SOURCE: Sage Software

August 22, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Ships Enhanced Version of Fundraising Software for United Ways, Featuring New Grants Management Module and Enhanced Planned Giving Tools

Latest Release Also Enables Integration With Additional Sage Software Products

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced general availability of Sage Fundraising 100 - Rainbow Edition (formerly MIP Fundraising Rainbow), the latest version of its software offering United Way organizations a full suite of fundraising management and development tools, including managing United Way workplace campaigns. The new release (version 4.0) features several significant enhancements and options, such as a new Grants Management module, an interface to several additional Sage Software products; and expanded Endowment Module features to support additional planned giving activities. The product's name was changed from MIP Fundraising Rainbow to Sage Fundraising 100 - Rainbow Edition to more closely align with the company's new name.

"The faster loading and cleaner look of the latest version of Rainbow Edition make it a real pleasure to use," said Tom Elek, special projects director, Trident United Way (Charleston, S.C.), a Rainbow Edition customer since 2002. "The most popular reports, determined by a poll of users, have new features that enhance their performance and add to their versatility. I have recommended Rainbow Edition to a number of United Ways looking to move into the 21st century with their pledge processing software."

Sage Fundraising 100 - Rainbow Edition now features new Grants Management functionality, enabling United Ways to quickly and easily administer and track the entire process of granting funds to agencies. From initial application and request through disbursement, Rainbow Edition lets United Ways monitor each stage of the funding process, including multi-step grant approval processes, and set up payout schedules based on program designations.

In addition to the seamless interface that already exists to the company's Sage MIP Fund Accounting, Rainbow Edition now includes accounting interfaces for additional Sage Software products, including general ledger interfaces for Sage ACCPAC 7.3 and versions of Peachtree by Sage Premium Accounting back to 2004, including versions 2005 and 2006.

Other enhancements built into Rainbow Edition include expanded endowment module features for easier management of more planned giving vehicles and a better overall view of gifts and results from a single fundraising system.

"This latest version of Sage Fundraising 100 - Rainbow Edition was designed with extensive input from the Rainbow Users Group to identify and prioritize the requirements to meet the ever-changing needs of United Way organizations," said Marc Griffin, SVP and general manager of Nonprofit Solutions at Sage Software. "Now an even more robust fundraising and development solution, Rainbow Edition helps United Ways streamline processes and ultimately reduce costs, while improving their opportunity to attract more funds."

Sage Fundraising 100 - Rainbow Edition allows United Way organizations to easily track detailed donor profiles, including demographics, giving history, and other information in one centralized database; manage campaign and donor communications, events, members, volunteers, and planned giving programs; fully track contacts and prospects; and perform sophisticated data-mining, analysis, and ad-hoc reporting tasks. The product is available now from Sage Software and its certified business partners. For more information about the product or other Sage Fundraising or Fund Accounting products, visit www.sagenonprofit.com or call 800-647-3863.

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Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking and the specialized needs of accounting practices and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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