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The Whole Story: Financial Analysis for Grantmakers

December 8 @ 12:30 pmDecember 9 @ 4:30 pm EST

The Whole Story: Financial Analysis for Grantmakers

We’re online! This course will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email from Eventbrite before the event.

A two-day course providing valuable tools and insights to facilitate funding decisions

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 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 course 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.

Instructors: Jennifer Pedroni and Steve Alley
Deadline to Register: November 24


Individual Registration:  $750
Group Registration:  $720 per participant
TGS Alumni:  $720 (use promo code TGSALUM30)

Meeting Dates & Times

This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Wednesday, December 8, from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, December 9, from 12:30–4:30 p.m. (ET). This course is a live, interactive experience. It will not be recorded or made available to registrants after the end of the live session.

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 990/990 EZ
  • 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 tgs@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 offering. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Photo of Jennifer Pedroni
Jennifer Pedroni, M.S., is a lead consultant at BDO FMA (Financial Management Associates). She works with funders to review and establish financial due diligence processes, program officer training, and infrastructure assessments and development. Her work also includes supporting nonprofit organizations through training, scenario planning, infrastructure development, and coaching. Learn more about Jennifer.

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Steve Alley is managing partner of Ekstrom, Alley, Clontz & Associates, and has extensive experience in the community foundation field. Most recently he was President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for nine years, leading that foundation to grow from $53 million to $90 million in assets and develop a significant leadership role in Tucson and the surrounding counties. Learn more about Steve.


December 8 @ 12:30 pm EST
December 9 @ 4:30 pm EST
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