Budgeting Considerations

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2.0 Credits

Budgeting can be more than just an annual exercise of putting numbers in columns. It has the potential to establish benchmarks, measure the organization's financial health from one year to the next, and determine priorities. It is intended to be a planning tool that reflects a not-for-profit organization's programs, mission and strategic plan. This CPE course offers you detail-rich examples and a case study that will help you turn budgeting into a positive planning process that can help your not-for-profit achieve its strategic goals and increase accountability in the budgeting process.


  • Recognize steps to build a realistic and controllable budget.
  • Differentiate between various types of revenue sources available to NFPs.
  • Determine the impact of revenues subject to donor-imposed restrictions on budgeting and cash flow.
  • Recognize common issues that arise during the budgeting process.
  • Determine ways to increase accountability in an NFP's budgeting process.

Major Topics

  • Budgeting pitfalls
  • Budget planning and consensus-building strategies
  • Diversification of revenue streams
  • Grants management
  • Creating an operating reserve
  • Cash flow concerns

Designed For

CPAs, financial professionals and NFP staff and board members looking to deepen their existing knowledge of NFP financial responsibility, and set themselves apart as a leader in this field
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