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Convio buying GetActive

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In the second big acquisition in two days among technology firms serving the nonprofit market, Convio, an Austin, Tex., provider of online solutions for managing constituent relationships, announced a deal to buy GetActive Software, a firm in Berkeley, Calif., that also provides constituent-relationship-management services, including those focusing on online advocacy.

Terms of the deal, expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter, were not announced.

Convio says its deal will result in a company serving more than 1,400 customers.

With the acquisition, Convio CEO Gene Austin says in a statement, “we believe our customers will be even better equipped to realize the potential of the Internet for fundraising, advocacy and outreach.
Convio, which says its customers have raised over $500 million online since it was formed in 1999, provides software and services designed to help nonprofits use the Internet to build relationships with constituents for fundraising, advocacy and other support.

GetActive provides online constituent databases and tools for email messaging, online fundraising and dues collection, grassroots advocacy, events management, community building and website management.

Also this week, Blackbaud, a firm in Charleston, S.C., that provides software and services to nonprofits, announced it has acquired Target Software and Target Analysis Group, sister firms in Cambridge, Mass., that provide direct-response-marketing services to nonprofits, in a deal worth roughly $30 million.

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