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249.4 sec. 001 - Financial Management of Non-Profits (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Brent A Copen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-08-19

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-08-20

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-08-20

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-08-21

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-08-21

Course Start: August 19, 2021
Course End: August 21, 2021
Class Number: 31691

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 31
As of: 01/25 05:06 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, CEOs 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 19th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Friday, August 20th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Saturday, August 21st 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Brent Copen is dedicated to strengthening the sector by helping social sector businesses develop more robust financial management practices. He has presented hundreds of workshops and training nationally to CEO’s, board members, funders and emerging leaders.

Copen brings more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience, including senior finance roles in technology, health care, management consulting, and community development finance. He was awarded 2018 Bay Area CFO of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times.

Copen currently holds four teaching positions at U.C. Berkeley. He co-authored The Nonprofit Business Plan, a practical guide to help nonprofit leaders establish a sustainable, results-driven business plan. He received a Master in 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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