ConnectNow Accounting: the Browser-Based Standard
for Parishes and Schools

Powerful accounting designed for parishes and schools with full support for diocesan financial controls, policies, and on-demand reporting.

Products

ConnectNow Accounting offers an integrated suite of easy-to-use modules for Ledger and Payables, Payroll, and Accounts Receivable for parishes and schools, along with the Financial Consolidation Manager (FCM), which serves as the diocesan dashboard and command and support center for the entire system. As parishes and schools use ConnectNow Accounting to handle their day day-to-day bookkeeping and cyclical tasks, they work within the diocese's standard chart of accounts and the system's purposeful, built-in controls, which help ensure that bookkeeping, payroll, and invoicing are being done correctly.

Parish Accounting

  Financial Consolidation

Integrated modules for parish and school accounting and optimized support from the diocese. Includes:

  • Ledger and Payables
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Fixed Assets
  • Ledger Report Writer

 

 

 

Diocesan management, support, and oversight tools that give diocesan finance departments:

  • Financial Consolidation
  • Ledger Report Writer
  • Fixed Assets

The ConnectNow advantage means real-time financial reports for any organization, fund, and period. Fixed asset costs, maintenance, historical data, and depreciation — so you can help churches plan and prepare for replacing fixed assets (and be eligible for a perfect audit opinion from your CPA firm). Built-in audit support. The ability to assist parish or school staff or guide them, click-for-click, in the same environment, and much more.



See the Product

Get a sense of ConnectNow Accounting's powerful tools, controls, and friendly workspaces for parish and school staff in this screenshot tour of the suite!

Ledger and Payables

Solution

Closed Accounting System for Every Parish and School

ConnectNow Accounting offers an integrated suite of easy-to-use modules for Ledger and Payables, Payroll, and Accounts Receivable for parishes and schools, along with the Financial Consolidation Manager (FCM), which serves as the diocesan dashboard and command and support center for the entire system. As parishes and schools use ConnectNow Accounting to handle their day day-to-day bookkeeping and cyclical tasks, they work within the diocese's standard chart of accounts and the system's purposeful, built-in controls, which help ensure that bookkeeping, payroll, and invoicing are being done correctly.

Real-Time Consolidation and Reporting

ConnectNow eases the burden of compiling cyclical financial reports at parishes and schools using many different accounting systems. In ConnectNow's Financial Consolidation Manager, the diocese can access the most current, accurate information for any individual parish or group of organizations for any period at any time. Parishes and schools also benefit because compliance and financial health are easier to measure, so they can assure donors that the funds intended for the work of the Church are transparently accounted for and safeguarded. Pastors, finance councils, and those who manage special projects can always get exactly the reports they need to better manage their ministries.

Professional Accounting that Serves Ministry

With ConnectNow Accounting, every parish, mission, and school benefits from having all the underpinnings of a proper fund accounting system. ConnectNow serves parishes of all sizes, bringing the power and ease of today's web applications to staff who work onsite in parish or school offices or to experienced accountants who provide accounting services from the diocese or another location. In large organizations with multiple bookkeeping and payroll staff, the system's robust permission system and modular design allows each person to have access to exactly the areas of the system they need to do their work, and no more — a control that serves proper segregation of duties. For small or remote parishes, missions, and schools, ConnectNow makes it possible to manage accounting remotely, if necessary, and maintain a true financial picture of the organization at all times — information that can inform planning and help sustain the most important ministries for the future. (Read how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Diocese of Fargo, and Diocese of Bismarck support accounting in their parishes, missions, and schools.)

Support for Diocesan Standards, Controls, and Oversight

With ConnectNow as the standard accounting technology for all parishes and schools, the diocese gains a common platform for training, audits, and collaboration. When it's time to roll out updated financial controls and policies, the diocese can do much more than simply announce the changes — your staff can teach every bookkeeper exactly how they should be implementing the changes within the ConnectNow Accounting system. When a staff member needs guidance on a particular transaction or report, they'll have a resource at the diocese (or another parish) to call. Diocesan staff with proper administrator permissions can even log in and accompany the bookkeeper step-by-step, click-for-click in the ConnectNow Accounting system. If necessary, the administrator can perform functions on behalf of any organization. And if a question should come up about a particular transaction, the system provides user activity tracking, audit support, as well as the ability to drill into the detail of any transaction behind the report data. (Read how the Diocese of Charlotte makes regular financial reviews a positive experience.)

Services

ParishSoft complements its powerful product offering with services that make us not just a software company but a strategic technology partner. Every diocese brings its own set of unique needs to the table, as well as policies and best practices that continually inform the collective knowledge of our staff. Whether your diocese needs project management, gap analysis, data services, business process re-engineering, change management, or other types consulting, our team of diocesan specialists offers a finely tuned, proven approach to organized and collaborative services to help your organization be successful, happy customers. We have helped dioceses implement ConnectNow solutions in thousands of churches and schools (see who they are). For an analysis of your software and services needs, or for a referral from a current user, please contact us.

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