Budgeting Essentials

Learning Opportunities


Budgeting Essentials

February 12, 2018 - 9:00am to March 16, 2018 - 5:00pm

Offering Organization: Mango

Language: English


This online course focuses on building a financing strategy so that you can achieve your mission and objectives now and in the future. The course is run over six weeks (2 x 3-week modules), built around a series of themed topics with readings, individual activities, and group activities. The activities must be completed within the specified time frame and you can then move on to the next week when you are ready.  

The eWorkshop format is great for fitting the training into busy schedules but you will need to be disciplined to keep up with the work. We estimate that the coursework will take you between 5 to 7 hours a week, depending on your pace of learning and your language skills. You also need to make sure that you have access to a computer, a printer and the internet during the course.

Who Should Attend

  • Senior managers (eg CEOs, program directors, finance managers) of national NGOs
  • INGO Program managers who support local partner NGOs
  • INGO country program managers who are responsible for developing a financing strategy for their programs
  • May also be suitable for members of local board of trustees (eg Chair and Treasurer).

The training is especially effective if a program manager and a finance manager from same organization attend together.  

What You Will Learn

During the eWorkshop, you will discover many useful tools and techniques including:

  • The recipe for building a financially secure future for your NGO
  • How to assess and manage the everyday financial risks facing NGOs
  • How to become less dependent on external donors
  • Tips for building a safety net of reserves
  • Ideas on how to finance your central support costs
  • How to create a financing strategy for the next three years

Week 1

Getting to know you and the course

  • Introductions
  • Using the online learning tools
  • The financial planning process
  • Different types of budget and when to use them
  • About direct and indirect costs

Week 2 

Project budgeting skills

  • The activity-based budgeting technique
  • The chart of accounts in budgeting
  • Summary budgets
  • Practical: developing your own project budget

Week 3

Budgeting for program management

  • Cashflow forecasting
  • Creating phased budgets
  • Practical: developing your own cashflow and phased budgets

Week 4

Budgeting for donors

  • Creating donor budgets
  • Core cost recovery
  • Practical: developing your own donor budgets

Week 5

Consolidating the learning

  • Using the funding grid for multiple-donor funded programs
  • Summary of tools and techniques
  • Action planning