Financial Essentials for Nonprofit Managers
Managers of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) generally are not skilled in financial matters. Or, managers may be preoccupied with its welfare objectives and fund raising and ignore the operations efficiency and operating cost controls. A series of appropriate questions that nonprofit financial managers must address in connection with an organization’s financial condition and activity include: 1. Do we have a profit or a loss? 2. Do we have sufficient reserves? 3. Are we liquid? 4. Do we have strong internal controls? 5. Are we operating efficiently? 6. Are we meeting our budget? 7. Are our programs valid? 8. Are we competing successfully? 9. Is our prioritizing of programs and activities reasonable? The course is an attempt to help answer these questions.

Course Publication Date: March 21, 2023

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active self study membership or all access membership or can be purchased for $120.00!

Author:Delta CPE
Course No:SPEC-NONPROFIT-40093
Recommended CPE:12.00
Delivery Method:QAS Self Study
Level of Knowledge:Basic
Advanced Preparation:None
Recommended Field of Study:Specialized Knowledge
Learning Objectives
  • Recognize financing options available to NPOs.
  • Identify different cost types and classification for NPOs.
  • Recognize costs that are relevant to nonprofit decision making.
  • Recognize the accounting method used by NPOs.
  • Identify the processes of budget recording and accountability.
  • Distinguish between a contribution and an exchange transaction.
  • Distinguishing between conditional and unconditional contributions.
  • Identify the concepts answered by Cost-Volume-Revenue (CVR) analysis.
  • Differentiate among the methods to analyze financial statements.
  • Recognize components of the break even analysis.
  • Recognize different examples of trend analysis.
  • Identify objectives in analyzing the statement of activities and different performance measures.
  • Identify different examples of qualitative and quantitative forecasting methodology.
  • Identify the various types of budgets.
  • Recognize the characteristics of different budgets and how to measure their effectiveness.
  • Recognize the elements and characteristics of Zero Base Budgeting (ZBB).
  • Identify the characteristics and the time considerations of program budgeting process.
  • Identify how cost behavior and variance analysis can assist with the budgeting process.
  • Calculate different costs and variances for the budgeting process.
  • Recognize use of mission centers and service centers for NPOs.
  • Identify the role of the contribution approach to cost allocation for measuring performance of responsibility centers.
  • Recognize how cost allocations can affect performance metrics for managerial control.
  • Calculate costs associated with different sources financing.
  • Estimate future NPO budgets based on past donations.
  • Differentiate between fixed, variable and semi-variable costs.
  • Calculate the cost of long-term debt financing.
  • Identify examples of the various cash models available.
  • Recognize costs that impact working capital.
  • Differentiate between investment objectives.
  • Identify different financial instruments available for investing surplus funds.
  • Recognize the purpose for allocating service center costs to mission centers.
  • Differentiate among cost allocation techniques using the direct method, step-down (two-stage) method, and reciprocal method.
  • Identify the benefits of activity-based costing (ABC) and some factors that can be used in ABC.
  • Compute the present values and pay-back periods in a make or buy decision.
  • Identify different types of investment instruments and financial models.

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