Budgeting for Nonprofits

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Learning Outcomes

  • Define different types of budgets.
  • Read and understand budgets.
  • Explain how budgets fit into your organization's larger planning context.
  • Create budgets using the appropriate techniques.
  • Manage budgets effectively.
  • Make reasonable budget decisions.

Download full Course Curriculum in Adobe PDF format.

Downloadable Resources

20 downloadable resources in this course

Free sample resource (PDF): Sample Budget

Course Level/Prerequisites/Certification Credits

Introductory level.

Take the optional final quiz. If you pass with 70% or more, you can download a Certificate of Completion.

This training may be used to meet the requirements for renewing the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. One Professional Development Unit (PDU) is awarded for each 50-60 minute session or contact hour in topics related to volunteer resources management. For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit www.CVAcert.org or email ccva@comcast.net.

Continuing education certification-eligible through the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources - Ontario (PAVR-O).


This course is on-demand, meaning that you can take it anytime, at your own pace.The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete from start to finish, but you have access for 3 months. Take it all at once. Take it in 15-minute bites. Take breaks between each module. Come back in a month for a refresher. It's entirely flexible and up to you!


$89 per user; 3 month access.

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Course Author

Heather Young of Young Associates

User Feedback

As a recent participant in CharityVillage's e-training, specifically, Budgeting for Nonprofits, I would highly recommend this and other courses as an enhancement to one's professional skills. The course was convenient, applicable and presented in a well organized format with great resources! Should the need arise, I wouldn't hesitate to participate again.

-- Andrea Rennie-Taverner, Independent Fundraising Professional

The Budgeting for Nonprofits offers practical wisdom and resources that enrich my other training. The models offered would have been excellent in avoiding a long series of trial by error. Bravo to the course developers and to CharityVillage for making it available.

-- Louis Grenier M.Sc., Calgary, AB