Who Uses This Software?

Ideal for nonprofits, club, and ministries of all sizes. You pay monthly based on your number of donor contacts so it grows with you.


Average Ratings

85 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $35.00/month
    See pricing details
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Aplos Software
  • www.aplossoftware.com/
  • Founded 2009
  • United States

About Aplos Donor Management

Be a smarter fundraiser with Aplos Donor Management. You'll have the information you need with rich donor profiles, track important activity so you can easily manage your donor relationships, and make it faster to track giving and send communications and contribution statements. Plus, you have all the tools you need from online donation webpages to event registration. Plus, there is a built-in financial module so you don't need to enter your donations separately into your bookkeeping!


Aplos Donor Management Features

  • Campaign Management
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Database
  • Event Management
  • Gift Management
  • Grant Management
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Matching Donations
  • Mobile Donations
  • Online Donations
  • Pledge Management
  • Receipts / Statements
  • Recurring Donations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Alumni Management
  • Auction Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Contribution Tracking
  • CRM
  • Donor Management
  • Event Management
  • Grant Management
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Giving
  • Payment Processing
  • Planned Giving Management
  • Pledge Management
  • Prospect Management
  • Recurring Giving
  • Volunteer Management

Aplos Donor Management Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Excellent Software!!!

Dec 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This software does it all for non-profits. It's ability to track donors, provide year-end contribution statements, payroll and W-2's, as well as track by budget every transaction helps our small church in ways we'd otherwise have to hire an accountant to do. I'm looking forward to a year of reports that fit our needs. The customizable reports and standard reports make this the flexible program we need around here. It even does a few things that we don't need - like printing checks. Compared to QuickBooks, this just FITS the non-profit better. It's fund accounting helps us manage ear-marked monies as well as multiple accounts. Additionally, the ability to use the software over multiple platforms makes it handy, too. Our treasurer can do his work from home, and we can print the reports anytime from the church. Department heads and the pastor can always check where their budget areas stand. Pretty useful.

Cons: While it's supposed to provide an automatic link to banks, our small-town bank does not work with this program directly. BUT, it's simple to download transactions to a file and import that file into Aplos. Just assign budget categories with transactions - and voila! Reconciled! Of course, this is web-based - demanding internet access. While they say it's quite secure, hackers are always out there. And this makes it a bit vulnerable - potentially.

After exploring a number of options, I chose Aplos.

Dec 09, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I looked at a number of options for our accounting needs and felt that Aplos was the best option. I still believe that.

Pros: So far, so good. I am still getting my feed wet, but the functionality is good. We were able to integrate the donation form into our website and all seems to be working well. Customer service has been quick to follow up when I've had questions.

Cons: I wish there were more free-form options as they are some limitations with the donation form. They are not huge, but I hope to see more flexibility down the road. Also, the color options for the donation form are a bit limited with some odd color combinations (e.g., red with lavender). Thus far, the cons are minor overall.

Aplos is an easy to use double-entry accounting system ideal for a newly minted 501 C 3 such as Direct Giving Lab!

Dec 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Some functions (like tags) need better explanation - it looks like we should be able to easily generate the necessary data for our 990 filings but we won't know till we get there!

Pros: Intuitive to use Navigation is straightforward Most issues can be resolved with a quick look at the Help notes

Cons: A needed feature is the ability to quickly replicate repeating monthly data - for example DGL makes cash transfers to client families on a monthly basis and while the client name is in the system along with contact details, etc - we have to manually enter the same $$ amount transferred every month. It would be helpful to have an ability to easily import the data.

Easy and very effective

Dec 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We as a church have been opened since 2012. Aplos was the first nonprofit software accounting system we started using. I needed a simple but effective tracking system which I could track my member's contribution.

At the year end, I am able to generate a report for all my members regarding their contribution to their taxes. It is simple and effective.

CFO of Nonprofit for decades.

Nov 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I love the ability to due true fund balance accounting. For years I used Peachtree with job costs and spreadsheets to accomplish. This is a huge upgrade. I think the work around in the deposits is worth it for the fund balances.

Pros: It is easy to use "out of the box." If you been working with Quickbooks or Quicken this will be an easy transition. Also, you can add multiple tags to a single transaction, and then you can sort on these different tags. This provides and amazing matrix of data.

Cons: I big big draw back for me is the inability to batch deposits. It makes it more difficult to do reconciliations. They do this because the want you to use their CRM component. Of course there is a work around, but I would rather not "work around" such a critical area.

Friendly to those who aren't finance-savvy!

Nov 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Comments: As someone who has been afraid of setting up a chart of accounts, I am so glad that we picked Aplos. I feel like we are going to be able to organize and present our finances so much more professionally than ever before.

Pros: Aplos has many good Introductory materials, and does a lot to help you get set up. There is also good customer support, and helpful webinars for when questions do arise.

Cons: Aplos doesn't integrate with a number of applications, which would be helpful such as payroll, or most Donor Management platforms.

We've enjoyed Aplos and had a good experience with it.

Nov 01, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's user-friendly, easy to use, and makes intuitive sense. Customer service is great...they always respond helpfully.

Cons: There are a few features that are clunky that could if fixed, could really simplify the processes I go through each month.

Great accounting software at an affordable priceI

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Great buy for any non-profit.

Pros: This accounting software has many features only found in more expensive packages. Very flexible reporting options. Easy to train set up and train staff.

Cons: I have not found anything I couldn't do with Aplos that I wanted to do other than delete extra rows in a journal entry.

Good

Sep 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: More payment methods..other than WePay

Pros: It is pretty easy to use and customer service is EXCELLENT. With this type of service, it is important to have representatives that are responsive and can walk you through any questions.

