At Icon Systems we are always looking out for our clients and wanted to pass this information on to you. Does your current software provide the right financial reports for the IRS? Ask the 3,000 organizations in Orange County, CA that lost their tax exempt status and it came down to not filing their financial records with the IRS. Some are trying to get it back as that information shows. Small organizations are not exempt from this reporting requirement anymore as many believe. The IRS has revoked approximately 325,000 non profit tax exempt organizations this year alone. It will only get worst when non-profit organizations use sub-standard accounting packages that do not provide accurate reports based on the fund accounting standards. These standards are provided by the FASB organization and specifically written in the FAS 95, 116, and 117 regulations. Please see a more in depth discussion with the church accounting software guide about these guidelines. Or read our ebook on accounting standards for churches.
Icon Systems is pleased to announce the full IconCMO web application for the iPad. A full version of the IconCMO church software can be used on the iPad and the staff aren’t tied to a desktop or laptop computer. The users can take the iPad into meetings and answer those tough financial questions on the spot. The small group leaders for Religious Education, Sunday or VBS, and other ministries can take attendance before class starts and all the data is in real time for the staff to create reports on the spot. Allow the church leaders to know who is absent before the class is over. Adding in households and members when they visit the visitor center immediately and remove the need for visitor cards. Send an email to the new visitor as soon as they are added into the system.
These are just some of the advantages to using the iPad within the church. Having all this data available at your fingertips where ever you are gives IconCMO the edge over any other package that is available. Below are just some ways the church can use the new iPad interface to accomplish their everyday task more easily.
Church Membership Made Easy (on iPad)!
Adding in household/members is simple with an iPad interface.
Email history for the household.
Set a reminder to follow up with a new visitor.
Church Attendance taken on the go.
Church Accounting Made Easy (on iPad)!
Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet):
Change in Net Assets:
Statement of Activities (P/L Report):
Reclassify an expense account when needed by the church council.
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?
Multisite churches and campuses grew out of mega churches as a possible solution to fix churches that were too large and ran out of room in their current facility. The success of these early mega churches led to a conceptual change for smaller organizations that appeared to be stalled in their current growth or looking for new ways to reach a certain area of the community. The synergy that comes out of multiple facilities that share common goals, values, resources, etc is enormous. According to research at Leadership Network there will be 30,000 churches that will merge in the next 2 years or merged in the past 2 years in the US alone. There are similar trends in other countries.