Submitted by MicroEdge
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2007 -- MicroEdge, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advent Software (NASDAQ: ADVS) and leading provider of solutions for the grant-making community worldwide, today announced the availability of GIFTS(R) CGS Plus, a software module that will make participating in the prestigious Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) survey from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) much faster and easier.
GIFTS(R) CGS Plus is a .NET Extension module that allows survey participants to easily query required data stored in GIFTS(R) files and match it to key data points in the CECP master survey document. According to Margaret Coady, CGS Program Manager for CECP, "The Corporate Giving Standard is an online data collection, reporting, and benchmarking system designed specifically for corporate philanthropy measurement which allows users to run benchmarking reports on demand. By integrating with MicroEdge, CECP aims to dramatically reduce the time required to complete the survey."
In making the announcement, MicroEdge President Jim Weil said, "For more than 20 years we've provided leadership in the giving community by delivering precisely this kind of solution - one that is focused on the critical aspects of the measurement and outcomes of philanthropy. Corporate entities are highly introspective about results in both their business dealings and their philanthropic endeavors. The majority of Fortune 100 companies use MicroEdge GIFTS(R) as their grant-making software of choice, so having this new GIFTS(R) CGS Plus will provide an enormous advantage when completing the survey."
Since 2001, CECP has collected and reported on more than $26 billion worth of giving data. Over 100 companies, including 40 of the Fortune 100, participated in last year's CGS survey. Together their contributions amounted to over $10.5 billion in cash and product giving in 2005 and CECP plans to release a public report, Giving in Numbers, at the end of this month which will provide trends and key findings from the survey respondents. The list of corporations responding to the CGS survey continues to grow, with companies of all revenue sizes answering the survey.
About the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (www.CorporatePhilanthropy.org) is the only global forum of CEOs and Chairpersons advancing the case for corporate philanthropy. Its mission is to lead the business community in raising the level and quality of corporate philanthropy. Engaging with the public, private, and independent sectors, CECP members seek and create opportunities to serve as corporate giving advocates, practitioners, educators, and spokespersons and to inspire other business leaders to make a lasting commitment to community giving. Membership is reserved to CEOs and Chairpersons of the world's largest and most well-regarded corporations from a diverse and broad range of industry sectors.
CECP's proprietary philanthropy measurement system, the Corporate Giving Standard, is the world's only real-time, on-demand reporting tool offering individual company results, unprecedented benchmarking against peers, and year-over-year trend reporting opportunities. Top-level findings from these data are published annually and shared widely in the corporate philanthropy community through CECP's public website.
MicroEdge, Inc. (www.microedge.com), a subsidiary of Advent Software, Inc., is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. The MicroEdge suite of Windows and Web-based Software delivers a powerful, integrated, and open framework upon which effective charitable giving can be made. 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, Inc. is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout North America, and supports thousands of clients worldwide.
Advent Software, Inc. (www.advent.com), a multi-national firm, has been providing trusted solutions to the world's leading financial professionals since 1983. Firms in 60 countries use Advent technology and manage investments totaling nearly US $14 trillion. Advent's quality software, data, services and tools enable financial professionals to improve service and communication to their clients, allowing them to grow their business while controlling costs. Advent is the only financial services software company to be awarded the Support Center Practices certification for being a world-class support organization.
GIFTS is a registered trademark of MicroEdge, Inc. All other company names or marks mentioned herein are those of their respective owners.
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MicroEdge, Inc. (www.mmicroedge.com), a subsidiary of Advent Software, Inc. is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. The MicroEdge suite of Windows and Web-based software delivers a powerful, integrated, and open framework which makes charitable giving effective. The company is committed to providing the best technology tool set 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, Inc. is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout North America, and supports thousands of clients worldwide.
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