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249.4 sec. 001 - Financial Management of Non-Profits (Fall 2023)

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: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2023-08-24

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2023-08-25

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2023-08-25

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2023-08-26

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2023-08-26

Course Start: August 24, 2023
Course End: August 26, 2023
Class Number: 31919

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 02/07 02:03 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, 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Saturday, 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 CEOs, 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.

We also have special academic rules for these condensed courses:
-Students must attend each course session and cannot attend any course session remotely (even for illness or emergency situations).
-The Registrar’s Office will drop a student who does not attend each course session.

Due to the condensed nature of this course, in-person attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absences cannot be excused for any reason, including illness or emergencies. The Registrar’s Office will drop any student who misses a session.

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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