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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Accounting for charity with free software

From: Richard Smedley
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Accounting for charity with free software
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 15:09:37 +0000

On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 14:36:04 MJ Ray wrote:
> > I am in Birmingham next week, and will try and track down
> > the developer for more info.
> Any luck?

Hello Mark,

I had a word, but he couldn't tell me anything of the
``official position'' :-/
I'm trying to find out more.

> Max Hertzberg of Seeds for Change (a non-profit training co-op,
> www.seedsforchange.org.uk) sent me this summary:

V useful summary - do you know if Max is using one of
these for Seeds for a Change's accounts?

> > Gnucash has advanced considerably recently, and now has the
> > features you'd expect such as double entry bookkeeping, regular
> > transactions and the ability to have several 'accounts', even
> > sub-accounts within accounts. This could work well where you need
> > to ring-fence restricted funds and show them seperately in a
> > financial report/accounts since each 'account' can be shown
> > seperately on the report/accounts sheet.

As long as these `sub-accounts' can be carried across financial
years, this could well do...

> > Kmymoney http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/ - running under KDE -
> > has come from virtually nowhere and also has an impressive list of
> > features. In this software you can have categories within accounts
> > - so that not just reserved funds, but all the budget posts can be
> > listed easily. This seems a much more intuitive way of dealing with
> > reserved funds.

We'll have to try these two out with some willing clients.

The BVSC solution had the benefit of an easy interface, coupled
to an underlying spreadsheet structure. Those concerned told me
that this was ideal, but I have to admit to having no knowledge
in this particular field :-/    [1]

 - Richard

 [1] & We use OOo ;)

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