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Merril Oliver Joins eCivis as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

PASADENA, CA, March 16, 2017 — Merril Oliver, former Director of the Maryland Governor's Grants Office, joins leading cloud-based grant management software provider, eCivis. In this role, Oliver will lead the company's key business strategies, product development and growth initiatives. 

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OMB Uniform Guidance Training Comes to Los Angeles and Denver

PASADENA, CA, August 17, 2016 — Sessions bring together federal, state, and local experts to discuss best practices and answer participant questions on the Uniform Guidance after its first full year in effect. The events are hosted by the cities of Los Angeles and Denver and sponsored by eCivis.

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eCivis Launches Innovative Resource Product to Improve Grant Performance and Compliance

PASADENA, CA, July 12, 2016 — eCivis unveils hub of on-demand resources for state, local, and tribal governments to address requirements throughout the grant lifecycle.

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eCivis Launches New Functionality to Address Federal Grant Reform

PASADENA, CA, June 23, 2016 — eCivis announced the release date of major new functionality designed specifically for state, local and tribal government to improve grant performance under the OMB Uniform Guidance.

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San Francisco Unified School District Selects eCivis to Implement a Comprehensive Grant Management System

PASADENA, CA, September 22, 2015 — eCivis was selected by the San Francisco Unified School District to centralize its grant activities, which includes integration with the District's ERP system, PeopleSoft. In doing so, eCivis will create an end-to-end grant management system to support the District's needs and simplify its grant process.

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Miami Selects eCivis, Pittsburgh Implementation Completed...

Miami Selects eCivis, Pittsburgh Implementation Completed In Record Time

PASADENA, CA, August 18, 2015 — eCivis, the nation's leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) grants management system, was selected by the City of Miami to provide grants research and management solutions to address both programmatic and fiscal grant requirements throughout the grants life cycle. Market research conducted by the City's procurement staff found that eCivis is the system most widely used by governmental entities to pursue and manage grants, and best fit the needs of the City as a sole source solution.

"There is a growing number of local governments that are sourcing innovative technology to improve grants acquisition and management. We've experienced a groundswell of demand among local government leaders to find alternative funding sources," said James Ha, CEO of eCivis. "Many of our local government clients have worked together, or partnered with community-based organizations, to pursue and secure grant funding they would otherwise not be eligible for. In Florida alone, eCivis is working with hundreds of cities, counties, and local organizations that are achieving high levels of success through collaboration."

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Partner to Implement Enterprise Grants Software
In 2011, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County joined forces to launch a Shared Service Center that highlighted an innovative partnership between the City and County. By sharing resources and system licensees the City-County service saved millions in costly software upgrades and consulting fees. One of the immediate goals of the Shared Service team was to address critical needs such as general ledger management, accounts payable, treasury management, purchasing, contracts and grants management.

As the City researched grants management systems in 2014, City Budget Director Sam Ashbaugh stated that eCivis would take the grants function of his office "to the next level" by increasing the capacity of the grants office to pursue grants and improve the management of federal, state, and foundation funding. "One of the things we do now is manage this on a series of spreadsheets," said Ashbaugh on 90.5 WESA. "One bad grant management experience can cost the city tens of thousands or millions of dollars."

In 2015, Pittsburgh selected eCivis to provide grants management capabilities and integrate with its existing JD Edwards software system to provide unparalleled transparency into the City's grants portfolio. eCivis worked closely with the JD Edwards team (part of the Shared Service Center) to develop and implement the system in weeks—one of the fastest integrations on record.

Now that the City has completed its integration, it can now retire its spreadsheets and allow software to automate the process.

About eCivis

eCivis is the leading cloud-based grants management system in the nation for state, local, and tribal governments. eCivis' innovative solutions address both programmatic and fiscal grant funding requirements throughout the grant lifecycle, helping clients overcome the challenges and heavy workload that come with finding and managing grants. Government entities rely on eCivis to identify appropriate grants, submit competitive applications, and efficiently manage awards while dramatically reducing their administrative costs. eCivis assists them by providing a comprehensive grants database, training resources, and reporting tools for compliance and transparency, in addition to expert grant writing and peer review services. Learn why so many governments are choosing eCivis.

eCivis Selected by Pittsburgh to Increase Grant Funding...

eCivis Selected by Pittsburgh to Increase Grant Funding, Adds Hundreds of New Clients

PASADENA, CA, February 26, 2015 — eCivis, the nation's leading cloud-based grants management software system, was selected by the City of Pittsburgh to provide web-based grants research, training, and tracking and management software—helping City leadership make good on their promise to bring in more grant funding. Pittsburgh is one of hundreds of local governments that have recently partnered with eCivis to accomplish the same objective.

The need for innovative technology to transform grant research and administration is at an all-time high. "State and local governments are utilizing cloud technologies to increase their funding and reduce the burden of overall grants management on staff," said eCivis CEO James Ha. "Under the OMB's Uniform Guidance, requirements have changed. Our clients understand that accountability and performance measurement has never been more important and that eCivis has the experience and track record of success to help mitigate risk and improve performance."
eCivis has increased its client base by more 31 percent in the past year and now partners with thousands of clients. With such a large customer base using its software, the company has assembled an impressive client advisory board and is currently working with many of them to develop new features and product innovations that will benefit all eCivis clients.

