Aplos

An accounting software suite for nonprofits & churches.

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Aplos Overview

What is Aplos?

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Aplos is a powerful cloud-based accounting suite for churches & non-profit organizations; offering fund accounting, invoicing, budgeting & financial reporting.

Users can create unlimited fund accounts to track money designated for specific purposes, including grants, campaigns, and building funds. Organizations can produce budgets for their total income and expenses or on a per-fund basis. Aplos provides fast and easy tracking of budgets vs. spending for the year.

Aplos hosts an unlimited number of donation pages for projects or funds, customized to reflect users’ organizations. Through these, donors can manage their giving, with the option to schedule weekly or monthly recurring donations. Aplos can automatically thank donors for their gift on behalf of the organization, and send email receipts to your supporters. Aplos users can record both the donor and purpose of the contribution to create a full donation record; helping them easily identify recurring donors and their donation amounts.

Aplos includes multiple FASB standard reports, such as balance sheets, income statements, and fund balances; allowing users to create custom reports by tracking project and campaign income and expenses using tags. Contribution statements of all tax-deductible donations are automatically generated for each donor, streamlining the end of year close out process.

Aplos will host an unlimited number of donation pages for different projects or funds, customized to reflect users’ organizations. Through these, donors can manage their giving, with the option to schedule weekly or monthly recurring donations. Aplos automatically thanks donors for their gift on behalf of the organization, and sends them email receipts for their records. Users can manage online and offline donations, recording both the donor and purpose of the contribution to create a full donation record, and identify recurring donors and their donation amounts.

Aplos includes multiple FASB standard reports, such as balance sheets, income statements, and fund balances, and allows users to create custom reports by tracking project and campaign income and expenses using tags. Contribution statements of all tax-deductible donations are automatically generated for each donor, removing the need for users to manually create these.

Aplos Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$59.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

To help you operate while sheltering in place or reopening, you can now get Aplos for only $1/mo for your first three months. Limited time offer through September 30, 2020.


Aplos Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada
Supported Languages
English

Media

Keep track of people including their donations, birthdays, and custom profile information.
The Aplos Accounting dashboard displays your organization's financial health at a glance.
View pledge information, last gift, and total donations - as well as the last time they were contacted so you can know who needs to be engaged.
Community Church Builder integration.
Run and send contribution statements.
Create events and sell tickets.
Aplos Fundraising Center
Aplos Text To Give
Create and host online donation forms.
Offer set donations or recurring gifts.
Aplos video Aplos video Aplos screenshot: Keep track of people including their donations, birthdays, and custom profile information. Aplos screenshot: The Aplos Accounting dashboard displays your organization's financial health at a glance. Aplos screenshot: View pledge information, last gift, and total donations - as well as the last time they were contacted so you can know who needs to be engaged. Aplos screenshot: Community Church Builder integration. Aplos screenshot: Run and send contribution statements. Aplos screenshot: Create events and sell tickets. Aplos screenshot: Aplos Fundraising Center Aplos screenshot: Aplos Text To Give Aplos screenshot: Create and host online donation forms. Aplos screenshot: Offer set donations or recurring gifts.

Aplos Reviews

Aplos Reviews

Overall rating
4.4
/
5
Excellent
84

Very good
40

Average
10

Poor
1

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4.4
Features
4.1
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Support
4.6
90% recommended this app
Brandon B.

Simple and easy, but with advanced features for those who need it.

We began using Aplos as a brand new church. They helped us every step of the way as we grew - absolutely stellar customer service! We still don't have the complexity that some larger churches do, but every time we have needed to add something, the capacity has been there. The one exception was the lack of payroll integration, which I understand that they are now adding but we have not used yet. What I love about the product is that it is easy for us who are new to accounting to use, but also robust enough that our treasure (CPA) is able to use it in more complex ways.


Verified Reviewer

Efficient and Easy


Joseph Z.

Aplos Review

will give it a 7/10 for easy use and a not so expensive budget but the biggest proof the software is to be able to do most of the accounting jobs in one software and even a person with low accounting knowledge can easily decode the information on the software


William J.

Very Difficult and Complicated, With Poor Tech Support

Not good. I need help, and the support never provides help that works.


April D.

The Aplos Advantage

Our church accounting is much more efficient with Aplos. It is easy to set up and use. I'm able to keep track of multiple accounts with ease. Two of us use the software almost daily and have never had any issues or hiccups.


Brandon B.
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Simple and easy, but with advanced features for those who need it.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/10/2018
Review Source: Capterra

We began using Aplos as a brand new church. They helped us every step of the way as we grew - absolutely stellar customer service! We still don't have the complexity that some larger churches do, but every time we have needed to add something, the capacity has been there. The one exception was the lack of payroll integration, which I understand that they are now adding but we have not used yet. What I love about the product is that it is easy for us who are new to accounting to use, but also robust enough that our treasure (CPA) is able to use it in more complex ways.

Pros

Cloud-based Accounting with multiple user accounts makes it easy to keep finances updated.
Clean, simple, straight-forward layout makes use easy.
Super-responsive customer service are always there when you need them.
Bank integration makes it easy to import transactions.
Contact management.
Reports are quick and easy to generate with customized data.
Ability to connect to online-giving.

Cons

At the moment we are unable to link families within the contact management system.
There are awesome graphs and charts on the dashboard, but unfortunately they do not have a lot of customization options or the ability to easily export.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Efficient and Easy

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/02/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The software is easy to use and not too expensive. Minimal accounting or bookkeeping experience is needed.

