Convio Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Vinay Bhagat Recognized for Outstanding Impact in Online Advocacy and Fundraising

Bhagat Receives 2012 Care2 Impact Prize Awarded at Annual NTEN (NTC) Conference

With more than 1,100 votes cast, the NTEN community honored Vinay Bhagat of Convio with the 2012 Care2 Impact Prize for his outstanding achievement in online advocacy and fundraising. Bhagat garnered the most votes from among a pool of accomplished finalists, including Nancy Lublin of DoSomething.org, Geoff Handy of Humane Society of the U.S., Paull Young of charity: water and Marc Sirkin of Autism Speaks.

During an awards luncheon at the annual NTC conference last week, Care2 vice president of nonprofit services, Clint O’Brien, praised Bhagat for founding Convio, which in 2011 enabled 1,600 nonprofits to raise more than $1.35 billion through Convio’s on-demand constituent engagement solutions. “Vinay Bhagat is a longtime thought leader in the nonprofit community, who has made a sustained and meaningful contribution to pioneering analytical frameworks to build the business case for driving better fundraising integration across channels,” said O’Brien.

Bhagat founded Convio in 1999 after volunteering to answer phones for an Austin, TX PBS station’s on-air pledge drive. This experience revealed a definite need for software that could make it easier for people to make charitable donations online, while also helping nonprofits to cultivate meaningful, one-to-one relationships with their donors. Thirteen years later, Convio is a thriving, publicly traded software company which generated revenue of $80.4 million in 2011. In nominating Bhagat for this year’s Care2 Impact Prize, the judges noted the major contributions he has made over the years as a thought leader in the nonprofit sector.

“I am honored to be the 2012 Care2 Impact Prize recipient. All of the nominees have made significant contributions to the nonprofit community,” said Vinay Bhagat. “The past thirteen years have been an amazing journey and none of it would have been possible without the talent and energy of my Convio colleagues, and the passion and commitment of our customers and partners. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

As recipient of the 2012 Care2 Impact Prize, Bhagat received $1,000 for a charity of his choice and $1,000 for himself. Bhagat has decided to donate all $2,000 and after conducting a Convio employee survey, three organizations were selected to each receive a portion: KUT Public Radio, charity: water and Little Helping Hands.

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About Convio
Convio is a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to maximize the value of every relationship. With Convio constituent engagement solutions, nonprofits can more effectively raise funds, advocate for change and cultivate relationships with donors, activists, volunteers, event participants, alumni and other constituents. Convio offers two open, cloud-based constituent engagement solutions: Convio Common Ground® for small- and mid-sized nonprofits and Convio Luminate™ for enterprise nonprofits. Headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices across the United States and United Kingdom, Convio serves more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations globally. Convio is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol CNVO.

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