"As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application, all upgrades and new software features are immediately available to all clients, which is a key advantage of web-based software over traditional on-premise systems," said eCivis Vice President of Product & Technology Sami Hoda. "This means that if an innovative grant professional helps create a new feature, everyone benefits because that feature will accessible by all clients. This is one of the reasons eCivis grants management software continues to grow in popularity."  The company plans to release a number of these new features and products beginning as early as Q2, 2015.

 

About eCivis

eCivis (www.ecivis.com) is the leading cloud-based grants management system in the nation for state, local, and tribal governments. eCivis’ innovative solutions address both programmatic and fiscal grant funding requirements throughout the grant lifecycle, helping clients overcome the challenges and heavy workload that come with finding and managing grants. Government entities rely on eCivis to identify appropriate grants, submit competitive applications, and efficiently manage awards while dramatically reducing their administrative costs. eCivis assists them by providing a comprehensive grants database, training resources, and reporting tools for compliance and transparency, in addition to expert grant writing and peer review services.

Cities of Los Angeles and Houston to Host OMB Uniform Guidance...

Cities of Los Angeles and Houston to Host OMB Uniform Guidance Grant Training

PASADENA, CA, February 26, 2015 — eCivis, the nation's leading cloud-based grants management software system, today announced that two of its long-time clients will host trainings from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the new Uniform Guidance affecting prime and sub-recipients of federal grants.

The Cities of Los Angeles and Houston will host the sessions—set for March 11 and March 13, respectively—which will be led by OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin, who has been responsible for building the coalition that developed OMB's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

"This training is a unique and affordable opportunity for organizations dealing with federal grants or contracts to engage with the OMB directly and get answers to their questions," said eCivis CEO James Ha. "The Cities of Los Angeles and Houston were gracious enough to provide a venue to bring this important, expert training to key areas in the U.S. I attended Collin's training this past November at the Maryland Governor's Grants Conference, and she did an exceptional job of educating and engaging attendees on the new grant guidance."

Collin will speak about the Uniform Guidance as it affects federal grantees and sub-grantees. The training will guide attendees through changes as they relate to:

• New emphasis on performance over compliance and administrative flexibility

• Implications for indirect costs

• Overview of federal and pass-through agencies' responsibilities

• Reformed policies and procedures for enhanced internal controls

Learn more about the Los Angeles or Houston events.

 

About eCivis

eCivis (www.ecivis.com) is the leading cloud-based grants management system in the nation for state, local, and tribal governments. eCivis’ innovative solutions address both programmatic and fiscal grant funding requirements throughout the grant lifecycle, helping clients overcome the challenges and heavy workload that come with finding and managing grants. Government entities rely on eCivis to identify appropriate grants, submit competitive applications, and efficiently manage awards while dramatically reducing their administrative costs. eCivis assists them by providing a comprehensive grants database, training resources, and reporting tools for compliance and transparency, in addition to expert grant writing and peer review services.

eCivis and Thompson Information Services Forge Innovative Partnership

eCivis and Thompson Information Services Forge Innovative Partnership

PASADENA, CA, February 20, 2015 — eCivis, the nation's leading cloud-based grants management software system, and Thompson Information Services, the leading publisher in federal grant compliance information, today announced a strategic partnership that combines the market-leading strengths of each company to improve grant compliance for federal grant recipients.

“The uniform grant guidance has created both great challenges and great opportunities for the grants community, and we are very pleased to be working with eCivis to help make the transition to the new world of grants management easier for entities receiving federal dollars,” said Joel Poznansky, CEO and president of Thompson Information Services.

The innovative partnership aims to redefine how grant compliance-related content can be delivered and consumed by grant professionals in state and local government.  It will also address many of the key questions and that have been sparked by the Office of Management and Budget’s new uniform guidance. eCivis will deliver Thompson Information Services content as a new product in its grants management system, Grants Network.  Thompson provides a variety of digital and print offerings, including its Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service, which along with various expert commentary, reference materials, news, tools and forms, will be available to subscribers of this new service in an easy-to-access digital format.

“By adding Thompson grant compliance and audit content to our suite of grants software solutions, eCivis will provide an invaluable and readily accessible resource to state and local government grant professionals,” said eCivis CEO James Ha. “This content will give government entities across the country access to information that is critical to meeting the new federal grant requirements that went into effect in December 2014.”

 

About eCivis

eCivis (www.ecivis.com) is the leading cloud-based grants management system in the nation for state, local, and tribal governments. eCivis’ innovative solutions address both programmatic and fiscal grant funding requirements throughout the grant lifecycle, helping clients overcome the challenges and heavy workload that come with finding and managing grants. Government entities rely on eCivis to identify appropriate grants, submit competitive applications, and efficiently manage awards while dramatically reducing their administrative costs. eCivis assists them by providing a comprehensive grants database, training resources, and reporting tools for compliance and transparency, in addition to expert grant writing and peer review services.

