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Financial Analysis for Grantmakers

March 1 @ 12:30 pm4:30 pm EST

Financial Analysis for Grantmakers

A two-day course providing valuable tools and insights for reading nonprofit financials

Financial Analysis for Grantmakers takes you on a deep dive to explore the fundamentals of grant proposal financial review and analysis, including organization and project budgets, financial statements, audits, and the IRS Form 990/990EZ.

This two-day course is grounded in understanding and practicing financial analysis through an equity lens. Throughout each stage of the due diligence process, participants work together to analyze and interpret data relevant to a real-life proposal and arrive at a decision to recommend funding (or not).

This robust training provides grantmakers of any experience level with valuable tools and insights to facilitate funding decisions. Course content is consistently updated to account for changes in FASB regulations and the financial implications of current events.

Join us to learn how you can integrate key financial information and equity practices to improve funding decisions.

Individual Price: $750
Group Rate (4+ persons from the same organization): $720 per person
TGS Alumni: $720
(use promo code TGSALUM30)

Instructors: Julie Couturier & Maritza Guzmán
Format: Virtual
Deadline to Register: Feb. 15, 2023


Meeting Dates & Times

This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Wednesday, March 1 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 2 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. (ET). This course will NOT be recorded or made available to registrants after the end of the live sessions.

Day One:

  • Applying an equity lens to financial analysis
  • Overview of financial analysis; proposal vs. budget
  • Interpreting key financial statements

Day Two:

  • Unpacking financial audits & reviews
  • Exploring the IRS 990/990EZ
  • Using ratios as a tool
  • Making the decision to fund (or not)

Who should attend this course?

This course is intended for foundation staff, donors, and others engaged in grantmaking. If you do not fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email emily.brenner@gvsu.edu before registering.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

This course may be subject to cancellation if it does not reach the minimum number of registrants. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified at least two weeks before the course start date and will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer your registration to another Johnson Center course. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Photo: Julie Couturier
Julie Couturier, CPA, is the director of operations for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Julie is responsible for all financial reporting, budgeting, and financial analysis for the Johnson Center. In addition to her work for the Johnson Center, Julie is a business and accounting adjunct instructor for Grand Rapids Community College. Learn more about Julie.

Photo of Maritza Guzmán
Maritza Guzmán, M.P.A., is a philanthropy consultant with experience across large national foundations, corporate philanthropy, government agencies, and the nonprofit sector. Throughout her career, she has worked at a range of organizations, including TCC Group, NEO Philanthropy, the I Have a Dream Foundation, the F.B. Heron Foundation, the Freddie Mac Foundation, and the DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund. Reflecting her passionate belief in opportunity for all, Maritza has focused on advancing equity and social justice through her work. As the first member of her family to attend college, Maritza began her career in philanthropy working on issues of educational access. Learn more about Maritza.


March 1
12:30 pm–4:30 pm EST
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