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Seward Community Foundation to host Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Seward Community Foundation is hosting a Nonprofit Brown Bag Lunch Series and Community Class
on September 12 at the Alaska SeaLife Center Conference Room from 12pm-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

The following classes will be presented by Chellie Skoog of the Foraker Group. These events are free to the nonprofit sector. Anyone who is a member of a nonprofit organization may attend. Please rsvp to SCF at seward@alaskacf.org. With all of the cuts in funding throughout the State of Alaska, these topics are more important than ever. Please join SCF and the Foraker Group to learn how you can help ensure the continued success of your organization.

12:00 -1:00: Brown Bag Lunch – Assessing the health of your organization: How to know if you are in crisis
When you come to this session you will take an important step to assure the financial health of your organization. As a nonprofit leader you are juggling many issues and concerns. We all know that a stressed organization operating with the best of intentions can still make ill-advised decisions – especially in the financial arena – and the results can be damaging. Foraker has developed a new tool to help you spot if you are in crisis or coming close to one. Chellie will walk you through the tool and answer any questions you may have about protecting your financial health and resiliency.

2:00 – 4:00: Community Class – Budgeting for Nonprofits
Do you think your organization is either too complex or too simple to create a usable budget? Do you wonder what the budget process should entail? Regardless of the size of your organization, creating a budget is an essential step in meeting your goals and accomplishing your mission. Budgeting is a process of targeting available resources and measuring performance against your strategic plan. A properly prepared budget allows an organization to react in real time to the internal and external environment and to ensure continued success. In this course you will learn:

How all aspects of sustainability play a role in budget planning
How to use your budget to measure success and make adjustments when you get off track
How roles differ between board and staff in budget creation, implementation and evaluation
How to gather key tools for creating your operating budget
When you have completed this class, you will better understand the budget process and have the tools you need to create and improve your organization’s budget.

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