Abila

MIP Fund Accounting

4 / 5 39 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Nonprofit and government organizations


Average Ratings

39 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Abila
  • www.abila.com
  • United States

About MIP Fund Accounting

Abila MIP Fund Accounting is a configurable fund accounting solution that allows you to report and track information that is most important to you, your board and your supporters. To help you deliver on your mission, our solutions can change and grow with you through your most difficult of fund accounting, human resource management and payroll decisions alike. You have the freedom to choose how you want to deploy the system (on-premises or in the cloud).


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MIP Fund Accounting Features

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Tracking
  • Asset Management
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Compliance Management
  • Donor Management
  • General Ledger
  • Partnership Accounting
  • Purchasing & Receiving

MIP Fund Accounting Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Overall this is a good product for our not for profit.

Nov 17, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: Don't purchase any Abila product without factoring in the cost of training. Our organization did a self install & configuration and to be frank made a mess of things. Learned a costly lesson; the cost of training is well worth it.

Pros: Bolt on modules are very robust; have exceeded our expectations. Nice integration from FR50 to MIP. Easy to install in modules so you can spread the learning curve over time.

Cons: No switch to do Cash Accounting Basis-built to use Accrual Basis only. No cash forecast model built in s/w.

Accomodating

Nov 16, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: easy to navigate from General Ledger to Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable, cash receipt and reporting.

Cons: budgeting in the system is not so easy. can't setup to match my format but the ability to upload helps

Gave us great insight!

Nov 08, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: This software allowed us to make better financial decisions because we had clear data. Our church finance team loved it!

Cons: Our organization decided that it would be a good idea to switch to their own ground up software. We have missed several key features that they weren't able to reproduce from Abila...

Complex but worth it

Oct 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very robust and advanced. You will be able to track a lot of expenses and produce a host of reports.

Cons: Without proper training, it could be very challenging for an entry level employee. It requires an extra attention to detail

Easy to tailor to your industry needs.

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I'm still learning, but the more often I use Abila, and the more familiar I become I am enjoying the software more and more! It's very well designed.

Pros: There are a lot of features, and it's easy to get overwhelmed if you are new to accounting, however, if you are a quick learner and explore the features at length you can quickly figure things out until your transactions become intuitive.

Cons: It does assume a certain level of accounting proficiency on the part of the user. Those starting out will probably require some support in navigating. The "Help" search feature is very technical.

Abila - MIP Fund Accounting Review

Jun 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The system is available as an on-premise solution or hosted on the Abila private cloud which is great having either option.

Pros: The ability to access the system from anywhere on your mobile device. There is a tough competition of modules available.

Cons: The amount of money spent can be expensive depending on the type of modules needed and how many users needed.

MIP for YOUR non-profit

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I would recommend this to any non-profit to account for financials in any industry.

Pros: MIP has one of the best non-profit accounting solutions out there, with its robust reporting, multiple segmentation of accounts, and ease of reviewing history in the database.

Cons: The built in custom reporting could be a little better - but there are certainly third party softwares out there that fix this problem - for a cost.

Use

May 19, 2017
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Loads of options, Layout is nice, Support, job costing, all the report options, and vendor and customer lists

Cons: Not user friendly Small fonts and tabs. US version looks better Uses not give you cash accounting option

Will Meet All Your Non-Profit ACCOUNTING Needs

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of reporting, filtering, GL intersectionality, Modules for AP-AR-Payroll-Purchase Orders-HR all available

Overall: I have used Abilia/Sage MIP Fund Accounting for the better part of 12 years in non-profit finance and it is the best I've used. I've also had experience with CYMA, Great Plains and OSAS, none of which could do everything I needed in the non-profit environment. Reporting is tremendous once everything is set up and ready to go. However, set up can be a bit of a struggle as the first few months are a bit of a getting to know each session and tweaking will most definitely needed. It also has a payroll module and HR module if you're looking to tamp down on having a bunch of systems. I saw a couple of reviews about how it's not good with development, but this particular product is not for development, it's for actual accounting.

Dependency

Feb 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Most nonprofits are seeking funding to exist...this software package is a well-established organization. I say this because of the dependency on the online/cloud storage features. There is a monthly service fee to use this product.

Pros: I say this; however, it's a package that is worth having. I generally work with startup and kid/new nonprofits. I recommend this product as they grow and hire a Staff Accountant.

Cons: Simply the fee associated with the product itself and for training, or additional insight.

