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Bradley Kuhn (bkuhn) - 9 years ago 2013-05-01 03:38:54
bkuhn@ebb.org
Walk-through and plenty of word-smith changes.
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<img src="/img/conservancy-accounting-campaign-logo.png" alt="Conservancy accounting campaign logo" style="float:left;" />
 

	
 
<p>Please help all non-profit organizations (NPOs) by <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">donating</a> to Conservancy
 
to begin creating an Open Source and Free Software accounting system usable by non-technical bookkeepers,
 
accountants, and non-profit managers.</p>
 
<p>Conservancy has a plan to help all non-profit organizations (NPOs) by
 
creating an Open Source and Free Software accounting system usable by
 
non-technical bookkeepers, accountants, and non-profit managers.  You can
 
help us do it by donating now.
 
</p>
 

	
 
<p>To keep books and produce annual government filings, NPOs must
 
maintain complicated home grown systems. Most use proprietary 
 
software, paying exorbitant licensing fees &mdash; fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of
 
charity, equality, democracy, and sharing.</p>
 
<p>To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely
 
on proprietary software, paying exorbitant licensing fees.  This is
 
fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity,
 
equality, democracy, and sharing.</p>
 

	
 
<p>You can help Conservancy fix this problem by <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">donating now</a>.  We seek to
 
raise $75,000 to employ a 
 
developer one year to make substantial progress on this project.</p>
 
developer for one year to make substantial progress on this project.</p>
 

	
 
<p>If successful, this project will save the non-profit sector many
 
millions every year in licensing fees.  Even non-profits that continue to use proprietary accounting
 
<p>This project has the potential to save the non-profit sector
 
millions in licensing fees every year.  Even non-profits that continue to use proprietary accounting
 
software will benefit, since the existence of quality Open Source and Free
 
  Software for a particular task curtails predatory behavior by proprietary
 
  software companies, and creates a new standard of comparison.</p>
 

	
 
<p>But, more powerfully, this project's realization
 
will increase the agility and collaborative potential
 
for the non-profit sector &mdash; a boon to funders, boards, employees, and the 
 
populations they serve &mdash;  bringing the Free Software and general NPO communities
 
for the non-profit sector &mdash; a boon to funders, boards, and employees &mdash;  bringing the Free Software and general NPO communities
 
into closer collaboration and understanding.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Thanks in advance for <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">helping us</a> develop Free Software to benefit all
 
non-profit organizations, and thus all of society.</p>
 
non-profit organizations, and the 
 
populations they serve.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Donors of $500 or more will be acknowledged in the THANKS file and other
 
  appropriate places in the codebase itself.</p>
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  financial accounts are audited annually by an independent accounting firm;
 
  we recently completed our fiscal year 2011 audit.  As usual, our auditors
 
  asked plenty of questions about our accounting software.  Conservancy uses
 
  only Free Software, of course, using a series of straightforward reporting
 
  only Free Software, of course, centered around a set of straightforward reporting
 
  scripts that we created to run on top
 
  of <a href="http://www.ledger-cli.org/">Ledger CLI</a>. (Conservancy's
 
  current configuration using Ledger CLI
 
  is <a href="https://gitorious.org/ledger/npo-ledger-cli">publicly
 
  documented and explained</a>).</p>
 
  documented and explained</a>.)</p>
 

	
 
<p>Our auditors were only familiar with proprietary accounting systems, and
 
  our system seemed foreign to them (since it relies on Ledger CLI's text files, Emacs and
 
  version control).  During their questions
 
<p>Our auditors were only familiar with proprietary accounting software, and
 
  so our system seemed foreign to them, as it relies on Ledger CLI's text files, Emacs and
 
  version control.  During their questions
 
  about our setup, we asked them to hypothetically prescribe a specific
 
  proprietary software setup as a model for how to manage Conservancy's
 
  proprietary software setup as a model for  managing Conservancy's
 
  accounts.  Our chief auditor started by mentioning a few well-known
 
  proprietary solutions &mdash; but, then he paused and continued &mdash; <q>Given
 
  proprietary solutions.   But then he paused and continued:  <q>Given
 
  that Conservancy's a fiscal sponsor with so many temporarily restricted
 
  accounts, existing systems really wouldn't do that good of a job for
 
  you</q>.</p>
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  freedom community; it's missing altogether.</p>
 

	
 

	
 
<p>The project that Conservancy proposes to undertake below is a modest step
 
  forward to begin creating a better solution for everyone, and 
 
  <a href="#quotes">many NPO leaders and academics agree</a> with Conservancy about the
 
<p>The project that Conservancy proposes will take a modest step
 
  forward in creating a better solution for everyone. 
 
