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PRO 220 | Dollars and Sense: Program Budgeting and Tracking

At its simplest, a budget shows resources. Formats may change, categories and lines may use different words, and timelines may vary—but in the end it must reflect how you intend to devote, and then how you devoted your money, supplies, people, vehicles, buildings, furniture, technology, and everything else necessary to meeting the intended impact of your program.
This course will walk you through program budgets, examining typical internal/organization and external (usually funder/grantor) formats. You will look at the ways to align differences between these sometimes varying internal and external expectations in budget categories and timelines, and you will consider your successful relationship with your finance/administration team, supported through regular tracking and internal reporting.


  • Budgets 101
  • Grantor expectations and aligning differences
  • Building mutually supportive relationships with your finance team


At the end of this course, you will be able to…
  • Translate the resources required for program impact into budget categories, amounts, and timing.
  • Explain direct and indirect costs, including realities around overhead.
  • Leverage your program budget for grant applications and other funding requests.
  • Use your program budget as a tool to monitor program stewardship and efficiency and collaborate effectively with your finance and development teams.


Primarily intended for program coordinators and managers with less than five years of experience in program management, and oversight of one program with one or two funding sources and a small team (typically fewer than five staff and volunteers). 


Jim Neal joined Friends of Refugees as Director of Operations in 2016 after a twenty-five career in management consulting serving corporate, government, and nonprofit clients. His responsibilities include oversight of program execution and delivery of program results, as well as leadership of finance, human resources, and administrative functions. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a BS in Finance from the University of Tennessee.


  • October 21, 2020


9:00 am - 12:30 pm


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

Registration Details

GCN Member: $75
Nonmember: $100

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

October 21, 2020