Free and Low-Cost Nonprofit Accounting Tools | Nonprofit Blog

When your nonprofit stays on the ball about adapting to new tools, it can work to achieve its mission. Part of this comes from good customer relationship management tools, but it can also include day-to-day operational things, like accounting and fundraising. 

In order to complete its mission, a nonprofit has to have proper accounting practices, and what better way to help you with that than resources that are reliable, efficient and easy to use? Here are some of our top free and low-cost picks to make your nonprofit’s workload a little bit more manageable.

1. QuickBooks

The most widely used accounting software for nonprofits and small businesses is QuickBooks, which lets you access it anytime and anywhere, either on your web browser or through their app. It is also connected with apps like BodeTree, that helps you organize your financials, and DonorPath, which lets you view donor information to use to your advantage.

2. Aplos

Since 2008, Aplos has been providing cutting-edge accounting software specifically designed for nonprofits. Not only does Aplos come with all the bells and whistles that your nonprofit may need, but it also allows for as many users as your organization requires. Better yet, Aplos offers a detailed tutorial to help your staff and volunteers navigate the software with ease.

3. TurboCASH

For years, TurboCASH has consistently received raving reviews as one of the best options for free accounting software. It’s ideal for nonprofits just getting their footing, since it’s easy to use and open-source. It includes automated billing, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing, credit processing and more. TurboCASH runs on Windows, Mac and Linus. Though it may not look the best aesthetically, it sure is reliable.

4. xTuplePostBooks

PostBooks not only looks nice and polished, but it’s a versatile option as well. It includes accounting software, customer relationship management tools and enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools. With PostBooks, you get an easy-to-navigate system and these bonus features for one user. Additional users must purchase additional product keys. So if your nonprofit has a single person managing the books, this system may be for you.

Though many accounting software systems are out there, we’ve narrowed down these as some of the best bang for your buck. And when you’re on top of the ball with your finances, it’s smooth sailing for your nonprofit from there on out. Do you use another free or low-cost system? Take to the comments below to rave about it!

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Hana Muslic

Hana is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, putting her journalism degree to use by writing articles for the Hub’s national publications and overseeing the national social media accounts. Hana is dedicated to the nonprofit sector and giving back to the community that has given so much to her. If you need some last minute plans, she will most likely join you in impulsively buying concert tickets right before the show.

September 5, 2017

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