Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Selects Stellar’s iPhi Integrated Philanthropy Product Suite®

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When the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) launches its new philanthropic management system next year, the Community Foundation will transition to the iPhi Product Suite®, a Software as a Service system developed by Stellar Technology Solutions LLC of Stroudsburg, PA.

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“Providing donors with an online giving experience and equipping them with the tools to proactively manage their philanthropy is a vital component of our mission” explains Cheryl Elliott, President and CEO.

When the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) launches its new philanthropic management system next year, the Community Foundation will transition to the iPhi Product Suite®, a Software as a Service system developed by Stellar Technology Solutions LLC of Stroudsburg, PA. The iPhi solution will replace the current MicroEdge FIMS operations management system.

AAACF will deploy the iPhi Product Suite® to expand and personalize online donor services and online account access, simplify grant and gift processing, increase internal operating efficiencies, and enhance investment monitoring and asset management capabilities. Stellar’s system will also enhance reporting capabilities, giving AAACF the flexibility and capacity to share the impact of its community investments with the wider public more effectively.

AAACF plans to launch a distinctive online environment where donors can closely monitor their charitable accounts and initiate their own giving activities. Donors will have the ability to better leverage AAACF’s community knowledge and align their giving with identified community priorities. Stellar’s iPhi CoreEnterprise® will also provide AAACF staff with a streamlined administrative environment that will bring increased efficiency and transparency to the various administrative and fiduciary tasks associated with managing over 400 philanthropic funds.

“Providing donors with an online giving experience and equipping them with the tools to proactively manage their philanthropy is a vital component of our mission” explains Cheryl Elliott, President and CEO. “Stellar’s iPhi Product Suite® will give us the technical and online tools to do this as well as to streamline our underlying administrative processes.”

“Stellar’s Software as a Service, web-based model was a key consideration,” adds Ms. Elliott. “We want to invest in AAACF’s long term growth and better serve all our constituents, without worrying about maintaining our own computer servers and data center in-house. In this day and age, it makes good economic sense to let our provider concentrate on the technology infrastructure while we concentrate on what we do best - serving our community.”

“We could not be more pleased with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s selection of Stellar’s iPhi Product Suite®,” commented Bryan Mileger, Stellar’s President and CEO. “We’re proud to have been selected and look forward to implementing a solution that can truly enable the Community Foundation to set new benchmarks in organizational efficiency and donor relationship management.”

About the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in our region through its knowledgeable leadership, engaged grantmaking and creative partnerships with donors. Since 1963, AAACF has been an agent for positive change – awarding more than $21 million in grants and scholarships –$1.7 million in 2010. AAACF grants have helped to affect real change in many areas - education, housing and homelessness, health and human services, the arts, the environment, economic renewal, youth and senior programs. For nearly 50 years, AAACF has been building endowment and currently manages more than $60 million in total assets on our community's behalf in more than 400 charitable funds. AAACF’s endowment is permanent and will continue to grow - ensuring we have the capacity to invest in our community's well-being - For good. For ever.

About Stellar Technology Solutions LLC
Stellar Technology Solutions, LLC is a leading provider of integrated enterprise level philanthropic management software for charitable organizations and for financial institutions providing services to nonprofit organizations. Stellar’s iPhi CoreEnterprise® and iPhi Participant Accounting Operations Platform® administer over $12 billion in charitable assets for some of the largest and most well-respected Community Foundations, Religious Endowment Philanthropies and Commercially Sponsored Donor Advised Fund, Planned Giving and Endowment Programs in the nation.

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