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First Data and Community Brands Announce Strategic Payment Processing Technology Partnership


First Data and Community Brands partner to deliver integrated payment
processing technology solution for cause-based organizations

Strengthens First Data's robust portfolio of ISV relationships

 (NYSE:FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology,
today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Community
, the leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for
associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based groups. Together, the
two companies will integrate secure payment processing with the
Community Brands association management software (AMS) solutions. The
strategic integration will deliver comprehensive features, including
recurring billing, account updater and other value-added functionalities
to clients.

"First Data is committed to supporting the missions of membership
organizations by delivering the most advanced and secure payment
technology to help Community Brands achieve their goals," said Jeff
Shanahan, Executive Vice President, Head of CardConnect at First Data.
"Our services and expertise will enable Community Brands to deliver the
best payments solution to their customers."

Through this partnership, Community Brands will integrate to the BluePay
Gateway, which is now part of the CardConnect ISV platform. CardConnect
and BluePay, two companies acquired by First Data in 2017, have recently
consolidated into a single integrated payments platform under the
CardConnect brand. This overall ISV offering allows software companies
to more easily add secure payment processing within SaaS, mobile and
point-of-sale applications.

"We continue to add capabilities that help organizations, while
improving member engagement," said Dan Gaertner, Executive Vice
President and General Manager of Membership Solutions at Community
Brands. "This partnership introduces a new payment processing solution
that is easy to deploy and addresses evolving security and compliance
standards. The solution is particularly beneficial for mobile, where
more and more of the member experience is happening."

Payment integration has been developed and released for Community Brands
AMS solutions, including netFORUM, Aptify, Nimble AMS and YourMembership

About First Data
First Data (NYSE:FDC) is a global leader
in commerce-enabling technology, serving approximately six million
business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100
countries around the world. The company's 22,000 owner-associates are
dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world's largest
corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more
than 3,000 transactions per second and $2.4 trillion per year.

About Community Brands
Community Brands is the leading
provider of cloud-based software to associations, nonprofits, K-12
schools and faith-based groups. Through innovation and technology, the
company empowers more than 100,000 clients and partners to succeed
faster, grow stronger and achieve social good. Organizations
adopt Community Brands software to manage memberships, career centers,
learning, accounting, mobile giving, peer-to-peer fundraising,
donations, admissions, enrollments and events. Using these engagement
platforms, customers of all sizes create meaningful and lasting
experiences for their members, donors, volunteers and families.
Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, Community Brands serves
the social good community in more than 30 countries. To learn more,
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