Announces a 2 day workshop on
Introduction to Financial Management
October 22 – 23, 2008
9:00 - 4:30 PM
Carnegie Conference Center - Choate
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
(closest metro stop: Dupont Circle)
Program, technical, fundraising, administrative and other staff in non-profit organizations must
deal with financial issues daily, which often entail unfamiliar procedures, unknown terms, and
unusual issues. The risk of mishandling a financial problem due to misunderstandings can have a
serious impact on the organization.
InsideNGO is sponsoring a workshop on Financial Management to help program and support staff
understand better the terminology and concepts they need to know to perform their jobs more
effectively. The workshop will build the confidence and financial skills of program managers, HR
professionals, and other staff working for international development organizations. (The course is
not intended for financial managers.)
Topics that will be addressed in the workshop include:
-- Understanding accounting language—including key terms financial staff use
-- Budgeting essentials
-- Making sense of financial statements
-- Using checklists to review and assess risk in partner organizations
-- Becoming familiar with direct and indirect cost structures
-- Assessing the appropriateness of a program cost (relating budgets to activities)
-- Financial reporting and monitoring
At the end of the course, participants will appreciate that you don't have to be a trained accountant
to understand and use financial management concepts and tools.
The course has been developed in cooperation with MANGO. All participants will receive a
comprehensive course manual.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of financial concepts of non-profit
organizations will benefit. Program, grants/contracts and HR management staff, and others will
gain from this review of the concepts that we all have to deal with in working for a non-profit
organization. (This workshop is not intended for financial managers already familiar with
these terms and concepts.)
Karen Frost has worked in the accounting field for over 26 years, beginning with her term as an
auditor for Deloitte-Touche. Specializing in international PVO for more than 10 years, Ms. Frost is
experienced in writing policy and procedures that are compliant with Federal and state regulations,
as well as many differing donor needs. Over the years, Karen has been responsible for designing
and training for accounting systems and internal audit procedures, negotiating insurance coverage,
and regularly acting as lead on the annual audit. Currently, Ms. Frost is the Director of Operations
for Public Health Institute (PHI). She translates the vision and corporate goals of the organization
into effective operational strategies and objectives as well as coordinating multi-department
communications and efforts. Ms. Frost has led many workshops and discussion groups over the
years, and brings a good sense of humor to her work.
Edward Baber, B.S. Accounting, Senior Financial Compliance Administrator, ADRA
International, Silver Spring, MD, has 26 years of experience in accounting, financial management
and compliance. During the past sixteen years with ADRA he has provided training in accounting
systems, internal controls, compliance, and field support to 32 country offices. Currently he is
leading the implementation of ADRA's new computer accounting program and developing the user
manual for the field. He presented numerous financial management and compliance training
sessions with an emphasis in practical application. His personal interests include cooking,
traveling, church choir, and tutoring his grandchildren.
Attendance will be limited, so register now!
This workshop will be limited to 30 participants to ensure an informal atmosphere and to
encourage questions and answers on the special concerns of the participants. Because of this
limitation we will accept registrants on a first-come/first-served basis.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, register now by completing and returning the
following Registration Form. If you have any questions about the content or focus of the
workshop, please send an email to workshops@InsideNGO.org.
Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements.
Registration and Payment:
Please register as soon as possible. We occasionally have to turn people away from our workshops,
so please register as soon as you know you'll be able to attend. For those in the US, please make
your workshop fee payment via check. For those working in the field, if you would like to wire the
money, please send an email to email@example.com so we can provide you with our banking
What is the InsideNGO?
InsideNGO began in 1977 as the Association of PVO Financial Managers and The Personnel Co-
op. We are an association with membership of over 200 organizations that are involved with
international development and relief. Members range in size from the very large (CARE, World
Vision, Save the Children) to the very small.
InsideNGO is committed to improving the professional capabilities of staff in PVOs and NGOs.
Toward that end, InsideNGO organizes workshops for the NGO/PVO community on USAID
Rules and Regulations, OMB Circulars, Grant and Contract Compliance issues, Indirect Costs,
Human Resources (HR) Essentials, and basic financial management. In addition, InsideNGO
conducts an annual indirect cost survey, annual salary and benefits surveys for headquarter and
biennial for U.S. expatriates and third country nationals, and advocates for PVOs and NGOs on
issues of importance to appropriate regulatory agencies.
Focus is on the particular needs and concerns of international development/relief groups.
InsideNGO is a small non-profit. It is funded by membership dues, fees for workshops and in kind
contributions from its members. The large number of members attests to the relevance and
importance of the organization to the PVO/NGO community. Over the past years, InsideNGO (as
APVOFM) has held workshops in Kenya, Mali, Thailand, Ukraine, Philippines, Hungary, India,
Ghana, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Peru, and Russia . These
workshops have been very favorably received.
Earn CPE Credits:
For Certified Public Accountants wanting to earn CPE's, InsideNGO is registered with the
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of continuing professional
education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final
authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered
sponsors may be addressed to NASBA, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN
37219-2417, (615) 880-4200. Participants at the workshop will earn 7.5 CPE credits for each day
of the Workshop and receive a certificate of attendance. The course level is intermediate. No
advance preparation is required. No prerequisites.
Workshop fee payment is due before the start of a workshop. There will be a charge for
cancellation: $100 until two (2) weeks before the workshop and full fee for a cancellation within
two (2) weeks of the workshop. Substitutions may be made at any time without penalty.
For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please
contact our office at (203) 226-3650.
(Formerly APVOFM and The Personnel Co-op)
Please complete this form and email to workshops@insideNGO.org
or fax to (203) 226-3652
Introduction to Financial Management
Carnegie Conference Center
October 22-23, 2008
Fee Schedule Members Non-Members
_______: Early: Payment received by September 24 $650 $850
_______: Regular: Payment received by October 8 $750 $950
Please make all checks payable to:
19 South Compo Road
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 226-3650
Fax: (203) 226-3652