It’s true that online accounting solutions are great assets in speeding up the bookkeeping process for non-profits (or any other business for that matter), but before they can be properly used members of these organizations will need to learn the basics of accounting. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to master accounting or bookkeeping – including the following, expert-written books:
Using QuickBooks Online for Small Nonprofits & Churches
The book helps readers establish good internal accounting controls, migrating from the desktop version of QuickBooks to QuickBooks Online and setting up the new system. Furthermore, the book is full of illustrations, sample charts of accounts, and instructions on managing your accounting solution.
Amazon offers Using QuickBooks Online… in two versions: the paperback book is approximately $22, while, quite surprisingly, the eBook is around $25.
Bookkeeping Basics: What Every Nonprofit Bookkeeper Needs to Know
Going through the 128 pages will give you the knowledge and skills required to manage the financial activities of your non-profit organization by providing you useful information in plain language.
The book describes, in detail, things like single- and double-entry bookkeeping, preparing a trial balance, creating financial reports, and closing out the fiscal year. To make things easier, all terms are properly defined, step-by-step instructions are included, plus you’ll have access to reproducible forms to test your knowledge.
The price of Bookkeeping Basics varies between $3 and $30 with the option of choosing between the used, new or the paperless version.
Nonprofit Bookkeeping and Accounting for Dummies
In this book the author, Sharon Farris, guides you through the necessary terms, how to balance your non-profit books, what the best ways of finding federal grants are and how to apply for them, and how to close your books and manage the payroll of your co-workers.
The book also tells the difference between accounting and bookkeeping, gives you advices on what to do during an audit, and teaches the basics of manual or computer-based accounting.
Nonprofit Bookkeeping and Accounting for Dummies is available in Amazon for as low as $9, while Kindle versions are around $13.
Nonprofit Accounting & Financial Statements: Overview for Board, Management and Staff
The book goes into details about how financial transactions can be recorded and how you can present these transactions as summaries to the stakeholders.
The book is available with Amazon for a price around $18 ($13 if you choose the Kindle version instead), but you can also add the 60-page companion book, A Picture Book of Nonprofit Accounting Statements to your purchase, making the learning process complete.