktails being featured will include the classic “Hendrick’s & Tonic”, “Hendrick’s Cucumber Mule”, and the cold weather favorite “Hot Tropic Gin Punch.” Hendrick’s is imported by William Grant & Sons, Inc., an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887.

Luxury transportation to and from the Cinema Center was provided by the all-electric Fisker Ocean, “The World’s Most Sustainable Vehicle”. The zero-emissions SUV demonstrates the world-class quality and future-forward user experiences, reinforced by global demand and industry-leading carbon-neutral manufacturing. Stars including Will Forte, Phoeby Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Debby Ryan, Adam Lambert, Scoot McNairy, Tim Daly, Harry Hamlin, and Lewis Pullman got to be one of the first guests to ride in the Fisker Ocean and experience its all-wheel drive luxury and zero emissions minimizing their carbon footprint.

Saratoga Spring Water kept guests hydrated and elevated at the Collider studio with a distinct branded set experience inspired by the iconic look of the cobalt blue Saratoga® glass bottle. In addition, its vintage hydration cart keeps guests refreshed with Saratoga® Still and Sparkling spring water as well as with coffee and tea made special with Saratoga Spring Water.

The popular wine pairing and pouring at the lounge was provided courtesy of Sommsation, a trusted wine experience brand and direct-to-consumer marketplace bringing together independent wineries and sommeliers who curate access to limited-production wines. Sommsation invites wine enthusiasts to explore their online shop of exceptional and one-of-a-kind wine offerings that ship directly to your door.

Beer sponsor, Stella Artois was the exclusive beer serving its award-winning lager as the official beer of the Zooz Cinema Center and also hosted a special Apres-Ski Patio Happy Hour in a toast to Latinx filmmakers of the festival.

mou, a sumptuous, cult London, hand-crafted footwear label, also partnered by generously gifting attending actors and influencers with its highly coveted winter boots and winter jackets.

Additionally, BTL Aesthetics, the leader in non-invasive body and facial sculpting therapies, had their inaugural Park City activation that offered exclusive treatments of the innovative new EMFACE, the first and only needle-free procedure that simultaneously contours facial skin and lifts muscles, and EMSCULPT NEO, the revolutionary device that sculpts muscle while simultaneously reducing fat. Talent including Jonathan Bennett, Sally Brooks, Theo Perkins, and various media editors got to experience both EMFACE (retail value of $1,500 per session) and EMSCULPT NEO (retail value of $1,000 per session) within a private Emsuite Spa at PureVida On Main Salon and Spa, located at the nearby luxury Main & Sky Hotel Park City.

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**This program, its sponsors, and producers are an independent program operating in Park City in support of specific filmmakers and are not affiliated or sanctioned with an official Film Festival nor its trademarks and should not be aligned as such in any coverage**

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“First of its kind” collaboration between Liithos and CoinZoom, built on the Hedera network, reinvents Sunday Comics for a Web3 generation

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Mega-TikTok Influencer Michael Le Partners with Liithos to create Ashfall, The TikTok Creator Series and Innovative 5-Episode Digital Collectible, Premiering Sunday, January 29

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Liithos, a AAA gaming and entertainment studio led by PlayStation veterans Michael Mumbauer (The Last of Us) and John Garvin (Days Gone) and Web3 marketplace CoinZoom have partnered with mega-influencer Michael Le (52.2 million followers on TikTok) to create an innovative narrative series to launch exclusively on TikTok. Starring Le along with TikTok influencer Slider Jesus (257k followers on Instagram), the epic adventure will introduce the world to Ashfall, the first transmedia IP announced by the Liithos team earlier this year that will launch as a comic book series in March and with a AAA video game currently in development,  built on the highly respected, low-cost, and sustainable Hedera network.

Ashfall Episode 1 – First of its kind collaboration between Liithos and CoinZoom, built on the Hedera network, reinvents Sunday Comics for a Web3 generation

“Today’s superstars are elevated by millions of real fans and followers on TikTok where we find our new heroes and villains,” said Mumbauer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liithos. “We are looking to collaborate, integrate, and elevate multimedia experiences with superstars like Michael Le for the next generation. The Liithos TikTok Creators series is the first of many experiences Liithos is looking to launch to create easily traversable pathways between media and the evolving web space.”

Fully embracing the opportunities that Web3 opens for gamers and creators alike, this initial series creates 5 free digital collectibles, each including an “easter egg” of 3 pages of the upcoming comic for enthusiasts to collect – all featuring legendary comic book talent.

Built on the Hedera network, Liithos see this as the start of a fully actualized vision where all the benefits of decentralization, social gaming and narrative-led content collide beautifully.

“We were very particular about who we wanted to make Ashfall with.” Mumbauer continued “We believe in sustainable ecosystems and want a healthy planet, but also love innovation. Hedera allows for both. We can innovate but not at the expense of our planet. They were the only choice for us. CoinZoom brings the simplicity and user experience that opens the door to all, not just the web3 crowd – so anyone can get in at the start of this new franchise.”

