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What's unique about church accounting and church accounting software?

There are numerous dedicated church accounting software programs on the market as well as a wide variety of multi-purpose small business accounting software packages such as Quickbooks that may meet your church accounting needs. One thing you need to consider when looking for free church accounting software is that a church and its accounting needs are not the same as a small business. One specific difference is the need for a church to use fund accounting which is not the type of accounting done by a for profit business. Fund accounting is the style of accounting procedures and records typically used by non profits, in this case churches. Fund accounting creates groups of assets and liabilities based primarily on their ultimate intended purpose. This type of church accounting will differentiate between funds that are unrestricted and those that are restricted (such as a building fund contribution account). Although both types of organizations need to create a verifiable audit trail, the significant taxation differences will alter the types of data contained on the accounting records and how it is grouped.


Is free church accounting software a viable option for your church?

If your church is quite small you may be able to use Excel or a free general accounting program such as OpenOffice Calc, especially if you can find a church specific template to simplify the setup. One drawback to a bare bones system is that it might be easy to make improper changes with no clear audit trail if a dishonest person were to gain access to the program. Another problem with using business accounting software is that it will not track attendance or things like giving vs pledges, although you may be able to find software that is able to perform these functions individually. For a large church with a complicated budget and many members, it may be difficult to find a free church accounting software program to adequately meet your church accounting and management needs. This said, you should know that many of the commercial products are really quite reasonable.

As an aside I have to say that I am really quite disappointed that we as the Christian Community have not made more free church software available, especially for our new, small and struggling congregations. If you know of more free church accounting software or even very inexpensive software, please go to our contact page and send us a note. If we can identify a few packages that sell for less than $100.00 we might add a separate page highlighting them.

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New: Due to the limited number of free software products available for review we have recently added a page that highlights church accounting software that sells for less than $150.00 here.


 

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