Affnetz Blog

Book a demo

Does QuickBooks for Nonprofit Integrate with Other Software?

Does QuickBooks for Nonprofit Integrate with Other Software?

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: 

  • Donor Management – Donations from traditional or Peer-to-Peer fundraising campaigns flow through this software.
  • Sponsors and Advertising – Funds from these Stakeholders support programs and events.
  • Events – Fundraising and educational events software programs handle the flow of funds from attendees and donors. It also tracks payments to vendors doing work for events like caterers and audio-visual technicians.
  • Beneficiary Management – This is an outflow of funds that must be carefully managed to ensure the right beneficiaries receive the correct benefits.

 

How Does the Money Move?

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: 

  • Sync unique, individual financial transaction records from the software to QuickBooks
  • Acceptance of records of payment processors like Stripe or PayPal
  • Mapping to specific QuickBooks accounts at a level of detail chosen by the Nonprofit
  • Ability to filter transactions by multiple attributes like payment date, payment method or accounting category.

 

Nonprofits that achieve tighter integration between QuickBooks for Nonprofit and their other software programs will be rewarded with greater efficiency and lower operating costs.

 

Rather than just investing in IT tools and resources, consider investing in “Service Experts” that work directly with you in effectively deploying tools to achieve your Mission.

 

To learn more, check out the Affnetz website at https://affnetz.com/ or feel free to connect with us at [email protected].

Want to Know More?

  • Streamline your operations
  • Enhance member and stakeholder engagement
  • Increase revenue
  • Increase first-time and recurring donations