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MicroEdge Announces Ninth Update to AngelPoints System in 2012

New York, Dec. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, announced today the release of AngelPoints 2012.9, the latest update to its system that helps corporations track and measure the success of their employee volunteering, giving and sustainability programs.

Employee engagement and corporate citizenship have become increasingly important for companies large and small, and for the past 10 years, AngelPoints' integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solutions have helped some of the world's largest and most respected companies engage their employees to make a positive impact in their company and in the communities they serve. Today, AngelPoints solutions for employee volunteering, payroll giving, matching gifts, disaster response, dollars for doers, and sustainability serve more than 80 corporations and millions of employees around the globe. MicroEdge acquired AngelPoints in December 2011.

Employee involvement and CSR programs are often managed by small teams, and over the course of 2012, MicroEdge placed a high priority on increasing the efficiency of the individuals charged with administering employee programs. New reporting capabilities provide system administrators with increased insight into the effectiveness of their efforts, while the ability for employees to define their skills and interests allows administrators to target volunteering activities and giving campaigns based on those preferences.

Similarly, MicroEdge incorporated a number of enhancements this year that make the system easier to use for a company's employees. For example, when employees register for a volunteer event, their hours are now automatically tracked in the system following the event. This eliminates the need to go back into the system and manually submit volunteer hours -something that employees often forget to do--and increases a company's ability to correctly report on the actual volunteer hours for any particular event, program or cause. In the end, corporations are able to tell a stronger, more accurate story about the impact they are making in the communities they serve. Additionally, in 2012 AngelPoints achieved full compliance of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0-- the standard protocol that ensures accessibility of web pages by individuals with disabilities. All of this adds up to a more efficient, effective and intuitive system that is easier to use for all of the individuals who interact with it.

AngelPoints continues to attract new clients of all sizes. Many organizations have chosen AngelPoints for its rapid and easy implementation, excellent branding capabilities that enable companies to bring their employee involvement and corporate branding directly into their AngelPoints system, and its extremely flexible but easy to use platform for administrators and employees alike.

These benefits and more convinced Bechtel Corporation--named by Forbes Magazine as the fourth largest privately-held company in the U.S for 2012--to select AngelPoints as their employee involvement solution. Bechtel recently launched its new AngelPoints system and received a tremendous initial response from employees. "In our first 24 hours using AngelPoints, 10 percent of our 23,000 employees with access checked out the system," said Jeff Berger, Stewardship Manager at Bechtel. "That includes users from Brisbane to Santiago and from London to New Delhi, and we've received a lot of positive feedback. We're looking forward to seeing how far and how fast we can advance our volunteer efforts around the world, and we expect that AngelPoints will help us do that."

The ongoing evolution of the AngelPoints system, as seen in 2012, will continue into the future. "In our first year with AngelPoints, we built the foundation for future success by focusing our efforts on solving our clients' most pressing needs and expanding the team and expertise that is dedicated to the AngelPoints platform," said MicroEdge CEO, Preston McKenzie. "As we head into 2013, we will move to rapidly deliver innovative advancements to our clients in the areas that they've requested the most--increased visibility into their programs, social media integration, expanded reporting, increased system control and customization, and more accessible, inclusive employee giving programs. With the solid foundation we now have in place, I'm excited for our clients to benefit from the product roadmap we will deliver in 2013."

To Learn More
To learn more about AngelPoints, visit www.microedge.com/angelpoints or contact MicroEdge at 800.899.0890 or info@microedge.com.

About MicroEdge
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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