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Certificate in Not-for-Profit Bookkeeping and Reporting

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Every organization, including not-for-profit (NFP) organizations, must maintain appropriate and accurate financial records in order to report their activities in a reliable and timely manner. As with any organization, the job of maintaining the records and reporting on an organization’s financial activities falls on both internal and external individuals and professionals commonly categorized as bookkeepers.

This is a first-of-its-kind certificate program in not-for-profit bookkeeping and reporting. Whether you are new to NFP bookkeeping or want to improve your skills in NFP bookkeeping, this intense and comprehensive three-course program will cover a wide array of bookkeeping and accounting concepts and principles unique to maintaining the books and records of a typical NFP organization. It is ideal for those who know the essentials of bookkeeping and have some basic experience with it. By the time the program is completed, an individual will be able to handle the normal bookkeeping- and accounting- related duties and tasks required of a small to moderately sized NFP organization.

The certificate program includes the following three courses:


Introduction to Not-for-Profit Bookkeeping and Reporting (NFBK 1000)
Spring 2019

Starting Thursdays, January 17, 2019 to March 28, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center Campus
10 sessions
$1,100 - includes all course materials

Register for the Introduction

What you’ll learn:

  • Not-for-profit's unique characteristics
  • Formation of an NFP organization
  • Basic accounting definitions and rules
  • Understanding double-entry bookkeeping from the ground up
  • A/R, A/P, and General Journals
  • Posting to General Ledger Trial Balance and Financial Statements
  • NFP assets and liabilities accounts
  • NFP revenue and expenses accounts
  • Document maintenance and internal controls
  • Month-end and year-end procedures

Intermediate and Computerized Not-for-Profit Bookkeeping (NFBK 2000)
Spring 2019

Starting Thursdays, April 11 to June 13, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center Campus
10 Sessions
$1,100 - includes all course materials

Register for Intermediate and Computerized Bookkeeping

What you’ll learn:

  • Budget fundamentals
  • Step-by-step development of an operating and capital budget
  • General introduction to accounting software
  • Setup on an NFP in QuickBooks
  • Entering transactions in QuickBooks
  • Printing and exporting reports
  • Performing bank reconciliations
  • Recording payroll
  • Closing out the year
  • Donor and grantor reporting
  • Preparing for an audit

Advanced Not-for-Profit Bookkeeping and Reporting (NFBK 3000)
Fall 2019

Starting Thursdays, September 26, 2019 to December 5, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center Campus
10 Sessions
$1,200 - includes all course materials

Register for Advanced Bookkeeping and Reporting

What you’ll learn:

  • Not-for-profit organization structure
  • NYS 2013 Revitalization Act and board responsibilities
  • Accounting for investments
  • Accounting for contributions, grants, and membership dues
  • Tracking employee time and recording employee benefits
  • Proper classification of employee and independent contractors
  • Inter-organizational transactions
  • Annual returns (e.g., 990, CHAR500)
  • Required NFP financial statements