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Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting and Finance Operations

Take your skills in nonprofit accounting and finance to the next level with this three-part certificate series on operationalizing best practices, redesigned and updated for 2022.

Learn how to craft budgets that reinforce your strategic and operating plans, maintain effective internal controls, and take part in the audit process. This practical, action-focused series is ideal for seasoned professionals interested in new tips and tricks, associate-level staffers looking to advance their career, board members on relevant committees, or a non-finance manager seeking a deep dive into accounting strategy, internal controls, the annual audit, and more.


  • Developing sound financial management that aligns with your organizational mission
  • Utilizing 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!


  • Accounting and finance leaders and staff
  • Non-finance staff looking to significantly deepen their understanding
  • Board members, particularly those on committees like finance, fundraising/development, and programs



ACCT 210 | From Process to Strategy: Optimal Budgeting for Nonprofits
In this discussion of the key elements of a good budget planning process, you will learn how to develop an approach to budget formulation that meets the specific needs of your organization. Formerly ACCT 220.

ACCT 220 | Internal Controls and Accountability
Review the procedures successful organizations operate under to help them safeguard assets and ensure their reputations remain above reproach, including how to create reliable financial reporting, promote compliance with laws and regulations, and achieve effective and efficient operations. Formerly ACCT 230.

ACCT 230 | 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. Formerly ACCT 240.


  • Starting February 24, 2022


9:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time


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

Registration Details

Member: $275
Nonmember: $325

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

Starting February 24, 2022

ACCT 210 – 2.24.22
ACCT 220 – 3.10.22
ACCT 230 – 3.24.22

"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