My first choice for church accounting software continues to be Alpos. It is the most user-friendly software I have found so far for churches and nonprofits with limited accounting skills.
However, realizing that some churches prefer desktop accounting software, here is a very special offer from Intuit and Techsoup... (Note: TechSoup now offers the online version of QuickBooks too)
Free QuickBooks® Software
Intuit has a great offer for eligible charities, including American churches!
The Intuit Donation Program is offering the Nonprofit version of QuickBooks® basically FREE to qualifying churches, nonprofits, and charities. (A small admin fee will be charged for each download). For the online version, there is an annual $50 admin fee.
I have set up
several churches in the online version of QuickBooks® and like the
extensive reporting capabilities among other things with the software.
However, I do NOT recommend setting it up yourself without at least one of the resources below...
Want to set up QuickBooks Online for your church or nonprofit, but do not know where to even begin? Let Lisa London, CPA and author of QuickBooks for Churches and Nonprofits, take you step by step through setting it up and using QBO for your church or nonprofit organization in her online courses!
Save yourself frustration and incorrectly setting up QuickBooks® for your organization by purchasing Lisa London's QuickBooks® for Churches and Nonprofits! I have these books and they sit right by my computer. They are marked up and full of sticky notes =) Don't attempt to use QuickBooks® without having one of the following books in your own library!
QuickBooks Online® for Churches and Not-for-Profit Organizations
This book contains hundreds of screenshots that helps you set up and use QuickBooks Online (QBO) effectively.
Procedures to guard against theft and errors
Designing a chart of accounts (with examples for different types of nonprofits in the appendix)
Converting a desktop QuickBooks organization into QBO
Tracking donor gifts and grants
Importing donor and vendor contact information
Receiving money, paying bills, and tracking credit card charges
Bundle any of Lisa's books and my book "The How-To Guide for Small & Growing Churches" for one low price. Just click on the radio button that says: Add Church Accounting: The How-to Guide and save $5 under the "Save money by bundling your purchases" headline!
QuickBooks® for Churches
Lisa will walk you through QuickBooks® DESKTOP from setup to finish, complete with examples, terminology, and everything a busy church administrator or bookkeeper needs to know.
The book is written for beginner and advanced church bookkeepers alike, in a friendly and easy-to-understand style. It includes:
Step-by-step instructions on how to set up QuickBooks® and utilize it efficiently
Valuable tips on how to make QuickBooks® work better for churches
Numerous illustrative screenshots and time-saving shortcuts
We can also set up an accounting system and train you how to use!
Need training on how to use QBO or Aplos effectively for a church or better yet ...need an expert in either of those accounting software to do your monthly bookkeeping and/or payroll? See more on our accounting services!