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March 31, 2011 09:00 ET

Sage Offers Sage Simply Accounting Software to U.S. and Canadian Nonprofits Through TechSoup

English-Spanish and English-French Versions Now Available Through the Nonprofit Product Donation Service

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Sage North America today announced that Sage Simply Accounting Pro 2011 software is now available for nonprofit organizations and public libraries through TechSoup Global, a recognized leader in bringing technological empowerment and philanthropy to social benefit organizations. Through the TechSoup nonprofit product donation service, which gives qualifying charities access to donated and discounted technology products, the bilingual English-Spanish version of Sage Simply Accounting Pro is available to U.S. organizations while the bilingual English-French version is available to Canadian organizations.

"Sage Simply Accounting was designed for the non-accountant, which is ideal for nonprofit organizations where team members often handle multiple responsibilities, including bookkeeping, in which they may not have the experience and are learning on the fly," said Jamie Sutherland, vice president and general manager for Sage Simply Accounting. "The easy-to-learn approach we've taken allows nonprofit organizations to get the accuracy, control and information they need so they can focus more time on executing their fundraising strategies and running their operations efficiently."

The fully bilingual English-French Sage Simply Accounting is the most recommended small business accounting software in Canada and is the only accounting software in the U.S. market that is completely bilingual in Spanish and English. Sage Simply Accounting allows nonprofit organizations using the solution to toggle and create reports between the two languages in real time.

"Adding English-Spanish Sage Simply Accounting to our portfolio provides an easy to use accounting option for nonprofit organizations -- particularly those that serve the more than 35 million people in the United States who speak Spanish as a primary language at home," said Gayle Carpentier, Chief Business Development Officer, TechSoup Global.

Sage North America launched its philanthropic program in partnership with TechSoup Global in 2008. To date, Sage has donated more than more than 1,800 single-user licenses to U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations through the program, which includes multiple Sage products, solutions and services to fill a variety of needs for nonprofits:

Organizations receiving products from TechSoup's donation service pay a small administrative fee to cover operational costs, the verification and reporting of the organization's eligibility, and the fostering of content and community to support the effective use of the technology products.

Celebrating 25 years, Sage Simply Accounting software is the #1 choice of Canadian small businesses and accountants, used by more than 500,000 businesses(1). Developed in Sage's global research and development center in Richmond, B.C., the fully bilingual Sage Simply Accounting -- English/French -- is known for its easy to learn, easy to use approach to accounting, while providing the most comprehensive features that small businesses require -- from start-up through to maturity. In October 2010, Sage Simply Accounting launched the only fully bilingual English/Spanish small business accounting solution in the United States. Sage Simply Accounting is supported by a highly trained team of customer service specialists in its Richmond, B.C., center, and by more than 10,000 consultant partners located in communities across Canada and the US, who help thousands of companies daily to manage their business more effectively with Sage Simply Accounting.

For More Information
U.S. organizations wishing to request a free copy of English-Spanish Sage Simply Accounting Pro 2011 or another Sage product (listed above) through TechSoup can visit www.techsoup.org or call 1-800-659-3579, x700. Canadian organizations wishing to request a free copy of English-French Sage Simply Accounting Pro 2011 through TechSoup Canada can visit www.techsoupcanada.ca or call 1-866-616-5795.

About TechSoup Global
TechSoup Global, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1987 on the belief that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. Alongside its partners -- including foundations and corporations, governments and NGOs, social entrepreneurs and volunteers -- TechSoup Global is working towards the day when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge it needs to operate at its full potential. Today, TechSoup Global has 196 employees, an annual operating budget of US$27 million, and operates programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East through a network of independent capacity-building NGOs. With support of leading technology companies, including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Symantec, TechSoup Global and its network have reached more than 138,000 organizations and distributed more than 7million technology products in 36 countries. TechSoup Global also runs NetSquared, an ambitious global experiment that empowers individuals at the local level to build and share innovative technology solutions to social problems. For more information about TechSoup Global, please visit www.techsoupglobal.org.

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 midsized 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. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/sagenamerica.

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(1) Based on independent surveys of 236 Canadian small businesses conducted November 2009 and 362 accountants who work with small business clients, conducted June 2010.

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