SOURCE: Sage North America

Sage North America

January 12, 2011 09:00 ET

Jazz Foundation of America and Resource Center Dallas Raise Nearly $75K to Top the 'Connect with Sage' Grant Contest

Other Winning Organizations: Campaign for Equal Justice, CAMBA, St. Peter's Episcopal School

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - January 12, 2011) - Sage North America today announced the winners of its Connect with Sage grant contest, which asked participating organizations to raise funds using the company's recently launched, award-winning Sage Fundraising Online service. First place winners in both contest categories -- based on annual funds (Small Organizations, Larger Organizations) -- are Jazz Foundation of America, with nearly $48,000 raised, and Resource Center Dallas, with more than $24,000 raised. One grant is being awarded to each of the top five fundraisers participating in the 11-week contest.

"Sage Fundraising Online gives us more flexibility with our online fundraising campaigns and events, plus allows us to manage the event registration and ticket sales processes with minimal staff -- something that was unimaginable before," said Petr Verner, director of operations for Jazz Foundation of America. "The fundraising service's flexible back-end lets us quickly and easily control everything in-house, as well as adapt our online fundraising strategies for customized events."

"Using Sage Fundraising Online, we can very quickly build forms for a variety of events and donation campaigns," said Andrea Crowe, database administrator and revenue specialist for Resource Center Dallas. "The service has helped us streamline our online giving from three different sources to just one."

Verner added, "Sage Fundraising Online's real-time fundraising widget is an effective motivator for both our donors and staff. At any given time, we know where we stand and how far we are from our goal. We'll use our unrestricted grant to further develop and strengthen our Sage Fundraising Online system, so we can increase the overall flexibility and effectiveness of our online fundraising efforts."

Second place winners are Campaign for Equal Justice (Larger Organizations), with more than $10,000 raised, and CAMBA (Smaller Organizations), with more than $12,000 raised. The third place winner is St. Peter's Episcopal School (Smaller Organizations), with nearly $10,000 raised.

The Connect with Sage grant contest, which opened on October 1, 2010, was open to tax-exempt organizations in North America and registered Canadian charities. On December 18, 2010, the top five organizations in each of two categories -- Smaller Organization and Larger Organization -- with the highest total amounts raised using Sage Fundraising Online were deemed winners. The two Grand Prize winners are receiving a $5,000 grant, with the second and third place winners receiving grants of $1,000 and $500, respectively.

For more information about the Connect with Sage grant contest, or to learn more about the winners, please visit http://sageconnect.saritasa.com/leaderboard. For more information about Sage Fundraising Online and other Sage solutions for not-for-profit organizations, please visit www.sagenonprofit.com or call 800-811-0961.

About Sage Fundraising Online
Sage Fundraising Online is a flexible fundraising and event management service that helps nonprofits and other organizations more effectively use the Internet to increase giving, participation, and overall support. Nonprofits can use the service to create web forms, which can be embedded on an existing webpage or social networking site. Selected as a Top New Product for 2010 by Accounting Today magazine, Sage Fundraising Online allows organizations to create donation and event registration forms and other personalized fundraising campaigns, which can be used by donors and participants to fundraise on those organizations' behalf. The service either integrates or maps to a number of CRM products in the nonprofit software market, including Sage Fundraising 50 v8.2 or higher and Salesforce.com. Sage Fundraising Online is delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) and works with almost any website, software platform, or content publishing system, so organizations get the most out of their current technology.

About Sage Nonprofit Solutions
Sage Nonprofit Solutions has been serving nonprofit and governmental organizations for more than 30 years. Sage currently helps more than 32,000 unique not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada 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.

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 4,000 people and supports 3.2 million small and midsize business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,400 people and supports 6.3 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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