Recommendations to other buyers: If your organization is considering this package, please get the group university training.

Abila Fund Accounting Use and Customization

Feb 09, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The system itself has been around for a good while. For that reason, they have built a strong product if you are in the non-profit sector looking for some flexibility. Be warned that it is not an inexpensive system although the ongoing cost of maintenance and support is not too bad. Implementation and initial licensing are where they get you. Most use the product out of the box and even then require a good amount of training since it had too many features. I would try to stay away from customizations that touch the database directly because support will have a much more difficult time supporting you. Support is ok, however during an audit and UDS season you should expect to be on the phone on hold for 30+ min.

Pros: Once set up, you will enjoy the power of flexibility and customization.

Cons: Too many options that can easily use you. You need to be trained. Support wait times can be high. High initial implements ton cost.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are a non-profit under 50 employees I would stay away and use Quickbooks for Nonprofit unless you need serious customizations.

Abila MIP Fund Review

Feb 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Our accounting department uses this product and finds it very user-friendly and works well with the needs of our complex funds and accounts.

Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: No cons. It works well for our needs.

Ease of use is where it's at

Jan 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Most accounting systems have always been to me glorified excel spreadsheets. What I've come to loath is having to sheet and sheet of different formulas because the system isn't intuitive enough to recognize an upload of statistic analysis. Imagine having the ability to handle all of your financial needs with one simple solution? That's where my company has it's greatest strength is that it is currently pushing for one solution and this solution is it.

Pros: Ease of usage

Cons: It can be a bit expensive

Recommendations to other buyers: Do yourself a favor and go this route

Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The product is very comprehensive and meets all of our needs. A bit pricey but worth the money.

Used when it was Sage

Jan 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: When I used this product, I did not work in the accounting department, I worked in the Warranty/Repairs Department of a construction company. However, we used this software to make notes, bill for repairs, find out when a warranty should be issued upon customer being paid in full, and communicate with the accounting department as they were in another building than our department. The invoicing feature was very straight forward and easy to use. Checking if a customer was paid in full was also easy. Making notes was also easy but the categorization of the notes could have been better. It was just a long list with no differentiation or date categorization. You just had to scroll through a giant list of notes to hopefully find what you needed to know, and hopefully someone put a name and a date by the note so you could ask them additional questions if they did not list enough detail. Switching from different screens was a little time consuming. When I used this software, there was no ability to set an action request. I'm sure by now they have changed this and made it possible to set actions or reminders for yourself or others.

Pros: Multiple users can be on the program at one time. It is relatively user friendly as long as you have basic computer knowledge.

Cons: The time it took to go from one feature to another was frustrating when you are on the phone with a customer and needed to get to several different places quickly, however, that could have been due to the number of users we had on our server at a given time. If an older person, who has limited computer knowledge were to try and use this program, they may need a training course to become comfortable using it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Before purchasing this program, ask lots of questions and make sure you research what features you need as a business. When I used this software it was missing a few of the key features we needed which made it difficult for us to seamlessly move from one customer stage to another.

Great product

Jan 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: This software has the variety of features which are a must to have for a small to medium business. The speed and efficiency are top notch.

So So

Jan 18, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I was looking for a replacement for Quick books. I'm not sure this is going to be my replacement.

Abila Nonprofit Online & NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Dec 16, 2016
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Our office used Abila (formerly known as Sage) from 2010-2015. While Abila seems to be a great tool for our finance department (who has continued to use Abila after the development department switched to Cloud Essentials by Salesforce), the product was not up to date with the needs of a fundraising and development department.

Abila, makes accounting Easy

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexibility, many functions

Cons: Training required if install on premise need resources.

Overall: Have experienced Abila from initial planning to install to finally a light user. Compared to what we had its night in day. Compared to up to date IT tools to get Accounting done its above average. The install can be as complicated as you want it to be. You get the option of hosted cloud or on-premise. If you worried about security and hosting yourself then you have to think about the resources that will be needed as it does require some horsepower under the hood for the server install. Nothing to crazy but definitely encourages talking to rep about minimum requirements. Once installed the rest is easy, using it and running reports require training which you get to pay for or read the manual. The system is extensive and detail so you can easily get lost, but the upside is its flexibility on what you are trying to track.

Recommendations to other buyers: N/A

Abila and NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Dec 05, 2016
2/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We loved the ease of use and clarity of the system.

Cons: You couldn't seem to get accurate reporting out of the system, and the new features available in new technology today just couldn't compete with Abila.

