Fundamentals of Finance

Date and Time: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 09:00 am to 04:00 pmLocation: Historical Society of Pennsylvania - 1300 Locust Street, 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.

Even if your financial management skills and comfort level are limited, you can learn how to effectively manage your organization’s finances and use them to understand and communicate your organization’s story. While few nonprofit managers come into their roles with expertise in financial management, they need to be able to understand, organize and effectively communicate financial information to their greatest organizational advantage.  Whether you’re a non-finance professional, or new to financial responsibilities in your organization, this class is designed to help you acquire the requisite skills to effectively manage organizational resources: from protecting your organization’s assets, to understanding what the numbers mean and promoting informed decision-making throughout your organization.  This course focuses on enabling you to understand and interpret your financial story for both internal and external audiences.  Not only will you know how to find the information you need, but you’ll be able to use that information judiciously in financial decision-making.  Through a deeper understanding of the role of financial reports and the story they tell, your organization will be empowered to make strategic decisions and encourage financial investment.  You will leave this class knowing how to read and interpret financial statements to inform strategic decision-making, to appropriately separate financial duties and responsibilities to protect against fraud and misuse, and to allocate expenses more accurately in order to truly reflect your programmatic narrative.

This class is highly recommended for organizations that lack a full-time finance professional, but are committed to best practices and transparency.

We encourage you to continue on with “Beyond the Fundamentals of Financial Management:  What the Numbers Are Really Saying,” for a thorough exploration of understanding, interpreting and reporting your finances, with strong emphasis on the analysis component.


*** Special Package with Beyond the Fundamentals of Financial Management: Register and pay for this class and Beyond the Fundamentals of Financial Management at the same time, and save $25. Use promo code: FINANCE


Please note this class has a snow date of 2/21/2020. If we have to cancel this class due to inclement weather it will be moved to this date but it will not necessarily be held at the same location.

SKU: N/A Category: Audience: Executive directors, newer finance staff, non-finance program directors and managers, board members, and others involved in financial interpreting and decision-making (also see description above) Certificate Programs: Nonprofit Management

Event Location

Date: February 13th, 2020

Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Address: 1300 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Member $139
Non-Member $169


  • 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