Budgeting and financial management

Readings and class materials for Thursday, October 13, 2022


  • Chapter 11 in Grobman, An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector (Grobman 2021)
  • Chapter 3 in Peri H. Pakroo, Starting & Building a Nonprofit (Pakroo 2021) (the PDF for this is on iCollege under “Content”.)

Written response question

What control should the board have over the ability of nonprofit executives to spend funds to accomplish organizational objectives? Should nonprofit executives have flexibility to adjust their budgets in response to new conditions without obtaining board approval? (Answer in ≈150 words.)

Team prep work

Put together a basic, preliminary, balanced budget for your nonprofit to propose to your team. You’ll spend class time creating and finalizing your organization’s budget.

In-class materials




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Grobman, Gary M. 2021. An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector: A Practical Approach for the Twenty-First Century. 6th ed. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: White Hat Communications.
Pakroo, Peri H. 2021. Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide. 9th ed. Berkeley, California: Nolo.