Coinciding with “Giving Tuesday” on 3 December, software company Calxa has reached a major milestone, donating half a million dollars’ worth of its Calxa Premier to grassroots Not-for-Profits (NFPs). The project started in mid-2011 with the aim of providing smaller community organisations the tools they need to better manage their budgeting, board reporting and grant acquittals.

Calxa CEO, Mick Devine, is astounded at the take up rate of the donations. “We anticipated the program to run over several years. Looking at the growth of donations this past six months, we are well on our way to reaching our $1million target by the end of 2014. It’s a great opportunity for smaller NFPs to achieve the productivity gains usually reserved for their larger counterparts.”

Giving Tuesday is a day when not-for-profits, businesses, community groups and individuals are exploring ways to give and saying thanks, showing the world how Australia gives. It’s a day when companies like Calxa demonstrate that it is possible to build a successful business while making a substantial contribution to the wider community.

Productivity Gains for Grassroots NFPs

Not-for-Profits are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are run well, providing transparent reporting to board members and grant providers. One of the key benefits of the use of technology is the production of visually intelligent reports and charts that can be understood by board members who aren’t accountants.

Calxa’s donation program is managed by Connecting Up who co-ordinate donated and discounted technology for Not-for-Profits. With a push to improve productivity, NFPs are looking at technology to automate manual processes. The Connecting Up program facilitates this beautifully with recent discounted offers by MYOB to migrate to their cloud solution AccountRight Live with which Calxa integrates seamlessly. Combining donations from software vendors such as Calxa and Microsoft with discounts from MYOB, gives community groups the ability to automate and streamline their entire back office, leaving more funds available for their core functions.

Volunteer based organisation, Crime Stoppers Queensland, has experienced firsthand the benefits of embracing technology. Migrating their accounting data to the cloud allows multiple users in the file at once. Combining this with direct bank feeds and the ability to electronically distribute reports out of Calxa, the team is not only saving time but producing a whole lot less paper. “It saves us a few hours every month. Now I just open the software, update and print my reports. I don’t have to do all that manual processing” says their CEO, Trevor O’Hara.

Sydney-based charity, A Start in Life, has a similar story to tell with their accountant Stephen Floyd echoing the sentiments, “In fact the time taken to produce budgets has been reduced by 50% or more”.

Celebrating Giving Tuesday

So join the rest of Australia in celebrating Giving Tuesday today and show the rest of the world how “giving” is done. #GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day to kick off the giving season. The second annual Giving Tuesday is on December 3, 2013 – so help spread the word.

About Calxa

Voted “Most Outstanding Software for MYOB”, Calxa Australia delivers the leading budgeting and cashflow forecasting software for not-for-profit organisations and small businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Calxa software integrates with accounting systems such as MYOB, QuickBooks Online and Xero, producing error-free reports quickly and easily. The company’s headquarters are located in Townsville, Queensland.

For more information please contact: Mick Devine, CEO Calxa Australia Pty Ltd Email: [email protected] Phone: +61 433 77 88 05