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Sage Intacct and Not-for-Profit Organisations: How can it help?

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Not-for-profit organisations (NPO’s) are infamously difficult to achieve constant success with. This is because they do not only struggle with the same issues that regular firms operate with, they also deal with issues specific to themselves. This includes the pressure to show immediate results for shareholders, to the shrinking assistance from the Government in recent years. As such, NPO’s need all the help they can get when it comes to maintaining efficient accounting practises. This is where Sage Intacct comes in!

How Sage Intacct helps your Not-for-profit Organisation

Sage Intacct is the brand new product offered by Sage and has finally launched in the UK after its huge success in the US. Sage Intacct is perfect for non-for-profit, charities and organisations. There are many features that Sage Intacct possesses that can assist your growing NPO, some of which will be covered below.

Financial Transparency and Visibility

Donors want to know where their money is going and what their investments are achieving, and that is completely fair. A number of non-profit organisations receive numerous grants and donations in separate income streams. With Sage Intacct Fund Accounting, every funder has their own revenue source along with a series of specific reports with their own unique requirements to make fund management easier than ever before. According to Sage findings, financial visibility can increase donations by up to 25%! This shows just how important financial transparency is to the donator.

Stronger Internal Controls

Sage Intacct allows for centralised controls, which in turn provides efficient distribution of responsibility. This is beneficial for the firm as provides clarity within the NPO. Not only this, but Sage Intacct allows the user to set budgets to each event, program or funder. Additionally, Sage Intacct also lets you manage monies by grants, geographies and other dimensions.

Familiarity with Complex Consolidations

Sage Intacct’s multi-dimensional database is so sophisticated, in minutes you can get real-time analytics and swift closings. This allows you to aggregate transactions and activities across your not-for-profit organisation. The complexities Sage Intacct can deal with, to name a few, include multiple currencies, donors, locations and/or entities.

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Sage Intacct’s Not-for-profit product add-on modules

Sage Intacct’s Not-for-profit accounting add-on modules have been created to streamline manual processes to help you reach your goals. These vary from the grants tracking and billing module, the revenue recognition module and the GuideStar digital board book module.

Grants Tracking and Billing Module

This module gives you the ability to centralise all grant details and documents for a extensive view. This is regardless of funding source or award form, whether it be foundation, corporate or governmental. Much like the Sage Intacct main body, this module ensures more control and visibility. Additionally, the grant tracking and billing module assists with company compliance with audits. This is due to centralised grant reports and records, so staff and auditors have a shared singular source of the complete truth. You are provided the ability to get a clear audit trail for qualified expenses by asserting expenses as reimbursable during transaction entry.

Revenue Recognition Module

There are multiple areas in which the revenue recognition module assists the user. The module works with the aforementioned Grants Tracking and Billing Module to track and automate reimbursement bills and requests for funding sources. As a result of this, along with the benefits of selecting the best revenue recognition method for each revenue stream, Sage Intacct improves compliance efficiency and reduces errors. However, the revenue recognition module not only helps reduce errors, but it also saves a significant amount of time. This is because you are able to avoid manual calculations in external spreadsheets, minimising monotonous data entry to help you focus on the important thing for your NPO.

GuideStar Digital Board Book Module

Finally, the GuideStar digital board book module provides the user with the ability to enable better financial stewardship. This is done via the dashboards allowing users real-time views of key data and organisational health, along with instant actionable insight to key stakeholders. Additionally, GuideStar allows access to visuals of vital balance sheet metrics with trend lines and changes, making it easier than ever for not-for-profit organisations to promote proactive management.

Conclusion

As you can see from the above information, Sage Intacct is ideal for the not-for-profit organisation. Intacct, with the additional add-on’s listed above, makes running a not-for-profit firm easier than ever before. If you need more proof, please read this case study concerning the company ‘Room to Read’. With Sage Intacct dimension capabilities, they were able to streamline their chart of accounts from 56,000 to just 100 accounts. This organisation is one of the many examples of how Sage Intacct has helped not-for-profit firms since it’s inception. Maybe your organisation can be the next of many Sage Intacct success stories!

Thank you for reading! If you want to make any further enquires into Sage Intacct and how it can help your not-for-profit organisation, please feel free to contact us or request a Sage Intacct Demo.

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