Overall: We used Abila (previously known as Sage) for 5 years in the development department before switching to Salesforce Cloud Essentials. Abila was good for a while, but is just too outdated and couldn't keep up with the growth of our office.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are working in Finance or have the latest model of Abila, it's great. But if you are a fast-growing nonprofit organization then it will quickly outgrow Abila's capabilities.

Cloud based functionality makes Abila an attractive option

Nov 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Abila MIP Advance is a sophisticated, cloud-based true fund accounting solution that delivers powerful reporting, analytics, and dashboards. This tool is available with a responsive web interface which is optimized for mobile devices. This further adds to the usefulness of the software at large as it is accessible from anywhere. It is a true fund accounting solution well suited for mid-sized nonprofits and government entities that manage multiple funds and require advanced reporting capability. It offers a lot of add-on modules that increase functionality tremendously. It offers the ability to use a flexible chart of accounts with the ability to utilize unlimited segments, making it easy to users to manage multiple funds and programs. it can handle multiple transaction types like cash receipts, journal entries, and bank reconciliations. The Dashboard also contains a series of charts that display trends and offer a current year analysis. An advanced warning system can be set up and maintained to notify users if close to a budget overage. And the what-if scenario allows users to enter transactions to see what net effect the transactions would have on budgets. As there are less number of people using this system currently, the training administrators for the tool are also less and so are expensive too. Since training is required at the initial stage of using the program, it is an additional cost to the business during the shift to Abila.

Recommendations to other buyers: Contact Abila directly and not through the third parties involved in the marketing of Abila products.

Excellent accounting tool For big as well as small businesses

Nov 09, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Abila is a great tool which has a very intuitive user interface and has a lot of safeguarding featues to prevent errors in the entry of data. This helps new users to get accustomed to the software and also prevents them from making mistakes initially. The data stored in the system is secure and a hierarchy can be implemented into the system and thus it helps in proper division of duties and track changes. The reconciliation and reports generated using this system makes it easy for the managers to extract, understand and analyze data. By means of some training, even a non accountant can use the tool efficiently to get the functionality they need. Importing data onto this system requires some level of expertise and is time consuming but it is smooth thereafter. The modules which offer additional functionality can get a little expensive. Overall I would recommend this software to non profits as well as firms of all sizes.

Abila can be your primary accounting software

Nov 09, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Owing to the fact that modules can be added into the existing system, Abila offers a very versatile solution. We use it as a primary accounting software but it can be extended to HR as well as other departments just by the addition of modules. It is not too tough to learn but definitely some amount of time is needed initially to get used to it. Makes the process pretty smooth after that.

Pros: 1. Abila offers modules that are customizable to suit the needs of small, medium and large size companies. These modules can also be purchased in parts as the requirements of the company change with time. 2. It offers a very good customer support system who help in setting up the accounting system initially and also help during operation if need be. 3. Fits the budget if you only buy the modules you need in case it is for a smaller organization with limited requirements.

Cons: 1. Some features of the Abila software cannot be changed once the system has been set up like the number of digits in the fund code. 2. There could have been more number of options in the formatting of financial statements generated using this software. 3. Since it requires training in the initial to begin using the software, there is a cost involved in doing so.

Recommendations to other buyers: Abila can be used as a primary accounting software in an organization. I will give it 9 points on the recommendation scale and 4 stars overall.

Payroll & Benefits Coordinator

Nov 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Comments: I would like to do more precise reports, like who is on BCBS HMO and who is on BCBS PPO.

Pros: I like the tabs. I can quickly access what I need because the tabs make it so simple. I love love love the fact that I can put an annual salary on the Current Pay tab and it will calculate everything the salary and hourly rate for me. I love that! Every-time I have questions I can call over there and I get help. Even if I get these crazy ideas to try to do something new I ask my sales person Dan and he gets the answers for me.

Cons: Why do I have to enter some information more than once? I have to enter exempt and non-exempt on Current Job tab, Job History tab and Current Pay Tab...Why? Also the W-4 issued by the IRS says Single, Married or Married but filing at a higher Single rate. The box Single/head of household is confusing. On Address & Phone tab why do the Home, Cell & Fax boxes have "Ext" in the box? No one has an Ext at home or on their cell phones. Now you are just being lazy.

Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Nov 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The work for my company is to improve the accounting period and to streamline the data entry. Before this my company would produce financials manually in excel by copy and pasting. By purchasing Abila MIP Fund Accounting Drillpoint module, I was able to link my accounting system directly to excel reducing my financial statement preparation time from four hours to fifteen minutes.

