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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…
  • Define the basic categories in a program budget.
  • Explain direct and indirect costs, including realities around overhead.
  • Establish regular communications processes with your finance team for mutual success.


Program Management is offered in two tracks, based on role and experience level:
  • Nonprofit Program Management Essentials: 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)
  • Advanced Nonprofit Program Management: senior program managers, program directors, and VPs with oversight for a portfolio of programs or a large/complex program with multiple, diverse funding sources, and supervisory responsibility for a larger team

This course is part of both tracks.


  • April 18, 2019
  • November 14, 2019


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Georgia Center for Nonprofits
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Registration Details

GCN Member: $150
Nonmember: $175

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

April 18, 2019 

November 14, 2019