Fundamentals of Budgeting

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 09:00 am to 12:00 pmLocation: Children's Literacy Initiative - 2314 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103


Registration for this course is closed. Please contact us on 215-991-3676 to inquire about any remaining spaces or to be placed on a waiting list.

The accuracy of your organization or program’s budget is one of the key factors in an organization’s financial stability, growth and ability to fulfill mission. Your budget is your financial plan, and the outline of how your mission and objectives will be carried out, guiding your organization’s operations and key decision-making. This essential class will demonstrate the components and qualities of an effective budget, the budgeting process, budgeting best practices and projecting cash flow.

We’ll start with a brief overview of financial statements and learn how to read the story they tell and review basic financial terms and different types of financial systems. After these core concepts are reviewed, the class will consider a systematic approach to constructing a budget for a program or organization.

In addition to learning how to create a budget, this class will include strategies for monitoring actual income and expenses and comparing them to budget so that you’re able to make important management decisions in real time, and be able to project where you will end up, based on good data. You’ll learn about how cash flow statements can be used to monitor and project potential cash shortfalls so you are able to adjust and plan accordingly. We will also cover methods of allocating shared costs and explain how to incorporate that into your budget. With a deeper understanding of all the components of your budget, including those demonized administrative and overhead expenses, you’ll be in a better position to make the case for being worthy of support from potential and current donors and other stakeholders.

SKU: N/A Category: Audience: All staff who need to understand fundamental budgeting practices, including executive directors, program directors and staff, newer finance staff and board members

Event Location

Date: March 20th, 2018

Location: Children's Literacy Initiative

Address: 2314 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Member $69
Non-Member $75


  • Thomas Scurto-Davis

    Thomas Scurto-Davis, is executive director of the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, where he had been serving as interim executive director and prior to that, director of finance and operations.  With a special interest in arts and culture, he is passionate about advancing the role of arts and culture in the national consciousness and has been committed to promoting nonprofits through enhanced education and management for more than 30 years.

    Thomas got hooked on the arts through his school’s arts programs, then successfully pursued his professional artistic goal with a career as an operatic baritone.  His performance career included singing