Based in Boise, Idaho, Cougar Mountain Software developed DENALI FUND, a Microsoft Certified Partner. DENALI FUND is a comprehensive system that offers accounting options for nonprofits with multiple funds. The product includes integrated applications for general business as a horizontal accounting system, but is a particularly good fit for small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations looking to effectively manage accounting.
DENALI FUND includes a host of features to streamline a nonprofit's finances, including a donor tracking feature to help enter pledges, keep track of donations, and maintain complete visibility into the fundraising efforts of your organization. DENALI FUND has the ability to allow encumbrance transactions, which provide a way for nonprofits to set aside a specified amount of funding for known expenses. Fund calendars can be customized, as they may differ substantially from organizational calendars.
The system is offered both as a web-based and on-premise option, giving organizations the flexibility to choose which deployment option works best. Cougar Mountain has provided a variety of training literature on their website, as well as multiple training options for a nonprofit's staff. The training options can be as simple as webinar, or as in-depth as having a representative come and train staff personally. DENALI FUND is easily customizable, and provides a number of reporting options, providing users the detailed information they need pertaining to cash flows, activities, and the overall financial position of the nonprofit.
DENALI FUND by Cougar Mountain Software is a great fit for small to mid-sized nonprofits, but has been designed to grow with each organization.
Bill from Estacada First Baptist Church
Employees number: 6 to 10 employees
It is a very good fund accounting system. Keeping many funds in balance is the reason I bought the system, and it does that well once you learn the intricacies of the confusing account structure.
I was told that you could easily customize reports like P&L, Balance Sheet, etc., but that's not so. The standard reports are not customizable unless you buy Crystal Reports software and can figure out how to use that software. I could not, so I must pay a tech to produce any special reports. You can download to Excel, but that is what I used to do with QuickBooks at 1/10th of the price.
Compare the account numbering structure before you decide. In Denali, once you set up your accounts and start using the system, you are pretty much stuck with your original setup. I made the error of putting the fund number last and then had to start another company to rearrange the order.