USD Foundation computer records are Y2K compliant

USD Foundation computer records are Y2K compliant The University of South Dakota Foundation has announced that the software it uses to maintain donor records is Y2K compliant.

Experts caution that computer systems which record years with two digits, such as "99" for 1999, may have trouble

in the year 2000, because they may interpret the date "00" as 1900 rather than 2000. The computer industry is expending considerable effort to ensure that critical computer systems comply with standards to avoid these problems, popularly known as the "Y2K problem."

"It is very important to keep accurate records of contributions and installment pledges made to The University of South Dakota via the USD Foundation," said Ted Muenster, president of the USD Foundation. "We need to provide accurate receipts for income tax purposes and to properly track installment gifts.

"In addition, we have several giving clubs and societies with membership based on cumulative gifts that must be properly tracked," he continued. "We are confident that our computer record-keeping systems are ready for the new century."

The primary software used by the USD Foundation for contributor giving records is "The Raiser's Edge" by Blackbaud, Inc. The software, certified by Blackbaud, Inc., has been tested with the system date of 1/1/2000 and will function normally with the year change from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000. In addition, the software recognizes the special "extra" leap year date of Feb. 29, 2000. Hardware used by the Foundation also has been upgraded to be compliant.

As an extra safeguard, noted Muenster, complete backup copies of Foundation records will be made at the end of December and preserved for at least a year, in case any long-term record-keeping problems related to Y2K crop up.

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