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Understanding Money Matters for Non-Profit Leadership

Understanding Money Matters for Non-Profit Leadership

Understanding Money Matters is a three-part workshop, or learning lab, developed, and facilitated by Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS), a social enterprise offering specialized training to help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. Vantage Point is pleased to host this IPS workshop virtually in 2024 to widen access to this financial management training to non-profits across BC.

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Identify as a senior staff member at a non-profit organization.
  • Are looking for a refresher of financial concepts that are relevant to your organization.
  • Consider yourself a beginner around financial literacy and want to explore the connection between money and governance.
  • Would like to learn in a way that embeds Indigenous ways of knowing and culture.

Program Outline

This 3-day lab offers training to support strong leadership, accountability, and good governance for leaders. You will be provided with an overview of financial elements that all non-profit leaders should know, to ensure their organization remains financially healthy. The training will increase your knowledge of overall financial management and accounting processes.

Program Details

Bursary Application Deadline: 1 month before course start date

Location: Online/virtual

Cost: $599 non-member/$539 member

Program Schedule

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024; 9am – 12pm
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 9am – 12pm
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 9am – 12pm

Program Topics

Day One

  • Difference between Charity, non-profit organization, and corporation
  • CRA rules and regulation
  • Understanding of Risks
  • Understanding of finances
  • Accounting principle
  • Accounting method

Day Two

  • Fundamental of Financial statements
  • Assets
  • Liabilities
  • Equity (net assets)
  • Statement of operation
  • Statement of Financial Position
  • Depreciation

Day  Three

  • Budget
  • Preparing budget
  • Budget and organizational rules
  • Break down the budget
  • Internal control
  • Audit committee
  • Audit

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the differences between charities, non-profits, and for profits.
  • Gain awareness about how to maintain charitable status.
  • Learn about accounting basics, internal controls, cash flow, liability, depreciation, and risk management.
  • Prepare and work with budgets and audits.
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Zhila Alizadeh-Borji

Zhila was born and raised in Iran, and graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in business. She has also completed the level 4 Certified General Accountant program and is in the process of obtaining her Certified Aboriginal Finance Manager Certification. She has worked in a variety of finance management positions in Tehran. She moved to Canada in 2001 and has been employed since then in a similar environment, as well as operating her own financial consulting business focused on trust reporting, trust audit, and the Law Society of BC’s rule. Currently, she works full-time as the Finance Manager for the Indigenous Perspectives Society.


Jan 30 2024


9:00 am - 12:00 pm



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