Cons: When creating newsletters-- there is not a lot of creative tools to utilized. Pretty bland. Makes the newsletters dull looking (this includes emails). MailChimp has a lot more features.

Very disappointing! Instead of trying to be all service system, they should focus on accounting.

Aug 28, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Nothing to say. Dashboard is nice, if the data is correct and updated. Report lists looks good if it functions.

Cons: Ongoing problems, month after month, in many areas. Then the response time to get problems resolved is unacceptable and you are stuck in their hands until it works in their schedule. They have spent more time focusing on adding modules then on working the bugs out of what they already have. How disappointing. They could be a great fund accounting system if they didn't try to spread into areas they are not equipped in such as donor software.

They develop updates and implement them without knowing how it could impact the user and the users data that is imported through an API.

Just started with at at the beginning of 2017 and am already considering looking for another software.

Overall: Understanding flow of fund accounting.

Alpos Makes Fund Accounting Easy and Hassle Free

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We switched to Aplos in February, the support as we transitioned was amazing.

Pros: Web based, true fund accounting, great customer service, the reports are easy to read and understand, everything is real time.

Cons: The only con I can think of is the reconciliation screen is not as customizable as I would have liked.

Contribution tracker

Jul 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Awesome customer service and very personable

Pros: The ease of use is fabulous it doesn't take rocket science to navigate. Also, the cost is very convenient

Cons: The new bank merging feature I like the previous one much better but it's manageable. It is just a little less user friendly

We are so pleased to find such a user-friendly, all encompasing donor and accounting database!

Jul 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We recommend it to everyone in nonprofit!

Pros: Very intuitive function and unlimited free technical support. Aplos includes everything you need, from donor and volunteer communications to bank deposit batches and 990s. We love the functionality!

Cons: We love it! We don't have any complaints at this point. It would be nice to be able to synch it with other programs like Pay Pal, but not a big deal!

Aplos review

Jul 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software was easy to learn, as well as, the offered great customer support. I would recommend to others.

Cons: I did not like that you had to use a third party system to receive donations online. I wish Aplos had their own software.

Bank integration weak and unreliable; 990 limited to EZ only

Jul 07, 2017
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This software has a long way to go before it can compete with alternatives whose bank integrations are solid and reliable.

Pros: SaaS architecture enables access from anywhere; the accounting is flexible; there are promising IRS 990 features, yet limited to just the EZ.

Cons: Bank integration is inconsistent and does not work for PayPal; does not offer WePay; even for mainstream banks the integration is unreliable. I worked with their support and developers for more than 6 months to some small success ... that was 30 days later lost. To this day the PayPal integration simply does not work, and both customer support and corporate leadership are SILENT and unresponsive.

Totally impressed!

Jun 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. Web-based. Great support. Priced right. Easy setup. Up and going with minimal intervention.

Cons: Could not import budget. Outsourced payroll. Really, nothing more to add. I'm sorry it took me this long to discover aplos.

Aplos Accounting Software

Apr 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Since we are a very small non-profit, we were offered a nice discount, which really helped.

Pros: Easy to use. Easy to learn. Great customer support if you have questions. Designed to work with non-profits, which has helped me learn how to provide accounting support for our non-profit.

Cons: Haven't found anything yet. We do very basic stuff, and probably don't need a very complicated accounting system.

Love it!

Apr 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We switched from QuickBooks Non Profit to Aplos last year and haven't looked back!

Pros: Fund based, ease of use

Cons: No way to enter recurring bills automatically

Aplos is an easy to use Accounting Software!

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Great product, for nonprofits looking for a full financial management and accounting software! Easy transaction entries, I like the duplication of entry feature. Reconciliation is easy and fast. Great customer service It's easy to do a transaction search

Cons: Not your typical platform for accounting, you will have to invest time to learn the system. When integrating for each account, I have to keep making sure it's on the right account if I go from transaction to integration. It won't stay on the account I've been working on.

Aplos

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: We are just starting out with Aplos! Just been 15 days! It will benefit our organization!

Awesome software

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Comments: Since I have been using this software it's been phenomenal with its consistency and being so easy to use. This software assists with tracking donations and sending out reminders to previous donators to keep the donations coming in. Also, it has a tool to link to the business account to help keep track and monitor spending and placing these items in the categories that they fall under for accounting purposes. I truly enjoy it and lastly it is very affordable

APLOS 2017

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The system was easy to set up and the daily use was easy for the accountant and the management leaders to uses also.

Cons: I have any negative thought about the program that would be helpful to future possible users of this program.

Simple and good

Feb 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been using Aplos for 3 years. It is a simple and effective tool. It tracks all our contributions and expenses. It also gives me the ability to file taxes straight from the software with no extra work. I also like it because they store my records for me web based. You can also reconcile it with your bank records.

Affordable and Productive

Jan 26, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, affordability, cloud environment

Cons: Reports do not pull what I want (very few other software programs do however - I'm picky)

Overall: During the time that our church used Aplos, we were pleased with the software. Its ease of use was important for those that did not have accounting backgrounds. The only reason we are not still using this software is because we merged with another church and they have another accounting software already purchased. I am looking at bringing this church to Aplos with time.

Review from Faith Bible Church

Jan 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I find this accounting program easy to understand and use. It is very easy to ask a question and I always get prompt replies. They have been very good to deal with, listen to my questions and concerns and work to improve the program where needed.

Pros: Easy transaction entries, I like the duplication of entry feature. Reconciliation is easy and fast. Great customer service It's easy to do a transaction search

Cons: When integrating for each account, I have to keep making sure it's on the right account if I go from transaction to integration. It won't stay on the account I've been working on. When I enter an online payment it puts it in the check register and I can't remove it from the list.

