Abila MIP Fund Accounting Software


 

Abila MIP Fund Accounting exclusively serves the financial management and fund accounting needs for thousands of nonprofits and government agencies. MIP has received the Campbell Award for several years in a row.

MIP is an integrated system with functionality including fund accounting, procurement, budgeting, payroll, human resources, timekeeping, fixed asset management, grant management, dashboards, and more. A flexible structure enables users to manage and report on multiple cost centers at the general ledger level including multiple organizations, funds, projects, grants, programs, departments, locations, etc.

The report writer is embedded in the system providing extensive, customizable reports by any cost center or period. Unlimited budgets, projections and forecasts are built, maintained and reported on inside the system.  

This system can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or self-hosted. Companies also have the choice to purchase the system outright or rent it through a SaaS pricing structure.

 

Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Dashboard
 
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Fund accounting
    Fund accounting
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Accounts payable
    Accounts payable
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Payroll
    Payroll
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Revenues and expenditures
    Revenues and expenditures
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting - Balance sheet
    Balance sheet
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Mac OS, Windows 8

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Prudence from PBS-Prudence Bookkeeping Systems
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Dependency

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Most nonprofits are seeking funding to exist...this software package is a well-established organization. I say this because of the dependency on the online/cloud storage features. There is a monthly service fee to use this product.

Pros

I say this; however, it's a package that is worth having. I generally work with startup and kid/new nonprofits. I recommend this product as they grow and hire a Staff Accountant.

Cons

Simply the fee associated with the product itself and for training, or additional insight.

Advice to Others

If your organization is considering this package, please get the group university training.

 
 

Miguel from Arroyo Vista
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Abila Fund Accounting Use and Customization

Ease-of-use

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Customer Support

Value for Money

The system itself has been around for a good while. For that reason, they have built a strong product if you are in the non-profit sector looking for some flexibility. Be warned that it is not an inexpensive system although the ongoing cost of maintenance and support is not too bad. Implementation and initial licensing are where they get you. Most use the product out of the box and even then require a good amount of training since it had too many features. I would try to stay away from customizations that touch the database directly because support will have a much more difficult time supporting you. Support is ok, however during an audit and UDS season you should expect to be on the phone on hold for 30+ min.

Pros

Once set up, you will enjoy the power of flexibility and customization.

Cons

Too many options that can easily use you. You need to be trained. Support wait times can be high. High initial implements ton cost.

Advice to Others

If you are a non-profit under 50 employees I would stay away and use Quickbooks for Nonprofit unless you need serious customizations.

 
 

Jeanette from Mid-Iowa Community Action
Specialty: Human Services
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Abila MIP Fund Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Our accounting department uses this product and finds it very user-friendly and works well with the needs of our complex funds and accounts.

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

No cons. It works well for our needs.

 
 

John from El Super
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Ease of use is where it's at

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Functionality

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Value for Money

Most accounting systems have always been to me glorified excel spreadsheets. What I've come to loath is having to sheet and sheet of different formulas because the system isn't intuitive enough to recognize an upload of statistic analysis. Imagine having the ability to handle all of your financial needs with one simple solution? That's where my company has it's greatest strength is that it is currently pushing for one solution and this solution is it.

Pros

Ease of usage

Cons

It can be a bit expensive

Advice to Others

Do yourself a favor and go this route

 
 

Clement from Community Clinic
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

The product is very comprehensive and meets all of our needs. A bit pricey but worth the money.

 
 

Brittany from Emerson Home Services
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Used when it was Sage

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

When I used this product, I did not work in the accounting department, I worked in the Warranty/Repairs Department of a construction company. However, we used this software to make notes, bill for repairs, find out when a warranty should be issued upon customer being paid in full, and communicate with the accounting department as they were in another building than our department. The invoicing feature was very straight forward and easy to use. Checking if a customer was paid in full was also easy. Making notes was also easy but the categorization of the notes could have been better. It was just a long list with no differentiation or date categorization. You just had to scroll through a giant list of notes to hopefully find what you needed to know, and hopefully someone put a name and a date by the note so you could ask them additional questions if they did not list enough detail. Switching from different screens was a little time consuming. When I used this software, there was no ability to set an action request. I'm sure by now they have changed this and made it possible to set actions or reminders for yourself or others.

Pros

Multiple users can be on the program at one time. It is relatively user friendly as long as you have basic computer knowledge.

