Introducing The Nonprofit Impact Series
A new series of programs that build on and support the learnings from FIRM and MORE
Many nonprofits have benefited from taking FIRM, our signature program. The FIRM intensive program focuses on financial leadership and sustainability and on improving financial decision making and communication with the board.

Last year we piloted MORE: Metrics and Outcomes for Responsible Evaluation, a training paired with an individual consultation that focuses on evaluation of program outcomes.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Nonprofit Impact Series, which builds on and continues the learning from FIRM and MORE. The series of workshops provides insights and hands-on tools that encourage nonprofit accountability, sustainability and program excellence. While most nonprofits might get started by enrolling in either FIRM or MORE, the series provides flexibility to attend the sessions that are relevant and timely. Sessions are open to staff and board members from all nonprofits working in Montgomery County.

In addition to the series of workshops listed below, two new versions of FIRM will be offered. FIRM for Program Directors (February 1, 2018) is a day-long workshop that introduces program directors to important financial concepts, such as understanding how a budget is created and understanding indirect costs. It prepares program directors to make informed contributions to the nonprofit budgeting process and provides future leaders with a basic understanding of nonprofit accountability and sustainability.

FIRM for Emerging Nonprofits (April 19, 2018) is designed for nonprofits that are just starting up and small nonprofits (budgets under $400,000). The training introduces nonprofit leaders and board members to financial best practices for greater accountability and sustainability.This is a full day training for up to four staff and board members from each nonprofit, plus an individual consultation with a nonprofit financial expert.

Other offerings in the series include:
  • FIRM Financial Consultations, December 15: one hour consultation with FIRM faculty Justin Pollack for nonprofits that have attended FIRM recently
  • Matrix Map Mix and Mingle, December 19 (see below for details)
  • Making your Data Make Sense with TechImpact, February 13, 2018
  • Metrics and Outcomes for Responsible Evaluation (MORE) intensive, March 15 and 16, 2018
Please contact Lesley for questions about any of our programs.