Blackbaud, Inc. - Fundware
From the November 2011 Review of Not-for-Profit Accounting Systems
Fundware is best suited for mid-sized to large nonprofit organizations that have qualified staff available to set up and maintain the program for optimal functionality.
- Available in two editions for increased scalability
- Excellent reporting options
- High level of customization
- Solid Project/Grant tracking
- Strong track record in nonprofit segment
- System navigation can be challenging for new users
- System setup & customization can be time-consuming
No stranger to the nonprofit world, Fundware has been a solid fund accounting solution for nonprofits and government entities for more than 27 years. This is a complex system that can be customized to suit the needs of nonprofits of any type.
Basic System Functions - 4.5 Stars
Fundware is currently only available as an on-premises solution, with an uncluttered main navigation screen. Access to system modules is available from the top of the screen or directly to the left, with modules expanding to display all related functions. Users who choose to access modules from the menu bar at the top can navigate using the drop-down menu options. The Home Page function allows users to setup a main system navigation page where frequently used functions, reminders and report options can be displayed for easy access. All data-entry screens contain necessary lookup options, and data-entry fields can be automatically populated using previously saved data.
Fundware modules include GL/Project Grant, AP, AR, Payroll, Budget Preparation, Allocation Management, Fixed Assets, Classic Budget Forecasting, Classic AR, Classic Cash Receipts and Report Manager. Various add-on modules are available, as well, including Bank Reconciliation, Import Expert, Electronic Timesheets, Advanced Security, and F9 Financial Reporter. All modules can be added as needed, and those that outgrow Fundware can easily migrate to the vendor’s top-tier system, The Financial Edge.
Core NFP/Fund Accounting Capabilities - 4.5 Stars
Fundware utilizes a table-driven chart of accounts designed for complex fund accounting. Users may create custom accounts with as much or as little detail as desired. The Account Builder function makes it easier to build a solid chart of accounts by allowing users to create complex account structures to better track project and grant activity. Multiple transaction types can be entered, including standard journal entries, recurring and reversing entries, interfund account transactions, and standard entries such as cash posting, automatic vendor invoicing and allocation processing. Two budget options are available. The Budget Preparation module allows users to create multiple budgets for each project or fund, and multiple budget revisions can be performed, with all budgets able to span multiple years. Solid budget reporting is available, as well.
All grant and project activity can be tracked with the Project/Grant module, with full integration to Fundware’s financial modules, eliminating the need for duplicate data entry. Fundware also offers automated fund balancing, which can be utilized for both direct and indirect cost allocations. Cross-fiscal year capability allows for customization of year-end closing by choosing specific funds and accounts to include. Excellent audit trail functionality records alls system transactions along with transaction details such as date and system user.
Management Features - 4.25 Stars
Custom dashboards can be created for each user. The Classic Budget Forecasting module offers the ability to create and monitor budget scenarios, including forecasting capability. I found this particular interface to be a little cumbersome. Security features include multi-level access settings where users can be placed in a specific workgroup or assigned individual rights. Each user must be assigned to at least one workgroup. Access to the system is task-driven, and the optional Advanced Security module offers even tighter controls, with user restrictions by account number.