Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management

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Course Description

Learn How to Best Ensure Financial Success for Your Nonprofit

This course will provide you with a brief introduction to managing finances in a nonprofit organization. Topics covered will include an examination of financial oversight and regulation, understanding financial statements, IRS taxation forms, and cost accounting. The goal of the course is to make students effective decision makers in their respective organizations as a means of creating organizational sustainability while ensuring compliance with taxation and other regulations.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester units

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to nonprofit sector employees, professionals transitioning to the nonprofit sector, current or prospective board members, or potential or veteran volunteers will benefit from this research-based program.

Required Materials: Text, Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers, 4th edition by Thomas A. McLaughlin, available at or your local bookstore. All other required materials are available through the online learning platform.

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Course Date Units Price
MGT-X803 – 028 29 Oct 202425 Nov 2024 1 $299

Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management

29 Oct 202425 Nov 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Rick Dahlseid

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify the common governance structures in nonprofit organizations
  • Review the roles of the IRS, various state agencies in regulating nonprofit organizations
  • Explain the roles of management and the Board of Directors in overseeing accounting and finance functions
  • Describe the financial statement elements and their functions regarding a nonprofit
  • Identify elements of the Form 990 that nonprofit financial professionals find the most relevant and helpful
  • Analyze fund accounting and restrictionsReview how administration, fundraising, and program ratios are developed and their importance
  • Identify the importance of internal controls and how internal controls are implemented
  • Identify the different ways a nonprofit can use a positive change in net asset


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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


My time in these courses is well spent

Rick was an excellent instructor. The course content was challenging and educational. I really feel I benefited a lot from this class.