I am glad I’m not an accountant or bookkeeper. Details can’t slip your mind. Every transaction, in or out, needs an accurate record.

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Keeping the books is important to many of the non-profit organizations I support.  MassCUE, for example, is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization. All the money that passes through is tax exempt. That does mean that the organization has to pay attention to the financial details.

A free software accounting package that served the needs of NPOs is a worthy cause.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (itself an NPO) has started a campaign to fund the first year of development for a free software (AKA “open source”) accounting package.

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I read about the effort here: http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/Online/Features/Wanted-A-Free-Accounting-Application-for-Non-Profits

I read some more at the campaign itself: http://sfconservancy.org/campaign/

This sounds like a good cause for readers of the MOSS SIG blog.

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