Falcon Raiser's Edge Database (FRED)

What is FRED?

FRED is the acronym for the Falcon Raiser's Edge Database program, which encompasses these projects involved in the implementation of Blackbaud NXT:

Raiser's Edge NXT is an integrated, cloud-based fundraising and relationship management solution. Raiser's Edge NXT provides tools to streamline various activities of BGSU University Advancement and provides a comprehensive view of a constituent's relationship with BGSU.

Blackbaud NetCommunity provides all the tools needed to engage alumni and supporters, wherever they may be. Connect in person and create memorable alumni engagement events with online alumni management system tools to help foster a personal connection between alumni and BGSU.​

Blackbaud Award Management (formerly AcademicWorks) is a cloud-based scholarship management and donor reporting platform to help universities enhance donor stewardship by improving scholarship matching and communications between financial aid, advancement, and other departments on campus. BGSU will implement Stewardship module features to improve donor stewardship.

If you have questions regarding the FRED project please contact FRED@bgsu.edu

Project Benefits

  • Best-in-class resources for University Advancement. Aligns BGSU with the nation’s top fundraising universities and the resources those shops demand.​

  • Ease of access. Cloud-based system, hosted by Blackbaud, reduces ITS resource needs for daily backups, product updates and upgrades all managed by Blackbaud.​

  • More and better data management. Data analytics, fields and functions are substantial improvements, and much more sophisticated than Agilon.​

  • Productivity increase. Expansive ecosystem will increase productivity of fundraisers and other users, offering better KPI and metrics tracking, and more accurate forecasting. Expands the scope of donor and alumni engagement and stewardship activity, allowing for more efficient donor retention and acquisition decisions. ​

  • Stronger tools for fundraising. More functionality to apply to revenue-generation and relationship-enhancing efforts, and user-friendly and intuitive reporting/dashboard tools for frontline users.

  • Increased integration with Athletics and other departments. Streamlines alumni, email and event systems linkages with Paciolan and other systems. Blackbaud NetCommunity provides tools for email, online donation, and event registration, as well as a constituent portal. Eliminates redundancies and staff hours in daily processes across several business units and allows University Advancement to leverage OnBase application. ​

  • Stronger reporting tool. Utilizing Power BI tools with Raisers Edge, we can develop more interactive and visual reports that reduce an over-reliance on ITS resources.

Updated: 11/14/2023 02:20PM