Top 5 Security Features for Public Service AccountingThis week, Target announced that its 2013 data breach had been resolved for $18.5 million. That breach involved access to consumer data for over 110 million Target customers. Public service accountants should take notice. Whether you work with a school district, a fire department, police department, or any other public service entity, you will access and be responsible for sensitive data. Cougar Mountain Software’s DENALI allows you to breathe easy because its accounting solution solves common public service accounting security challenges with these five enhanced security features:

4 Pro Tips for Preparing Your Year-End Financial CloseHow You Can Close the Books and Ring in the New Fiscal Year on Time

It takes 60 seconds for the ball in New York’s Times Square to drop 141 feet and officially ring in the New Year. That’s not a lot of time to consider all the things you want to accomplish in the next 365 days, let alone think about all the things you didn’t quite get to before 11:59 on December 31.

Nonetheless, as you’re contemplating you quarter-one goals, and why you didn’t quite get around to running that marathon, you don’t also want to be confronted by the things you could have done better or devoted more time to, including your year-end financial close.

With the end of the year so near, we’re giving you our top four pro tips for ensuring your books are closed well before the clock strikes 12.

bsd-distr-blogimageMary works at West Boise Sewer District.

Hired as an office manager in 2012, her responsibilities span bookkeeping, inventory, scheduling, inter-office diplomacy, customer service, reporting to the board, and software maintenance.

She is warm, wry, and the epitome of “high-functioning”. Having worked as an accountant (at a bank, light-manufacturing company and nonprofit), as an auditor (for both the IRS and an independent nonprofit), and as a controller for a national nonprofit, her credentials are significant.

So when Mary says she labored through the first two years at West Boise Sewer District (WBSD) it should be noted that her own skill wasn’t what was deficient.

Effective Software for More Effective Public ServicesThe Benefits of FUND Management in Public Service Organizations

DonorExpress started as a volunteer project for a domestic violence shelter in Boone, North Carolina, in 1992. It has since been developed with a user-friendly interface that increases effectiveness and success in donor management for nonprofit organizations and public services that want to build better relationships with donors.

In a recent interview, DonorExpress’ CEO Bob Holder discussed the evolution of donor management, the benefits of the right software, and how DonorExpress and Cougar Mountain Software can build effective relationships with donors.

8 Software Modules for Efficient Public Services AccountingDenali’s FUND Integrated Modules Offer Organizational Peace of Mind to Local Government Agencies and Public Service Providers

Cougar Mountain Software’s Denali FUND is fully integrated, affordably priced public services accounting and financial management software designed exclusively for public service and government agencies. Denali FUND abides by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), as mandated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), so it’s built to meet your organization’s unique needs.

Our complete accounting package includes nine software modules that combine to form a complete accounting package for your accounting needs. And each module has unique benefits that can help you manage your organization.

Cougar Mountain Software develops leading on-premises accounting solutions. Our hallmark software, DENALI, is specifically designed to scale to clients’ needs while maintaining an unbreakable audit trail.