Compare QuickBooks

Compare ConnectNow Accounting with QuickBooks®

QuickBooks® is a great system for small business owners managing their own bookkeeping. For churches, however, ConnectNow Accounting offers a decisive advantage with its built-in controls and all the functionality of a program designed specifically for churches and schools.

Compare these key differentiators:

ConnectNow Accounting
QuickBooks
Web-based, nothing to install
Requires desktop ‘client’ installed
Unlimited users, support, and updates
Per user fees, updates, and upgrades not included; separate support for hosting

Single database for all organizations:

  • No import/export or ‘sync’
  • All information is real time

Multiple databases:

  • Requires import/export for consolidation and reporting

Proper controls by design:

  • Locked down chart of accounts
  • Closed periods
  • User permissions by function
  • Nonprofit reporting that reflects church ministry

Requires workarounds:

  • Must search and clean up ‘unauthorized accounts’ in chart of accounts
  • User can modify prior periods
  • User can modify checks
  • Secular reporting designed to show profit and loss
Designed for churches, schools, and nonprofits
Not designed for nonprofit (fund) accounting
Includes diocese tools for controls, reporting, audit, support, and access Requires export to separate database for consolidated reporting
Single license; single login
Requires two licenses for parish and school; requires multiple logins in some cases
Uses browser only, accessible anywhere Uses Terminal Services (not Citrix, browser, other)
Part of fully integrated church management software suite integrates with parish offering program No church management suite, no integration with offertory