Great idea, mediocre implementation

Jan 19, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: I really like the idea of Aplos - a web based accounting for non-profits that focus on funds. Unfortunately, after using it for 2 months, I have wasted so much of my time working around its glitches that I'm about to give up and move to other software.

Pros: You always know how much money is in each "fund".

Cons: A lot of bugs, missing some basic functionality (e.g. sorting of tables), importing existing transactions is painful. Non-intuitive in many places. 2 versions of reporting that have a lot of overlap so it's not clear which version is better for a specific task until you try both.

Pros and cons

Jan 18, 2017
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: I have a dilemma with this product. There are serious benefits and drawbacks to it. We are such a small charity that it is hard for us to budget for a year. Below I will describe.

Pros: It has information on how to apply for grants. It has information on how to attract board members. I have reports I can just print out for my board of directors and it has a way to print letters to donors. It has budgeting capability, so I can present a budget to the board of directors as well.

Cons: It took me a long time to learn and is not easy to learn. I want to edit transactions, but need to learn how. I don't even know how to access those transactions to edit them. I am not sure how to save my work and want to know how to back up my work. I am keeping all my transactions on excel in case they get misrepresented in my records on Aplos. So this is double work for me.

Excellent program

Jan 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Has all of the reports I need even for the contribution reports for taxes. Just a click and you have all of your reports in hand ready to sign and send out.

Cons: Some times I get lost in all of the reports because there are so many.

Overall: I have used this program for at least 5 years. The program has grow as my needs change. There are parts of the program that I don't use because I am the treasurer for a small church and I don't need them at this time. Anytime I have contacted the company I have received excellent help.

Recommendations to other buyers: This company is so easy to work with. Give them at least a trial I think you will love it!

Floats to the top

Jan 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fairly clean interface. Most reports are close to what I want.

Cons: It's still buggy. Amounts that should match, don't always. The cost has tripled in the last 3 years.

Overall: Aplos is doing the job for me. Some things are frustrating, but mostly, it's better than doing things by hand or by spreadsheet. Occasionally odd things happen. For instance, it's now January 17, and the home page is telling me that my YTD income is different from my monthly income. This can't be true in January. Similar things happen in some reports. The balance sheet will say that a fund has X dollars, but the report for that fund will say Y dollars. So there are some quirks to get around, but it's no worse than making a spreadsheet (or other software that knows nothing about fund accounting) behave. I like the reports Aplos generates. Especially at the end of the year, when everyone in our congregation wants a statement for their taxes. It's really just one button. If I were the boss of Aplos, the first thing I'd change is that I'd clean up the wasted screen real-estate. There's a button on the bottom right that has a bad habit of covering half the number I want to see, and pop-up "alerts" occasionally disrupt my work. And the box the pop-ups come from is also wasted screen area. Actually, this box keeps telling me I'm 85% set up. It's wrong. I'm as set up as I want to be. I can't see how to make the box go away, except to buy more product which I don't need. This amounts to a pop-up ad, and not the good kind. So this isn't a glowing review. But software nowadays is written so poorly, that bare competence floats to the top. Aplos is better than anything else I've used, but that's not saying a lot. If they raise the price again, I'm going back to spreadsheets.

Vendor Response

by Aplos Software on March 30, 2017

Hi Bart, If the numbers are off by a few dollars, this may be due to rounding. If you¿d like, our Support Team would be happy to look into this to give you a more specific answer. Please feel free to reach out to our Support Team at support@aplos.com. For the Setup alert: You can click on the Go To Setup button and choose some of the options like, I don¿t want to set Starting Balances. Or, there are feature options that you can say ¿no¿ to, like Contributions. This should help clear that alert. Also, sorry that the bottom right icon is a bit pesky. We want you to be able to contact our Support Team if you ever have questions, so that¿s why it¿s there, but we realize that it can sometimes get in the way. That¿s a suggestion that we¿re happy to pass along to our development team. The Aplos Team

Very good and simple

Jan 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simple and easy

Cons: I am not sure

Overall: It is a very simple and easy accounting system. I have not used all the features but I am glad they are available

Recommendations to other buyers: Not sure yet

Nonprofit Accounting Software that is reasonable

Jan 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I have been so satisfied using this product and it can be linked to your business bank account and it helps monitor your balance and keep track of all of your payees and it assists with keeping your accounts current. It also provides fundraising tips and tricks all of your frequent donators amongst other things

Pros: Very easy to use and provides customer support through chat or via phone

Recommendations to other buyers: Great choice and reasonably priced

Confusing

Jan 13, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: I have been working with this software for about 1 month now and some of the information is not going into the right accounts like I want. The information on the contacts loaded up wrong from my excel file, so you can't just erase and re-due the entries because once the name is connected to a payment then you can erase the names. Also, you can look up your check number by check unless you put each check you're looking for into the program sometimes they will come up and other times they will not. So it has been a real learning experience.

Pros: It shows us the breakdown of what coming in an expensed.

Cons: It's not really a church program for church business you have to create all of the accounts and hope you doing it correctly or things will not process correctly and you can't delete files once the number is used that you created to associate with the file.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure if you are doing church business look for a church base program, not something that you have to create withing another accounting software which may not be exactly what will work for you.

Best customer support ever!

Jan 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use and Tech support.

Cons: It's hard to think of something but a couple times I have wanted certain items on a report that I couldn't get.

