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249.4 sec. 001 - Financial Management of Non-Profits (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Brent Copen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-08-22

    FSa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 244
    From August 23, 2019
    To August 24, 2019

    F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-08-23

    Sa 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-08-24

Course Start: August 22, 2019
Course End: August 24, 2019
Class Number: 32390

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 14
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

An effective nonprofit leader must be able to analyze and act upon financial information as part of an overall approach to strategic decision making. This course will focus on the core financial management issues faced by managing and senior attorneys, CEO’s and board members in nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.

Students will learn the foundational tools and techniques for effective financial management, including budget development (i.e. applying a systematic method of allocating financial, physical, and human resources to achieve specific goals), responding to a request for proposal (RFP), program expansion, program portfolio analyses, financial forecasting and overall business model sustainability.

This class will meet over three days:
Thursday, August 22nd from 6:25pm-9:05pm
Friday, August 23rd from 9:00-12:00pm and 3:10-6:10pm
Saturday, August 24th from 9:00-12:00pm and 1:30-3:10pm


Brent Copen, MPA, is dedicated to strengthening the sector by helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises develop more robust financial management practices. He has presented hundreds of workshops and trainings nationally to executive directors, board members, funders and future leaders; he has also consulted extensively to a wide variety of nonprofits across sub-sectors. Brent currently holds four graduate level teaching positions at UC Berkeley and is a popular guest lecturer at other colleges and universities. He previously served as faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he taught courses in resource allocation for nonprofit organizations.

Brent brings more than 20 years of executive and management experience, including senior leadership roles at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, La Piana Consulting and Nonprofit Finance Fund. He is co-author of The Nonprofit Business Plan and recently published a case study available through Berkeley-Haas Case Series that explores how a mid-sized community health center addresses the financial risks of rapidly expanding its health care services into new markets.

Brent received a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law

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