SOURCE: Sage Software

August 11, 2008 11:47 ET

Nonprofits Gain Data Intelligence, More Customizable Constituent Experience With Enhanced Millennium Fundraising Software From Sage Software

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - Sage Software today announced the availability of Millennium 7.7, its Web-based fundraising software for larger nonprofit organizations. The updated product features a new business intelligence (BI) module to help program managers improve analysis and decision-making, as well as improved support for online donations and other enhancements to help organizations meet their fundraising needs, while maximizing the constituent experience.

"Information is power, and power is more important than ever in today's fundraising landscape," said Krista Endsley, senior vice president and general manager for Nonprofit Solutions at Sage Software. "Millennium's new business intelligence module, Sage Visual Analyzer, allows development staff to take a more analytical approach to their fundraising activities. Organizations can use the module to quickly uncover trends, monitor progress, and share strategic information across key functional areas."

Sage Visual Analyzer enables nonprofits to create customizable dashboards containing relevant metrics from the Millennium database. The module allows users to quickly and easily analyze campaign results, giving and demographic trends, solicitation cycles, and major gifts pipelines, so they can develop more effective fundraising strategies and make more timely decisions. Organization executives can use single-screen dashboards to continuously monitor fundraising efforts.

The online donation tool, called 'Donate Now' and powered by Sage Software's Sage Payment Solutions product, can now be customized to better meet individual organizations' online giving needs. 'Donate Now' can also now accept sustainer pledges and permit constituents to specify campaigns for their donations. Additionally, Millennium users can now have multiple merchant accounts with Sage Payment Solutions, and constituents using the 'Donate Now' form now have the option to select payment information saved from previous contributions when returning to an organization's site.

New utilization codes allow constituents to control and customize how they are contacted by organizations. New 'snapshot' screens save time by allowing individual users to quickly and easily view specific data important to their tasks.

"Being able to input communication preferences -- like e-mail, home phone, cell phone -- into Millennium helps ensure we honor each constituent's specific requests," said Dave Bender, advancement database administrator for Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. "The new 'snapshot' views will give development staff a fresh look at constituent data, while the Sage Visual Analyzer module is a great analytical tool for program directors."

Millennium customers include higher education institutions, museums, hospitals, and foundations. With an easy-to-navigate, unique Web-based design that can be set up as an Internet or intranet application, the fundraising software allows larger organizations to manage campaigns and events, track donors, and quickly and easily create reports. Numerous active Millennium User Groups (MUGs) across the U.S. recommend product enhancements and provide valuable feedback to executive management.

For more than 25 years, Sage Software has been helping nonprofit organizations further their missions and better serve constituents through the use of technology, by offering Sage MIP Fund Accounting and a range of Sage Fundraising product choices -- Sage Fundraising 50, Sage Fundraising 100, Sage Fundraising 100-Rainbow Edition, Millennium, and Sage Endowment Management -- so that each nonprofit organization, no matter the size, can select solutions that best fit their budget and program needs.

Millennium 7.7 is available now. For more information about Millennium and other Nonprofit Solutions from Sage Software, visit www.sagenonprofit.com or call 800-647-3863.

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