Overall: I have been very happy with Aplos Accounting and have used for over 4 years now. My favorite thing about Aplos is the customer support. The Aplos team is easy to reach by phone and have always been willing to help answer questions, give suggestions and solve problems no matter how much time it takes. It's nice to talk to a real person and not to have to email the question and wait for a reply back. Thank you Aplos team for your help over the last 4 years!!!

Recommendations to other buyers: Nope.

Mostly love Aplos

Jan 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: A few inefficient things (can't hide funds so you don't see them on all of the reports)

Overall: I have had a good experience with Aplos. There are a few things that seem a bit clunky, inefficient and I've asked about changing those. Other than that, it's been great!

Very User Friendly!

Jan 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use and very intuitive.

Overall: Our non-profit began using Aplos from the beginning! We have appreciated the consistent customer support and openness to customer feedback. I love Aplos because it offers our non-profit a high-functioning, easy to use platform for someone life myself who does not have an accounting degree.

Recommendations to other buyers: Great software for any non-profit with enough diversity to custom fit your accounting needs.

Aplos Review

Jan 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: That it is "multiple-fund friendly". I appreciate the ease of use for recording contributions and expenses.

Cons: Reporting but probably because I'm not sure what I'm doing.

Contacts- I wish there was a way to record spouses together as a single contact.

Overall: Aplos has been great about adding features that are helpful for book-keeping for a church with multiple funds. I appreciate that when feedback is given, Aplos listens and accommodates the needs that we have! Everyone at Aplos is super-friendly and very helpful!

They just keep getting better.

Jan 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Logical Navigation

Cons: I have seen the cost rise as new features are launched.

Overall: I have been with Aplos for probably over 4 years. While with every update there is a small learning curve, it is worth it. They continually add new features. The features are never just for the sake of it. Instead they are very useful. I am no accountant for sure, but I can navigate the software very easily and keep our budget working for us. Excellent customer service!

Perfect Solution For A Church Plant

Jan 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use
Fund-based accounting
Cloud-based design
Scalable
Excellent customer support

Cons: Wish it included payroll integration
Would like to be able to customize reports more

Overall: Starting a new church comes with a lot of tasks for a small group of people that are typically spread out between many in larger churches. We didn't have anyone with professional accounting experience, and we didn't need anything complicated to start out. Aplos was the perfect solution! They offered us a discount as a church plant, and got us moving in the right direction.

Now four years into the process, Aplos has grown with us. We have been able to easily add others to the account management, add new funds and new features as we have grown, and the customer service has been quick and helpful whenever we have needed it.

Some things I like best:
*easy to use
*the "dashboard" gives a quick read on finances at a glance
*fund-based accounting makes it easy to track various donations
*customer service is excellent
*cloud-based design makes access easy from anywhere

Things I would like to see improved:
*I would love to be able to integrate payroll with Aplos
*Report can be customized, but not always as much as we would like

Overall, this is an excellent product for the value and I would recommend it to anyone starting out.

Aplos software for non profit corporation

Jan 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used Aplos software for several years, in fact, I was one of their early customers and have been with them through many changes and updates. They are very quick to respond to questions and have been helpful in resolving any issues I have asked them about. I would not hesitate to recommend Aplos to other nonprofits.

Overall, a good program and experience

Jan 04, 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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Pros: simple and easy

Cons: none so far

Overall: Simple and easy to use. The program allows me to keep track of contributions and expenses and be able to print out end of the year.

Great Church Software with wonderful customer service

Jan 04, 2017
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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Pros: Its online. Multiple user access. Great reporting. Easy to use. Great customer service.

Cons: The Contacts module is very limited - would be great to have more contact management tools (email, texting, grouping, tracking) so that we wouldn't have to have a separate software for that.
Other software was somewhat disappointing - hasn't always worked correctly and a bit confusing on how it integrates with Aplos.

Overall: We have been very satisfied with Aplos as our main accounting software. The customer service has been top notch and many of our suggestions about improving the software have been implemented into new versions. Hoping for a more robust Contacts module (email, texting, more information tracking) in the future!

Recommendations to other buyers: Please look into improving Contacts management.

Love this software

Jan 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Some features id like are missing

Overall: I love Aplos. It is very easy to use for someone who isn't an accountant and the customer support is the best I've ever experienced. I would recommend.

Bookkeeper

Jan 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Aplos is the best fund accounting software ever. We switched from other software and now our life is much easier. Thank you.

Almost Perfect

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: This is a great fund accounting software. It was very easy to use and set-up. It did a great job at fund accounting. The reporting writing was not as user friendly but I was able to figure it out. I struggled to get a functional income statement by fund. Also, tracking purposes for audits, it didn't really track unrestricted, temp restricted, or perm restricted very well. If you don't have to go through an audit or if you don't get grants, this is a great piece of software.

Easy to use accounting software for small churches...

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I am happy with the ease of use for this accounting software. Our biggest complaint has been in the area of reporting. It is difficult to get the report info needed for our accountants. For some of the reports I have to export the data and manipulate it in excel to get Debit and Credit Columns on reports that would usually have that info. But, it is inexpensive and keeps the records accurately. So on a whole we are happy.

Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Reporting is not very detailed You can not manipulate the reports to get info you need

Recommendations to other buyers: If you have simple accounting needs this software works great... especially for the price!

a wonderful transition from QB

Dec 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Aplos fund accounting structure helped us organize our accounting in much better consistency and compliance with non-profit standards. QuickBooks forces your to twist and turn their product to fit with non-profit practices. Having online access by multiple "seats" is a big step forward in efficiency. Aplos support staff have been over-the-top and better-than-expected helpful, from initial import or data to addressing specific features we wanted.