Cons

The time it took to go from one feature to another was frustrating when you are on the phone with a customer and needed to get to several different places quickly, however, that could have been due to the number of users we had on our server at a given time. If an older person, who has limited computer knowledge were to try and use this program, they may need a training course to become comfortable using it.

Advice to Others

Before purchasing this program, ask lots of questions and make sure you research what features you need as a business. When I used this software it was missing a few of the key features we needed which made it difficult for us to seamlessly move from one customer stage to another.

 
 

Alexandra from LocalSpl
Specialty: Advertising
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

This software has the variety of features which are a must to have for a small to medium business. The speed and efficiency are top notch.

 
 

Graylen from 360 Tax Group
Specialty: Banking & Mortgage
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

So So

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I was looking for a replacement for Quick books. I'm not sure this is going to be my replacement.

 
 

Lavada from Cardinal Ritter
Specialty: Healthcare & Hospitals
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great Service

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Cost friendly. Love software. Support is great.W works well for our needs.

Pros

None

Cons

None

Advice to Others

Highly recommend

 
 

Leslie from Disability Rights Florida
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Payroll & Benefits Coordinator

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Value for Money

I would like to do more precise reports, like who is on BCBS HMO and who is on BCBS PPO.

Pros

I like the tabs. I can quickly access what I need because the tabs make it so simple. I love love love the fact that I can put an annual salary on the Current Pay tab and it will calculate everything the salary and hourly rate for me. I love that! Every-time I have questions I can call over there and I get help. Even if I get these crazy ideas to try to do something new I ask my sales person Dan and he gets the answers for me.

Cons

Why do I have to enter some information more than once? I have to enter exempt and non-exempt on Current Job tab, Job History tab and Current Pay Tab...Why? Also the W-4 issued by the IRS says Single, Married or Married but filing at a higher Single rate. The box Single/head of household is confusing. On Address & Phone tab why do the Home, Cell & Fax boxes have "Ext" in the box? No one has an Ext at home or on their cell phones. Now you are just being lazy.

 
 

Mannat from Lime Tree
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Ease-of-use

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Value for Money

The work for my company is to improve the accounting period and to streamline the data entry. Before this my company would produce financials manually in excel by copy and pasting. By purchasing Abila MIP Fund Accounting Drillpoint module, I was able to link my accounting system directly to excel reducing my financial statement preparation time from four hours to fifteen minutes.

Advice to Others

There are sometimes third parties involved with marketing Abila products. I prefer speaking directly with Abila.

 
 

Michell from Washington Association of County Officials
Specialty: Associations
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

MIP

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I have utilized this software in previous organizations and find it to be a great enhancement from QuickBooks.

 
 

Victor from Solano County Arts Council
Specialty: Non-Profit

September 2016

September 2016

Product limited in feature like budget features as compared others

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Value for Money

Likes Best

AP, AR, vendor records. I enjoy using these features. Vendor has an excellent customer care

Likes Least

Lack of budget features and its limitations in performing functions like grant management

Recommendations

As they use the software, they must be mindful of limitations of the system in certain functions like budget features

 
 

Cheryl from Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District
Specialty: Utilities

August 2016

August 2016

HR Specialist

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Value for Money

Likes Best

I use the payroll module to process bi-weekly payroll. It is a great program as it flows into the MIP Fund Accounting software making it a breeze to reconcile accounts. The vendor is readily available to answer questions and is knowledgeable. No run around trying to find the answer or "fix".

Likes Least

The payroll module does not update some balances automatically. For instance, when PTO hours are entered on the timesheet, you still have to go to another tab to indicate Leave taken for the leave balance to be reduced. Also there are no restrictions on earning codes: someone could have a have several levels of PTO (due to increasing earning eligibility with tenure) and the system will recognize all. It would be beneficial if more than one rate of pay was also available. It is not in the payroll module, you must add the HR module.

Recommendations

Ensure you have all the necessary on-site training you need. Both at installation and in the future.

 
 

Ronald from Santo Domingo Tribe
Specialty: Accounting / CPA

June 2016

June 2016

GRANTS and Contracts

Ease-of-use

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N/A
Likes Best

Easy to use and you can use the tutorial to navigate your way through the system.

Likes Least

The excel formulas do not covert over and you have to manual put the formuals back in the execel spreadsheets.

Recommendations

If you use excel then this may not be the best fit for you.

 
 

Lisa from NRIC
Specialty: Education

February 2016

February 2016

Font is too small for anyone with less than perfect eyesight.

