Non-Profits Reap Benefits from Adopting ERP Systems

In the private sector, enterprise-level business intelligence tools are employed by companies to help them process massive amounts of data — around sales, client activities, accounting and finance, etc. – and turn them into actionable information. Having insight into these operations is extremely useful in making decisions for everything from marketing strategies to refining internal structures and processes. As ERP software for non-profits is finally coming of age, now may be the time for non-profits, municipalities and NGOs to start taking advantage of enterprise resource planning solutions within their organizations.

Check out this case study from Microsoft that shows how Bancroft, a private school for children with disabilities, manages growth and cut costs through the use of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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Non-profits serve numerous constituency groups that may include donors, government agencies, strategic partners — not to mention the individuals their programs serve directly. Non-profits are also regularly affected by changes to their operating environment such as new funding, tax reporting and regulatory requirements, and shifts in funding levels from year to year. And there are internal challenges, too, such how to track data for new programs and initiatives the organization may be rolling out, or any restructuring that may take place. Growing needs can sometime overwhelm the organization’s ability to get the most out of their existing IT processes.

Many non-profits have home-grown approaches for measuring and monitoring overall performance of fundraising campaigns. More often than not, this kind of broad reporting does not provide a robust, comprehensive, view of the data that might in turn reveal more about the donors themselves and their patterns of donation. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have a more detailed understanding of the donor and his/her relationships with other donors? Understanding these relationship can eventually lead to repeated or ongoing donations and can inform how you move ahead with your campaign.

Contact us at Accountnet to learn how we can help non-profits, regardless of their size, take advantage of ERP solutions.