Changing the way we fund nonprofits can take you and your organization out of your comfort zone, but we are here to support you along the way! Our 2017 trainings for funders and nonprofits across the state took participants through the essentials of the Full Cost approach, from engaging trustees and other stakeholders to the brass tacks of implementation.
Stay tuned for more programs in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego!
“I’m a Funder. Which Workshop Should I Attend?”
What type of funders are welcome? All types – Foundations of any size (community, private, and family), corporate giving programs, public charities, administrators of donor advised funds, giving circles, and individual philanthropists.
90-Minute Workshop: If you are determining your organization’s strategic priorities and grantmaking processes, perhaps in a leadership role or board position, or you're a decision-maker in a giving circle or smaller philanthropy operation, and are interested in learning about the basics and potential of a full cost approach to grantmaking.
One-Day Workshop: If you are in leadership, perhaps in an executive or program director role, or you're a decision-maker in a giving circle or smaller philanthropy operation, and are ready to gain a deep understanding of the full cost approach to grantmaking with the possibility of bringing it to your organization.
Two-Day Workshop: If you implement strategy and engage in grantmaking, perhaps in a program officer or program director role, or are a grantmaker in a giving circle or smaller philanthropy operation, and are ready to gain a deep understanding of the full cost approach to grantmaking and the tools to implement it at your organization.
“I’m a Nonprofit. Which Workshop Should I Attend?”
What types of nonprofits are welcome? Nonprofits in any sector are welcome.
90-Minute Workshop: Geared toward funders only.
One-Day Workshop: If you are in nonprofit leadership, perhaps in an executive director or other department director role, and are ready to gain a deep understanding of the full cost approach with the possibility of bringing it to your organization.
Two-Day Workshop: If you direct and implement strategy at a nonprofit, perhaps in an executive-level or program director role, and are ready to gain a deep understanding of the full cost approach and the tools to implement it at your organization. This workshop is designed for nonprofits with annual budgets of at least $750,000 and/or have audited financial statements.
90-Minute Workshop: Understanding Full Cost
This 90-minute training geared toward foundation trustees and board members, as well as individual philanthropists, will set a clear understanding of the importance full cost plays in achieving sector outcomes. The components of full cost will be clearly defined, and connected to different grantmaking strategies. One funder will never be expected to pay the full cost of running a nonprofit. However, funders have a responsibility to pay appropriate portions and components of full cost based on their strategy and expectations of grantees.
Who Should Attend?
- Funders: Individual philanthropists and members of giving circles; foundation trustees or board members; senior staff of large foundations.
- Your funding organization may be incorporating a full cost approach in some or all of its grantmaking, or staff may be asking you to adopt this approach. While you may not be responsible for the implementation (depending on the size and structure of your operation), you do need to understand the implications of full cost funding.
- This workshop is not geared toward nonprofits.
One-Day Workshop: Unpacking Full Cost
This full-day workshop (6 hours of content + breaks and lunch) is designed to help leadership of both nonprofits and funders dive deeper into understanding the full costs of building resilient nonprofit organizations. Participants will learn the components that make up full cost and learn how to prioritize full cost needs for their own or a grantee organization. We will explore the policies and practices in the sector that may unintentionally undermine attempts at full cost funding. Activities around communication will help ‘both sides of the table’ better understand each other’s perspectives.
Who Should Attend?
- Funders: Leadership, perhaps in an executive or program director role, or a decision-maker in a giving circle or smaller philanthropy operation.
- Nonprofits: Leadership of nonprofits, perhaps in an executive director or other department director role.
- Those interested in learning about full cost in greater detail and how full cost funding works.
- Those who are considering or exploring a full cost approach for their organization.
- Two-to-three members of your organization (but not more than three) with appropriate authority should attend. If your organization has fewer than three members and/or is volunteer-based, please select the appropriate individual(s) to attend.
Two-Day Workshop: Asking for and Funding Full Costs
Full Cost funding is a little like learning a new language—one both funders and nonprofits can use to communicate more clearly about ideas, needs, and opportunities that move us all closer to our goals. The good news is that it’s okay if you’re not yet ‘fluent’ in Full Cost funding!
You don’t need to be an expert or implement a whole new system to try out a new practice. Even a small shift in organizational culture or a tweak to ‘business as usual’—like building a Full Cost budget, or understanding the role program grants play in Full Cost funding—can go a long way toward strengthening funder-grantee relationships and boosting your impact.
Join us for a two-day workshop led by Nonprofit Finance Fund to explore some of the Full Cost tips and strategies that can work for you. And because opportunities for peer learning and open dialogue outside the context of a specific grant are all too rare, this workshop is geared toward both nonprofit and funder participants.
Our hands-on training provides a unique space for leaders and staff on both sides of the funding equation to break down barriers and learn together. Over the course of the workshop, participants will follow a case study organization and learn to analyze financial statements with a Full Cost mind-set. Through interactive activities, funder and nonprofit staff will work together to arrive at a Full Cost assessment for the case study.
Who Should Attend?
- Funders: Those who implement strategy and engage in grantmaking – structuring grant awards, conducting site visits, and communicating with organizations to understand their needs – or any major due diligence activities.
- Nonprofits: Those who direct and implement strategy at a nonprofit, set budget goals, and determine asks in grantmaking requests.
- Note: Content will be most relevant to organizations who are audited annually, or have a budget of $750,000+.
- Two-to-three members of your organization (but not more than three) should attend so you are more likely to succeed should you try to implement Full Cost practices. If your organization has fewer than three members and/or is volunteer-based, please select the appropriate individual(s) to attend.
There are currently no Full Cost Project events scheduled. Please check back to learn about future Full Cost programming.