MALVERN, Pa. – September 24, 2009 –James Madison University has selected SunGard Higher Education’s Advance solution to replace its existing advancement application and create a self-service environment of information access to help foster engagement and enhance relationships with donors.

“Having everyone working together to build relationships will help position us to achieve better success,” said Dale Hulvey, James Madison University’s assistant vice president for Information Technology. “To support this vision, we needed to create an environment where everyone within the university could be involved and extend the sphere of influence outside of the annual fund to help foster engagement and build stronger relationships with our donors. SunGard Higher Education’s Advance was the system that offered the database and reporting capabilities, accessibility via the Web and a user-friendly interface that we were seeking to help us attain this environment.“
 
SunGard Higher Education’s Advance is a Web-based donor, prospect and events management system developed specifically for use by higher education institutions. Advance helps advancement offices manage sophisticated alumni relations programs, fundraising campaigns, and business processes, helping institutions to engage constituents more effectively, operate more efficiently, and provide transparency into key metrics to manage performance.
 
“In addition to seeking a vendor that offered a proven system, we wanted a partner that brought the experience and intellectual capital to help us expand upon our vision with best practices and strategies to accelerate our efforts. SunGard Higher Education brings this value,” said Chris Pipkins, James Madison University associate vice president of Advancement Information Services.
 
Additional benefits JMU anticipates from the implementation of Advance include:
          Improved access to Web-based reports that can be accessed on demand by the advancement staff;
          Enhanced data integrity by eliminating manual entries into multiple systems;
          A wholly integrated and accessible system to support larger leadership fundraising initiatives.
 
“James Madison University’s leaders have an ambitious vision for the institution’s development efforts and we can help them make that a reality,” said Fred Weiss, senior vice president, strategy and product management, advancement at SunGard Higher Education. “We look forward to working together to support them as they realize their vision of a connected environment of enhanced collaboration and strong, meaningful donor relationships.
                                                                                                                                 
 
About James Madison University
James Madison University is a comprehensive university committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.  Established in 1908, the university offers programs on the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.  JMU provides a total education to students – one that has a broad range of the liberal arts as its foundation and encompasses an extensive variety of professional, pre-professional and multi-disciplinary programs augmented by a multitude of hands-on learning experiences.  The university is located in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and is the only university in America named for President James Madison.
 
About SunGard Higher Education
SunGard Higher Education provides software and support, systems implementation and integration, strategic consulting, and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify, and manage their digital campuses.  Bringing together people, processes, and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists 1,600 higher education organizations around the world, including colleges, universities, campuses, foundations, state systems, central and district officesto strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability, and better educational experiences.  www.sungardhe.com.
 
About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies.  SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.

SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector.   SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.

With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times.  For more information, please visit SunGard at www.sungard.com.

*January 2009 Technology Vendors Financial Database Tracker
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