More Than 180 Boy Scout Units Use Sage Mobile Payments for Popcorn Fundraisers

More Than 180 Boy Scout Units Use Sage Mobile Payments for Popcorn Fundraisers 
IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/17/13 --  Sage North America today
announced it is providing mobile payments capabilities for popcorn
sales for numerous Boy Scout Councils. More than 180 Boy Scout Units
-- groups of Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops -- are using Sage
Mobile Payments, the Payment Card Industry (PCI)-compliant mobile
payments product. 
As one of the most popular Boy Scouts of America (BSA) fundraisers,
the annual popcorn sale supports local units' Scouting throughout the
year. Last year, over 70 percent of the fundraiser's proceeds stayed
within local councils. Of that amount, one-third of a council's
proceeds went directly to the units that sold popcorn to fund their
local programs and activities. 
Boy Scouts of Des Plaines Valley Council in La Grange, Ill., used
Sage Mobile Payments for 13 weeks of the 14-week 2013 popcorn sale.
"Prior to this year, very few troops and packs accepted credit
cards," said Manuel Carrera, Jr., Des Plaines Valley Council district
executive. "Overall council sales were higher this year, thanks to
Sage Mobile Payments, and more people purchased at a lower price
point. We received new customers who weren't necessarily looking to
buy popcorn, as well as customers who would typically have a 'no
cash' reason for not buying. I personally like how simple and easy
Sage Mobile Payments made it to complete a transaction." 
The popcorn sale aligns with one of the goals of Scouting: "to teach
youth within the organization how to become self-reliant." Through
the popcorn sale and other fundraising projects, the Boy Scouts
organization has the opportunity to teach Scouts how they, along with
the combined efforts of other Scouts, can help make the world a
better place. 
Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council in Hurst, Texas, started using
Sage Mobile Payments in mid-August and concluded their popcorn sales
at the end of November 2013. "Last year, we used a mobile payments
product from another vendor, and the product was fine, but the Sage
customer support has been great," said Renee Horton, Longhorn Council
development director. "The first stage of our council's popcorn sales
was up 10 percent over last year." 
Sage Mobile Payments comes bundled with a 
Sage merchant account and
allows organizations like the Boy Scouts to cost effectively and
securely process credit and debit card transactions on smartphones
and tablets, across all major wireless carriers and with no down
payment or deposit requirements. Sage Payments Solutions settles to
Sage Mobile Payment customers' bank accounts within 48 hours of each
transaction. Featuring signature capture capabilities and a tax and
tip calculator, Sage Mobile Payments offers end-to-end encryption, so
customers' credit card data remains safe with encryption at all
stages of the transaction. Sage Mobile Payments customers can also
retrieve a customer invoice from their mobile device and pay against
that invoice for seamless and complete integration into their Sage
accounting software. 
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and
most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA
provides a program for young people that builds character, trains
them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and
develops personal fitness. For more than a century, the BSA has
helped build the future leaders of this country by combining
educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The BSA believes
-- and, through over a century of experience, knows -- that helping
youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and
productive society. For more information, visit: 
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