Nonprofit Financial Management Webinars

NFF has designed a series webinar curriculum for leaders in the nonprofit sector and those who are interested in deepening their understanding about the challenges and opportunities that organizations face as they navigate nonprofit finance. 

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The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options

Starts Tuesday September 30th and continues for six consecutive Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm EST

We’ve gathered our most experienced staff to tell a six-episode story about the current state and near future of nonprofit finance. It’s the kind of intelligence and insight that comes from over thirty years of on-the-ground engagement with nonprofit organizations and investors, and experimentation. The series starts with a context setting session about common ways that nonprofits use traditional lending products in support of their mission, and then explores some of the newer kinds of investments being used in the social sector. 

The webinars described below can be taken as a “course” or purchased individually to address specific business interests. Individual webinars are priced at $75, and the full series is available at a discount.

Click here to register for the full series package or individual webinars in our fall sequence!

1. An Introduction to Debt and Financing for Nonprofits
Tuesday Sept. 30 at 3:00 EST /12:00 pm PST

Many nonprofits successfully use debt as a strategic tool to:
  • Purchase, build or renovate a facility, including to make leasehold improvements
  • Purchase or upgrade equipment required for operations
  • Manage timing of receivables from government grants or capital campaigns
  • Expand programs or grow an earned income or social venture
  • Temporarily smooth cash flow to meet day-to-day operating needs

This introductory webinar is designed as a resource for organizations that are new to the lending process and would like to learn more. In 60 minutes, NFF reviews the typical types of loans available to nonprofits, what lenders look for from potential borrowers, and what to expect from a lender. 

2. The How and Why of PRIs: A Guide to Program- and Mission-Related Investments

Tuesday Oct. 7 at 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST

Funders are increasingly considering modified, low-interest lending programs such as Program-Related Investments (PRIs) and Mission-Related Investments (MRIs) as supplements to their traditional grantmaking practices. But when do PRIs or MRIs make sense as a financing tool for nonprofits? NFF will provide an overview of these two unique types of financing - including when, how and where these investments can be used by nonprofits for maximum mission returns. This 60-minute webinar provides answers to nonprofits' most common questions about this unique type of program financing. 

3. Philanthropic Equity: Bringing Programs to Scale

Tuesday Oct. 14 at 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST     

In the for-profit sector, a company periodically requires an injection of equity capital to fuel its growth and pay for the deficits incurred en route to sustainability- the point at which revenue reliably covers operating expenses. While the equity concepts of "ownership" and "return" do not exist for nonprofits (which don't have owners), mission-focused organizations nonetheless share the periodic need for investment and funders to fill that role. The sector is beginning to change in the way nonprofits and donors think about growth and fundraising, and how donated funds can helpfully fill the resource gap. Through this 60-minute webinar, NFF will unpack the concept of "philanthropic equity," help participants distinguish between the roles of builders (those who invest in creating high-performing nonprofit enterprises) and buyers (those who invest directly in effective program execution), and offer tools to help each be more effective.

4. Understanding New Markets Tax Credits

Tuesday Oct. 21 at 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST    

The NMTC program, administered by the CDFI Fund of the US Treasury Department, uses tax credits to attract private investment to low-income communities. By allocating these tax credits on behalf of the government, qualified intermediaries can make flexible financing available to nonprofit borrowers in these communities. While the structuring can be complex, NMTC deals have helped finance health centers, nonprofit theatres, charter schools, and food banks in communities where these services are needed. Join NFF for a 60-minute webinar that explains the necessary requirements for successful participation in a NMTC transaction.

5. The Emergence of Pay for Success Funding

Tuesday Oct. 28 at 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST

 At a time when everyone is being asked to do more with less, innovators around the world are seeking cost-effective solutions that can deliver better social outcomes for their communities. Pay For Success (PFS) has emerged as one such strategy. Currently being implemented in various pilot programs worldwide, Pay for Success funding can direct taxpayer dollars to interventions that have demonstrated success in delivering social and economic outcomes for individuals, families, and communities most in need. Join NFF for a 60-minute webinar to learn about the ways in which Pay For Success Financing works to connect performance outcomes to financial return and the steps that organizations can take to prepare themselves to engage with PFS funding models.

6. Impact Investing: From Conventional to Cutting-edge
Tuesday Nov. 4 at 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST

As the buzz around Impact Investing continues to grow, more investors are seeking ways to generate social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. Join NFF for an introduction to the topic, presented by Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of NFF and co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference. This 60-minute session is designed for those who are new to social investments and will explore common questions that surround the burgeoning field, such as: Where is the field now and where is it going? What are examples of impact investments in action? What kind of organizations are good candidates for an impact investment?

Eventbrite - The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options: A Six-Part Webinar Series

Webinar Recordings

NFF is offering recordings for two financial management webinar sequences: A Foundational Understanding of Nonprofit Finance and Unpacking the Nonprofit Manager's Toolbox. The first sequence explores the reality of the nonprofit operating environment and how this system impacts common business choices. The second sequence unpacks the essential items that should be in every nonprofit manager’s toolbox. Amid today’s rapidly changing economic environment, nonprofit leaders will come away from these recordings better prepared to plan for the future and manage using data.

Recordings for each sequence are available for purchase as a series package or individually to address specific business concerns. Series packages are $382.50 (a 15% discount from regular pricing) and individual webinars are $67.50 (a 10% discount from regular pricing). Purchases include a link to a password-protected streamable video and access to downloadable PowerPoint slides.


This series first explains the counterintuitive, upside-down financial system in which nonprofits operate and then offers crash course in reading nonprofit financial statements. Building off these key concepts, participants explore the most common nonprofit business choices and the way these choices should be managed across leadership roles within the organization.

Click here to purchase the full six-part webinar package! Or click on the individual webinar titles below to read a full description of each session and purchase the recording.

Operating in a Flawed System 

Assessing Nonprofit Financial Health 

Planning for Effective Capitalization 

Finance Across the Enterprise 

Business Choices Part 1: Growth, Earned Income Ventures & Endowments 

Business Choices Part 2: Facility Ownership


This sequence demonstrates an array of tools and strategies to help inform data-driven decision making for nonprofit professionals. The recordings can be purchased as a full financial management curriculum, or can be chosen a la carte for organizations seeking to address specific business challenges.

Click here to purchase the full six-part webinar package! Or click on the individual webinar titles below to read a full description of each session and purchase the recording.

Budgeting as a Communication Tool

 Monitoring Cash Flow 

Assessing Program Profitability 

Scenario Planning 

Managing to a Dashboard 

Strategic Alliances, Collaborations and Mergers