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ImageCougar Mountain Software CMS Professional FUND 2009 (http://www.cougarmtn.com/) is designed for non-profit organizations that need basic general ledger fund accounting, and is the latest version.  This release has added features which enhance the software for the accounting for non-profit organizations.


CMS FUND 2009 has added capabilities to attach documents to master records, which reduces time spent retrieving various documents. Other new features include lot numbers for inventory tracking, the ability to view logs of credit-card activity, and PDFBlaster Lite which makes it possible to transfer documents into PDF files. This software also includes a bank reconciliation module which can handle multiple bank accounts. It has the ability to categorize transaction into categories for tracking by any criteria.


In Use
CMS FUND is designed to be user friendly, and has simple layout and menu options. The new release has increased security features, which provide multi-tiered security that allows the administrator to set access privileges. This system is able to produce a variety of reports which include income statements, trial balances, and statement of cash flows.

The bank reconciliation module is a versatile module, which lets you keep an accurate account of more than one banking account, and allows for setting up categories for your transactions, to make tracking easy.  It is designed with the same type of layout as the general ledger, and helps non-profit organizations track the status of various accounts.

CMS has many add-ons available at additional fees; including SinglePoint which lets you connect to your accounting software remotely from anywhere. This software is designed to meet the basic needs of a non-profit organization.

Technology employed
CMS FUND 2009 can be installed on a single computer, or set up through a server. It works with Windows XP Professional, Vista Business and Windows Server 2000 and 2003. The system requires 2GHz Processor, 1GB RAM and anywhere from 1 to 20 GB of space depending on whether it is installed on a single computer, or a server.

Ease of use, configuration, and deployment
CMS FUND 2009 is easily installed, and Cougar Mountain has reliable and friendly associates to answer any of you questions. You receive installation services, and a 12 month enrollment in their Software Assurance Program, which guarantees customers receive all updates, patches and automatic upgrades to versions that come out during the next 12 months after purchase.

Recap
The CMS FUND is multi functional software that can handle an unlimited number of funds, departments or grants, and now has the ability to attach documents to master records, lot numbers for inventory tracking, and can make files into PDFs with PDFBlaster Lite.

It has the capabilities to handle inter-fund transfers, fund balancing, and multiple grants with varied year ends. This system also includes a bank reconciliation module which can handle multiple bank accounts and can be customized to meet your organization's specific needs. 

CMS FUND 2009 has many add-ons available at additional fees. The price for this system starts at around $1,200, and increases depending on how many licenses will be needed, and which additional add-ons are purchased.

Advantages
  • Multi functional modules
  • User friendly and nice layout
  • Add document attachments to master records
  • Create PDF files 
Disadvantages
  • Additional add-ons and user licenses can boost the initial cost of the system
My Opinion
CMS FUND 2009 is a versatile, multi- functional system that can handle all your non-profit basic accounting needs. The application can handle multiple accounts, and has time-saving features. One thing that sets CMS FUND 2009 apart from other software is its support system. Their customer service and Software Assurance Program is outstanding, with well trained associates to assist you. I would highly recommend this software for small to medium size nonprofit organizations. Last modified on Sunday, 19 May 2013
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