QuickBooks for Nonprofit has become a popular cloud-based financial accounting software choice for many organizations. Even so, the question arises: does QuickBooks for Nonprofit integrate with other software?
Most Nonprofits use a variety of software programs that touch on finances in some way. For example:
Yet, the question remains, “Does QuickBooks for Nonprofit integrate with other software?” The answer is “it depends.” It depends on the integration capabilities of each software program used by the Nonprofit.
Total lack of integration means transactions in a software program must be manually duplicated in QuickBooks for Nonprofit. Although this highly inefficient process sometimes occurs today, it is more likely that some degree of integration exists with QuickBooks.
There are two general categories of integration.
The first (and worse) is exporting/importing files. An example would be data exported from a Peer-to-Peer fundraising program and then imported into QuickBooks. This has significant disadvantages.
Batch type processing – data loads into QuickBooks in chunks. Often this occurs in overnight processing, which delays financial reporting.
Error-prone – since there are multiple manual steps in this process, errors can creep in. Even if the export/import routine is automated, the code to do this usually is custom-built. This adds a maintenance and troubleshooting risk to an already overburdened Nonprofit IT staff.
The second type is built-in integration with QuickBooks. An internal interface for programmers allows direct interaction with QuickBooks. This way, software vendors can create a seamless integration with the Nonprofits financial accounting processes.
Nonprofits should require this second type of integration when considering any software purchase. These specific integration features should be present:
Nonprofits that achieve tighter integration between QuickBooks for Nonprofit and their other software programs will be rewarded with greater efficiency and lower operating costs.