Recommendations to other buyers: There are sometimes third parties involved with marketing Abila products. I prefer speaking directly with Abila.

MIP

Oct 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have utilized this software in previous organizations and find it to be a great enhancement from QuickBooks.

Pros: More secured

Product limited in feature like budget features as compared others

Sep 15, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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Pros: AP, AR, vendor records. I enjoy using these features. Vendor has an excellent customer care

Cons: Lack of budget features and its limitations in performing functions like grant management

Recommendations to other buyers: As they use the software, they must be mindful of limitations of the system in certain functions like budget features

HR Specialist

Aug 16, 2016
4/5
Overall
2.5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use the payroll module to process bi-weekly payroll. It is a great program as it flows into the MIP Fund Accounting software making it a breeze to reconcile accounts. The vendor is readily available to answer questions and is knowledgeable. No run around trying to find the answer or "fix".

Cons: The payroll module does not update some balances automatically. For instance, when PTO hours are entered on the timesheet, you still have to go to another tab to indicate Leave taken for the leave balance to be reduced. Also there are no restrictions on earning codes: someone could have a have several levels of PTO (due to increasing earning eligibility with tenure) and the system will recognize all. It would be beneficial if more than one rate of pay was also available. It is not in the payroll module, you must add the HR module.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ensure you have all the necessary on-site training you need. Both at installation and in the future.

GRANTS and Contracts

Jun 02, 2016
3/5
Overall
2.5 / 5
Ease of Use
2.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to use and you can use the tutorial to navigate your way through the system.

Cons: The excel formulas do not covert over and you have to manual put the formuals back in the execel spreadsheets.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you use excel then this may not be the best fit for you.

Font is too small for anyone with less than perfect eyesight.

Feb 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The program is organized and user friendly, easy to navigate, easy to produce a report, easy to search.

Cons: Inability to increase font size on the main screens. The very small font size is very difficult to see and causes a strain for those of us who work on the system all day. This could discourage someone from purchasing the program if their employees have less than perfect eyesight.

Recommendations to other buyers: Although the program is very good....you would need to take into consideration the inability to read the font. Not sure if other companies offer a similar program with a larger font or ability to change the font.

Abila MIP Fund accounting

Sep 17, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Vendor was fabulous in explaining how to use the product and went out of their way to make sure we received any answers needed.

Cons: It's not fully implemented yet so I can't report about it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take your time and make sure you make a visit to a company that is using the software.

Best Fundraising Software on the Market!

Sep 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've used Abila Millennium for 17 years, it's the best on the market. It tracks Planned Giving, Prospect Management, Alumni Management, and Volunteers, I'm not sure why they are not checked.

Great Product, but who couldn't improve?

Jul 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Much customization available. Can usually get what you want based on what you've put in. Abila HUGE improvement of Sage.

Cons: Reporting is good but could be much better. Drill down on ALL reports would be ideal. Payroll module is difficult to obtain reports without manipulation and combinations

Recommendations to other buyers: You're not going to find anything better without writing the software yourself. Save yourself the shopping around. Spend the time, energy, and expense of training and conferences-WELL worth it! Very robust product!

Great software for mid-market non-profits

Jun 01, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The Saas version makes it easy to implement and easy on the IT department (they don't have to do anything). It also makes it easy to access from anywhere. We moved from Blackbaud because their system was so clunky and I couldn't get financials out of it easily. With Abila, it's very easy to run a variety of financials that I can tailor to my needs. It's also very easy to drill down (not from the financial reports) to find the detail I'm looking for with links to supporting documents (i.e. invoices). The A/R, fixed asset and other modules let us keep accounting for everything in one place.

Cons: The financial reports are a bit limited in terms of showing groupings of departments without being able to show the total on the same report. It can't do monthly balance sheets on one report. And you can't enter operational/non-financial data for more comprehensive reporting. The wait time for calling into their help center is still unacceptable (hold times of no less than 30 minutes). They know about this and, instead of fixing it, tell users to use their chat function. While their response time on chat is very fast, I hate having to type out my issues and responses. I just want to talk to a live person.

Recommendations to other buyers: This software is great for small to mid-market non-profits who want lots of functionality for a reasonable price.