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Likes Best

The program is organized and user friendly, easy to navigate, easy to produce a report, easy to search.

Likes Least

Inability to increase font size on the main screens. The very small font size is very difficult to see and causes a strain for those of us who work on the system all day. This could discourage someone from purchasing the program if their employees have less than perfect eyesight.

Recommendations

Although the program is very good....you would need to take into consideration the inability to read the font. Not sure if other companies offer a similar program with a larger font or ability to change the font.

 
 

Lisa from Wooddale Church
Specialty: Non-Profit

September 2015

September 2015

Abila MIP Fund accounting

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N/A
Likes Best

Vendor was fabulous in explaining how to use the product and went out of their way to make sure we received any answers needed.

Likes Least

It's not fully implemented yet so I can't report about it.

Recommendations

Take your time and make sure you make a visit to a company that is using the software.

 
 

Becky from PLOWS Council on Aging
Specialty: Non-Profit

July 2015

July 2015

Great Product, but who couldn't improve?

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Likes Best

Much customization available. Can usually get what you want based on what you've put in. Abila HUGE improvement of Sage.

Likes Least

Reporting is good but could be much better. Drill down on ALL reports would be ideal. Payroll module is difficult to obtain reports without manipulation and combinations

Recommendations

You're not going to find anything better without writing the software yourself. Save yourself the shopping around. Spend the time, energy, and expense of training and conferences-WELL worth it! Very robust product!

 
 

Paige from Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Centers
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

June 2015

June 2015

Great software for mid-market non-profits

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Likes Best

The Saas version makes it easy to implement and easy on the IT department (they don't have to do anything). It also makes it easy to access from anywhere. We moved from Blackbaud because their system was so clunky and I couldn't get financials out of it easily. With Abila, it's very easy to run a variety of financials that I can tailor to my needs. It's also very easy to drill down (not from the financial reports) to find the detail I'm looking for with links to supporting documents (i.e. invoices). The A/R, fixed asset and other modules let us keep accounting for everything in one place.

Likes Least

The financial reports are a bit limited in terms of showing groupings of departments without being able to show the total on the same report. It can't do monthly balance sheets on one report. And you can't enter operational/non-financial data for more comprehensive reporting.

The wait time for calling into their help center is still unacceptable (hold times of no less than 30 minutes). They know about this and, instead of fixing it, tell users to use their chat function. While their response time on chat is very fast, I hate having to type out my issues and responses. I just want to talk to a live person.

Recommendations

This software is great for small to mid-market non-profits who want lots of functionality for a reasonable price.

 
 

Alejandro from Camillus House, Inc.
Specialty: Non-Profit

December 2014

December 2014

Excellent for non-profits, but it could be even better

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Likes Best

The best thing is the multi-dimentional logic built into the product, which enables it to track almost any measure (P&L, Balance Sheet) across various dimensions (company, department, program, grant, restriction type, etc.) This gives you almost total flexibility to manage your organization's finances in any way you want.

Likes Least

My only pet peeves - none of which are deal-breakers - are:
- Lack of drill-down capabilities straight from the reports. Say you run a P&L report and want to know the details behind a certain expense figure. In QuickBooks, you can just double-click on the figure and get a detailed report of the details behind it. In MIP you are forced to run a separate Transactions report. The information can still be obtained; it just takes longer.
- No "Balance Sheet by Month" report. This is another basic report that even Quickbooks has. It's very important when you're analyzing your historical results.
- The documentation is horrible. There are no examples whatsoever. You need to know the system already in order to understand what the manuals mean to say.
- Certain reports should give you the codes along with their names. For example, a Distribution Codes report tells you that code 1125 splits costs 40% to Program 254 and 60% to Program 350. But the report doesn't tell you that code 1125 is for employee "John Do", Program 254 is "Advocacy," and Program 350 is "Shelter". You need to run a separate Chart of Accounts report and then do vlookups. This should be a really easy thing to code into the package.

Recommendations

In spite of a few pet peeves, the software is so robust and flexible that I still definitely recommend it. The balance is overwhelmingly positive.

If you're considering Blackbaud's Financial Edge as an alternative and are being sold on its integration with their Raiser's Edge private donations software, don't believe it! Both packages were developed separately by two separate companies and are not really all that integrated. Blackbaud just purchased the accounting package from someone else.

If you just came from the for-profit world, I would also suggest you bypass accounting packages developed for private businesses (Great Plains, etc.) The reporting requirements in the non-profit world are totally different.

 
 
 
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