Free and Low-Cost Charity Accounting Software

Charity accounting software may be tasked with any number of record keeping duties and used by charities, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits of all stripes. It can reassure contributors are confident that their money is being spent responsibly and that their donations will be deductible come tax time. It may also be used to do much of the general accounting that’s needed to manage both for-profit companies and charities. Part of running a charity is choosing software that can provide value to your organization without putting too big of a dent in your coffers.

Choices and Companion Products for Charity Accounting Software

You’d think with all the good that nonprofits generally do that someone would develop and offer them free software. Well, they have…kind of. You can find various kinds of free charity accounting software here. These products do a number of things such as basic billing and invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, credit cards, tax receipts and payment history, inventory and supply tracking. Some of them are very basic indeed. Others offer decent functionality but a complicated interface and no customer support. If you have employees or volunteers who have a combination of computer and accounting skills, one of these free software programs can probably be put to good use.

Here’s the thing, though: Almost none of this free software offers payroll and form filing support. To integrate payroll data with state filing requirements and federal payroll tax liabilities, to comply with all the various form filing rules that apply to nonprofit organizations, you need pay-for software.

The AMS Advantage

The modular software approach from Advanced Micro Solutions (AMS) is just what you need to choose free accounting software that makes sense for your charity, while also having a solution for payroll and filing forms that have more rigid accounting rules and software requirements. How do we do it? Well, our software’s versatility starts with our W-2/1099 Forms Filer platform. This platform delivers a menu-driven interface and intuitive performance that enables your organization to manage its employer data with minimal staff. But it also creates a sophisticated module interaction to great effect. You’ll be able to pick and choose what additional filing support to bring to your organization—payroll, e-file, blank form printing, MICR checks, ACA filings, 1042-S filings, and so on.

When it comes to charity accounting software in particular, one of our most popular products is AMS Payroll. This module is still built on our Forms Filer platform, but it otherwise operates as a standalone solution for automated payroll calculations, paycheck and direct deposit processing, and payroll reporting with federal, state, and local filing support. It also includes up to 40 custom fields for calculating common—and not so common—payroll additions and deductions for your employees’ paychecks. Dozens of different types of checks and vouchers make it easy to transmit this information to your employees as well.

Getting Started

We offer several ways to introduce your charity to our accounting and payroll software. You can read about all our products here, or you can download our free demo. Still have questions about how our software might or might not work for you? Send us an email, or talk to our Sales and Info team at (800) 536-1099. When you’re ready, you can buy and download AMS software products directly through our site.

Software Solutions from AMS

Our W-2 and 1099 Forms Filer is our only required platform. From there, users pick the services they need. Choose from the tools below to build out your customized accounting software.