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 teamed up with TechSoup and offering QuickBooks for eligible charities. (A small admin fee will be charged for each download). For the online version, there is an annual $50 admin fee ($150 for the Advanced QBO).
NOTE: I was just informed that the application for the "almost free" QB file includes the following wording:
"Anti-discrimination policy: Organizations that engage in discrimination when offering or providing social services or in employment practices (hiring, compensation, training, promotion, termination, or retirement) on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status, other than as allowed by law, are not eligible to participate in this program."
That wording in my opinion will unfairly disqualify many churches, so I wanted to make you aware of it.
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...
Our QuickBooks DIY Training:
This Do-it-yourselfer package is a great option for those who want to handle the books themselves, while still getting a good deal with some guidance on setting up and using Aplos or QuickBooks Online effectively for a church or nonprofit.
(Please Note:this is not an accounting class. I cannot teach all the basic of accounting in 3 (1-2 hour) sessions...plus how to use QBO or Aplos. You must know some basic bookkeeping beforehand. This is for individuals already familiar with a chart of accounts and how to assign the most basic transactions. If you do not have anyone on staff that can do....please consider the Outsourced or Inclusive Bookkeeper Bookkeeping Level.)
The package includes:
- Initial file set up (or set up review) and 1 to 2 hour consultation to ensure you are off to a good start
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