  <a href="#quotes">Many NPO leaders and academics agree</a> with Conservancy about the
 
  immediate need for work to begin on this
 
  effort.  <a href="https://www.fracturedatlas.org">Fractured Atlas</a>, <a href="http://fsf.org">Free Software
 
  Foundation</a>, The <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/foundation/">Mozilla
 
Foundation</a>, The <a href="http://www.gnome.org/foundation/">GNOME Foundation</a>,  <a
 
        href="https://openhatch.org/">OpenHatch</a>, <a href="http://opensource.org">Open Source Initiative</a>,
 
  <a href="http://QuestionCopyright.org">QuestionCopyright.org</a>, and <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/">Software in the Public Interest</a> have
 
  <a id="endorsements" style="text-decoration:none">all endorsed</a> Conservancy's plan herein, and they encourage you to donate and
 
  <a id="endorsements" style="text-decoration:none">all endorsed</a> Conservancy's plan, and they encourage you to donate and
 
  support it.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Conservancy is uniquely qualified to undertake this task.  Using only Free
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<p>Some Free Software accounting systems do exist.  A previous informal
 
  survey of these systems that Conservancy conducted in 2007 led us to the
 
  conclusion that, in general, these systems were heavily geared toward
 
  for-profit endeavors, and ignored the unique needs of NPOs generally, and
 
  for-profit endeavors, ignored the unique needs of NPOs generally, and
 
  were completely hopeless for the specific needs of a fiscal sponsoring
 
  organization.  Conservancy's assessment at the time was that these
 
  challenges could be addressed only with a large rewrite of one of these
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<li>Basic backup documentation tracking for expenses and payments</li>
 
<li>Basic bank statement reconciliation reporting</li>
 
<li>Basic annual audit preparation reporting
 
  (a <a href="https://github.com/ledger/ledger/tree/next/contrib/non-profit-audit-reports">prototype
 
  (A <a href="https://github.com/ledger/ledger/tree/next/contrib/non-profit-audit-reports">prototype
 
  of this portion is already complete</a> and has been relied on for
 
  real-life audits; but the prototype is just a hack and needs to be
 
  rewritten)</li>
 
  rewritten.)</li>
 
<li>Ability to easily handle all these features on a project-by-project
 
  subset of the accounts, and to easily export and excise that subset from
 
  the system. (i.e., support for temporarily restricted assets, earmarked for
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  advice from our auditors and other fiscal sponsors, Conservancy understands that <em>no existing
 
  solution &mdash; proprietary or Free &mdash; meets the requirements of fiscal sponsorship accounting</em>).  Fiscal sponsors like
 
  Conservancy must track a separate set of books for every project, keeping
 
  in mind that a project may leave at any time to another NPO and need to take
 
  in mind that a project may leave at any time for another NPO and need to take
 
  their books with them.  Yet, the books of the entire organization are the
 
  aggregate of the books of all these projects, and internally, they need to
 
  be presented as a single set of books for those purposes.</p>
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<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 the staff time of a
 
  skilled technical person to act as bookkeeper.  This project aims to build
 
  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 meet Conservancy's mission and address a
 
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 donate
 
generously to help us do it!</p>
 

	
 

	
 
<h3><a id="quotes" style="text-decoration:none">Statements of Support</a> For This Project from Others</h3>
 
<a id="quotes"></a>
 
<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
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<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 useable by non-technical people.  We
 
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
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     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, <a href="http://opensource.org">Open Source
 
     &mdash; Simon Phipps, President, <a href="http://opensource.org">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,
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