About Thompson Information Services

Since 1972, thousands of professionals in business, government, law and academia have relied on Thompson Information Services to provide the most authoritative, timely and practical guidance available in a variety of professional practice areas. Thompson Information Services is recognized as one of the leading publishers in regulatory compliance information in the fields of human resources, retirement plans & employee benefits, grants management, food and drug, health care, environment and energy. The Thompson Information Services collection includes over 50 industry-leading titles covering critical compliance and regulatory issues, including respected resources such as the Federal Grants Management Handbook, the Single Audit Information Service and Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards.

Demand for the Company’s Grants Management System Continues...

Demand for the Company’s Grants Management System Continues to Grow

PASADENA, CA, September 19, 2014 — eCivis, the nation’s leading cloud-based grants management system, finished the first half of 2014 with its largest number of new client additions since being founded in June 2000. In particular, demand has been high for the company’s integration services, which allows data from any financial system, or ERP, to be extracted and loaded into the company’s grants management system, Grants Network. Nearly half of the company’s recent client additions have included integration services.

“The ability to integrate system data allows for more robust reporting and the consolidation of key programmatic grants information—already collected and tracked in eCivis Grants Network—to be combined with financial grants information,” said eCivis CEO James Ha. “Integration of grant data eliminates the need for ad hoc reporting and ultimately reduces the total time spent on grants management. Our clients want us to simplify their grants management process so we focus on building features that accomplish just that.”

New Client Additions

So far this quarter, dozens of new clients have partnered with eCivis for grants management. Below is a sample of new clients from across the country that have signed on in just the past month. These clients rely on eCivis to help with grant funding research, award management, process automation, task management, grant writing, managing grant files, and integrating with their ERP systems to reduce time spent on reporting and tracking of grants data:

  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office, FL
  • Choctaw Nation, OK
  • City of Jackson, MS
  • Office of State Superintendent of Education, D.C.
  • County of DeKalb, GA
  • City of Petersburg, VA
  • City of Aurora, CO
  • City of Calexico, CA

These client additions demonstrate why eCivis is the most trusted and widely used grants management system in the nation and adds to the company’s growing client list, which includes many of the largest cities and counties in the country: the City of Los Angeles, City of Fort Worth, Mecklenburg County, Harris County, City of Chicago, Cook County, City of Houston, City of Atlanta, and San Diego County.

City of Detroit Grants Management System Implementation Completed in Record Time

Recently, eCivis successfully completed the implementation and setup of its cloud-based grants management system for the City of Detroit. What makes the completion of this project so impressive is how quickly all the requirements were addressed to set up and implement the company’s grants management system. The project required that the City’s active and historical grants data be collected, reviewed, and set up in eCivis. The company worked closely with Public Consulting Group to complete the project, which included very specific state and federal requirements under very stringent timelines.

“Detroit was one of the fastest implementations we’ve ever done, given all the requirements that were presented to us,” said Client Services Director Ryan Baird. “We are thrilled to have been selected to participate in the City’s comeback strategy.” 

About eCivis

eCivis is the nation's leading cloud-based grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving state, local, and tribal governments' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. For media inquiries, email media@ecivis.com.

Company Assembles Strong Client Advisory Board

Company Assembles Strong Client Advisory Board  

PASADENA, CA, April 15, 2014 — eCivis, the nation’s leading cloud-based grants management system, announced the formation of its 2014 Client Advisory Board (CAB). The eCivis CAB consists of thought leaders in the grants management profession from some of the largest municipal organizations in the country.

CAB members meet a few times per year to advise eCivis and to support the development of meaningful technology to empower other state and local governments in their pursuit, attainment, and management of grant funding. The following eCivis clients have been invited to join the CAB:

  • State of Arizona, Office Grants and Federal Resources
  • City of Los Angeles, CA
  • City of Fort Worth, TX
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Harris County, TX
  • City of Chicago, IL
  • City of Boynton Beach, FL
  • Cook County, IL
  • City of Houston, TX
  • City of Atlanta, GA
  • City of San Antonio, TX
  • City of El Paso, TX
  • City of Pasadena, CA
  • San Diego County, CA

The need for proven, well-built grants management software has been growing rapidly. “State and local governments are utilizing emerging cloud technologies that are effective and have a history of success,” said eCivis Vice President of Technology & Product Sami Hoda. “Our exceptional advisory board will help shape and guide eCivis software for our current and future clients.”

One of the initial focus areas of the CAB will be to test and provide input on new sub-recipient management features, which will be officially released this year. eCivis will provide the most robust and comprehensive sub-recipient management software in the industry. Testing and refining features such as application management for primary recipients and tracking of sub-recipient activities – both fiscal and programmatic – are among the most important priorities for the CAB.

Completed Integrations with Sungard IFAS; Next up, Oracle:

Recently, eCivis successfully integrated its cloud-based grants management software to Sungard IFAS for Harris County, TX, and City of Santa Rosa, CA. Both clients now have the ability to extract financial grant information from their financial systems and combine that information with programmatic information in eCivis. The City of Detroit, MI, which uses Oracle, also selected eCivis for grants management. Detroit joins nearly a dozen other cities, counties, and school districts that have partnered with eCivis to use its integration technology, which requires very little time investment from IT and Finance and leads to implementations being completed in weeks rather than months. More importantly, grants personnel will no longer need to reenter financial data into another spreadsheet or application to prepare complicated reports or assess progress.

