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The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is pleased to offer a variety of information sessions and professional development workshops to the Edmonton arts community. Past workshops have included Grant 101 presentations, workshops for upcoming grants, public art workshops, arts marketing sessions and more.

Financial Literacy Workshops for Non-Profits

The City of Edmonton - Citizen Services, Edmonton Arts Council, and Edmonton Heritage Council are pleased to present three workshops for members of non-profit organizations wanting to develop skills to manage the financial side of their organizations.

When: Wednesdays, April 5, 19, 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave (rooms indicated below)
Cost:  $40 per session or three sessions for $100.  Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the full benefits of the workshops. Cost includes light snacks and refreshments.
Intended for: Employees or board members of non-profit organizations wanting to increase their basic knowledge of key concepts and processes associated with financial statements, budgets, and the organization’s financial responsibilities as a non-profit society.
To Register and Pay:  Contact Tix on the Square by phone (780) 420-1757.

FULL Workshop 1 - Financial Accountability for Non-Profits:  A Year-long Affair
A non-profit society needs to be accountable - but to whom or what authority? Explore the financial roles and responsibilities of a non-profit organization as set out in typical society by-laws. How can management and Boards ensure adequate financial and administrative oversight over a typical year? Participants will learn how to schedule an Annual Financial Cycle that integrates Budgeting, Variance Reporting, preparation of year-end Financial Statements, holding an Annual General Meeting, and filing the Annual Return.

Instructor:  Sylvia Shank, CPM - General Manager, Sacul Accounting and Small Business Services
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2016
Location: Lestock Room (Rm 218B), Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave

FULL Workshop 2 - Financial Statements:  What are they really saying about your organization?
Financial Statements reveal much about an organization – where the money comes from, where it is spent, and whether the organization makes a surplus or runs a deficit over the year.  They also speak volumes about the viability and health of the organization and its ability to withstand periods of growth or hardship.  What are the minimum requirements of Financial Statements to meet generally accepted standards? Learn the basic components and terminology of Income Statements and Balance Sheets, and how they tell the story of your organization. Participants will take part in an introductory exercise in financial statement preparation.

Instructor: Frank Saccucci, MBA - Associate Professor, MacEwan University.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2016
Location: Kinross Room (Rm 216), Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave

FULL Workshop 3 – Budgets: Keeping On Track 

Budget preparation is a sizeable investment of time – is the effort really worth it for a typical organization? The answer is an emphatic: “Yes!”  Learn how annual budgets and variance reports are used to keep day-to-day financial activity on-track and contribute to the long-term viability of an organization. Participants will acquire budget and monitoring skills by preparing their own sample budget and variance report.

Instructor: Frank Saccucci, MBA - Associate Professor, MacEwan University.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2016
Location: Kinross Room (Rm 216), Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave


Frank Saccucci, MBA
Frank has been delivering seminars for over 25 years to participants across Canada and the U.S. He has been a faculty member at MacEwan University for 20 years and prior to that, enjoyed 10 years of industry experience.  He also chaired the Executive Leadership For Non Profit Program and the Resource Centre for Voluntary Organizations for a five-year period while at MacEwan. Frank has delivered his Finance for Non-Financial Managers to numerous Canadian corporations and currently teaches this course at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta.

Sylvia Shank, CPM
Sylvia has been an accounting payroll professional since 1988 and currently runs two accounting businesses – one of which specializes in non-profits. She has a diploma in Accounting from NAIT and a certificate in Management from the University of Lethbridge.  Sylvia has worked with non-profit organizations for the last 15 years providing full cycle accounting including the preparation of financial statements, budgets, payroll, and business plans.  More recently, Sylvia has broadened her business to include financial and payroll training sessions to both corporate and non-profit clients.  The Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton Heritage Council currently contract her to provide financial analyses of operating grant applications.

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