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Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting

Obtain the practical skills and accessible training in financial and accounting management needed to build your skills and growth opportunities within the sector. This series – expanded to six classes and updated for 2021 – provides the essential training for nonprofit financial and accounting managers, starting with financial reporting, followed by sessions on developing internal controls, handling the audit process, and creating budgets.


  • Read and interpret financial reports, focusing on the impact of operational decisions.
  • Build user-friendly reports; develop useful statistics and measure costs.
  • Develop sound financial management that aligns with your organizational mission.
  • Utilize the budget as a tool with which to maximize revenues, minimize expenses, and forecast your organization's financial future.
  • Understand the audit process from A to Z!


ACCT 200 | Introduction to Nonprofit Accounting, Part 1
Learn the essentials of nonprofit accounting with real nonprofit examples and reports that will help you understand jargon, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities, and procedures and policies. Topics include GAAP, accrual vs. cash basis, revenue, deferred revenue, and receivables.

ACCT 205 | Introduction to Nonprofit Accounting, Part 2
Go deeper into nonprofit accounting, exploring concepts like chart of accounts, functional classification, and grant classification; expenses, including functional allocation of expenses; fixed assets; and net assets.

ACCT 210 | Nonprofit Financial Analysis
Learn how the three primary financial reports produced: balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows, interrelate and how your operational decisions impact them. How are the reports for nonprofit organizations similar and different from those of for-profit organizations?

ACCT 220 | From Process to Strategy: Optimal Budgeting for Nonprofits
Learn how to develop a budget formulation process that meets the specific needs of your organization. During this course we will discuss the key elements of a good budget planning process.

ACCT 230 | Internal Controls and Accountability
Internal controls are systems of policies and procedures that protect the assets of an organization, create reliable financial reporting, promote compliance with laws and regulations and achieve effective and efficient operations. Review the procedures successful organizations operate under to help them safeguard assets and ensure their reputations remain above reproach.

ACCT 240 | Audits and the Audit Committee
The word “audit” often produces panic, fear, and uncertainty. Yet audits are simply a factor in providing proper financial management oversight of an organization. Discover what audits are and how audits can help you improve your operations and better serve your mission.



  • Starting August 31, 2021


9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT


Online Class 
You will receive log-in information after registering for the course.

Registration Details

Member: $375
Nonmember: $475

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.

Starting August 31, 2021

ACCT 200 - 8.31.21
ACCT 205 - 9.14.21
ACCT 210 - 11.9.21
ACCT 220 - 10.12.21
ACCT 230 - 9.28.21
ACCT 240 - 10.26.21

"We have begun making changes to improve our budgeting and accounting processes based on what we learned."

—Laura Capps, Advanced Commercial Buildings Program Manager, Southface

"Practical information that is going straight to my finance committee."

—Janna Szeto, Executive Director, Clayton County Family Care 

"The class exceeded my expectations. I learned valuable information that I'll apply in my job duties."

—John Ricaud, Senior Director, Internal Auditor, Arthritis Foundation 

"Well done. Nice mix of reinforced learning and new information."

—Anita Farley, Managing Director, Georgia Ensemble Theatre