Non-Profits Select Alight to Replace Spreadsheets & Legacy Packages

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California Academy of Sciences and The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas Move to Alight’s Budgeting & Forecasting Solution

Alight LLC, developers of the industry-leading Alight Planning budgeting and forecasting software, today announced the implementation of the company’s application at the California Academy of Sciences, a leading-edge scientific research and educational institution, and The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas, the provider of community blood supplies for 37 medical facilities. Both organizations are highly visible not-for-profit institutions that replaced error-prone spreadsheets and cumbersome budgeting software packages with Alight Planning.

Ben Lamorte, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Alight notes, “We actively sponsor and present at conferences focused on budgeting and forecasting. The feedback from the finance managers at non-profits is always the same: ‘what about us?’ Software solutions providers focus on the needs of for-profit companies and forget about the unique requirements of the non-profits such as custom financial statements, fund accounting, and human resource allocations across programs and initiatives. Non-profits appreciate the high level of customization and special functions in Alight Planning that make the software easily adaptable to budgeting and planning for their organizations.”

Arlin Hall, Chief Financial Officer at The Blood & Tissue Center, summarized his situation: “Previously we used Excel, Prophix, and Microsoft Forecaster for budgets and forecasting. Each one had major limitations for our non-profit environment. We are installing Alight Planning. The software is amazing—intuitive, extremely flexible and not too expensive. The modeling features for rolling forecasts and scenario analysis are especially easy to use. Sounds like I am a sales person. Not. I’m just a very happy camper after years of searching for the right planning solution.”

Stacy Robson, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at California Academy of Sciences notes, “The first time I saw Alight, I recognized the core functionality of Hyperion Pillar, a unit/rate/amount architecture which is what we needed at the Academy. The Alight team also built the original Pillar enterprise planning software package. We have been so pleased with Alight that we recently upgraded to a site license.”

Other non-profits that have purchased Alight include: YMCA Valley of the Sun, SightLife, TriCore Health, National Center for Family Literacy, and Kaiser Permanente. Alight is pleased to offer a significant discount package for non-profits as a reflection of our commitment to help those who help.

About Alight LLC
Alight LLC’s Alight Planning is a true driver-based financial planning and reporting software package that automates complex business modeling for more accurate strategic plans, revenue projections, budgets and rolling forecasts. Its unique architectures and easy-to-use interfaces provide finance staff the power they need to build complex driver-based planning models, while delivering traditional budgeting and planning structures such as line item detail, integrated financial statements and multiple-user security. Cost-effective and IT-independent, Alight Planning is affordable and easily deployed by Fortune 500 business units, as well as midmarket companies with limited IT resources. Alight has over 175 customers including Kaiser Permanente, Pittsburgh Mercy, the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Disney World and Verizon Wireless. For more information about Alight Planning, visit or call 800-960-7717.

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