Austin , TX – Jun 30, 2010 – Sage North America announced today that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls and their leadership development, is automating and streamlining financial management for its 100+ councils on a remotely hosted Sage MIP Fund Accounting system. Sage 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.
Several years ago, GSUSA began implementing an overall enterprise-wide strategy to provide its 100+ councils with a standard platform of applications to help them manage their businesses more effectively and efficiently, communicate with each other, and share best practices. The organization turned to Sage for help in offering its councils a standard chart of accounts and general ledger (GL) structure, defined accounting segments to be used with transactions, and more consistency of financial reporting.
“For our councils, standardizing on hosted versions of business applications, like Sage MIP Fund Accounting, means flexibility and security, shared costs, and no maintenance,” said Margie Wang, vice president of finance and technology for Girl Scouts. “Council staff members are able to redirect their energies toward girl- and customer-facing activities, and spend less time on back-office duties.”
So far, nearly 30 Girl Scout councils and the national office are up and running on the hosted Sage MIP Fund Accounting model. “By October 1, we’ll have 40,” said Wang, “and we expect that number to continue to grow a lot over the next few years.”
Even Girl Scout councils that were previously using an on-premise version of Sage MIP Fund Accounting are choosing to migrate to the hosted environment. “These councils are realizing cost savings in addition to no longer needing to maintain the system on their own,” added Wang. “They’re also getting further functionality at no added cost.”
Each Girl Scout council gets its own Sage MIP Fund Accounting database pre-loaded with the standard chart of accounts. For training, the council staff either goes to the Sage training facility nearest to them, or a Sage trainer comes to their office.
“Like the Girl Scouts, nonprofit and government organizations are wanting to access their mission-critical applications from anywhere at any time, as well as increase transparency, reduce costs, and refocus IT resources on strategic initiatives,” said Krista Endsley, SVP and general manager for Nonprofit Solutions at Sage. ”We’re thrilled to welcome GSUSA to the Sage family, and to be a trusted partner in their financial management and application hosting needs.”
Available as licensed software and in a remotely hosted environment, Sage MIP Fund Accounting is Sage North America’s software for nonprofit and government financial management. First introduced in 1982, the product was developed specifically for the unique accounting and reporting challenges faced by nonprofit and government organizations, and features a unique modular architecture. Sage MIP Fund Accounting has been honored with numerous industry awards, including four consecutive Campbell Awards from Campbell Rinker for exceptional ratings in the Nonprofit Accounting Software Survey, a nationwide survey of accounting software users.
About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide. The Girl Scout Research Institute launched in 2000, is a vital extension of Girl Scouts of the USA’s commitment to addressing the complex and ever-changing needs of girls. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.
About Sage Nonprofit Solutions
Sage Nonprofit Solutions has been serving nonprofit and governmental organizations for more than 30 years. Sage currently helps more than 3.1 million small and midsized businesses, including 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 3.1 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 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.
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