Icon Systems, Inc. is searching for a Lead Customer Support Technician to support its IconCMO, IconCMO+, and Revelations church management software products. Please review the career requirements and email your résumé and a cover letter describing why serving churches excites you to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Several of us at Icon Systems recently had the chance to be interviewed by the fine folks over at ChurchAccountingSoftwareGuide.com. We think you’ll find it well worth a read! As they wrote:
Why this Interview is a Must Read for Anyone Dealing with Church Management and Accounting
It answers (from a licensed Certified Public Accountant) some of the most common questions I get about church accounting:
- Are there any special accounting standards our church needs to be following?
- Can my church lose its tax-exempt status?
- Are my current accounting reports in compliance with non-profit regulations and standards?
- Is there a church accounting software program that can help me be in compliance with non-profit standards?
- My church is small, do I need to worry about the accounting standards?
We also cover the general administrative challenges that churches face, some of the best accounting-related features in IconCMO, and have a detailed overview from our CPA about the federal fund accounting guidelines for churches and other non-profits.
As many of our clients know it has been a busy time for IconCMO in the recent weeks with the software enhancements like Excel exporting for reports, accounts receivables, calendar enhancements, payroll checks, email history and contribution statements.
Now it is time for a hardware update. A few months ago we placed a new database server into the hardware architecture as a secondary server to the primary database server to ensure it would work properly for our clients. The new hardware has shown great reliability and speed. This week the new server will become the primary database server to the benefit of all of our IconCMO clientele. This change will help with an increase of certain operations on the system. For example saving records, pulling data for reports, etc should be faster and limited only by the user’s Internet speed.
When a church elects to use IconCMO over the typical desktop system these hardware improvements are costs that are covered in the price of IconCMO. The non-profit organization does not have to bear this hardware cost in their yearly budget for replacement or the maintenance. Rest assured that Icon Systems uses top quality servers and replaces them frequently to provide our clients with the best possible church software experience available today with IconCMO!
Many churches try their best to do everything right and succeed every day in their mission(s). There is one area in the church that can be detrimental even if the best intentions were meant – the church’s books. Once a church loses the trust in the congregation and/or community their reputation as being a trustworthy organization is tarnished for a very long time. This is why using the proper accounting software, techniques, and having the right people are essential to ensure the church’s overall mission is not tarnished in anyway. [Read more…]
An excellent blog post about email marketing and the importance of testing. Using a simple example they show you what should be thought about so your user/readers will enjoy getting emails from you and will act on them.
Read the full blog post!
An update for IconCMO and its Reports!
The largest report related release to date for the IconCMO church software solution. The developers have given churches the ability to download reports in an Excel format from the IconCMO church management software (ChMS) solution. The enhancement greatly increases the flexibility of the IconCMO church software. Users can modify the standard reports and add various headings, data, etc. to the downloaded excel file to create their own customized reports. The majority of the reports in IconCMO were modified to offer this feature to our clients. Additionally, we also changed the screens for reporting. The developers are laying the groundwork for future reporting styles to be added to our flagship church software product.
In addition to this great enhancement we have also included the normal export screens to go directly into Excel. Now the system will directly send the data into Excel for the user – saving time in retrieving data for the end user!
Lauren Hunter Public Relations
Streamline Church Membership Management, Church Fund Accounting,
and Reduce Church Software Costs with Cloud-Based ChMS, IconCMO
IconCMO Offers Cloud-Based Financial and Administrative Technology Advantages to Churches
Moorhead, MN, April 25, 2011—As churches seek to increase efficiency on smaller budgets, looking to cloud-based church management software (ChMS) has incredible advantages. While there are many church technology providers on the market offering robust church management solutions, few have complete fund accounting, contribution, and payroll modules in addition to membership management—all in one integrated web-based church management system. Read the full Press Release!
For churches interested in linking the church’s website calendar to IconCMO church software so your members have an event calendar to view. It now has 15 minute increments instead of 30 minutes. We made this adjustment to better serve churches and the various different ministries that start at the quarter hours. This change will also reflect in the API’s (Application Programmer’s Interface) that is used to update church’s website. If your website is already linked to the IconCMO then there is nothing else the user needs to do. If the church is not using the API’s to link the IconCMO church software to the website please visit our developer’s center webpage and learn more about this functionality. The tab called “Sample Code” would have the code to put on your website. It also has an example of what the default calendar looks like. As always we are here to help. If you need help setting this up please give us a call.Thanks The Development Team!
Finding the Right Church Software?
Creating quality software can be a very difficult process. Especially since everyone’s opinion on what makes quality software will vary. Quality software can be categorized in a variety of ways such as: Easy to use, flexible, to feature rich applications. What are the advantages of each? How do these categories affect a multi-site system?
According to a recent study conducted by Lifeway and 1003 protestant churches 55% of churches offer online giving with attendance of 500 or more. Two-thirds of churches with online giving offered it for 2 years or less. It also found churches in larger cities used it more often. To check out all the statistics please review the study. With this growing trend it is essential to have church software that can handle seamless integration.