In August 2009, the University of San Diego began a pilot project using the web-based program known as Blackbaud Sphere (formerly Kintera). Sphere is an online event management system which allows users to create registration pages for events, collect registration fees online, host an event page, manage contacts and communicate to contacts via email. It is a hosted, web-based application, which means that no servers or components of the application are installed on any servers or desktop computers at USD. This gives users complete freedom in event organization, allowing users to edit accounts from any location. Currently, over thirteen departments are using Sphere at USD, with nearly 60 individual users. The number of departments and users using Sphere grows as the product becomes more integrated and successful at managing events hosted by USD’s departments.
To watch an introduction of Blackbaud Sphere, please click here.