Date and Time: On Demand
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader:Brad Lebowsky, MBA, Nonprofit Consultant
Credits: Awarded 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price: Download $295 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: Executive directors, program managers, managers, supervisors, nonfinancial executives, directors, grant writers, etc.


Generally, nonprofit managers don’t have an accounting background. Most likely they were attracted to the organization because of its mission. They understand, however, the success of the individual programs the organization sponsors‒ranging from a clothing drive to a large annual event or being awarded an important private or government grant‒is what ultimately determines if the organization achieves its mission.

Every new program proposal should start with a statement of its goals and objectives and a proposed budget. For many managers, not the goals and objectives, but rather preparing a strong budget is a challenge-since they don’t have an accounting or financial management background to fall back on. This may even be a greater hindrance in the current operating environment when resources are more scarce than usual and there is greater competition among programs for the limited resources that are available.

Putting together and managing a program budget or for that matter a budget for a grant doesn’t require an accounting degree.  Rather preparing the budget and the related cash flow analysis and performance indicators to assess the program’s success should be straightforward. All that is required is just a basic understanding of a few accounting rules and definitions that aren’t difficult to grasp. By following these basics you’ll be in a better position to develop and manage your budget, forecast revenues, and adopt practical measures by which to gauge the success of your program and to see where you want to make changes for the next time.

Please join Brad Lebowsky, a nonprofit consultant with more than 30 years’ experience working with nonprofit organizations to improve their performance, as he explains in “plain English” and with practical day-to-day examples the accounting rules for putting together a program budget and the supporting cash flow analysis and performance measures that will be an essential part of your program’s success.


Please join Mr. Lebowsky for this important webinar as he discusses:

  • How to define the financial and nonfinancial goals and objectives of your proposed program
  • The contribution of the program to your organization’s overall budget and mission
  • Basic accounting terms and rules associated with program budgeting.
  • Budgeting principles made simple ‒ gathering all the costs both direct and indirect, timeframes, sources of revenues
  • Step-by-step guidance for preparing the program budget
  • Non-financial costs and benefits–how these should be reflected in the budget
  • Updating the budget and using the budget as a management tool to keep your program on track‒making changes to the budget when necessary
  • Understanding how and when the cash comes in and goes out with a cash flow statement‒guidance for putting together your cash flow analysis
  • Developing program performance measures for determining the success of your program and making necessary adjustments for the future‒suggestions for putting together your own key performance indicators
  • Understanding the basic concepts of funds accounting and how individual programs fit in
  • Understanding the importance of an individual program to the overall organization


Brad Lebowsky earned his MBA with an emphasis on nonprofit management specializing in finance and budgeting. Brad has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience and is a sought-after speaker, author, educator, and nonprofit consultant. His areas of expertise include budgeting, finance, grant writing, strategic planning, board training, retention of donors, employees, volunteers, and professional development. He also has a podcast, The NEA Podcast, which is available on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Brad can be reached at As a speaker, author, educator, or consultant his overriding goals are to grow people, communities, and resources for nonprofit organizations across the country.