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Financial Resiliency: Methods for building a financially sustainable organization aligned with your goals

How do we achieve financial resiliency? While every situation is unique, there are some methods we can follow to set up our organizations to thrive. In this webinar, we discuss how to weave together our financial planning with our organizational planning to achieve and sustain our goals. Some of the topics we cover include building reserves, program-based budgeting, program sustainability, scenario planning, and strategic grant budgets.


Contact: Joe Golinveaux, TREC

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