Aplos

An accounting software suite for nonprofits & churches.

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Aplos Overview

What is Aplos?

ON SALE NOW! 50% OFF through Dec 17 only! 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

The Aplos Accounting dashboard displays your organization's financial health at a glance.
Keep track of people including their donations, birthdays, and custom profile information.
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: The Aplos Accounting dashboard displays your organization's financial health at a glance. Aplos screenshot: Keep track of people including their donations, birthdays, and custom profile information. 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.


Wendy A.

APLOS Software for my Small (but growing) Church

The people at APLOS are great to work with. Easy to reach out to, quick to respond, They are really good at listening to my particular need and showing me how APLOS helps with it vs. just a generic response. Also, you can't beat the price. (I got a Black Friday 50% off special for a year). I looked at other options - some were too much for my need (both cost and complexity) and some could be made to work (Quickbooks for example) but were not really designed for a church. This is PERFECT for us.


Sherry N.

Good Software for Beginning Nonprofits


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


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 09/10/2018
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

Wendy A.
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 2-10 Employees

APLOS Software for my Small (but growing) Church

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 28/12/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

The people at APLOS are great to work with. Easy to reach out to, quick to respond, They are really good at listening to my particular need and showing me how APLOS helps with it vs. just a generic response. Also, you can't beat the price. (I got a Black Friday 50% off special for a year). I looked at other options - some were too much for my need (both cost and complexity) and some could be made to work (Quickbooks for example) but were not really designed for a church. This is PERFECT for us.

Pros

I purchased this software to help me take on a new role as treasurer of a small church. Am about 6 weeks into a "practice period" and will wipe out my practice data and start clean in January. It has (almost) everything I could want and some things I did not expect. The people database for church members, vendors, & prospects supports communication and there are robust accounting features (budgeting, bill pay, offerings, etc.). It has predesigned reports of all kinds that can be easily customized. You can import and export data. And it is really easy to use. Clearly designed for non-professionals like me - a volunteer doing a treasurer's job. Loved it from the first time I started playing with it during the free trial period. Also the resources (webinars, academy, one on one support) are great! Have watched several webinars, and chatted with people in customer support several times to get specific guidance/suggestions on my questions.

Cons

Have found only 2 things missing so far: 1) My pastor wants the ability to use the letter/email functions to communicate with members (uses the contact database) without seeing their donation records - and right now that "separation" isn't available. Also in recording donations, I would like to differentiate between cash and check because you need that info to make your bank deposit. APLOS doesn't provide for that. There's a workaround but not a great one. Customer Service made note of both of these needs for future releases.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Sherry N.

Good Software for Beginning Nonprofits

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 13/07/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I like that everything is all together in one spot - donor software, accounting, newletters and online giving forms. I like how when someone gives online through your forms that it automatically incorporates into your accounting and saves info from the giver into your contacts.

Their customer service and support is their beacon of light. Extreme strong point. It's almost as if you have nonprofit accountant on your staff to answer your questions. They answer you quickly, and their answers are always helpful. And often times they've logged in and completely helped me fix an issue. This is the best thing I love about them and something that makes them completely unique. This was a game changer for me as a brand new nonprofit and didn't know what I was doing. I can't say enough about this! This is what makes me recommend them to everyone I know that's a nonprofit leader.

Cons

The newsletter email templates and online giving forms are very template-y and don't give you a lot of control. The final product can help you get information out, however it looks pretty amateurish, which in turn makes your nonprofit/your brand, look amateurish - which is more important than most people know. If Aplos could follow constant contact's lead on design formatting they would be top notch.

The other thing I don't like is often I'm fundraising for events and have options for customers to pick (example : I want to buy tickets for an event and a tshirt for two people), or want them to be able to buy multiples of items and it really needs somewhat of a "cart" option for online giving forms.

Third, I get lots of complaints from customers about the transaction errors which make it hard to give. I get this a lot. Which can hinder givers, often they won't go back again and give again when they get an email way later that the transaction didn't go through, so you lose donations. I've addressed this with them several times, but there hasn't been any resolution. I think it has to do with that the provider they use does a micro-transaction to the bank and then banks don't approve it.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Joseph Z.
Industry: Nonprofit Organization 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

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
Customizable Branding
Customizable 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:

Non Profit

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