SOURCE: Sage Software

October 23, 2007 09:28 ET

Sage Software Updates Sage Fundraising 50 With 'Donate Now' Functionality to Help Organizations Accept Online Donations With Simplicity and Ease

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - October 23, 2007) - Sage Software today announced the general availability of Sage Fundraising 50, version 8.0, which features new Donate Now capabilities for Sage Payment Solutions customers, reporting enhancements, new user defaults, and enhanced security and system options -- all to help meet nonprofit organizations' donor and relationship management needs, while increasing the productivity of their development staffs. Easy-to-use and affordable fundraising software, Sage Fundraising 50 is designed for all nonprofit organizations needing a complete set of fundraising and development tools to help them with donor acquisition, fundraising, and operational efficiency.

"We are excited to offer donors the ability to donate online through our Web site, without us having to deal with complications that come with using a third-party payment service, such as importing, exporting, balancing reports, and additional fees," said Joanne Boyer, development manager at Waveny Care Network, a New Canaan, Conn.-based organization providing a progression of living options, programs, and services for the senior community and their families, and a premier healthcare resource for most issues related to aging. "With Sage Fundraising 50, we can easily accept online donations and then neatly integrate them into our exiting database with a few clicks of the mouse."

The new Donate Now functionality in version 8.0 allows Sage Fundraising 50 users with Sage Payment Solutions accounts to create donation forms on their Web sites. The constituent information and donations are then pushed into their Sage Fundraising 50 database for review and eventual upload. This seamless integration reduces customers' duplicate data entry, because gift, recurring gift, and Donate Now data is transferred directly to Sage Fundraising 50. Sage Payment Solutions maintains PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance for every payment processed to keep donors' sensitive data secure.

Users can customize their organization's Donate Now page to offer donors options, such as specific gift amounts, organization-specific designations, honor and memorial gift tracking, recurring gifts, and more.

"The new Donate Now feature will make it so easy for people to donate to our organization online," said Abigael Okelarin, event coordinator at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) organization providing support and services for adults with disabilities in the Washington, D.C., area. "The donations will be processed automatically, so we can say goodbye to typing long credit card numbers into bulky credit card machines. Even better, duplicate data entry will be reduced, since all donation information will be transferred straight to our Sage Fundraising 50 database."

Reporting enhancements built into version 8.0 can help Sage Fundraising 50 users strengthen their audit trail. Changes to reports can be saved, and reports can be stamped with identifying information, such as date, time, and page number. Validation messages can help users ensure accountability, while "last saved by" information can help them keep track of changes made to reports.

New user defaults for five functional areas -- Data Entry and User Interface, Quick Gift, Import Wizard, Donate Now and Online Gift Processing -- will enable Sage Fundraising 50 users to continue to use settings that work best for them. New global security privileges in version 8.0 will allows administrators to grant permission to only those users needing to globally edit or add cards.

"I especially like the version 8.0 enhancement that allows me to assign global security privileges to a user without having to give administrative rights," said David Hall, major gift manager and information systems manager at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national, nonprofit legal services, watchdog, and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel. "In addition, the new user defaults will help our data entry staff stay organized and save time on common tasks."

For 25 years, Sage Software has been helping nonprofit organizations further their missions and better serve constituents through the use of technology. Sage MIP Fund Accounting and the range of Sage Fundraising product choices enable nonprofit organizations, regardless of size and budget, to select a solution that best fits their needs.

Sage Fundraising 50, version 8.0, is available now from Sage Software or its authorized business partners. For more information about that product or other Sage Software Nonprofit Solutions, please visit www.sagenonprofit.com or call 800-647-3863.

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