SOURCE: Sage North America

Sage North America

May 04, 2011 16:30 ET

Sage Helps Alleviate the PCI Compliance Burden for Larger Nonprofits

Organizations Can Make PCI Compliant Transactions Using Enhanced Sage Millennium CRM Product With Sage Exchange

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - Sage North America today introduced new payment processing security enhancements for large nonprofits using Sage Millennium, its highly customizable, web-based constituent relationship management (CRM) software. Designed for diverse and complex fundraising programs, Sage Millennium version 7.9 includes a new, fully integrated Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant application from Sage Payment Solutions, Sage's payments division.

PCI compliance is a requirement for all entities -- for-profits and nonprofits -- collecting, transmitting, processing, or storing credit card data. PCI DSS (Data Security Standard) has been endorsed by all the major card brands, including Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express, and JCB. All organizations accepting credit or debit card payments should be validated PCI DSS compliant.

Sage Millennium version 7.9 achieves PCI compliance by shifting all credit card-related functionality from Sage Millennium to Sage Exchange, a fully integrated PCI compliant payment processing platform from Sage Payment Solutions. All credit card data entered into Sage Millennium will now be securely stored in Sage Exchange. Thousands of Sage customers, including Sage Millennium customers who also use Sage Payment Solutions for their credit card processing, are already using this method for storage.

"Nonprofits are experiencing increased scrutiny from oversight organizations, so it's more crucial than ever for our customers to maintain PCI compliant status," said Krista Endsley, senior vice president and general manager for Sage Nonprofit Solutions. "By using Sage Millennium with Sage Exchange, Sage manages critical payment data automatically, making it simple for both large and small organizations to feel confident in the safety of their data."

Sage Millennium version 7.9 users can also now set up a storage-only account for Sage Exchange. Customers of Sage Millennium who are not currently using Sage Payment Solutions for credit card processing may call 843-768-4901 for additional information or to sign up.

About Sage Millennium
Sage Millennium is highly customizable nonprofit constituent relationship management (CRM) software for larger nonprofit organizations, such as higher education institutions, foundations, and healthcare providers. The product's easy-to-use and unique web-based design can be set up as an Internet or intranet application. Sage Millennium helps nonprofit organizations analyze and manage high-end prospecting, relationship tracking, sophisticated campaigns, major gifts, and donor development. The product also provides detailed and custom reporting capabilities, and integrates with Sage Exchange from Sage Payment Solutions to provide nonprofits with a complete Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant payment processing solution. Other important features include the optional Visual Analyzer module; the optional Advanced Data Examiner module; a graphical tool called Prospect Tree; and an integration with Wealth Engine's FindWealth Online. For more information, visit http://www.sagenonprofit.com/SageFundRaising/Products/Sage-Millennium.

About Sage Nonprofit Solutions
Based in Austin, Texas, the Sage Nonprofit Solutions business unit has been serving nonprofit and governmental organizations for more than 30 years. Sage helps more than 32,000 unique not-for-profit organizations increase efficiency and more easily manage their operations through the use of technology. From fund accounting, donor and fundraising management, and fixed asset management, to online donation processing, human resources (HR), payroll, and health care, Sage offers a software product or service to meet the organization's need. For more information, call 800-811-0961 or visit www.sagenonprofit.com. Follow Sage Nonprofit Solutions on Twitter, www.twitter.com/SageNonprofit, and Facebook, www.facebook.com/sagenonprofitsolutions.

About Sage Payment Solutions
Sage Payment Solutions has been providing businesses and organizations with electronic payment systems for more than 20 years. The company allows more than 155,000 merchants to accept multiple forms of payment, including credit and debit cards, electronic checks, Check21, gift and loyalty cards, and automatic recurring payment. Sage Payment Solutions provides a wide range of secure standalone and integrated payment processing solutions, including Sage Exchange, Sage Virtual Terminal, Sage Mobile Payments, and Sage Patient Payments. Based in McLean, Va., Sage Payment Solutions is a division of Sage North America. For more information, call 800-261-0240 or visit www.sagepayments.com. Follow Sage Payment Solutions on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SagePayments and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sage-Payment-Solutions/205407626691.

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 3,900 people and supports more than 3 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,600 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/sagenamerica.

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