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InsideNGO 2014 Annual Member Conference

July 21st, 2014 No comments

The annual InsideNGO Conference is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to exhibit again this year.  We’ll be showcasing our flagship nonprofit accounting software solution for NGOs, Serenic Navigator Enterprise, which continues to gain notoriety among InsideNGO members for its unique functionality designed for global organizations.

We look forward to seeing our long-time customers, as well as meeting new folks doing praiseworthy work around the world.  There’s a few times at this year’s conference where we can catch up:

  • Swing by our booth (number 24) to try your luck at winning a lap-top bag or $150 Visa gift card.
  • Our Vice President of Sales, Chris Stevenson, will be participating as a panelist in the Roundtable, “Financial System RFPs: Content Considerations” for those planning to prepare an RFP for a new financial management system this year. The Roundtable will be on Wednesday, July 30th from 9:30 am to 10:45 am in room 207A.
  • Serenic clients are invited to a Serenic User Group Lunch on Tuesday, July 29th at 12:00 pm in room 306. Let us know how we’re doing, speak with company representatives, and mingle with other Serenic Navigator users. Let us know if you’ll be there by emailing

There’s no doubt that this year’s conference will be as enjoyable as years past for both attendees and exhibitors. See you in D.C. July 29th through the 31st! For updates on the conference, follow InsideNGO on Twitter:  #INGO2014.

2013 InsideNGO Conference

2013 InsideNGO Conference

Four Ways Nonprofits can Support International Disaster Relief

November 22nd, 2013 No comments

The biggest natural disaster since Japan’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 is the recent devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan. Still playing out across global news networks, aid efforts continue. It seems like large scale destruction occurs across the planet more frequently than ever, but the good news is that modern technology has created a global community that can be reached as news breaks, and is amenable to giving. Read more…

Maintaining Data and Providing Access Anywhere, Anytime

May 7th, 2013 No comments

In a previous post we introduced the 7 Key Factors in Grant Management, Control and Visibility. Now we’ll dive into each control you need in your nonprofit financial software to support everyone from your board and executive team, to your program managers and staff.

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Transparency and Trust Issues Faced by International Nonprofits

April 26th, 2013 No comments

International nonprofits, more so than national nonprofit organizations, need to be accountable and financially transparent in regards to administration costs, fundraising, distribution of funds and project aid. Read more…

Serenic Welcomes NGOs in Kenya

April 17th, 2013 1 comment

We would like to welcome a couple new clients from Kenya to the Serenic Software community.   These NGOs will be implementing Serenic Navigator, certified for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, for their accounting software needs.

  • African Rescue Committee (AFREC)
  • Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) Read more…

Do NGOs and non-profits need to rethink the way they spend money?

March 15th, 2013 No comments

In a recent TED talk ‘The way we think about charity is dead wrong’ given by Dan Pallotta he declared that the reason homelessness has been at 12% for the last 40 years in the US or the cure to breast cancer has yet to be discovered is because these are big social problems that NGOs and non-profits are unable to realistically tackle without taking the same financial risks and big gestures that the private sector are afforded. Read more…

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Where does all the funding go? How Non-Profits and NGOs spend money

March 8th, 2013 No comments

When donating to charities, such as non-profits and NGOs, it is expected that the funds raised go directly to those that the particular organization helps. However charities must also spend a fraction of this money on overheads such as new fundraising opportunities and administration costs. It’s vital then that funding received from both the public and government bodies is managed appropriately.

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Top 5 Nonprofit Financial Software Challenges Today

January 22nd, 2013 No comments

In December we surveyed nonprofit decision makers from all over the world to learn more about whom they serve and the challenges that impact their organization.  We were excited by the number of people who responded and saw some definite trends across the board. 

Some of the results we found most interesting were the top 5 challenges respondents reported with their current nonprofit financial management software:

  1. Inflexible reporting
  2. Using too many spreadsheets outside of the system
  3. Lack of integration
  4. Lack of integration with donor management
  5. Lack of grant management

Additional answers to the question are illustrated below in the graph:

Serenic Nonprofit Accounting Software Survey

Serenic Nonprofit Accounting Software Survey Results














Respondents included nonprofit accounting software users in various segments with the most replies coming from Religion and Spiritual Orgs, Education, and Human Services.

What do you think? Are these the challenges that keep your staff up at night and asking for more hours in the work day?


Top Six Blog Postings and Topics for 2012

December 26th, 2012 2 comments

As we look toward 2013 and new resolutions, it’s also that time of year to look back and recount the past twelve months.  For the Serenic blog, we’ve seen a wide range of educational and fun posts written for the nonprofit, NGO and public sector.  We thought it would be interesting to see what the most visited posts were and to share them again!

Popular topics included cloud accounting, donor management, payroll, accounting tips and Dynamics NAV; but, the most visited posts and tags searched are listed below:

Top posts and tags for 2012:

Please share and revisit the links in case you missed them the first time around.

Now onto 2013, here’s hoping for peace, happiness and good will.


Financial Accountability and Transparency Critical to Success of NGOs

November 9th, 2012 No comments

Serenic Software, Techno Brain (Serenic partner), and Kickstart (Serenic Navigator end-user) were recently interviewed on Kenyan-TV KNEC. The interview was in conjunction with a seminar hosted by Serenic and Techno Brain at the PanAfric Hotel.

The news story highlights a serious problem that some NGOs face today: international donors are pulling out of NGOs.  But the interview points out that the right financial management software is available and can provide the accountability and transparency needed to win donors back. The Serenic Navigator financial management suite helps NGOs provide the accountability and transparency necessary to reassure donors about how their money is being spent. In addition to core financials, the suite includes fully integrated tools for grant management, budgeting control, donor and fundraising management.

In turn, NGOs such as KickStart, a Serenic client, can walk hand in hand with farmers and other agricultural recipients to help them build business plans and guide them as to where they can best sell their crops.

Check out the video and hear for yourself how critical the right financial accounting software is today.


A snapshot of the Serenic Software and Techno Brain seminar hosted at the PanAfric Hotel in Kenya.

A snapshot of the Serenic Software and Techno Brain seminar hosted at the PanAfric Hotel in Kenya.

June Munyeki of Kickstart is interviewed on Kenyan-TV KNEC.

June Munyeki of Kickstart is interviewed on Kenyan-TV KNEC.