Open Source Softwares fo Non-Profit Organizations


A growing non-profit can spend a great deal of resources on managing software. Open source and non-profits seem to be a natural fit for collaboration.

Posted On:  19 Mar . 2015
Open Source Softwares fo Non-Profit Organizations
 

Non-profit organizations use computer software to improve the way they conduct their day-to-day operations. Whether it is fundraising software or fund accounting programs, the vast array of options can be confusing.The information provided here will help non-profits in assessing their needs and selecting appropriate open source products.

Open source and non-profits follow very similar philosophies. The respective philosophies of the non-profit and open source communities share some basic principles.  They both are altruistic in nature. The concept of freedom is inherent in both communities. In the open source movement, the goal is to keep software source code visible. When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves and improves. Fundamentally, non-profit groups distribute organized methods to provide freedom. Whether relief from oppression of poverty, chemical addiction, or from other human beings, when people are free from these bonds, they can accomplish more and live better lives.

A growing non-profit can spend a great deal of resources on managing software. Open source and non-profits seem to be a natural fit for collaboration. If we harness the power of open source to benefit non-profits where funds and personnel with technical experience are limited, the results would be a more secure, stable and cost-effective software solution.

The goal of a non-profit organization is to accomplish positive change for the community. Every year the non-profit sector ends up giving huge chunk of donations received into the pockets of a few monstrous software companies.

Non-profit organizations use computer software to improve the way they conduct their day-to-day operations. Whether it is fundraising software or fund accounting programs, the vast array of options can be confusing.

Software for non-profit organizations include a wide range of standalone applications and comprehensive programs that help non-profits manage the many dimensions of their administrative, fundraising, donor relations.  Every product has its own unique working and functionality but most of the systems provide similar core work rewards. The challenge lies with how to determine exactly which of these many solutions can best meet their organization’s peculiar needs today and grow with them over time. We here give an overview about,which are thosesoftware a non-profit needs? What do they do? And which open source software comes close toaccomplish these? 

Accounting Software

The strict reporting requirements of AS and FCRA pose a different challenge to a non-profit than their brothers from another mother ‘for-profit organization’. Non-profits usually have limited funds and technical experience they lack the sharpness that regular businessmen possess. Non-profits can save time and money, while reducing the odds of reporting errors and mistakes by implementing a non-profit accounting system.

Non-profit accounting system provide organizations all the tools they need to manage income and efficiently and effectively. Since non-profits are subject to federal audits, it is very important to record all financial transactions in precise and explicit manner. This system track all donations, expenses, grants, transactions and also helps in achieving transparency, ensure all financial reporting standards are met, maximize rupee inflow and minimize avoidable rupee outflow.

GnuCash: It is personal and small-business financial accounting software, freely licensed under GNU OS GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a chequebook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. 

Version: GnuCash 2.6.5.

Apache OpenOffice: A flexible word processor, powerful spread sheet, dynamic graphics, database access and more meets all the requirements for an office software package. It has been developed for Linux, OS X and Windows, with ports to other operating systems and distributed under the Apache License.

Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

FrontAccounting: It is an open source web-based accounting software for small and medium enterprises, written in PHP, using MySQL. FrontAccounting is multiuser, multilingual and multicurrency. It is released under terms of the GNU GPL and available in Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Unix.

Version: FrontAccounting 2.3


 

 

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