Continuous Improvement: eCivis Adds More New Features in Q1:

Organizations with large and/or complex grants portfolios turn to eCivis to manage funded projects/programs and grant compliance and grants management processes. With changes coming from the DATA Act, these types of continuous improvements highlight why eCivis has become the system of choice to manage all programmatic and financial grant requirements in one central system. eCivis released dozens of new features in Q1. Here are some of the important new features released:

  1. eCivis Grants Network now tracks Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN)
  2. Enterprise clients with large grants portfolios (100+ active projects and grants) can now search for their projects and grants with a simple search
  3. As requested, Data Integration clients can now:
    • Use iPads to access all reports, manage approvals, and view tasks
    • Make cost adjustments to transactions and easily manage disallowed costs

 

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

Company Ends 2013 with Fourth Consecutive Year of Growth

Company Ends 2013 with Fourth Consecutive Year of Growth

PASADENA, CA, January 20, 2014 — eCivis, the nation’s leading cloud-based grants management system, finished 2013 with another record year of revenue growth. New client acquisitions also increased by 15% with the biggest gains happening in large client accounts.

eCivis, the nation’s leading cloud-based grants management system, finished 2013 with another record year of revenue growth.  New client acquisitions also increased by 15% with the biggest gains happening in large client accounts.  In particular, the company had its biggest increase in the top 100 cities and counties by population in more than ten years.  These additions are attributed to the increase in new enterprise features released throughout the past year, including:

  • Integration of financial data: a cloud-based service that extracts, transforms and loads your financial data to eliminate double-entry and increase organization-wide grant accountability           
  • Customizable  workflows: set up required and recurring tasks and/or aprovals that match your internal processes.
  • Group management: setup a group(s) within your organization or department(s) to assign tasks, approve tasks or review information.
  • Unlimited file storage: attach all relevant files related to your grants

Organizations with large grants portfolios are increasingly turning to eCivis to manage funded projects/programs rather than incurring enormous costs to upgrade and implement ERP upgrades, or new systems.  With the increased demand for federal funding accountability and transparancy, eCivis has become the system of choice to manage all programmatic and financial grant requirements in one central system.  The company’s success with its new data integration services, Grants Network: Data Integration has had a tremendous impact on local governments, school districts and universities.  


Business Highlights:

2013 Top 5 client additions:

  1. Cook County, Illinois
  2. Harris County, Texas
  3. City of Atlanta, Georgia
  4. City of Houston, Texas (returning client)
  5. Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma


Business Outlook:

The demand for integration services grew rapidly in the second half of 2013. “Organizations that are grant-active are not primarily concerned with an abundance of software features.  They are looking for solutions that actually save time and reduce costs,” said eCivis CEO James Ha. “Our clients choose us because we are focused on solving the challenges that they are most interested in overcoming.  Decision makers understand that software systems that sell on features rather than solving the most relevant challenges provide little value. Our focus has been learning from our clients and helping them solve their most demanding grants management challenges.” 

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

eCivis Celebrates Strong Q3 Results and Prepares to Launch...

eCivis Celebrates Strong Q3 Results and Prepares to Launch Significant Product Enhancements

PASADENA, CA, October 3, 2013 — eCivis (www.ecivis.com), the nation’s leading cloud-based grants management system, recorded its highest-grossing sales quarter in Q3 2013, resulting in quarter-over-quarter growth of 101%.  The company attributes its success to its new data integration services, Grants Network: Data Integration, and an increase in demand for its grant proposal writing services. 

“Over the past several months, we have won a number of high-profile RFPs, including the City of Atlanta, GA; City of Santa Rosa, CA; and Harris County, TX,” said eCivis CEO James Ha. “These clients manage very large grant portfolios and understand the importance of centralizing their administrative processes.  Our applications will help them do that effectively.”

eCivis Grants Professional Services also helped many of its clients write winning proposals.  Recent wins include:

  • City of Pasadena, CA, awarded $1.98 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • City of Memphis, TN, awarded $1.1 million per year for 3 years by the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Vkidz dba Time4Learning, FL, awarded $150,000 by the U.S. Department of Education - IES
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council in Partnership with Arizona State University, AZ, awarded $171,784 by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • City of Atlanta, GA, awarded $18 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation

New Version of Grants Network: Tracking & Reporting SM

eCivis won a number of high-profile RFPs and new clients in the first half of 2013, including major cities and counties in the United States. Today, eCivis is the grants research and management platform of choice for over one-third of the nation’s 100 largest cities and counties by population. eCivis has achieved sustained profitability and will continue to invest in growth and innovation to support its clients.

On November 1, 2013, eCivis will release Tracking & Reporting 3.0.  This new version of the company’s grants management application will include important new capabilities to support complicated grant processes, including

1. Next Generation Task Management

a. Recurring task(s) management
b. Sequential approval capabilities with the ability to assign approval permissions to an individual or group
c. Ability to create ‘Approval’ or ‘Required’ tasks on-demand
d. Complex task(s) management wizard
e. Calendar integration (e.g., Outlook and Gmail)
 
2. Group Management

a. Ability to create groups
b. Ability to assign tasks to a group
 

Over a decade of working with the most grants-active organizations in the country, as well as experience with grants portfolios in excess of $1 billion, has allowed eCivis to build grants management applications that incorporate robust features and best practices into one powerful system.  The release of the company’s updated grants management application, Tracking & Reporting 3.0, will mark another major milestone in the centralization and innovation of the grants management process.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

eCivis Achieves Record Growth in 2013

eCivis Achieves Record Growth in 2013

PASADENA, CA, July 16, 2013 — eCivis announced Q1-Q2 highlights for 2013, including record year-over-year growth of over 80% for its grants professional service divisions, key customer wins, and significant product enhancements to address its expanding client base of state and local governments, health care systems, academic institutions and nonprofits. The company attributes its 2013 success to its market-driven innovations and record customer renewals.

