Tribal Accounting Services

See how a true fund accounting product is necessary to make informed decisions and provide funding reports for tribal governments and associated agencies. We have over 20 years of experience working with tribal boards and agencies around the country and understand your financial management and reporting needs. Will 2019 be the year for your change with Tribal Accounting Services?

Advantages of MIP Fund Accounting:

  • Reporting for Funding Sources and Programs
  • Flexible Chart of Accounts and 1st Choice has experience setting these up for tribes
  • Workflow/Electronic Approvals and the Audit Trail
  • Cost Allocations and per cap payments
  • Multiple Budgets and Forecasts
  • Integrated Payroll, HR and Employee Web Services
  • Fraud Prevention and Customized Security
  • Can be hosted in the cloud or on your server; can be purchased as a license or subscription
  • Download the MIP Overview and MIP Module list

To learn more or set up a Needs Analysis; email us at info@1stchoiceadvisors.com or contact John Francis (jfrancis@1stchoiceadvisors.com) at (727) 512-5413.

Meet Scott Lewis, Director of Tribal Accounting Services

Scott is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and lives on the Peshawbestown Reservation in Michigan. For the past 22 years, Scott has been providing customized training and implementation services to nonprofit tribal governments that use Abila/Sage Fund Accounting. Having worked with nearly 30 tribes, Scott is well-versed in audit preparation as well as 401k and trust fund reviews. Having acted as interim CFO for a number of clients, he specializes in training accounting staff by working side by side with employees until they are prepared to proceed on their own. Scott is a Partner with 1st Choice Advisors and also Vice President for Lewis Consulting. Stephen Burbank from Lewis Consulting will also be working with Scott on the MIP Presentations.

Nonprofit Success Stories: Managing Growth at the K’ima:w Medical Center

The K’ima:w Medical Center, founded in 1973, is a small clinic providing high-quality health care to people in the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and surrounding area. It has since grown to include dental services, urgent care, a pharmacy, ambulance and outreach services, and a Senior Nutrition Center. Today, the Center serves over 7,000 people each year and has an annual budget of over $8,000,000.

Managing such steady growth presents unique accounting challenges. Fortunately, the Center made the right choices:

  • Choosing MIP Fund Accounting to manage their financials.
  • Working with a Native American advisor such as Scott Lewis from 1st Choice Advisors.

Accounting Manager Lois Avery had been with the Center since the manual bookkeeping days in the ‘70’s. Since the implementation of MIP, her efficiency has increased dramatically even with the growth the Center has experienced. She first appreciated the ease and flexibility of MIP as her assistant, who was not an accountant, could easily assist with the data and accounts payable transactions. One of her favorite features is the Payroll Module. “It is crucial to our work! We love that you can set it to print out so much information on the pay stub, such as leave balances and other benefit details.”

Scott Lewis, director of Tribal Accounting Services with 1st Choice Advisors and Lewis Consulting, had originally helped the Center with their audits and board reports. He understands tribal finance and how to set up the GL so that creating reports is easier through the system (no need to export financial data into a spreadsheet)! Avery says, “Scott is a delight to work with. He knows what he’s doing and is always available when we need him. Whenever we need to know where our spending level is, that report is available with the click of a button and we trust the integrity of the report.” Scott is also a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and lives on the Peshawbestown Reservation in Michigan.

Thanks to MIP and a good partner, Avery stays on top of her workload and continues to be one of our nonprofit success stories. They no longer dread their annual audits or funding source reporting requirements! Avery laughs, “Without MIP and Scott, everything would still be a mess!”

“Payroll is crucial to our work!  We love that you can set it to print out so much information on the pay stub, such as leave balances and other benefit details.”

Lois Avery, Former Accounting Manger for K’ima:w Medical Center on Hoopa Valley Reservation

Why use a Business Partner?

1st Choice Advisors is a Select Business Partner for Abila products and services. Our consultants also have over 30 years of experience working with nonprofits; real-world experience with a variety of different types of fundraising needs and requirements as a result. We rigorously train on Abila products. Why? We spend up to 90 hours each year reviewing new functionality and training procedures. We are your go-to for service, providing user groups, both online and in our offices. All things considered, your satisfaction and ability to get results is our main goal!

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