Webinars and Workshops
Our one-hour webinars are available individually or in series.
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Nonprofit Finance Fundamentals Part 1: Tools to Promote Financial Adaptability, 6 sessions (Recordings Available)
This series prepares participants with the basics, including an explanation of nonprofit financial systems, and a crash course in reading financial statements. Participants are then introduced to key management tools that allow leaders to plan proactively as they support their communities amid funding uncertainty.
1. The Nonprofit Landscape: Adapting in Times of Uncertainty
NFF covers our sector’s upside-down “money rules,” such as revenue restrictions and disjointed business models, and the keys to financial stability.
2. Assessing Nonprofit Financial Health
Explore the fundamentals of nonprofit finance, equipping leaders and managers to assess their organizations’ financial position through interpreting income statements, balance sheets, and other financial statements.
3. Budgeting as a Communications Tool
Prepare a budget that appropriately communicates your organization’s financial needs, and concludes with more advanced budgeting concepts such as covering full costs and balance sheet items.
4. Assessing Program Profitability
Through case studies, NFF explains how participants can use a program economic assessment to make adjustments and improve financial health for maximum mission impact.
5. Planning for a Range of Scenarios
NFF introduces several planning methods to assess revenue and expenses. Key topics include risk assessment and how to prepare for multiple outcomes in one or multiple years.
6. Managing to a Dashboard
Learn how to engage in thoughtful and relevant conversations about your nonprofit’s financial situation, needs, challenges, and opportunities before reaching a crisis point.
Nonprofit Finance Fundamentals Part 2: Building Resilience for the Long Haul, 6 Sessions April 18 – May 23
Join NFF for an explanation of core financial management principles and strategies. Building on content from Nonprofit Finance Fundamentals Part 1, participants will learn how common business choices can be managed across leadership roles to inform program success and help you best advance your mission.
1. Beyond Compliance: Strategic Financial Management
Look beyond finance for compliance’s sake, and see how it should be integrated into organizational decision-making across all management facets including governance, fundraising, and strategic planning.
2. Planning for Effective Capitalization
This webinar addresses the basics of capitalization and distinctions between the types of resources (“build” money vs. “buy” money) that can help organizations achieve their goals.
3. Cash Flow: What You Need to Know
Translate your budget into a clear, visual landscape of monthly cash in/cash out. Learn best practices and missteps in cash flow planning, how to identify low-cash months, and how cash-flow management connects to accessing credit.
4. Growth, Earned Income Ventures, and Endowments
To lead through adaptation, nonprofit leaders must realistically assess new business opportunities, such as growth and scaling, launching an earned income venture or social enterprise, or building an endowment.
5. Facility Projects: Planning for Success
Learn to assess your organization’s readiness to execute a well-planned facility project, including often-overlooked soft costs and cash flow.
6. Strategic Alliances, Collaborations and Mergers
Recognize the conditions that contribute to successful collaborations, and when more formal partnerships, including mergers, might be warranted. Gain an understanding of how these alliances can be positive, strategic decisions—and an incredibly powerful tool for organizations with compatible missions and services.
The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options
The last sequence in NFF’s webinar series explores the reality of the nonprofit operating environment and how this system impacts common business choices. Amid today’s rapidly changing economic environment, participants will come away from these webinars better prepared to plan for the future and manage using data.
Financial Health and Social Good: Steering Nonprofits through Uncharted Waters
NFF recorded two webinars to help assess nonprofit organizations’ financial health, risk tolerance, and overall adaptability amidst uncertainty about policy and funding under the new administration.
The first webinar explores concrete steps that nonprofit leaders and board members can take to ensure clear decision-making, such as: how to foster constructive discussion; gauge their organization’s financial health, adaptability, and risk tolerance; assess risks and opportunities; develop scenarios and corresponding action plans; and take short-term actions that don’t endanger long-term stability.
The second webinar covers how funders can support adaptability in their grantees, the role of managing risk in grantee organizations and in funding, and the critical need for funders to recognize the funder-grantee power dynamic and nurture open dialogue.
Experts guide nonprofit and funder leaders and their teams through how management decisions and capital structure affect an organization's mission and finances. Check back often for workshops coming to a city near you.