Pros: Non-profit structure, multiple seat accessibility online, online giving integration, Form 990 head start

Cons: Costs have a bit more than doubled since we started. Donor receipts customization within Aplos could be much better. Ability to contact Donors individually or as selected segments or as a whole is missing. Would love to be able to send year-end contributions receipts via email PDFs!

Recommendations to other buyers: Aplos is the best choice among other similar products out there. They are working to improve features and are responsive to customer concerns. Price point is or could be an issue.

Great price for great accounting software, especially if you don't have a church accountant

Dec 06, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's ease of use. For the church staff with no accountant that has to handle finances via committee, Aplos is near perfect. Reports are easy, data entry is easy, reconciling is easy.

Cons: In order to track who gives what, you will need to duplicate your entire database of people into it first, then maintain the duplication. This ultimately led us in another direction. If there was a way to tie in an already-existing database (we use Elvanto), then we would have been sold.

Overall: Aplos is perfect for the small to a medium-sized church that handles their finances via committee. The controls are intuitive, the reports are straightforward. They've really done a good job in this area. Its deficiencies are with people integration.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you don't need it to tie into an already existing database of people, run to Aplos as fast as you can. It's wonderful.

Aplos Fund Accounting

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have used the basic version Aplos for our small nonprofit foodshelf for nearly a year. I am a novice at accounting, so I started with the fun, informative teaching videos and it all made sense. Initially setting up the accounts we needed took some thought, but it was up and running in a short time. I'm able to enter transactions quickly, make changes easily as needed, and run all the reports I need for our payroll taxes. I love the fact that it doesn't use more complicated terminology, like "customer, vendor, employee" like QB, because that's not what we call our donors and suppliers. I like the check printing function, too, but it would be great if Aplos could print deposit slips. I have to re-enter into QB and then print it out, or do a handwritten deposit slip. Other than that, I am very happy with Aplos. Have not needed customer support yet, except to ask if it had a deposit slip printing function. My answer was prompt and courteous. Our Board was pleased that we were able to get a discount on the monthly rate since we have a small budget, and the fact that Aplos is cloud-based means both the treasurer and foodshelf manager can access the software without going onsite. Definitely a PLUS! Bank reconciliation is a breeze, too.

Pros: I liked the ease of navigating the different functions, ease of setting up accounts and budget, the cloud-based format, the number and types of reports that meet all our needs, and the easy bank reconciliation function. Our small nonprofit got a monthly discount. Training videos very to-the-point and entertaining too.

Cons: I wish Aplos had a deposit slip printing function in the basic version - not sure if they do in the upgrade?

Recommendations to other buyers: Great for the non-accountants like me who need to keep books and run reports but don't have a lot of background in complex bookkeeping. If you have a small budget for your nonprofit, be sure to ask about the discounted rate!

Great product

Nov 03, 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: It is easy to manage and the customer service is knowledgeable and quick to respond

excellent not-for-profit accounting software!

Oct 28, 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 recently took over the financial for a not-for-profit. I'm not an accountant but good with data and numbers. I researched applications and found aplos fund accounting. After watching some videos and reading articles, I learned how to set up the chart of accounts and enter transactions. After that, it was easy. All of the reports you need are built in to the software. Backups are not needed since it is web-based. And the customer support is exceptional! There is a button on the screen while you work to ask customer support a question. They have always been very prompt in responding. And the support videos, featuring a rep, are very informative and entertaining! I have since entered all transactions for the last 2 fiscal years and produced reports for a grant application. Highly recommend aplos!

Pros: everything. I wish all products had the same high level of customer support that aplos offers.

Cons: nothing to note as of yet.

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try, you'll like it!

Aplos

Oct 27, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This software is really helpful with using Paypal with my organization.

Pros: Interfaces with Paypal easily

Cons: Takes a little while to setup

Aplos is great!

Oct 27, 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: Very happy with my purchase of Aplos Find Accounting software.

Pros: Tons of features Easy to use for both accountants and non-accountants. Excellent price. Great support and customer service

Cons: None that I can find so far

Recommendations to other buyers: Excellent product for a small non-profit. Couldn't find anything else that compares especially for the price.

Aplos Fund Accounting Review

Oct 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Aplos Fund Accounting is a great tool for accounting, it might not be as well known as Quickbooks it packs a lot under its hood.

Pros: It offers the tools that I was looking for, cloud based, multiple collaborators and even donor information. Having it hosted removes the need for me or someone from my team to make sure it is always up to date and secure.

Cons: When I mentioned to our book keeper that I was looking into Aplos Fund Accounting she wasn't pleased as she was still learning quickbooks. Sometimes the name of the software can discourage people from moving forward.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't be discouraged like my book keeper when looking at the software. Give the program a fair chance and if it serves your purpose then that's great. If not thats okay you can continue your search for a program to meet your needs and not the other way around.

Aplos CRM and Donation Software

Oct 10, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We do Fundraising for our school district to provide programs not covered in the basic curriculum. Our budget is $350,000 a year with less than 2,000 donors. We were looking for a program for our nonprofit that would provide a customer records management system, accounting system and credit card processing. Aplos provides all three at a very affordable price.

Pros: Affordability, ease of use and AWESOME customer service.

Cons: We have only had the program about a month and are still learning a lot of the features. We haven't had a chance to check out all the programs or to run reports yet. So far everything is working well.

Recommendations to other buyers: Check it out - Aplos gives a free trial and they give a 50% discount if you purchase the software during the free trial period.

Great software program for those will little experience

Oct 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I was new as a Treasurer and had never done it before, but after doing a lot of research I concluded that Aplos was the best value for the price. Their one-month trial period is also a great way to test out the system and see if it works for your accounting needs, and it did for ours, a smaller non-profit with about a $50,000 annual budget. The budgeting feature is great, and the support you receive from individuals is awesome. I was on the phone with their staff for an hour one day and they walked me through setting up my account. Great service and great product, particularly the reports they allow you to publish!

