Jewel is a somewhat new take on non-profit accounting software. Religious institutions and charities have their own complex logistical and financial concerns, and that’s what Jewel is here to help with.
Church budgeting is a surprisingly difficult and nuanced process, and given the range of demographics involved in giving donations to these organizations, a lot of outdated payment methods have to be contended with within a modern technological environment.
Does Jewel charity accounting software actually make church accounting and other charity accounting easy and intuitive? Let’s find out.
Who Uses Jewel?
Jewel is designed around church budgeting, but actually can work really well for any non-profit institution. This means that charities for human interests, humane efforts for animals, environmental or social issue concerns and so on can also get a lot of good use out of this solution. Likewise, homeless shelters and counseling providers, most of which are indeed funded by donations (thus putting them in the non-profit tax bracket), also stand to benefit from the power of Jewel.
While an actual for-profit business could indeed use Jewel, it’s not going to be best suited for such things—there are better-designed solutions for them.
- Check Handling: This is usually only handled on an inter-corporate level, if at all, outside faith and charity organizations. However, Jewel makes processing and handling them a breeze.
- Visualization: Graphs are tricky to make in other financial software, or in office suites. Not impossible, but a bit more involved than they need to be, especially when working with external data. Jewel produces beautiful graphs and charts that allow people not in finances to easily digest the information in that universal visual language anyone, anywhere, can understand.
- Cooperative UI: ScreenShare allows users to coordinate and collaborate with screen sharing, allowing church or charity staff to work remotely no matter what. Location-independence? You bet.
- Intuitive Wizard: It’s nice when something can just make intelligent decisions based on steps taken, and provide the next logical step for you, right? Jewel’s NextStep system is just that – allowing you to prompt for the next logical bit of data entry or calculation needed based on what kind of financial or data processing task you’re undergoing at the time.
- Solid Budget Allocation: This is a challenge especially for faith-based organizations, even more than general charities. Churches get a lot of their money from two types of dutiful parishioner donations, depending on the tenets of the faith in question. Most of them have what are known as tithes – a responsible percent of earnings regularly given back to their faith, as well as the offerings given during services. It’s hard to predict fiscal resources based on these. Jewel has some slick algorithms that can see patterns in a church’s income over time, and make smarter forecasts for budget allocation.
- Backups and Solidity: Jewel’s backup system means that regular saving of data in a secure way will ensure that your church or charity will never come crashing down due to a technical failure.
- Great Tech Support and Training: Jewel offers excellent tech support and training systems. Get your staff on top of using Jewel without any trouble, and if any problems come along, expect great, courteous tech support.
- Reporting: Nobody likes dealing with reports. With the press of a button, you can create all kinds of reports per templates available or of your own making.
Jewel does not provide pricing on their website nor do any reviews offer such information. Clients should contact the organization directly for more information.
Jewel has a somewhat basic design to its interface, being very “windows common controls”, but that’s okay – it works well, and it’s very much a glove-like fit for its target demographics.