Excellent for non-profits, but it could be even better

Dec 08, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The best thing is the multi-dimentional logic built into the product, which enables it to track almost any measure (P&L, Balance Sheet) across various dimensions (company, department, program, grant, restriction type, etc.) This gives you almost total flexibility to manage your organization's finances in any way you want.

Cons: My only pet peeves - none of which are deal-breakers - are: - Lack of drill-down capabilities straight from the reports. Say you run a P&L report and want to know the details behind a certain expense figure. In QuickBooks, you can just double-click on the figure and get a detailed report of the details behind it. In MIP you are forced to run a separate Transactions report. The information can still be obtained; it just takes longer. - No "Balance Sheet by Month" report. This is another basic report that even Quickbooks has. It's very important when you're analyzing your historical results. - The documentation is horrible. There are no examples whatsoever. You need to know the system already in order to understand what the manuals mean to say. - Certain reports should give you the codes along with their names. For example, a Distribution Codes report tells you that code 1125 splits costs 40% to Program 254 and 60% to Program 350. But the report doesn't tell you that code 1125 is for employee "John Do", Program 254 is "Advocacy," and Program 350 is "Shelter". You need to run a separate Chart of Accounts report and then do vlookups. This should be a really easy thing to code into the package.

Recommendations to other buyers: In spite of a few pet peeves, the software is so robust and flexible that I still definitely recommend it. The balance is overwhelmingly positive. If you're considering Blackbaud's Financial Edge as an alternative and are being sold on its integration with their Raiser's Edge private donations software, don't believe it! Both packages were developed separately by two separate companies and are not really all that integrated. Blackbaud just purchased the accounting package from someone else. If you just came from the for-profit world, I would also suggest you bypass accounting packages developed for private businesses (Great Plains, etc.) The reporting requirements in the non-profit world are totally different.

Best Fund Accounting Software

Nov 20, 2014
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It easy to use and follows a logical flow. Reports can be customized, which is a great tool.

Cons: You need proper training and the interface is not very user-friendly.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you have multiple grants and funds to manage, MIP is a good software for medium-sized organizations.

A review of Abila MIP accounting for non-profits

Sep 26, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's a great improvement over QuickBooks and is a true accounting program that is prepared for non-profits. Our auditor is impressed and happy. The initial support has been excellent and easy to work with. Overall, it's been a marvelous experience.

Cons: By virtue of the scope of functionality of the software, there is a small degree of complexity in the initial setup of account codes and permissions, etc. It's nothing to be overly concerned about. Just take your time and ask questions when you do not understand something.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is very helpful to talk to at least 3-4 software vendors to explore the scope of their products. You may not need or want the full scope of offerings. If you must go through the procurement process, some vendors will say thanks, but no thanks!

Abila MIP Fund Accounting is functional and reliable

Sep 16, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Transitioning from our old software to Abila Fund Accounting was nearly seamless, thanks to the Abila support team. The product is reasonably priced and very functional. It meets our needs extremely well.

Cons: The reporting functionality is not at all intuitive.

Recommendations to other buyers: Evaluate a lot of different providers, and watch their demos closely. Have end users involved in the demo process. Be thorough.

Feb 24, 2012
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: MESSIANIC JEWISH BIBLE INSTITUTE (MJBI) is a multi-dimensional evangelistic and educational organization to people of the Jewish heritage. The MJBI's primary activities are to equip leaders who will establish Messianic Jewish congregations and ministries in Jewish communities worldwide, and to equip those leaders in their responsibility to the Jewish people through training, events, and seminars. MJBI also supports Bible schools, congregations, outreach and humanitarian aid works in Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Ethiopia, Russia, Hungary and the Ukraine. In 2006, MJBI smoothly transitioned to Sage MIP Fund Accounting to satisfy its increased activities. Sage MIP is easy to use; offers a flexible method of setting up account structures; and the ability to track the revenue and expenses by department and location. Sage MIP can produce accurate, meaningful and timely customized reports in various formats, which facilitates MJBI management and the board members to make important decisions based on our financial position. Sage MIP enabled us to perform some tasks that were previous done by the outside companies, such as budgeting and forecasting. Also, the remote access offers the convenience to access the accounting information when needed. Another good thing about Sage MIP Accounting is its Maintenance and Support Plan, which includes the online knowledgebase, unlimited e-support and telephone support. The people in its Customer Support department are very knowledgeable and can solve our problems in a professional and timely fashion. Sage MIP Accounting has been performing all financial accounting and record keeping for MJBI. The system is working so well that we have received the good comment from the auditors since we implemented it.