Needs some maturity

Oct 04, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I've been using Aplos for about one month and am finding a number of shortcomings for what I need. We run most of our invoicing through AP and Aplos does not have a strong tie between AP and payments, making it cumbersome to pay multiple invoices with one check. In addition, the payments page requires re-entry of the amounts for each invoice. If you generally pay the full amount, that's an unnecessary step. Reports look really nice, but need formatting flexibility beyond filtering.

Pros: The dashboard is very powerful and provides a lot of data up front. Reports look very professional. Customer support is excellent!

Cons: Some navigation is awkward (like entering Percentage before Amount in AP, needing to click multiple + signs to expand sections in some reports, and having to enter each dollar amount to pay bills when the full amount should be the default). I lost data at least a couple of times trying to look up accounts while entering a Receipt because I wasn't warned that navigating away from the receipt would delete my entry.

Recommendations to other buyers: Small non-profits will probably really like this software, but I think it still needs a few bells and whistles to be useful to medium-sized businesses.

Very good

Oct 04, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Needs an option for quarterly budgets, not just yearly.

Pros: Bank integration

Cons: Budgeting and expense analysis

Aplos Fund Accounting for Churches

Oct 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We have been using this product for 3 years and have found it to be perfect in our church application. It is easy to learn and we have had excellent support.

Pros: I like the fact that it is an on-line accounting product and I can access it from home, on the road, or wherever I am. The reports are excellent for our use. I have had very good customer support and the pricing is very acceptable.

Cons: Have made suggestions for product features, but they have apparently not been a priority or they haven't felt the features were needed

Recommendations to other buyers: There is a trial period and I would suggest you try it and see how it fits with your application. Ask plenty of questions and I'm sure you'll find a good fit.

Great Software and Customer Service!

Sep 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Their customer service. They will do whatever they can to make sure you totally understand the product. Also, if there are any issues, they will work around the clock to resolve it. The lead contact was very insightful; presented the product no only to myself, but to our board. Ensured that we got a great rate, and was still available at any time after the 'sale' was made.

Cons: Nothing, thus far. The only thing that I would like for it to do for the bank integration portion to be a little easier. The transactions importing has been giving me a little bit of grief, but again the customer service helps salvage this issue but working to make sure I can get things done.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you are using it for the correct business.

Great decision to change to Aplos Fund Accounting

Sep 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This product took several things that we were doing separately and put them all together in one place. Accounting, credit card processing, year-end tax statements, donor communication, fund management. I have only been using the software about 6 months and they have already changed or updated several functions so I know they are constantly listening to users and making changes and improvements.

Cons: There is no function to create a deposit slip for the bank. I'm told they are working on it. Sometimes the navigation between functions is a little inconvenient. We had used quickbooks for many years and I like this product so much better for fund accounting.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make good use of the free trial period. Ask questions--the support team is very helpful and open to suggestions.

Best accounting for non profits

Sep 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: When compare to all other this is the absolute best accounting for non profit. The donation management platform is worth it by itself. It a very crucial part in bringing in money to non profits and Aplos allows you to track all of the data.

Cons: The product was all around good, but the user interface itself took sometime to understand.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take some time to watch the tutorials on youtube, you will not be disappointed.

Easy to use fund accounting

Sep 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Although this is a fully featured double-entry bookkeeping system, it is very easy for non-accountants to understand and use. It mostly avoids technical accounting terminology at both the input and reporting stages. The ability to link directly to a bank account saves a lot of time and makes bank reconciliation a breeze. This software is particularly useful to organisations who need to keep track of a number of different "funds". The support team respond quickly to any queries.

Cons: I would like more flexibility in reporting, in particular the ability to customize the layout of printed reports.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use the free trial offer, and play with it using some of your own data.

Decent, Very good Customer Service

Sep 02, 2016
3/5
Overall
1.5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: There customer service is phenomenal, they have multiple ways you can reach them.

Cons: It is not super user friendly, and can be kind of confusing. There have also been a few glitches with the way the system runs that have caused a few snags.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure to take the tutorials, it was helpful when I had the time to look through them.

Aplos software is the way to go to maintain accounting

Aug 26, 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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Pros: That its so easy to manage, Exceptional customer service, and assists with so ,any things and has tutorials

Cons: Don't have any complaints I like everything thus far regarding this software

Recommendations to other buyers: That if they are looking for a service that is easy to manage this is it and it's very adequate and efficient. They offer around the clock support and cost effective

Once you learn how to use it, you'll love it.

Aug 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
3.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Aplos is surprisingly a really good platform, in comparison to the other accounting giants like quick-books. It was specially made for Non Profits!!!

Cons: The product user interface can be a little bit confusing to first time users.

Recommendations to other buyers: Really take time to test the program before counting it out.

Great Accounting Software

Jun 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The vendor offers great youtube videos to show potential customers how to navigate the software. This aided in my decision in purchasing Aplos.

Cons: I wish the contributions module had a feature where you could import contributions using a CSV file. Currently you have to manually input each contribution.

Recommendations to other buyers: The dual accounting/donation module is exactly what we were looking for. So many other vendors offered a completely separate module and the costs were higher.

Abysmal

Mar 22, 2016
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Can't do very basic donor management functions such as e-mailing custom monthly receipts for donations received via mail. The assigned roles of various functions (accounting, donor management) blocks out key functioning for specific task related to assigned role, making assigned roles pointless. Could not attach files to journal records in the accounting side. The feed for donations was only applicable to new donors and not for a new donation for an established donor. Customer service had very few answers and most typically replied "we'll consider that for future development." Run, run, run away. Don't waste your time. Your time and sanity isn't worth it.

