Software for Small Computer Systems

Sections of This Topic Include

Accounting Software
What Free Software Means
Various Perspectives
Nonprofit (Additional Information for)

The library also includes a related, comprehensive set of subtopics in All About Computers, Internet & Web. You may also want to look at the Library topic Fundraising for database and contact management software.

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Accounting Software

An accounting software package can greatly reduce the time to enter and manage accounting transactions, and generate financial statements. However, you still should have at least a basic understanding of the accounting process for your organization, including what journals are used and what general accounts exist. You must have good understanding of financial statements and how to analyze them -- an accounting package cannot do this for you!

NOTE: Many accounting packages will work for either nonprofit or for-profits -- therefore, consider both of the following lists.


Accounting Software
How to Choose the Best Small Business Accounting Software for Your Business


Suggestions for Nonprofit Accounting Software (forum)

Geared to For-Profits, but Also Apply to Nonprofits.

How to Select Accounting Software
The Accounting Software & Reviews Network

What "free" software means

What is open source? Why use open source software?
The Free Software Definition
What is Free Software?

Sources of Free Software

Free Software
Tucows – Free Software and Shareware Downloads
For Mac users
Also for Mac users
Directory of Shareware

Additional Software Information for Nonprofits

Ten Steps to Selecting Software Successfully Tips on Using Database Software and Other Tech Tools
Capterra's software directory
Philanthropy Journal's site
NPO.NET: For and About Chicago Area Nonprofits
Computer Use in Social Services Network CUSSN
Coyote Communications Technology Tips for Not-for-Profit Public Sector Orgs
River Guide's index and comparison of software
The Nonprofit Software Index -- Your source for information on software for nonprofit organizations
Software Discounts for Nonprofit and Academic Institutions
Software directory for non-profit organizations

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The Accidental Techie - Book Cover The Accidental Techie: Supporting, Managing, and Maximizing Your Nonprofit's Technology
by Carter McNamara, published by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. This hands-on guide walks you through five projects that, when completed, will give you a comprehensive and usable support system, including for 1) conducting a technology inventory, 2) assessing and supporting staff, 3) assessing and buying technology, 4) protecting your organization from disasters and data loss, and 5) managing your role. Includes ready-to-use templates, worksheets and sample policies, and also 135 resources on topics such as funding, discussion groups, application service providers, web site development, donor management software, and a security policy checklist. Also explains steps for creating a database that gives you the reports you need. Includes a glossary of terms every techie should know.

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