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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="">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="">Adam
  Huttler</a>, Chief Executive Officer, <a href="">Fractured Atlas</a></p>

<p><q><a href=""></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="">Karl
Fogel</a>, Executive Director,
  <a href=""></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="">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="">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="">Thad Calabrese</a>,
    Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
    at <a href="">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="">Open Source

<p><q>The <a href="">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="">John Sullivan</a>, Executive
Director, <a href="">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="">Mark
Surman</a>, Executive
Director, <a href="">Mozilla

<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="">OpenHatch</a></p>

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