Northampton, MA and Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 30, 2006
inRESONANCE, a leading developer of technology solutions for educational and non-profit organizations, today announced a major upgrade of its popular fundraising and alumni development solution. Generations 3.0 is a full-featured fund-raising solution designed for schools, foundations, and other non-profit organizations, that is easy to use and can be customized by non-technical users. The solution is being previewed at the CASE/NAIS Independent School Advancement Conference (http://www.case.org/conferences/casenais/home/default.cfm), at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile, January 29-31, in booth #15.
“Fund raising is all about communicating with constituents and having accurate data at your fingertips. Generations 3.0 reduces a merge task from hours to minutes, a significant performance advantage that conventional fundraising solutions can’t match.” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of inRESONANCE, Inc. Generations 3.0 is a better alternative because it allows the non-technical development professional to see their data easily—getting the information they want when they want it. Development directors understand this immediately when they compare Generations to their legacy databases.”
Generations 3.0 tracks and reports on constituents, gifts, funds, campaigns, events and appeals. Unlike low-end solutions from other vendors, Generations 3.0 also manages matching gifts, soft credits, honoraria and prospects.
A key productivity feature in Generations 3.0 is that a professional’s productivity is achieved without leaving the solution. Emails, letters, labels and reports are all merged and generated directly, without needing to export to Excel, Word or Crystal Reports.
Generations 3.0 is open, so users can customize reports and views, assisted by training that is included with the solution. Because it is based on FileMaker Pro 8, Generations 3.0 provides easy querying without requiring that professionals know SQL. Generations 3.0 is also cross-platform, supporting mixed computing environments and allowing easy data exchange between Windows and Macintosh users.
New Features in Generations 3.0
Among the many new features in Generations 3.0 are:
- Easy and Powerful Email Broadcast Integration
Quickly send broadcast emails to any group of constituents—without exporting to an email program. Typical merges include event invitations and thank you's, gift acknowledgements, and pledge reminders.
- Increased security
Enhanced security features include connectivity to Open Directory and Active Directory, as well as more granular control of screens and fields. Data can be encrypted on the network.
- Enhanced data entry features
The migration to FileMaker Pro 8 brings type-ahead, auto-spellchecking, drop-down calendars, and help menu pop-ups to make the interaction even easier.
- Faster database query and response
The improved database engine driving the Generations 3.0 application is significantly faster, even over a WAN. Without learning SQL, non-technical professionals can create and run their own queries and eliminate having to wait for reports from the database administrator.
- Share any data in nearly any format
Because data in Generations 3.0 can be exported to nearly any major office application or other enterprise database, professionals can easily share data among non-Generations users. Generations 3.0 even comes with both PDF Maker and Excel Maker capabilities, so professionals can convert data into PDF and Excel documents to share with people who do not have access to Generations.
As with all inRESONANCE solutions, Generations 3.0 users can also take advantage of consulting and training services provided by inRESONANCE, as well as tapping into the company’s experience working directly with independent schools, religious organizations, museums and other non-profit organizations.
Customers Praise Generations 3.0
“Generations gives professionals a lot of control over their data and how they want to retrieve it,” said Patrick Wagner, Senior Advancement Officer, Development, The Prairie School. “The ability to use the data in a variety of formats is great. After a year and a half of using Generations in development our Admissions office is also converting over to inRESONANCE’s admissions solution, Portal.”
“We use Generations because of the flexibility a FileMaker-based solution gives us,” said Michael Beesley, Technology Director, The Community School, Sun Valley, Idaho. “In addition, it doesn't require our professionals to be ‘database experts.’ Generations provides flexibility, ease of use and a great user friendly interface.”
“We value the productivity features and the ease-of-use that Generations delivers because it allows new users to quickly become effective,” said David Riley, Senior Associate, Institutional Advancement, for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. “Every non-profit has its unique aspects and Generations allows you to make your database serve the organization, instead of forcing you to fit your needs into its features. With Generations, we can make the database work the way we want to work.”
“Because Generations is so flexible and easy to use, we can rely on our in-house resources as well as outside experts, such as inRESONANCE, to extend our Generations solution as we grow or re-organize.” said William Stites, Director of Technology for The Montclair Kimberley Academy. “Two of the things we like most are the ability to customize Generations as our fund raising requirements change and the ease at which it integrates with our other data solutions.”
Because Generations 3.0 runs identically on both Macintosh and Windows computers, departments or individuals do not have to change their hardware. Users on either computer platform can now share data seamlessly with each other without any conversion or transfer.
Based on FileMaker Pro 8
The Generations 3.0 solution is based on the award-winning FileMaker® Pro 8, the #1 selling easy-to-use database platform. FileMaker Pro 8 recently won “Product of the Year” awards from both PC Magazine and Macworld magazine. FileMaker is a favorite among K-12 schools and universities. More than 10,000 schools worldwide use FileMaker Pro, including the largest 250 U.S. school districts. FileMaker is also used 49 of the top 50 U.S. undergraduate universities and 121 of the top 126 doctoral universities, according to latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Generations 3.0 will be available March 1. For more information about the solution, or to schedule an online demo, contact Peter Baron or inRESONANCE at 413-587-0236.
About inRESONANCE, Inc.
inRESONANCE (iR), based in Northampton, MA, provides technology solutions, services and web development to schools and non-profits. iR focuses on developing a long term strategic partnership with clients, providing strategic IT consulting in conjunction with solutions and training. iR provides complete CMS-based websites as well as FileMaker Pro-based databases with integrated web applications. The company has deep roots in education, with a combination of more than 40 years of experience in schools. For more information, go to http://www.inresonance.com
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