Vendor Response

by Aplos Software on March 22, 2016

Thanks for your feedback, Ben. You have some great suggestions, many of which are on our list for development in the coming months. I am sorry those features were not yet ready for you, as we agree they are important. We know there is some work to do in donor management and plan some major improvements this year to make it an asset for nonprofits, so your honest opinions are helpful. Thanks for taking the time to try out Aplos.

Aplos Software Is The Perfect Solution For Our Church

Mar 19, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Aplos overcomes a huge barrier for some by making a complex process simple and easy to understand. The product provides ease of use while delivering professional results. The quality of the product is second only to the quality of the service. The team at Aplos exceeds expectations and delivers an exceptional product.

Cons: The only feature I need that is not present is currency conversion.

Recommendations to other buyers: I highly recommend this product without reservation. I have used other systems, but Aplos is the best.

It's Like Quickbooks for Church Accounting

Mar 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I tried and tried to make Quickbooks work with fund accounting but knew it wasn't as efficient as it could be. Then, I found Aplos and have never looked back. Aplos make church fund accounting a breeze. We love it, and you will too.

Amazing Fund Accounting software for small to medium non-profits!

Mar 07, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: If you are busy with the stuff that your non-profit is about, and accounting for the organisation is a necessary dragon, then Aplos will be your knight in shining armor to slay it!

Having implemented a number of other products for small organisations in the past (Quickbooks, Xero, Sage, MS Dynamics GP) I have to give the award for easiest, quickest & most readily accepted to Aplos. If you want to account for your Funds discretely (separate pots of income) then Aplos just works!

Took about an hour to sign up and set up a sandbox (using the trial license) to represent the way my small organisation works - I uncovered a couple of desirable features for product development (see later) but within another 30 minutes I had reports and analysis that would do the job for us so much better than my grumpy accountant! - I showed the software to a user who, after a 5 minute demo, needed no more explanation and was able to enter transactions with multiple expense lines each separately analysed by fund.

The user interface is clearly the 'killer' feature - it is so intuitive that I wonder why others didn't think of it (why didn't I think of it?). The transaction input process for most accounting products is the 'ugly baby' of the product - in Aplos it's the wonder child!

Some caveats to bring this back to earth...

a) The product is currently for the North American market - needs additional features to make it more readily accepted in UK/Europe:
1. Needs a parameterised currency symbol (we don't do dollars!) - but the easy export of reports allows replacement of currency symbol in Excel.
2. Online donations (a great feature!) require a US Bank Account
3. Needs Paypal integration
4. UK giving sites like justgiving.com are very common - integration needed

b) Many grant funders want a full budget before grant - we then need to account against the budget elements (e.g. £500 for travel + £5000 for salary). Aplos currently doesn't budget by Fund element (just at Fund level) but the Income Report provides a full breakdown by expense for each Fund (so allowing manual comparison).

The free support provided by Aplos is responsive and helpful and I am assured that most of these features are on future development plans.

I'm just going to go ahead and sign up for the paid version - I need this software so that I can get on with the purpose of our Charity!!

Terry Wilcox
Project Director
In2Out

www.in2out.org.uk

Review of A Fund Accounting

Mar 05, 2015
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: It is easy to use and good for mutli-user mood and offers good customer service.

Cons: It is hard to perform multiple tasks in the same time and hard to operate complicated tesks.

Recommendations to other buyers: You should look for the ability of multiple functions to be performed by the system.

Mixed review

Mar 04, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 5.0/10 Not
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Pros: Easy to use with free support and can be accessed anywhere online.

Cons: The monthly subscription price. I would prefer a flat price for the software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use the 15-day free trial to see if the software is a good fit for your organization needs.

Accounting manager

Feb 28, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: Productivity reports and IT support provided to our clients and customers.

Cons: The cost of the product and the lack of upgrades that are available.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at the cost structure and really ensure you know how the product will work for you.

Aplos funding

Feb 27, 2015
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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Pros: I like how they are easy to get in contact with. If I give a call, they will answer my questions.

Cons: I don't like how sometimes it freezes and then I have to wait a long time.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use it right before you use it so you have a fresh memory.

I think this is good very good

Feb 25, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Especially pricing and quality, also the vendor's after service is very nice so I think we are very satisfied with this product.

Cons: Overall, I believe the product is pretty awesome so I rate the overall value of this product as good.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use it for your proper use and the employee will love this product software program.

Overview of my experience with Aplos

Aug 26, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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Pros: Aplos really makes our bookkeeping simple to use and efficient in its process. We've been using it for 5+ years now, and we've not had any issues with it. As they have built in new options as the years have progressed, we've taken advantage of some of them, and that's added to its value.

Cons: We would love for them to create a supplement that will create/complete a 990 tax form. I hear that's in the works, so we're looking forward to that.

Recommendations to other buyers: We are a pretty simple 501c3, and Aplos is amazing, so if your nonprofit is more complex in nature, look at reviews from other organizations that may use more features than us. I'm sure you'll also hear how easy and efficient the product is.

I like using Aplos

Aug 20, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the church lingo, and it's easy to understand.

Cons: I haven't come across anything up to this point. We're only six months old at this point; maybe as time goes on, I'll have more to say.

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try. We tried two other products before this one.

Aplos is perfect for Non-Profits who want easy bookkeeping.

