I wasn't really sure when I wrote my first blog on accounts and CiviCRM whether it was a topic that would draw much interest but in fact I got a lot of really thoughtful comments and something of a blogathon took place. I have some ambition to write another piece summing up what I think has come out of the discussion - but in the meantime I want to pick up now on something Dave & I have talked about a little bit on the forums: invoice numbers.
To quickly recap on previous conversations - CiviCRM does not have a clear concept of an invoice. From an accounts point of view it would be great to see this considered in some future version but must be noted that it is not trivial.
In the meantime, many CiviCRM users need to meet legal invoicing requirements when people sign up for memberships or events online. In New Zealand, to my knowledge, the legal requirements for an invoice are:
1) The words 'Tax Invoice' must appear on it
2) The GST number (if...
- generate a listing of the individual cheque and cash "receipts" processed since the last "deposit" was generated, add selected receipts to a deposit and print it as a deposit listing, using a template that would enable you to submit the listing to your bank with a deposit slip;
- enable a bank reconciliation to confirm that each deposit was successful and highlight any discrepancies such as bounced cheques or typo's when entering cash or cheque amounts. Ideally you would be able to tick off each receipt within a deposit as reconciled (or just tick the deposit as a whole and have the system mark each receipt within that deposit as reconciled). If a...
We are finding that CiviCRM/accounts issues are becoming increasingly important for our clients, and Eileen's recent blogs and the discussion they are generating are a fantastic step towards helping find the best way for Civi to deal with financial transactions.
For example, I think it could be useful for Civi to ultimately develop functionality for maintaining simple bank accounts within CiviCRM, so that small organisations can maintain basic accounts without the headaches of integration with an external package.
Currently we have clients who are willing to rely on CiviCRM as being the central repository for the detail of all contributions, with a lump sum figure hitting their GL at the end of each month which can be reconciled against CiviCRM's records. This is largely reliant on the organisation having very good procedures in place to attend to banking on the same day as transactions are entered into CiviCRM, to make it easier for payments to be reconciled. It...Read more
This is my second blog on the topic of integrating with CiviCRM with an accounting system. Those of you who haven't just run screaming from the room or suddenly discovered an urgent need to polish the inside of your car exhaust, re-organise your tupperware or push needles into your eyes ... read on.
I was going to talk now about the second (conceptual) stage of Xero / CiviCRM integration - getting payment information out of Xero to confirm transactions in CiviCRM, but, some of the scenarios that are difficult to get my head around in automated integration are also the same scenarios that cause me problems under 'manual' integraion, so I'm going to focus for this blog on 'manual' integration between CiviCRM and Accounting systems. This also ties in with a suggestion from Dave that I specify possible future changes to the workflows around receipting multiple payments against events.
Manual integration is an over-jargony way of describing a person...Read more
One of the areas that occasionally hits the forums is whether CiviCRM integrates with accounting systems. I've been giving a little thought to accounts integration lately and have now spent a bit of time poking around the Xero API and thinking about what I would do if I were to spent time trying to get CiviCRM talking to Xero. The content of this blog is mostly non-technical so if you can safely ignore the stuff about APIs if it doesn't mean anything to you.
For those (most) of you that haven't heard of Xero, it is the company that would have made me rich had I bought shares when I said I thought I should. If I had also bought oodles of US dollars at the same time and sold them 3 months ago I would now be sitting on a tropical island instead of writing this. Such things aside, Xero is an online accounting package with a RESTFUL interface which targets small to medium businesses and organisations and is aiming for World Domination. I believe they will fail...Read more