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Beginning January 29, the five-episode digital series can be viewed on Le’s highly-trafficked TikTok and, in a throwback to the appointment viewing of the Sunday Comics of old, will feature a new episode every Sunday. Liithos will celebrate each episode by releasing a unique free digital collectible that will be available only through CoinZoom, with collectors paying just a small processing fee. Fans who collect all five digital collectibles can return to claim a bonus sixth mystery digital collectible available only to those who’ve participated in the entire event!

Adding extra value, the digital collectibles will give fans access to a sneak preview of the upcoming Ashfall comic series. Written and drawn by a who’s who of comic talent including Garvin, who conceived and wrote the story, along with art from Marvel and DC artist Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy, et al), Brett Booth (Backlash, Gunslinger), and Eisner Award winner Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina), the comic book series introduces fans for the first time to the Ashfall Universe, which takes place in the climate-change ravaged Pacific Northwest where Seattle has been submerged beneath the ocean for hundreds of years.

Todd Crosland, CEO and Co-Founder of CoinZoom,which is hosting the Marketplace for the collectibles, said “Our part is to bridge Web 2 to Web 3 with the easiest, fastest way to sign up, claim and trade digital assets. A simple sign-on, super-easy claim process and paying the small processing fee with Apple Pay or Google Pay opens up access to anyone to get involved. This is not just for the crypto-forward or NFT fanatics – anyone who follows Michael Le, or loves comics, or wants to get in at the beginning of the next big gaming franchise, can get their Ashfall episode in a few quick steps.” Crosland added, ” Building  on Hedera has been great – we are big fans of their network and it was built for mass-scale, content-rich engagements like this.”

“Web3 opens up a new frontier for engaging content with true ownership of creative assets,” said Alex Russman, Head of the Metaverse Fund at the HBAR Foundation, supporting the growth of the Hedera ecosystem. “The Liithos team, combined with Michael Le, present unparalleled expertise and achievements in pushing boundaries to advance the Creator Economy – it is fantastic to see this activated at scale on the Hedera network.”     

About Liithos

Liithos is creating immersive multimedia universes with gaming at their core. The team is composed of industry veterans and talent from around the world including Days Gone creator, John Garvin, Last of Us executive, Michael Mumbauer, Fallout’s, Trammel Isaac, Thor’s Love and Thunder concept artist, Marco Iozzi and many more. Liithos first IP, Ashfall, was announced in late June 2022. The Ashfall universe currently contains a comic and game under development.

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Liithos is pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve, using industry-standard tools and cutting-edge technology. Liithos is harnessing technologies like Hedera Hashgraph to bring deeper experiences to gamers and media consumers. Beyond creation, Liithos is breaking long outdated industry standards with initiatives like no crunch and fully remote opportunities.

For more information, visit https://liithos.com , or follow us on Twitter at @liithosent, or Discord at https://discord.gg/liithos.

About The HBAR Foundation

The HBAR Foundation supports the creation of Web3 communities built on the Hedera network, by empowering and funding the builders developing these communities. The Foundation’s six funds – focused on the Crypto Economy, Metaverse, Sustainability, Fintech, Privacy, and Female Founders – each support communities within those areas, and the interconnectedness enables applications to participate as part of a larger ecosystem.   

The collective power of these funds enables entrepreneurs, developers, and enterprises of all sizes to tackle some of the world’s largest problems, and create and control their own economies, all built on the Hedera public network. Whether you’re building something new or migrating an existing EVM-based application and community, the HBAR Foundation is here to support you.

For additional information, please visit https://hbarfoundation.org.     

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About CoinZoom

CoinZoom is a trusted Web 3 fintech platform, based, audited and regulated licensed in the US, offering a range of international financial and digital asset services utilizing cash, debit and crypto payments. This includes a secure trading exchange, specializing in buying, selling, sending and spending Bitcoin, Ethereum, and over 40 top digital currencies. To support bringing the benefits of blockchain technology to millions, CoinZoom offers instant cash deposits at over 30,000 retail locations in the US. Its unique international peer-to-peer payment system, called ZoomMe, is part of its cash-to-crypto ecosystem for its customers in over almost 200 countries, allowing them to deposit cash and send it or crypto almost anywhere in the world, instantly for free – saving potentially millions of dollars in remittance fees. The CoinZoom Visa debit card, allows customers the ability to instantly convert crypto to fiat and spend it at over 53M merchants globally while earning up to 5% back in crypto on each purchase. There is also an end-to-end NFT Marketplace solution where anyone can buy NFTs with cash, debit, credit or crypto within seconds and then easily trade their digital assets on the secondary market. The CoinZoom platform was built with a multi-layered security approach, and the team’s decades of experience in financial technology security are equally important in safeguarding customer funds and personal information. CoinZoom is a U.S. registered Money Services Business with FinCen and holds a SOC2 Type I Certification, which is highly regarded as the most rigorous test for the trustworthiness of a company’s processes, best practices and diligence around securing customer data. CoinZoom is also a U.S. registered Money Transmitter, available for trading in 48 states and has subsidiaries in Australia and Ireland. CoinZoom Australia PTY LTD is registered as a Digital Currency Exchange with AUSTRAC and CoinZoom Europe Limited and is pending registration as a VASP in Ireland.

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