Charity software company defends work after receiving millions of dollars from National Rifle Association

The US-based Blackbaud provides services to hundreds of UK charities

(Photograph: Rafael Henrique/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photograph: Rafael Henrique/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The charity software specialist Blackbaud has defended its work with “a wide spectrum of civil society organisations”, after reports that it has received millions of dollars from the National Rifle Association in the US.

The US-based company works with hundreds of UK charities and describes itself as “100 per cent focused on the social good community”, but the news website TechCrunch reported last week that Blackbaud had received millions of dollars in fees from the NRA.

Blackbaud does not mention any work with the NRA on its website, but did not deny the reports when approached by Third Sector.

The NRA has been heavily criticised for many years over its opposition to gun control and safety proposals in the US and faces renewed scrutiny after 19 children were killed last month in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Speaking in the aftermath of the shooting, NRA president Wayne LaPierre rejected calls for reforming gun laws, insisting that “restricting the fundamental human rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves is not the answer. It never has been.”

The online fundraising platform Fundraising Everywhere said in a statement that it has accepted sponsorship from Blackbaud in the past but was “urgently discussing the next steps” in light of the reports.

Blackbaud owns the charity donations platform JustGiving.

A Blackbaud spokesperson said: “We recognise the sensitive nature and deeply-held feelings around this topic.

“We provide cloud software, services, data intelligence and expertise to a wide spectrum of civil society organisations and companies that are diverse in their missions and beliefs.

“We ensure that all of our customers are lawfully conducting business.”

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