Office suite in works

By Todd Cohen

Chicago-based B2P Commerce plans this month to release NonprofitBooks Office, a desktop software suite that will bundle and integrate accounting, donor-management and performance-measurement tools the tech firm has developed for nonprofits.

The suite will cost $999 and include NonprofitBooks, an application B2P launched a year ago for the nonprofit market to work with QuickBooks, Intuit’s small-business accounting software.

After releasing the suite in January, B2P plans by March to unbundle the three software tools and sell them separately, says Jason Saul, CEO and co-founder.

Prices have not been set for the new donor-management and performance-measurement tools, which are based on Microsoft products.

B2P has sold more than 1,000 copies of NonprofitBooks, which costs $249, Saul says.

All three tools eventually will be integrated with Impact Manager, a Web-based tool B2P is developing with Microsoft that is designed to let funders and parent organizations track and aggregate performance data of their grantees and affiliates or chapters.

Impact Manager, expected to cost as little as $100 a year for each affiliate, chapter or grantee – depending on the number of users — is being tested by the Chicago Community Trust, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

NonprofitBooks Office and Impact Manager are designed to work together, says Saul.

Grantees of a foundation, or affiliates or chapters of a national organization will be able to use the suite to track critical information about their programs, finances and fundraising, he says.

After adopting measures or benchmarks for its general-management, financial or fundraising performance, for example, a nonprofit would be able to use NonprofitBooks Office to track its results against those measures, Saul says.

Using Impact Manager, he says, funders and parent groups will be able to “aggregate the same common reporting elements from NonprofitBooks Office.”

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