DARWIN (Development & Alumni Relations Web-based Information Network) is a multiyear, multiphase effort to replace the current UIS alumni database and enhance the operating efficiencies of Development & Alumni Relations and its BU community partners. The DARWIN Project Team began planning for the Blackbaud eCRM (Enterprise Constituent Relationship Management) system implementation in June of 2010, and we would like to report that the project is currently on schedule to launch in the summer of 2011.

Boston University’s overall goal in implementing products and utilizing services provided by Blackbaud is to design and implement an effective Development and Alumni Relations system to support the specific business needs of Boston University and to maximize future efforts, fundraising activities and operational efficiencies. The primary outcome will be a working system that meets the overall project goals while also establishing a more comprehensive view of Boston University’s alumni.