“Our mission is to empower deserving organizations by facilitating the successful pursuit, attainment, and management of grant funding that will help enrich their communities,” said eCivis CEO James Ha. “We do this successfully for thousands of clients across the nation every day and that’s why such a large percentage of our clients renew our service each year.”

Continued Growth, Renewals and Profitability

eCivis won a number of high-profile RFPs and new clients in the first half of 2013, including major cities and counties in the United States. Today, eCivis is the grants research and management platform of choice for over one-third of the nation’s 100 largest cities and counties by population. eCivis has achieved sustained profitability and will continue to invest in growth and innovation to support its clients.

Client-Inspired Product Advances

Client and market feedback inspired advancements in eCivis’ cloud-based grants research and management platform, including significant new capabilities, user-experience improvements and feature enhancements to support complicated grants processes in the first half of the year. In the second half of 2013, eCivis will introduce four key features in its grants management application:

  1. Calendar integration — integrate tasks into your email system calendar, including Microsoft Outlook, and commonly used email services such as Yahoo and Gmail.
  2. Recurring task management — set up recurring tasks and assign them to an individual or a group.
  3. Sequential approval capabilities — set up multiple approvals for a single task.
  4. Multi-level, subgrantee management — manage and monitor subgrantee allocations and performance and track grant allocations from state to county to city and community organizations.

Over a decade of working with the most grant-active organizations in the country, and experience with grants portfolios exceeding $1 billion, has allowed eCivis to build grants management applications that incorporate robust features and best practices into one powerful system. The release of the company’s updated grants management application, Tracking & Reporting 3.0, will mark another major milestone in the centralization and innovation of the grants management process for state and local governments.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

eCivis Launches Data Integration Services

eCivis Launches Data Integration Services

PASADENA, CA, April 11, 2013—eCivis (www.ecivis.com), the nation's leading cloud-based grants management system, today announced the launch of its new data integration services, Grants Network: Data Integration, with the Port of Long Beach, CA, and the City of Boynton Beach, FL. eCivis will provide data integration capabilities that allow eCivis to extract, transform, and load grants information from its client's financial system into the eCivis Grants Network® system.

"The City of Boynton Beach grants team is excited about this new capability," said Debbie Majors, Grants Coordinator for the City of Boynton Beach. "It will enhance our administrative oversight by providing better visibility and accountability." Grants Network: Data Integration will improve both programmatic and fiscal grants compliance by integrating reimbursement and audit data within eCivis Grants Network. This integration provides a complete picture of an organization's grants portfolio, while driving down costs and improving the overall performance and effectiveness associated with management of each grant award.

"Customer and market feedback inspired the development of Data Integration," said eCivis CEO James Ha. "Managing grant awards today requires the use of too many information silos, financial systems, spreadsheets and duplicated efforts. It incurs needless costs, reduces capacity and is unsupported by ERP systems. Using cutting-edge cloud technology, we are solving an incredibly difficult and time-consuming problem for our customers."

Along with the City of Fort Worth, TX, the Port of Long Beach and the City of Boynton Beach have added to the growing list of eCivis clients that have partnered to pilot this latest technology innovation. eCivis is also working with over a dozen other organizations to begin new partnerships with Grants Network: Data Integration over the next few months.

Grants Network: Data Integration was designed to benefit any grant-active organization that collects and enters data multiple times to understand the status of a grant, has had an audit finding(s), or has had difficulty determining how much of a grant has been used. Any organization that seeks to get its financial and programmatic systems and personnel on the same page will find great value in partnering with eCivis.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

eCivis Helps City of Pasadena Win $1.98 Million Jobs Access Grant

eCivis Helps City of Pasadena Win $1.98 Million Jobs Access Grant

PASADENA, CA, January 15, 2013—The City of Pasadena won nearly $2 million in grant funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Jobs Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program, ranking the highest in evaluation scoring among 28 applicants in Los Angeles County. eCivis played a key role in ensuring that the City met the FTA’s various requirements and that the application was submission-ready.

City of Pasadena Transportation Secretary Mark Yamarone said: “When preparing our Jobs Access and Reverse Commute grant application, eCivis provided tremendous assistance in crafting our responses to make sure they met the strict requirements of the Federal Transit Authority. The application preparation oversight provided by eCivis ensured our application was crafted to demonstrate the need for our project and the benefit the grant would provide to our community.”

