Nonprofit Financial Management

Strategies, Techniques, and Tips
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

 This course is the product of years of working both in the nonprofit
and for-profit sectors. Doing so has equipped me with a good insight
of their differences and similarities. A key difference in managing
finances in the private sector versus the nonprofit sector is the
altruistic mission of a nonprofit. Many believe that the private
sector is purposed solely to attain a financial reward or profit
while the nonprofit objective is simply to “do good”. Although
some may question the accuracy of this statement none can deny that
both the nonprofit and the for-profit sectors require financial
resources in order to function. In reality, a nonprofit, not unlike
a for-profit organization, need to have a financial grasp. In fact,
doing so is integral to the sustainability and the continuation of
the nonprofit to provide a much needed public service.

This course seeks to equip nonprofit leaders, employees, volunteers,
funders, and anyone else with an interest in a nonprofit, with the
strategies and techniques that can minimize the obfuscation that can
arise in managing nonprofit finances. This course identifies best
practices in order for nonprofits to not only survive but strive in
an environment that has proven challenging for a great many
nonprofits—small to large.

The primary focus is on providing strategies and tips on analyzing
the finances of a nonprofit. This course discusses budgets, cash,
costs, financial statements, establishing internal controls, various
financial ratios used to evaluate nonprofit finances, and real world
practices on how to use them. Whether as a new nonprofit or one that
has been around for decades this course concisely provide a high
level view of the complexities of finance in an easy to understand

It is the hope and desire of the authors, staff, and board of Bolder
Business Consultants that this material proves beneficial for those
currently working at a nonprofit, funding a nonprofit, as well as for
those who aspire to fund or work at a nonprofit.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • A willingness to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create and define a nonprofit’s vision and mission statements
  • Understand different types of budgets and their pros and cons
  • Be able to create different types of budgets
  • Address organizational needs for a cash reserve
  • Establish internal controls to combat misuse
  • Be able to identify the different types of costs and their impact to a nonprofit budget
  • Recognize the most commonly used financial statements
  • Identify alternative revenues sources
  • Understand the meaning and use of liquidity ratios
  • Understand the meaning and use of solvency ratios
  • Understand the meaning and use of efficiency ratios
  • Understand the meaning and use of profitability ratios
  • Understand the meaning and use of diversification ratios
  • Analyze nonprofit financial statements
  • Learn nonprofit funding models that can diversify nonprofit incom
  • Build a stable income stream for a nonprofit
  • Identify the signs that can leave nonprofit assets vulnerable to internal or external misuse
  • Provide staff and volunteers with a strategically developed mission and vision
  • Understand tax filing basics
  • Develop a long-term perspective on nonprofit finances

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is best for Executive Directors, Board Members, Staff of Nonprofits, Volunteers of Nonprofits, Funders, and others with an interest in nonprofit finances.
  • This material would not be helpful for a person exclusively looking for guidance on corporate finance or public finance.

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Section 1: Introduction

In this introduction we discuss what will be covered in this course, the instructor, and the company.


Identify the different nonprofits and their characteristics; the required nonprofit tax forms; and various online sources used to obtain information about nonprofits


In this lesson we discuss the purpose and criteria for a well-developed vision and mission statements.

Section 2: Budgets
In this lesson we define a nonprofit budget, provide common nonprofit budget terms, and view nonprofit leadership roles.

In this lesson discuss budget formats and the formats most commonly used by nonprofits.


In this lesson we discuss the nonprofit budget cycle and how it functions.


In this lesson we discuss nonprofit budget reports, their functions, and best practices.

Section 3: Cash & Cost

In this lesson we discuss strategies in order to maintain a positive cash flow.


In this lesson we discuss establishing a cash reserve, what actions to consider in case of a cash deficit, and what actions to consider in case of a cash surplus.


Knowing the true cost of a program/service is integral to a nonprofit. This lesson reviews the different types of nonprofit costs and how to leverage this information when required by funders and/or other stakeholders.


In this lesson we apply the lessons learned in lesson 10, determining costs.

Section 4: Financial Statements

In this lesson a nonprofit Balance Sheet is presented, discussed, and applied.


In this lesson a nonprofit Income Statement is presented, discussed, and applied.


In this lesson a nonprofit Cash Flow Statement is presented, discussed, and applied.

Section 5: Internal Controls

In this lesson the various nonprofit revenue sources are discussed and applied.


In this lesson the different nonprofit funding models are presented, discussed, and applied.

Section 6: Financial Ratios

In this lesson we define and present the use of internal controls to combat the mismanagement of nonprofit assets


In this lesson we present, discuss, and apply liquidity ratios in order to analyze nonprofit financial statements.


In this lesson we present, discuss, and apply solvency ratios in order to analyze nonprofit financial statements.


In this lesson we present, discuss, and apply efficiency ratios in order to analyze nonprofit financial statements.


In this lesson we present, discuss, and apply profitability ratios in order to analyze nonprofit financial statements.


In this lesson we present, discuss, and apply diversification ratios in order to analyze nonprofit financial statements.

Section 7: Conclusion

In this lesson we briefly review the key points covered throughout the course.

10 questions

 lessons 1 - 7

10 questions

lessons 8 - 11

10 questions

 lesson 12 - 14

10 questions

lessons 15 - 16

10 questions

Cover lessons 17 -22

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Instructor Biography

Bolder Business, Consultant to Nonprofit, Public, & Private sectors

 I have been with Bolder Business Consultants for 7 years where I work
as a Management Consultant to leaders at nonprofits and public
organizations. I have more than 20 year experience working for large
Fortune 100 businesses. I provide financial and statistical guidance to leaders and their staff.

In addition, I have a Master in Public Administration, with a concentration in Financial Management. Further, in addition to significant work performed in the private sector I have more than 10 years experience working at nonprofits and public agencies in various capacities. 

Lastly I am currently pursuing a PhD in statistics.

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