Growing Nonprofit Requires Powerful Managerial Reporting

PAWS Chicago is a 20-year-old nonprofit focused on making Chicago a “no kill” community for dogs and cats. The organization adopts out over 5,000 animals annually, but is much more than a rescue shelter. Its community outreach and prevention programs include a mobile spay and neuter clinic, a door-to-door outreach team, pet food bank and cat colony caretakers to keep animals from entering the pound. PAWS Chicago performs over 17,000 spay and neuter surgeries each year, which it subsidizes in low income areas with limited veterinary access. As the $11 million organization has grown, its management team needed a better way to track separate financials for all of these programs, while still producing the standard nonprofit tax reports. 

Working with consulting partner Porte Brown, PAWS Chicago eliminated separate purchasing, bill pay, and time and expense systems, and streamlined these workflows within Sage Intacct. “We knew we were too big to still be on QuickBooks and were drawn to Sage Intacct by its approach to capturing a variety of operational dimensions that would allow us to slice and dice data at the specific program, department, or vendor-level. We chose Sage Intacct over NetSuite because it perfectly fit the way we wanted to manage our organization.”

Gaining both efficiency and real-time, trusted financial visibility through Sage Intacct has been an eye-opening experience for our team. We’re all now able to focus on more value-added projects vs. just churning through month-end and tedious payables. And since we know what’s behind our numbers, we can offer more hands-on financial guidance to individual programs and better demonstrate the value we’re delivering to the broader community.
Alisa Brill
PAWS Chicago

Previous business challenges

  • Overly complex chart of accounts
  • More meaningful, timely managerial reporting
  • Accurate financial statements and data

Results with Sage Intacct

  • Improved decision-making through program and departmental-level visibility
  • Increased financial process efficiency upwards of 40%
  • Software paid for itself in less than 3 months
  • Nonprofits