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  • Batching transactions is a best practice for handling financial transactions. 
  • Batching provides a convenient way to ensure audit-ability, and corresponds to to actions like depositing a set of cheques.
  • Explain the process of closing batches, reconciling them, and then exporting them. Note that closed batches can be re-opened and adjusted, but exported batches cannot be changed. Additional change transactions can be created to adjust errors in an exported batch. 

Configuration of Financial Accounts and Financial Types (10 minutes)



  • Demonstrate how to export a Chart of Accounts from QuickBooks and view it in a low-level editor. Point out Account Code, Account Name, and Account Type.
  • Show how to view the list of existing financial accounts at Administer > CiviContribute > Financial Accounts. Suggest benefits of editing existing accounts of the correct type over creating from scratch.
  • Demonstrate how to edit a financial accounts and explain the importance of the accuracy of the Account Code, Account Name, and Account Type fields. Then show how to create one.
  • Show how to view the list of existing Financial Types at Administer > CiviContribute > Financial Types. Point out related financial accounts for each.
  • Demonstrate how to edit a financial type. Show how to change an existing relationship with a financial account and how to create a new one.

Managing and Exporting Financial Batches (10 minutes)

  • Show how to create a batch directly from data entry of offline contributions. Explain the purpose and importance of the number of items and total amount for the batch. Briefly illustrate entering offline memberships.
  • Show how the batches appear in the Open batches. Close them.
  • Show how one can edit a transaction, eg from $10 to $100. Reopen the transaction, include the changed entries, and close it again.
  • Show how to export a batch as either .csv or .iif. Show how to re-export the same batch in case the file was lost or corrupted.
  • Illustrate importing the .iif file into QuickBooks.

Exercise (30 minutes)


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