Grant Impact

The program, Increased Local Transit Capacity for Improved Jobs Access in Northwest Pasadena, will be funded through a $1,987,285 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded to the City of Pasadena through the Jobs Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program. The grant funds will be administered through Metro, who is the designated recipient for these federal funds. There are no local funds required as match for this grant project. The project will add capacity to the Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS) Route 20 by purchasing a 32-foot bus and by adding service-hours on the Route 20 through additional operating funds for three years. This program will increase the frequency of this route from every 35 minutes to every 24 minutes. The Route 20 is the most heavily used route in the system.

The project meets the goal of the JARC Program to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment-related activities for low-income individuals. The target population served by this program is Northwest Pasadena, as well as the West Altadena community which borders Pasadena along the city's northern border. This area has the highest rates of poverty and unemployment in the city. The project will build much needed capacity into Route 20, resulting in more frequent service for residents of Northwest Pasadena community needing to travel to or look for work. More than half of the route travels through this community on both Fair Oaks Avenue and Lake Avenue, the two most heavily traveled north/south corridors in the city, making it one of the key transportation lifelines for the Northwest community. Route 20 connects this area to the major employers, business districts and commercial corridors of Pasadena. It is an integral link to an extensive local and regional transit network, providing numerous transfer opportunities to other transit services including eight regional bus lines on Colorado Boulevard and the Metro Gold Line. As part of this local and regional transit network, Route 20 serves the Northwest residents with vital accessibility to jobs.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

eCivis Partners with Local Governments and Community Organizations...

eCivis Partners with Local Governments and Community Organizations to Drive Grant Success

eCivis' nationwide client list of local governments and community organizations continues to grow as new and renewed clients rely on the eCivis grants management software to drive their grants success.

PASADENA, CA, July 30, 2012—eCivis is improving grants performance one organization at a time. With their grants management software solution continually helping clients win billions of dollars in grant funding while simultaneously reducing the grant burden, it’s no wonder why their nationwide client list keeps growing.

Below are just a few of eCivis' new and renewed clients:

New eCivis Clients:

  • County of La Paz, AZ
  • Law Enforcement of Eloy PD, AZ
  • Town of Gila Bend, AZ
  • City of Del Mar, CA
  • District of Antioch Unified School District, CA
  • Mount San Jacinto Community College, CA
  • Community College of Colorado Mountain College, CO
  • City of West Peoria, IL
  • City of Bowling Green, KY
  • County of Bolivar, MS
  • County of Rockingham, NC
  • City of Statesville, NC
  • City of Concord, NH
  • City of Las Cruces, NM
  • City of Truth or Consequences, NM
  • South Central Council of Governments, NM
  • City of Hillsboro, OH
  • City of Logan, OH
  • City of Hugo, OK
  • City of Muleshoe, TX
  • City of Hyrum, UT
  • Hampton Roads Transit, VA 

Renewed eCivis Clients:

  • City of Thatcher, AZ
  • City of Safford, AZ
  • City of Pasadena, CA
  • City of Santa Clarita, CA
  • County of Riverside EDA, CA
  • Town of Dewey Beach, DE
  • City of Punta Gorda, FL
  • City of Sandy Springs, GA
  • City of East Point, GA
  • City of Jeffersonville, IN
  • City of Central City, KY
  • City of Marshall, MO
  • City of Springfield, MO
  • County of Jackson, MS
  • City of Greenville, NC
  • County of Clay, NC
  • Town of Davidson, NC
  • Township of Branchburg, NJ
  • City of Green, OH
  • City of Durant, OK
  • City of Tulsa, OK
  • City of North Charleston, SC
  • Council of Govt. of Upper Savannah, SC
  • Carl Griffith and Associates, TX
  • City of Port Isabel, TX
  • Community College of Del Mar, TX
  • County of El Paso 911 District, TX
  • City of Hurricane, UT
  • County of Tooele, UT
  • Town of South Boston, VA
  • City of Riverton, WY

Over 900 local governments, tribes, and organizations have chosen eCivis as their go-to source for all things grants-related.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

 

Osage Nation partners with eCivis for Grants Portfolio Management

Osage Nation partners with eCivis for Grants Portfolio Management

Project will provide Osage lawmakers and the Executive Branch with a complete and accurate picture of Nation’s grant funding

The Strategic Planning & Grants Management office (SPGM) is embarking on an exciting and innovative project that will provide Osage lawmakers and the Executive Branch with a complete and accurate picture of the Nation’s grant funding. In September of last year SPGM requested an appropriation for eCivis Grants Network after more than a year of searching and evaluating solutions to help manage the Nation’s grants. This is the first of several articles covering this project.

Over the past three years SPGM had been using MS Excel to track the nation’s grants but not very successfully. MS Excel wasn’t a good fit; the spreadsheet was basically a list of numbers separated by divisions. The Nation needed something relational; if we know what our entire grant funding picture looks like this helps determine what kinds of grants to plan for, and provides decision makers with accurate and timely information.

The search ended in 2010 after SPGM attended the National Grants Management Conference and found eCivis. Grants Network is not software that we have to install and maintain on our internal servers, it’s a web-based subscription. The technology behind it is what is known as software-as-a-service (saas). Grant data is accessed through the Cloud over a secure connection using a web browser. There is no costly desktop software or network infrastructure that we had to purchase and we don’t have to travel for training, it’s been accomplished so far online via WebEx.

