What you'll learn

  • Mission, Money and Impact
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Tools, Frameworks and Concepts in Financial Management
  • Budgeting and Resource Allocation

Course description

Sound financial management is critical to the long-term health of any nonprofit organization.

The challenge for nonprofit executives, though, is to strike a balance between creating public value and managing the bottom line. Senior executives leading nonprofits need the ability to read financial reports accurately, ask the right questions of their financial officers and make strategic management decisions based on a solid understanding of the general business principles that apply to all organizations.

Understanding Nonprofit Finances

Nonprofit Financial Stewardship: Concepts and Techniques for Strategic Management is a four-week online program designed to help managers in nonprofit organizations understand the tools, techniques, and concepts of good financial management. This nonprofit financial stewardship executive program represents a unique learning opportunity for nonprofit and nongovernmental organization managers to interact with Professor James P. Honan of Harvard Kennedy School as well as with colleagues around the world.

Course outline

  • Mission, Money and Impact - Money for What?

    How does a nonprofit know if it’s achieving its goals? What is your organization’s key performance challenge? What are you trying to accomplish and how does that link to your organization's financial plan?

  • Understanding Financial Statements

    How do financial statements work? You'll use tools to analyze your financial statements and answer questions about your organization’s financial challenges.

  • Tools, Frameworks and Concepts in Financial Management

    How can you better understand your financials? You'll do exercises to understand cost accounting, pricing, break-even analysis and ratio analysis.

  • Budgeting and Resource Allocation

    How do you allocate your financial resources? How do you think about budget cutbacks? What data are you supposed to track to ensure your financial resources are allocated effectively? You'll engage in a case discussion and an interactive exercise.

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Harvard Kennedy School

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