There are several ways to use emails from The Raiser's Edge in order to communicate with your constituents:

Emailing from Blackbaud Online Express and Blackbaud NetCommunity
Emails sent from Blackbaud Online Express and Blackbaud NetCommunity are based on constituent queries from The Raiser's Edge. The constituent query identifies the records to whom an email will be sent. From those records, the emails for a list are selected based on email mapping settings within the product. No export/import is needed to move emails from The Raiser's Edge to these products is needed. And it s also not necessary to add output fields to a query that a list uses for export/import purposes. For additional information, please refer to the following resources:
 
Creating the query
Emailing from Online Express
Emailing from Blackbaud NetCommunity

Emailing from a tool not integrated with The Raiser's Edge
Email tools that are not integrated with The Raiser's Edge (e.g. Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc.) need emails from The Raiser's Edge to be added to their product in order to use them. The optimal process to create a list for these products are to (a) create a query of the records that you wish to email, (b) generate the list of emails from Export, and (c) import the list into the email tool:

(a) Create a query to find the records to send emails
(b) Exporting the emails
(c) Import the list into the email to email tool
  • This step is done within the actual email tool. Please contact the appropriate software vendor or IT professional for assistance with this process or issue which is beyond Blackbaud's scope of support.  

Exporting an email list to send to someone else to email on your behalf
This process is similar to steps taken for emailing from a tool not integrated with The Raiser's Edge. Refer to steps (a) and (b) in this section to create this list. Then provide this list to the party sending the email on your behalf.