Should My Nonprofit or Church Upgrade to QuickBooks 2015?
If your nonprofit or religious organization has been using the QuickBooks accounting system for several years, you may be wondering if it is time to look at their newer versions. Each year, Intuit (the maker of Quickbooks) offers a new version with some changes. Some years these changes are significant; other years, they are more cosmetic.
The 2015 version includes a number of improvements for the outside accountant, but not so many for the end user. If you are currently using QuickBooks 2013 or 2014, I'd wait to upgrade after we see what will be introduced this fall for the 2016 version. If you are using 2012 or earlier, however, I'd strongly suggest you consider upgrading to QuickBooks 2015 version. The user interfaces are better. You can copy/paste line items, scale reports, record bounced checks much easier and there are better overview snapshots.
QuickBooks also offers an online version, QBO (QuickBooks Online). It is a very different program from the desktop version, but does give you the flexibility of a cloud-based program. For a church or nonprofit, I'd recommend the desktop version, as you can purchase the 2015 desktop version of QuickBooks Nonprofit Premier for only $45 from www.techsoup.org.