Another reason Grants Network was chosen is its strong tracking and reporting components. From a funder’s point of view, it’s imperative to show that our programs are meeting their stated grant objectives, having positive outcomes and submitting progress reports on time. Grants Network allows us to electronically file all grant documentation in one place, but more importantly financial and programmatic reports will be tied to a grant. There will be a complete grant history along with its reporting cycle. Grants Network will automatically generate e-mail reminders to management when report deadlines are approaching. Bells go off sooner and we can proactively address reporting issues before they turn into a crisis.

Project work started in December and grants staff has been gathering data and working through issues. Grant information has been added for Cultural Resources and Education divisions, and capturing our 638 Self Governance funding amounts. At the same time we are reviewing internal processes and finalizing our grants policies and procedures, all of which will need to be integrated and communicated through the branch. Although the implementation can get tedious, our goal is to bring a much needed management tool to help inform decisions and improve the Nation’s daily operations.

About the Author
Jennifer Tiger
Director of Office of Strategic Planning & Grants Management
 

Jennifer Tiger, Osage, is the current director of the Office of Strategic Planning & Grants Management.She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political, Legal & Economic Analysis and an Advanced Project Management certification from Stanford’s Center for Professional Development.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

The Port of Los Angeles Manages Projects with eCivis Grants...

The Port of Los Angeles Manages Projects with eCivis Grants Management System

he Port of LA uses eCivis Grants Network to manage millions of dollars in project funding.

PASADENA, CA, October 14, 2011—eCivis, the nation’s leading provider of grants management software, is pleased to announce that the Port of Los Angeles is using eCivis Grants Network: Tracking & Reporting to manage millions of dollars in grant funding.

eCivis’ clients measure their success by increased competitive funding, streamlined processes, increased funding for their organizations — the list goes on. eCivis’ grants management system has helped clients win billions of dollars in funding while simplifying the grants process for them. Below are two projects being managed in Grants Network: Tracking & Reporting.

Project name: Harry Bridges Blvd Improvement
Funded by: Federal Economic Recovery Program: Highway Safety Improvement
Total Awarded: $21,472,000

The Harry Bridges Blvd Improvement Project consists of roadway improvements along a 1.3-mile segment in Wilmington. The street improvements along Harry Bridges Boulevard, from Lakme Avenue to Figueroa Street, will include grading, utility relocations, construction of concrete walks, gutters, driveways, traffic signals, fire hydrants, street lighting storm drainage, signage, landscaping, irrigation and fiber optic infrastructure. Construction is expected to be complete in January 2012.

Project name: Port Technology Advancement Program
Funded by: Recovery Act: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
Total Awarded: $1,482,000

The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) serves as the catalyst for identifying, evaluating, and demonstrating new and emerging emissions reduction and electrification technologies applicable to the port industry. These technologies will be incorporated in future updates to the Port's Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) as either new control measures, alternatives to existing emission reduction strategies, or as additional mitigation options to support Port growth. Projects that are seeking funding or other forms of assistance are required to submit a proposal explaining their technology and their assistance request. Proposals are evaluated by the TAP Advisory Committee using screening criteria including, but not limited to cost, feasibility, applicability, technological maturity, vendor qualifications and their ability to cost share.

The Port will utilize this funding to further its technologies efforts including, but not limited to, zero emission heavy duty trucks, shore-side power production, electric rubber tired gantry cranes, and harbor craft. The Port would limit grants using DOE funding to commercially available equipment that increases energy efficiency and reduces emissions. DOE funds would be limited to paying equal or less than the incremental cost of the new equipment, as compared to traditionally fueled equipment. DOE funding would be used to fund portions of the purchase of efficient equipment as described above, and for City staff salaries.

About eCivis
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
 

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com

 

Alachua County Works with Community-Based Organizations to Find...

Alachua County Works with Community-Based Organizations to Find Grant Funding

Alachua County, Florida, uses eCivis to collaborate and partner with community-based organizations.

WCJB-TV 20 News: Alachua County Helps CBOs Find Grant Funding from eCivis, Inc. on Vimeo.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL, August 17, 2011 — Alachua County has been given more than $14 million in grant money since 2004, and officials hope that will continue.

Today began an annual training class for community-based organizations to learn how to apply for grants. The training, organized by the Alachua County Office of Management and Budget, helped participants become familiar with eCivis' grants management software.

Organizers say the online program can help nonprofits find grant money. Nonprofits registered in Alachua County can subscribe to eCivis free of charge.

Local governments interested in learning more about eCivis' grants management system can click on the Take a Tour button above to view videos about eCivis' product.

About eCivis

eCivis Grants Network is the nation's leading grants management solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.

For media inquiries: media@ecivis.com.

eCivis Introduces Grants Tracking and Reporting System
 PASADENA, Calif., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- eCivis, the leader in
 improving grants performance, today announced the addition of eCivis Grants
 Tracking and Reporting(SM) to its growing eCivis Grants Network(R)
 community dedicated to grant-active organizations. eCivis Grants Tracking
 and Reporting is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that is designed
 to move grant-active organizations into the 21st century with a system that
 provides intelligence at every stage of the grants management lifecycle.
 eCivis Grants Tracking & Reporting is fully integrated with eCivis Grants
 Research, so once a grant is identified, it can easily be linked to a
 project, applied for, awarded, and managed in the post award without
 re-entering information.
 
