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Abila - Great FInancial Software for medium to large non profits
https://www.trustradius.com/accountingMIP Fund Accounting (formerly Abila MIP)Unspecified8619101
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Updated January 09, 2018

Abila - Great FInancial Software for medium to large non profits

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Abila MIP Fund Accounting is utilized for all our electronic accounting needs - general ledger, payroll, and reports to board and management.
  • Ability to produce reports to management and funding agencies
  • The audit trails are fantastic
  • User Friendly
  • Ease in navigating through modules
  • Ability to exclude inactive, discontinued, terminated, etc., vendor and payroll accounts when looking up accounts
  • "Select All" option when transferring from payroll to general ledger
  • Expanding fields available for filtering when generating reports in payroll
  • Clean CPA audits
  • Excellent financial reviews from funders
  • Creation of reports required by potential sources of funds results in increased funding
We have funding sources that require that we breakdown funding from them by titles. The ability to structure the chart of accounts to make this possible is available thru Abila and has proven to be invaluable. For example we receive funds from the state unit on aging - Older Americans Act funding; state funding, department of labor funding, etc. The Older Americans Act funding is broken down by Title i.e., IIIB, IIIC,IIID,IIE. The state unit requires that we track and report out on all of these separately. Structuring of the chart account makes this possible.
Before Abila I used a system designed for a "for profit" company. We had much difficulty adapting it to the level of detail we must report out to funders. Doing the IRS 990 was a major headache. When we started to search for non-profit software Abila (then MIP Fund Accounting) stood heads above the others offering similar software.
Abila is great for working with medium sized and up companies but is really complicated for small agencies. I know of a small agency with the software that constantly has trouble navigating the software. They sometimes contact us for assistance because we are using Abila.

MIP Fund Accounting Feature Ratings

Accounts payable
9
Accounts receivable
Not Rated
Cash management
Not Rated
Bank reconciliation
8
Multi-currency support
Not Rated
Multi-division support
Not Rated
Regulations compliance
Not Rated
Electronic tax filing
8
Self-service portal
Not Rated
Standardized Processes
Not Rated
Pay calculation
9
Benefit plan administration
Not Rated
Direct deposit files
9
Salary revision and increment management
Not Rated
Reimbursement management
Not Rated
Dashboards
6
Standard reports
8
Custom reports
9
API for custom integration
Not Rated
Plug-ins
Not Rated
Role-based user permissions
8
Single sign-on capability
2

Using Abila MIP Fund Accounting

1 - The support person has been using MIP Funding Accounting since 2002. That person was trained by a MIP business partner and has attended MIP annual training sessions.
  • Payroll
  • Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Create reports to drop directly into our annual report
  • Provide all necessary schedules to do annual 990
  • Preparing annual audited financial statement worksheets
  • human resources
  • benefit tracking
I trust the reliability of Abila MIP Fund Accounting software and the support received.
3 - Accounting
Payroll
Human Resources

Evaluating Abila MIP and Competitors

Yes - Dos based system back in 2002- do not remember the name
  • Price
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Third-party Reviews
Usability was most important because of the monthly reporting requirements of the agency. Price - because the limited budget of a non profit.
Do not believe I would change.

Abila MIP Implementation

I believe implementation went well because of the way training was setup. We started with a classroom setting to go thru all aspects of the software then practicing setup before going live.
  • Professional services company
The name has changed since 2002. It's now Kerr Consulting - a business partner of Abila. The professional assigned to the agency - Ronnie Hopkins has been our "go to " person since 2002.
Yes - We started with the basic - general ledger and payroll and eventually moved to the EFT module, HR Module and EWS module.
Change management was minimal
  • Employee attitude to change
  • purchasing necessary hardware to meet specifications
  • cost

Abila MIP Support

I have always been able to get issues solved through customer support.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
None
No - Cannot afford premium support. Would rather apply budget to training staff and relying of support as a backup.
It was before they perfected upgrades. I was having a SQL Server issue. I allowed the tech support person to control my computer and my issues were resolved. I thought I would be late running payroll, which caused much anxiety for me. I was amazed at how quickly the issue could be resolved.

Using Abila MIP

The menu driven software is really user friendly. This makes training new staff the software run smoothly. Creating reports for board presentations, to do monthly reporting to funders and ease in transferring files to Excel are great.
  • Data Input
  • Reporting
  • Electronic Fund Transfer
  • Using budget worksheet
  • Selecting items when transferring payroll to general ledger
  • Correcting payroll distribution errors
ProsCons
Like to use
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
Requires technical support