We were recently contacted by a charity called Pioneers UK who were looking for a Sage 50 replacement finance system for their current system. Pioneers UK are modern day missionaries who place members in unreached groups to bring long term change to families through education, economic development, cultural exchange and humanitarian aid. Comprising over 2,600 personnel serving in nearly 300 teams in over 100 countries, they are UK & Europe, second largest of 7 such recruiting and sending Bases in countries worldwide
Members are encouraged to attract funding for their mission via friends and the church. This has been happening for centuries but nowadays with money harder to come by, and more charities chasing it modern day business tools need to be employed to keep ahead.
The main benefit that Pioneers needed was better management reporting for each of their missionaries overseas. Their current system handled donations really well but lacked management reporting about each mission. Kinspeed had a few fact finding sessions with senior Pioneers staff, and it was decided eventually that Sage 50 would be the ideal fit for recording financial transactions with the added benefit of being able to post values to projects (missions). It would then be simple to see an income and expenditure statement for each mission giving up to date management information. Even better for Martin Kavanagh, director of Pioneers, he can now download the Sage 50 app onto his iPhone and see key data such as bank balances and supplier balances whilst on the move. The donations system, ThankQ, also had an export function to Sage 50 so dual entry into both systems will be eliminated
We recently visited the charity on their premises for a project meeting, and what premises they were ! Bawtry Hall no less, a beautiful grade 2 listed building situated in the 16th century port town of Bawtry. Looking out onto 7 acres of magnificent gardens the staff must look forward to work each day !
Sage chipped in with a 30% software discount for charities and Kinspeed matched their offer with a 30% discount on services. If you are interested in the charities work go to www.pioneers-uk.org to find out more