Quickbooks nonprofit clarification

by Midge
(des moines, iowa (USA))

We have purchased 2012 quickbook nonprofit. The language is so different for us to know how to begin using it. Why doesn't it use words that are associated with church business rather than just plain business, such as offering, tithes., etc? It does not explain what's what's. Can anyone use plain language in stating to me where things go, other than calling contributors customers?

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quickbooks for non profits
by: Anonymous

I recommend getting "running quickbooks in nonprofits" by Kathy Ivens. However I would also recommend that you do Not do the download for UCOA accounts from page 41, this did not work for me and I had to start over.
I started as the church bookkeeper in Jan of this year and I am only now (Mar) starting to feel comfortable with the program. I still am learning but without this book I would be lost.
Also if you google specfic questions you will find lots of advice.
I have set up our bank checking account as sub accounts of: General (unrestricted) Funds and Designated (temp.restricted) Funds. The designated fund account has many sub accounts which function as "in-out" and when I do a report of classes it gives how much is in each that needs to be given.
I highly recommend using the classes for showing your council what is in the designated areas.
When doing sales receipts make sure you get the check numbers of those who have given by check so you can give them in the end of year report to whom they pertain to. I also edited the sales receipt so that it is specific to our church.
Hope this helps, Prayers! Sandra

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