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Brett Smith (brett) - 6 years ago 2016-09-27 19:23:02
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<p>Meanwhile, even if an organization is not a fiscal sponsor, non-profit
 
  accounting is <em>just different</em> than for-profit accounting, particularly in
 
  the USA.  For example, for-profit-oriented systems often make problematic
 
  assumptions about the workflow of accounting tasks (often because NPOs
 
  rely primarily on donations, rather than fee-for-service or widget-selling
 
  income).  Also, non-profit income is categorized differently than
 
  for-profit income, and the reporting requirements vary wildly from their
 
  for-profit equivalents.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Conservancy's existing system is working adequately, but requires daily
 
  the relatively more expensive time of a highly technical person to do the
 
  job of bookkeeping.  Also, the system cannot easily be adapted in its
 
  current form for another NPO, unless they also have a
 
  skilled technical employee to act as bookkeeper.  This project aims to build
 
  on what Conservancy has learned and produce a non-profit accounting system
 
  that corrects these flaws.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Finally, Conservancy's mission (as stated
 
on <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/docs/conservancy_Form-1023.pdf">our Form
 
1023 with the USA IRS</a>) includes producing Open Source and Free Software.
 
Thus, this project is a great way to pursue Conservancy's mission and address a
 
specific need that so many NPOs (including us) have.  If no one steps up to create Free Software to replace the widely used
 
proprietary software, NPOs in aggregate will pay <em>much more</em> money for
 
proprietary licensing than Conservancy will ever spend in developing a
 
replacement. Please <a href="#donate-box" class="donate-now">donate
 
generously</a> to help us do it!</p>
 

	
 
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<h3>Statements of Support For This Project from Others</h3>
 

	
 
<p><q>As a national fiscal sponsor with over 3,000 arts and cultural projects
 
under our umbrella, Fractured Atlas is ecstatic about this effort's
 
potential. After 15 years wrestling with Quickbooks and other inadequate
 
options, the idea of an open source tool designed specifically for this niche
 
of the field is beyond welcome. We wholeheartedly support the Conservancy's
 
work on this front and look forward to seeing where it leads.</q> &mdash;
 
<a href="https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/bios/staff/1/Adam%20Forest_Huttler">Adam
 
  Huttler</a>, Chief Executive Officer, <a href="https://www.fracturedatlas.org">Fractured Atlas</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q><a href="http://QuestionCopyright.org">QuestionCopyright.org</a> is
 
just one of many organizations that would benefit from a Free Software
 
accounting system that is usable by non-technical people.  We
 
enthusiastically support the Conservancy's campaign to create one, and look
 
forward to using the result.</q>
 
&mdash; <a href="http://questioncopyright.org/speakers/karl_fogel">Karl
 
Fogel</a>, Executive Director,
 
  <a href="http://QuestionCopyright.org">QuestionCopyright.org</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>As a fiscal sponsor organization with over 30 currently-associated Free
 
Software projects, Software in the Public Interest shares the Conservancy's
 
needs and interests in this area, and welcome the opportunity to collaborate
 
on the development of a Free Software solution to our accounting needs.</q>
 
&mdash; Bdale Garbee, President,  <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/">Software
 
<p><q>Software in the Public Interest is a fiscal sponsor for 44 free and open
 
source projects. We share many of the accounting needs and challenges of
 
the Conservancy and are excited to collaborate on a Free Software
 
solution to these needs and challenges.</q>
 
&mdash; Michael Schultheiss, Treasurer, <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/">Software
 
    in the Public Interest</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>Open Source accounting software specifically tailored for non-profits
 
    will fill a pretty large need.</q>
 
    &mdash; <a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/calabrese">Thad Calabrese</a>,
 
    Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
 
    at <a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/">NYU Wagner</a>, and co-author
 
    of <cite>Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit
 
    Organizations, 4th Edition</cite>.</p>
 

	
 
<p><q>The Open Source Initiative has shared the experiences of Software
 
     Freedom Conservancy in navigating the financial management needs of
 
     non-profit organisations and shares their concern. We have many NPOs as
 
     members and we welcome this useful initiative by Conservancy.</q>
 
     &mdash; Simon Phipps, (former) President, <a href="http://opensource.org/node/658">Open Source
 
     Initiative</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>The <a href="https://fsf.org/">Free Software Foundation</a> is committed to doing all of its work,
 
both public-facing and internal, using only free software. We are thankful to
 
the developers of SQL Ledger for providing the accounting software that has
 
served us well for many years. As we have grown, so have the complexities of
 
our finances.  Because of our own needs and our mission to help other
 
organizations &mdash; both inside and outside of the technology sphere
 
&mdash; run their operations on exclusively free software, we wholeheartedly
 
support this Conservancy initiative.</q> &mdash; <a href="http://www.fsf.org/about/staff-and-board#johns">John Sullivan</a>, Executive
 
Director, <a href="https://fsf.org">Free Software Foundation</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>Open source is a great way to solve new problems and make software that
 
is more flexible and responsive to the needs of the people who use it. That's
 
as true for the finance industry as it is on the web.</q>
 
&mdash; <a href="http://blog.mozilla.org/press/bios/mark-surman/">Mark
 
Surman</a>, Executive
 
Director, <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/foundation/">Mozilla
 
Foundation</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>As a young free software non-profit, OpenHatch is thrilled to see this
 
effort; it would let us spend more of our time on programs and less on
 
paperwork.  I have already personally <a href="#donate-box" class="donate-now">donated</a>.</q> &mdash; Asheesh Laroia,
 
Founder, <a href="https://openhatch.org/">OpenHatch</a></p>
 

	
 
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