New York, NY, Oct. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, today announced GIFTS Online 5.0, a major update to the leading cloud-based grants management system. With this update grantmaking organizations gain more flexibility and control over the system, with dynamic reporting and added administrative controls. Updates to GIFTS Online's grantee portal help funders communicate and collaborate with grantees better than ever before.
GIFTS Online is MicroEdge's fully hosted, online grants management system that helps corporate, private, family, and other foundations of all types and sizes to maximize the impact and efficiency of their grantmaking with powerful tools for reporting, tracking, collaborating and analyzing the effectiveness of their giving. Its intuitive dashboards allow foundations to maintain insight into their grantmaking at all times. And it is fully hosted by MicroEdge, which eliminates IT costs, ensures data security and lets clients enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working in the system anytime, from anywhere.
GIFTS Online provides the most powerful, flexible reporting and searching capabilities available in the market today, and with this release MicroEdge has elevated the system's reporting functionality to a new level. New ad hoc reporting allows users to create their own personalized reports on the fly, making it simple to report on and analyze their data in the exact way they need. These reports can be saved for future use, added to their list of favorites, shared with colleagues, or cloned and adapted to meet evolving reporting needs. With the added ability to dynamically report on any data in the system, users can keep the insight they need at their fingertips at all times.
Staying on top of key activities and requirements is critical for every grantmaking professional. New automated reminders let users schedule and send communications to internal staff and grantees alike, keeping staff on top of approaching deadlines, and helping ensure that applications and requirements move efficiently through the process. This also saves grants managers significant time from having to follow these pieces through the grant cycle and remind relevant parties when their deliverables are due--the system now does all of this automatically.
GIFTS Online offers an optional grantee portal that streamlines administration of the grantee application and reporting process. A new form design wizard enables users to create their own grant application and requirements reporting forms via a user-friendly, drag-and-drop tool that even novice users can easily master. Funders can easily personalize forms to match their branding and collect only the information needed, in a way that mirrors their process.
Applicants also gain increased flexibility within the grantee portal. Often, it's not just one individual within a nonprofit organization that works with the funder; rather, multiple staff members can play a role in submitting a grant application or fulfilling reporting requirements on a grant that has been awarded. Now, collaboration with colleagues is possible with the ability to share ownership of the creation, submission and management of applications and reporting requirements. This helps funders deliver a better, easier experience to their applicants and grantees.
"The GIFTS Online platform continues to advance rapidly," says MicroEdge CEO, Preston McKenzie. "The ongoing efficiencies in GIFTS Online allow our clients to spend more of their time on valuable interactions with grantees, while enhanced and dynamic reporting helps them make better decisions. Plus we're helping our clients help their grantees by making the process of collaborating easier, and more efficient. It's how the giving community is evolving, and we're extremely excited to make continued progress on this front."
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Established in 1985, MicroEdge, LLC is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated, and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. MicroEdge is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of software and technology-enabled companies. To learn more about Vista Equity Partners, visit www.vistaequitypartners.com. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit www.microedge.com.
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