Nonprofits are businesses. They just sell ideas, not products. Sage Foundation partner, Literacy Action sells the idea that every adult – no matter their background, economic circumstance, or access – has the right to an education.
Founded in 1968 as a part of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia, Literacy Action teaches literacy, life, and work skills to undereducated adults. Students range in age from 16 to 86, hail from 13 Atlanta-area counties and 37 countries, and manage jobs and children at home.
More than 2,000 adult learners enroll each year to build their skills and move ahead. About 80% of students enter Literacy Action’s programming at a third grade level or below; its efforts raise educational level, enhance employability, and empower parents. Literacy Action develops economically and socially viable adults every day.
Over 90% of Literacy Action’s $2.3 million annual operating budget comes from philanthropy, and Sage Foundation is proud to be counted among its supporters.
But successful nonprofits need more than donations; they need technological solutions to move their mission forward.
That is why Sage has today launched its award-winning, real-time Sage Live accounting solution for nonprofit organisations at Dreamforce. The Sage Live Nonprofit solution will help thousands of charities benefit from cutting edge technology and donated software through Sage Foundation.
Building on market and customer experience, Sage wanted to do more to support nonprofits. With tightening budgets and a need to diversify funding streams, charities big and small need to make their money work harder to go beyond just the financial compliance of tracking, budget reduction and auditing.
The Sage Live Nonprofit solution, built on the Salesforce1 platform has been designed specifically for nonprofits – just like Literacy Action - to give them access to cloud accounting technology and tools tailored to their needs, including; balance sheet, Statement of Financial Activities (SOFA) reporting, general processing and fund management capabilities.
Literacy Action are the first nonprofit to benefit from both the Sage Live Nonprofit solution and a software donation from Sage Foundation. The charity is using the software to already improve effectiveness and realize efficiencies that maximize donors’ contributions. Combined with their Salesforce platform – where they use the Nonprofit Starter Pack – Literacy Action has been able to take its financial management to a new level.
“It’s important for us to have a single view of what’s happening across the organization at any given moment. Sage Live makes this incredibly easy. It’s intuitive and, because it’s real time in the cloud, we know it’s always accurate,” said Austin Dickson, Literacy Action’s Executive Director. “Using Sage Live has not only made our finances much easy from a workload perspective, but the platform has helped us build a foundation on which we can grow the organization to scale. That’s thrilling.”
Sage Foundation will provide every eligible nonprofit, charity or social enterprise with two donated Sage Live user licenses, and further licenses will receive a 50% discount. Check your eligibility for donated and discounted software.
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