Aug 20, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It is affordable for every non-profit. It is very simple and basic to use, and they have great customer service. They saw a need for non-profits to have an easier way of doing their finances other than Quickbooks and met that need at a very affordable price, which is very important to non profits. Simplicity is important because often, the bookkeeper is a volunteer and does not have the experience required to use a cumbersome program like QuickBooks. I like that they allow you to use if free for a month first to try it out. We have never experienced a time when we could not get on the Aplos website. I am in an accountant's office, and I love the fact that I can go online anytime to check on my client's progress with their transactions at no cost to us! This is the sign of a non-greedy company who is here to meet a need.

Cons: The reports available are good and basic, but maybe a few more reports would be helpful, like a cash flow report. Also, since this is a cloud-based program (only available for use over the internet), this may be a downside for some. Simply save all your monthly reports and transactions easily by downloading them into an Excel spreadsheet, and you have all your information on your computer hard drive.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it out totally risk-free! You will love the ease of use. It will fit in everyone's budget! I have been a church treasurer for 17 years, and I wish I had known about this program back when I started.

The Best Fund Accounting Solution Available

Jun 08, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to use. Powerful features. Second to none customer service.

Cons: Because I operate internationally, I would like to have the option to choose a different currency....euros for example.

Overall: This application is the best there is for simple, accurate, easy to use fund accounting. It has a very powerful feature set, yet it is simple to use. I cannot imagine what we would be doing as an organization without this. This application does everything you need it to do and then some. The customer service is the best I have ever seen or experienced. The product and the service have exceeded our expectations, and I highly recommend Aplos Software without reservations.

Vendor Response

by Aplos Software on June 03, 2015

Hey Steve, thanks for the positive review! Also, we released the ability to change your currency symbol so I hope that enhancement has been helpful. We never stop working to improve things, so thanks for being such a loyal customer and giving great feedback.

Great Church Financial Software

May 18, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Aplos software is simple to use and the fund accounts can be easily customized and updated to fit your churches budget categories. Great for volunteer church treasurers. You don't have to be an accountant to use this software. After populating the people management tool and the account set up, all you have to do is enter contributions and maintain the check registry. All of the calculations are performed for you and the reports are built by the software. The reports in the report tool can be downloaded into excel or pdf and used to build monthly treasurer's reports or other budget statements. At the end of the year simply download the contribution statements report, hit print, and you are done. The cost is very affordable compared to other products. The customer service and technical support are outstanding.

Cons: We have had some compatability issues with Internet Explorer 9 in regard to downloading reports. However, the technical support folks at Aplos were quick to respond with a fix. We are a small church so I'm not sure if it would meet all the needs of a larger church. Aplos is expanding their capabilities.

Overall: After looking at several other church financial software products, we decided on Aplos Software and are very satisfied with the product. It meets all of our needs.

Aplos Review

May 15, 2012
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Simple to use. Great customer service response. Affordable. Addresses the needs of small nonprofits.

Cons: Does not have capacity to create and maintain a budget. Cannot customize receipts with company logo. Cannot export in excel, only PDF. (See example from EFT the online donation service on our website.) Cannot print a batch of receipts as YTD, just all receipts YTD so I have to always pick which pages to print from the YTD export.

Overall: Aplos meets the basic needs of small nonprofits. I hope it will develop the software to allow users to customize receipts and print individual batches of receipts with the YTD record for those givers.

Vendor Response

by Aplos Software on June 03, 2015

A lot has happened since this review. We now make it possible to maintain a budget, customizing statements and reports with your logo, exporting any report to Excel, and the ability to export annual contribution receipts either as a batch or individually. Thanks for being a loyal custom Bonnie!

Aplos a must-have for churches, particularly church plants

May 15, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Menu layout; integration between accounting and contributions; like the ability to enter a person in contribution management and it automatically gets entered in people database; reports are what I need; flexibility in making improvements to the system; they listen well; ease of use, don't necessarily have to be a CPA to use it.

Cons: the refreshing after entering a transaction takes 2 or 3 seconds instead of a split second :-)

Overall: Buy this software for your church!

Vendor Response

by Aplos Software on June 03, 2015

Thanks for the positive feedback, William. We have done a lot of work since your original comment to improve the speed of the software, so I hope it is now lightening fast for you.

Aplos Software Simplifies My work

May 12, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I have found Aplos Accounting Software to be simple to use and a great help to us in our organization. I am responsible to pay the bills while the secretary in the office is the one who inputs our deposits and book sales revenue. I can look at the accounting books from anywhere in the world and can make decisions concerning making payments or purchases from anywhere while the office can print out the checks and input the sales. It is as easy to use as my checkbook check register at home and produces reports and database inquiries very easily. Thanks Aplos! I just deleted Quickbooks from my computer, never to go back anymore. Please keep the add-ons coming.

Cons: I am not finding much to complain about yet. It is working very well for our organization.

Overall: I recommend this product to any small church group or any non-profit organization that depends very much on untrained volunteers to help with the office. Try it out, you'll see the ease of use and the benefits of having multi-users having access from several computers makes it very nice to use.

Love Aplos

May 11, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: It's easy to understand, blends well with our nonprofit needs, Is easy to teach others on and great support.

Cons: As it is a fairly new company, it will continue to roll out more and more features as they can. Work in progress I suppose.

Overall: Strongly recommend you looking into this product. It's tailor made for CBO's that need a simple yet functional software to take care of its internal office needs.

Great Software. Highly Recommend!

Aug 05, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to use. Able to access financials from any computer with internet access. MAC compatible. Great customer service. They respond very quickly to any emails/questions I've had.

Cons: Wish I could use the software more. I only do the books once a month!

Overall: Excellent. Highly recommend for those who are looking for an easy to use software. at under $20/month I can't find anything else that does what Aplos does for the price.