     "The Tracking and Reporting system has given us a virtual centralized
 grants office," said Bobby Jenkins, Assistant Finance Director for Boynton
 Beach, Florida. "Audits, internal processes, reporting, interdepartmental
 coordination and communication, as well as team and management visibility
 into what's happening with our grants are all so much easier with eCivis in
 place."
 
     "Staff has commented that, even with more grants, the workload is more
 manageable. We didn't really even have to change our processes much, the
 eCivis system just made them work more efficiently," added Debbie Majors,
 Grants Manager for Boynton Beach. "eCivis Grants Network provides the
 management team with a full picture of grant awards at a click of a button.
 There is no need to get 10 people involved to obtain grant status
 information."
 
     eCivis Grants Tracking & Reporting maximizes visibility into and
 coordination of the grants process. It mitigates turnover issues, increases
 win rates, makes audits simpler, and provides clear grant metrics that
 improve performance. Grants professionals save time and frustration by
 automatically performing and centralizing many of the administrative
 functions currently done by hand, on paper, and through multiple systems.
 Department heads and managers reduce the amount of time spent complying
 with reporting requirements of awarded grants, and elected/appointed
 officials and senior management are finally able to account for every grant
 dollar and determine whether grant applications are in line with
 organizational priorities.
 
     "We are very excited about providing this revolutionary new capability
 for grant-active organizations," said Omie Ismail, eCivis CEO. "Grants are
 a $700 billion-a-year business -- that is increasingly coming under greater
 accountability and transparency. Typically, grants make up 5% to 20% of the
 overall budget for many midsize-to-large public sector entities, yet few
 have systems in place to adequately account for and comply with the myriad
 of different programs. Grant awards are very different; they come from many
 different sources, have complex requirements and are structured
 differently. Traditional systems simply don't track critical grants
 information, or support their effective management. Now there is a system
 that does."
 
     About eCivis
 
     Over 400 states, cities, counties, and educational institutions, and
 over 3,000 nonprofit organizations across the nation rely on eCivis to
 improve their grants performance. Through best of breed content and
 technology, eCivis provides the best grants information anywhere. Grants
 Network is a growing community of grants-active organizations, connected by
 an easy-to-use technological interface. Driven by the needs of our
 customers, eCivis continues to invest in extensive research resources and
 21st century technology to provide a one-stop-shop for all of your grants
 needs.
 
     For more information about eCivis, visit http://www.ecivis.com.


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Max Hopper Joins eCivis Board of Directors

Max Hopper Joins eCivis Board of Directors

Online travel visionary Max Hopper, considered by many to be the “father of marketing automation”, has been named to the board of directors of eCivis, Inc., an IG Corporate Member, a company that helps public sector entities improve their grants performance through information and software.  A highly decorated executive, Hopper brings more than 45 years of experience in electronic commerce, software, multimedia, networked computing, and data warehousing.  

 

Online travel visionary Max Hopper, considered by many to be the “father of marketing automation”, has been named to the board of directors of eCivis, Inc., an IG Corporate Member, a company that helps public sector entities improve their grants performance through information and software.  A highly decorated executive, Hopper brings more than 45 years of experience in electronic commerce, software, multimedia, networked computing, and data warehousing.   

"We are pleased to announce Max’s addition to our board of directors," says Omie Ismail, CEO, eCivis.  "Max has played an important role for eCivis in the last 18 months on an informal basis and I am delighted that he is helping to lead eCivis formally as a member of the board.  Max’s business and technical insights have been an invaluable asset as we continue to offer our clients increased grant expertise while propelling our grant management software platforms forward."

Hopper was instrumental in the formation of the SABRE Group, a technology services business.  In his role as CEO of the SABRE Group, he created the SABRE Travel Information Network, which made its mark introducing the concept of electronic commerce to the travel industry. SABRE also developed SABRE Interactive technology, which later merged with the popular online travel broker Travelocity.  

“I am excited to join the board of eCivis,” says Hopper.  “My experience in the information systems field helps eCivis build upon its already strong foundation.  I look forward to guiding the company as it accelerates its growth and delivers compelling software solutions.”

Hopper began his career at Shell Oil in 1960 and served with Electronic Data System (EDS) and United Airlines before joining American Airlines in 1972.  He served as executive vice president of Bank of America from 1982 through 1985, where he was chief information officer.  Hopper also led the bank’s re-engineering efforts in the systems and operations areas.  He has been honored with many awards and recognition, including the Leadership Award for Collaborative Innovation at the Computerworld Honors Program, co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute in 2000.  

The eCivis board of directors also includes: Chairman William Ferguson, Jr., chief executive officer, The Ferguson Group; W. Roger Gwinn, president, The Ferguson Group; Omie Ismail, chief executive officer, eCivis; and Bruce Rognlien, chairman emeritus, Associated Travel. 

About eCivis:
Headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., eCivis, Inc. improves public sector grants success through expert information, services, software, and training.  eCivis is focused on the financial needs of public sectors and serves more than 500 grant-active cities, counties, school districts, and academic institutions nationwide.  

For more information on eCivis, call 877.232.4847 or visit the company’s Web site at www.ecivis.com.  

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