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    NEXT Worldwide

    Growing mission organization uses Baker Tilly's managed accounting services to support their expansion

    Background

    NEXT Worldwide is a not-for-profit organization that hosts youth, college and young adult mission trips to help communities, regions and countries around the world. Through church-planting missions and leadership development, NEXT Worldwide provides a catalytic experience that propels the NEXT generation to “LIVE THE MISSION” both in the United States, as well as around the world. After a rigorous evaluation, NEXT Worldwide chose Baker Tilly to manage the organization's day-to-day finances, provide guidance and best practices, and implement the technology solutions needed for the organization to grow and operate efficiently.

    The Baker Tilly team has a passion for our ministry and it shows in how they make us feel important and valued.

    Shawn Bettes, Vice President
    NEXT Worldwide

    Previous accounting challenges

    • The leadership team at NEXT Worldwide understood that maintaining their targeted growth trajectory meant refining their processes, building the necessary reports and dashboards, and leveraging best practices and advice from leaders in their industry.
    • Staff turnover meant that NEXT didn't have the resources necessary to manage the growing organization's finances.
    • NEXT's legacy accounting system was outdated and updating the servers so that the software could be upgraded was costly.
    • Management was unable to get the reports they needed out of the system.
    • Managing donor-restricted funds was a big challenge and required work outside the accounting system.

    They go above and beyond to serve our organization.

    Shawn Bettes, Vice President
    NEXT Worldwide

    Benefits realized after Baker Tilly

      • Baker Tilly's managed accounting platform takes strain off the leadership team by handling the organization's day-to-day transactions, allowing NEXT Worldwide to focus on their mission.
      • Working with Baker Tilly's accounting and technology specialists has allowed NEXT Worldwide to re-engineer processes, improve productivity and streamline financial results.
      • With Baker Tilly's managed accounting platform, NEXT Worldwide has access to experienced finance professionals from the CFO level down, on a fractional basis.
      • NEXT's leadership team can spend less time producing information and more time analyzing that information.
      • The recording of donor funds, the processing of employee expenses, the paying of vendors and the reconciliation of accounts are all handled by Baker Tilly's experienced not-for-profit accounting staff, allowing NEXT's leadership to focus on strategic initiatives.
      • Baker Tilly's technology and accounting specialists help NEXT Worldwide manage donor-restricted funds and provide reporting on the use and success of those funds.
      • Reports are automated, on-time and always available with real-time information.

      Baker Tilly has put substantial investment in establishing an experienced team of not-for-profit accounting and technology specialists, particularly in the mission and faith-based space. "We're committed to this vertical and will continue to attract and develop the not-for-profit superstars of tomorrow," said Allison Webb, Head of Not-for-Profit Vertical at Baker Tilly.

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    Baker Tilly curates, integrates and optimizes the right technology stack for your organization. We layer in our own proprietary “last mile” solutions. And we offer these technologies either via a Software-as-a-Service delivery model, where your own Finance function manages the day-to-day use of the technology or via a Finance-as-a-Service delivery model where we run your accounting operations and provide the outcomes you need.

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