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QuickBooks Desktop

The desktop version of QuickBooks Pro works very well for congregations because:

  • It is versatile; it can be adapted to most any organization.
  • It handles necessary fund accounting very easily. Unlike QuickBooks Online, it allows the creation of a “custom report” with rows by class that shows the balance of each fund on any day.
  • It works easily and accurately for people with no bookkeeping .experience (important for volunteer treasurers and part-time staff).  No knowledge of “debits and credits” or “general journal entries” is needed.
  • It is inexpensive (the most recent non-profit price via TechSoup was $78 once every three years). Unfortunately, the current status of non-profit pricing is unknown.
  • It can be combined with remote access (Splashtop, LogMeIn, Windows Remote Access, etc.) to provide access for multiple staff/lay leaders.
  • It can provide financial reports and itemized detail to lay leaders in only a few minutes.
  • It is very commonly known, so the next treasurer or staff member can step in without significant software training.

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