Grantmaking 102: Analyzing Nonprofit Financials

Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E 6th St., Suite 101, Vancouver, WA 98660 || $75 Members, $125 Nonmembers
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Reading and interpreting nonprofit financials is part of the work of grantmaking–either as a component of proposal due diligence on the front end, or of grant evaluation on the back-end. 

This refresher course is designed to provide grantmakers with knowledge, skills, and comfort around effective analysis of organizational and programmatic financial information, including:

  • Review of terminology and common financial statement formats
  • Cash vs. accrual accounting
  • Difference between Audited, Reviewed and Compiled financial statements
  • Additional information found in the IRS Form 990 tax return
  • Understanding an organization’s financial position (and true operating surplus/deficit) using the Activities Statement and Balance Sheet
  • Key financial ratios to consider
  • Understanding an organization’s true/full cost of business


  • Cheryl R. Olson, CPA, CGMA and Director of NFP Consulting at Clark Nuber PS

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