Cons

I saw the software worked great when our church was small. As it grew the amount of accounting required a program that could keep track of individual versus batch transactions.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Joseph Z.
Industry: Nonprofit Organisation Management
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Aplos Review

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 16/08/2020
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

will give it a 7/10 for easy use and a not so expensive budget but the biggest proof the software is to be able to do most of the accounting jobs in one software and even a person with low accounting knowledge can easily decode the information on the software

Pros

-easy to use and setup
-offers the project management and budget setup which is crucial for my office
-its an all in one package that allows any organization to fulfill their accounting needs in one place

Cons

the lack of social media management and it does not integrate well with some of our fundraising softwarew

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

William J.
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Very Difficult and Complicated, With Poor Tech Support

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 14/06/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Not good. I need help, and the support never provides help that works.

Pros

Had potential for non-profits vs QuickBooks

Cons

Bank integration does not work. I've used QuickBooks for non-profits, with integration that works fine. In Aplos, what shows up in Aplos doesn't match what the banks say. Tech support answers fairly quickly, however, they come up with all kinds of solutions that don't work. And different people will offer a different solution. None of them work. Then they drop it leaving me hanging. I may go back to QuickBooks which once you get a few words down (business terms vs non-profit) it is actually quite easy, and more dependable.

Response from Aplos

Hi William! Thank you for your feedback, and I'm sorry to hear of the trouble you've had concerning bank integration. You also mentioned using QuickBooks instead, so if you don't mind I'll briefly speak to both. QuickBooks creates and maintains its own bank integration feature, whereas Aplos has a partnership with Plaid and Finicity, which are industry leaders in the space. Plaid and Finicity both connect with the financial institutions and pass the information back to Aplos. We have very little control over the information received. However, we do have a great relationship with both partners, and consistently work with them on improving the experience for our customers. As for using QuickBooks, this may be a better fit if you do not need Fund Accounting and donor management.
Our Customer Success Director, Alex Acree, will be reaching out personally to help troubleshoot the bank integration issues you're seeing. If you have any other questions or feedback please let us know.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

April D.
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 2-10 Employees

The Aplos Advantage

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 30/06/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Our church accounting is much more efficient with Aplos. It is easy to set up and use. I'm able to keep track of multiple accounts with ease. Two of us use the software almost daily and have never had any issues or hiccups.

Pros

I love that this software is cloud based. All entries are automatically saved and easy to correct or delete. Because it is "in the cloud" I can access from anywhere.

Cons

Instead of using accounting terminology, they use simpler words or methods. It all makes sense, but I had to get used to words such as tags and purposes.

Response from Aplos

Thank you, April, for the review! We are happy to hear that you like our product and our tech support.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8.7/10
Based on 138 user ratings
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Aplos Pricing

Aplos Pricing

Starting from
US$59.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

To help you operate while sheltering in place or reopening, you can now get Aplos for only $1/mo for your first three months. Limited time offer through September 30, 2020.

To help you operate while sheltering in place or reopening, you can now get Aplos for only $1/mo for your first three months. Limited time offer through September 30, 2020.

Value for Money
4.4/5
Based on 138 user ratings
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Aplos Features

Aplos Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Attendance Management
Automatic Notifications
Campaign Management
Communication Management
Contact Database
Contact Management
Credit Card Processing
Custom Fields
Customisable Branding
Customisable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Event Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Volunteer Management
Features
4.1/5
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Additional information for Aplos

Additional information for Aplos

Key features of Aplos

  • 1099 preparation
  • ACH payment processing
  • Accounting integration
  • Automatic email receipts
  • Automatic recurring transactions
  • Bank account sync
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Bill tracking & payment
  • Budgeting
  • Check printing
  • Contribution statement creation
  • Credit card processing
  • Custom segment reporting
  • Customizable donation pages
  • Customizable reports
  • Donation tracking
  • Fund accounting
  • Invoice creation
  • Journal entry
  • Recurring donations

Benefits

Fund Accounting - Easily track funds so you’re ready for the financial reporting requirements that come with restricted gifts. Create a flexible chart of accounts and use tags to manage campaigns or projects.

Financial Reporting - Customize and save nonprofit reports such as a Balance Sheet by Fund or Income Statement by Fund. Take advantage of donation reporting, budgeting reports, or create custom reports.

Donor Management - Improve donor retention by easily welcoming new donors and re-engaging donors slipping away. Use our smart donor database for better relationships and utilize dynamic contact lists.

Donation Tracking - A smart donor database for better relationships, with features like dynamic contact lists, automatic donation tracking, and pledge tracking.

Grow Giving - Create unlimited online donation forms and grow recurring giving with features like Text to Give. Create and send giving statements, utilize pledge tracking, and manage your events all in one place.

Aplos FAQs

Aplos FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Aplos.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Aplos offer?

Aplos offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$59.00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

To help you operate while sheltering in place or reopening, you can now get Aplos for only $1/mo for your first three months. Limited time offer through September 30, 2020.

Q. What are the main features of Aplos?

Aplos offers the following features:

  • 1099 preparation
  • ACH payment processing
  • Accounting integration
  • Automatic email receipts
  • Automatic recurring transactions
  • Bank account sync
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Bill tracking & payment
  • Budgeting
  • Check printing
  • Contribution statement creation
  • Credit card processing
  • Custom segment reporting
  • Customizable donation pages
  • Customizable reports
  • Donation tracking
  • Fund accounting
  • Invoice creation
  • Journal entry
  • Recurring donations

Q. Who are the typical users of Aplos?

Aplos has the following typical customers:

Q. What languages does Aplos support?

Aplos supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Aplos offer?

Aplos has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Aplos support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Aplos supports

Q. What other apps does Aplos integrate with?

Aplos integrates with the following applications:

Bloomerang, Gusto, Gusto

Q. What level of support does Aplos offer?

Aplos offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, Video Tutorials