Non-profit organisations are faced with an unappetising choice when deciding on a software solution for their accounting needs. They can either develop and maintain a complicated system of their own or they can use propriety software which undermines their charitable, equality focussed basis. This conflict between ideological desire and practical needs is likely to be particularly heartfelt for open source and free software non-profits.
Software Freedom Conservancy has a solution to propose. They plan to first survey existing solutions developed for for-profit accounting needs and then develop from the best available system an open source solution focussed specifically on the needs of non-profit organisations. When completed this software should save the sector millions each year as well as increasing its collaborative potential.
The Conservancy is itself a charity and is looking for financial help to fund the development of this software. Today they announced the start of a campaign to raise the necessary funds to dedicate a year of developer time to turning the concept into a reality. The project already has a range of endorsements and statements of support but is still seeking donors. This is your chance to contribute to the ongoing success of a range of non-profit charities all in one go.
Maybe you guys can start from an existing code base? I have developed a web app with this purpose (At least the cash flow is ready). You can find the source code at: https://github.com/htmfilho/controlato
It’s Software Freedom Conservancy, not us, that are developing it. But as you’ll see in their campaign description, their first step is indeed to study all available open source accounting codebases and see which one is best to use as a starting point. You might want to get in touch with them and tell them about yours.