The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits

A Step-by-Step Guide for Managers and Boards

Practical guidance on developing and implementing budgets for nonprofit organizations. Offers advice about every phase of the process and includes resources for documenting and reporting.

200 pages. ©2007.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

aahellums

Review posted October 31, 2019

3

Good information and helpful worksheets to get a good grasp on how to understand and piece together a budget.

mgraeper

Review posted October 23, 2019

5

I don't have a background in accounting or budgeting - so I found this book extremely helpful. We are a very small nonprofit with a very small budget. It is written in a straight forward and easy to understand way. The book provides the full picture of a budget for a nonprofit. Software is also provided with the book on a CD. Overall - I highly recommend this book to anyone managing a budget for a nonprofit.

kcbolton

Review posted October 1, 2019

4

This is a very good reference for new managers, or to have Board members get a copy of for reference purposes. Way better than trying to make a background presentation to cover financial management concepts. The software included via an attached CD is outdated, and rudimentary. Having said that, it's free and better than trying to make a spreadsheet to replicate it from scratch for even medium skilled Excel users. I recommend you encourage key staff and Board members to get a copy.

bkerensa

Review posted September 28, 2019

5

This is a really good book for financial planning for nonprofits.

Micheleolson

Review posted April 27, 2019

5

This book has been informative for our non profit board. Excellent resource.

suzbader

Review posted April 8, 2019

4

What a fabulous resource for staff and board members! This book is a great refresher and teaching tool for budgeting basics and understanding fiduciary responsibilities. The Chart of Accounts is helpful for those managing simple programs and organizations. The book was published in 2007 and my only complaint is that the account management software on the CD-Rom only works on Windows machines.

Trinismom2205

Review posted March 29, 2019

4

If you are unfamiliar with budgeting this has many great worksheets and resources for you! I have shared this with our CEO and she loves it!

g.s.weber

Review posted December 2, 2018

4

This is exactly what it says it is. It uses the straightforward, unpretentious style typical of Jossey-Bass guidebooks. It is fine as an introduction to budgeting and good for a review. Intermediate learners will fine some things in there but perhaps would benefit from a more rigorous guide. There are lots of templates that are useful if your nonprofit fits into one of the categories they cover. Mine doesn't, but I can see how useful it would be for more typical nonprofits.

GeorgeJ

Review posted August 30, 2018

5

This is a great book for small or large nonprofits with simple language and practical examples. I recommend it to all nonprofits and boards.

christinawoo10

Review posted August 16, 2018

5

I am highly impressed by the amount of information in this book. While some of the info is basic, it ensures that the reader has a thorough understanding of the budgeting process for a nonprofit organization. I especially appreciated the appendix of forms that our organization could print and use. Very nice resource. Christina

JanecePayne

Review posted August 7, 2018

5

I'm working on my budget now for a new nonprofit and this book is amazing. It came just in time.

rmccoun

Review posted April 15, 2018

5

This is an excellent book. We are in the process of transitioning from having a fiscal agent to becoming a stand alone nonprofit. I do not have a background in nonprofit management. I am very grateful to have this resource available. I will be sharing this book with my newly formed Board of Directors. Thank you.

DaniSchi

Review posted July 25, 2017

4

I was looking for a book that gave a good overview of financial practices so I could fill in the gaps of what I knew. This book did that. It gave me ideas for how I could improve reporting and stimulate better board meeting conversations. I was excited to explore the worksheets but found them more basic than what I needed. I was hoping for something more plug-in current financial information. However, the worksheets that come with this are more for creating budgets from scratch.

omeara

Review posted June 21, 2017

5

Its helpful but I need the budget book later on in this process.

dalajohnson

Review posted June 12, 2017

5

another excellent book that will help our non profit. It is clear and easy to read and understand. We will be using this as a tool with our non profit.

revronnb

Review posted June 6, 2017

4

This is very Helpful as it has great resources to help break down the needs so that everyone can understand it.

Hsolus

Review posted May 12, 2017

4

This book is a great resource for me while I am learning how to build budgets for various programs. The included cd with different worksheets is very useful.

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Review posted November 18, 2016

5

Wow... my budgets will never be the same. What great insight and skill building in down to earth language.

Rishia.Mitchell

Review posted October 21, 2016

5

This book has very helpful tools in creating budgets. Love the CD that comes with it too to help with all the forms. Great addition to our program.

CheryleAnn

Review posted October 12, 2016

5

This book is essential to any non-profit organization. It contains information to help you design a budget for any project your organization might need. It also contains a cd with templates to use to create a professional detailed budget. Thank You Ford Family Foundation for making this valuable tool available to my organization.

IVFCresourcecenter

Review posted September 7, 2016

5

Very informative

drcsdirector

Review posted August 10, 2016

5

This book is a wealth on practical information, worksheets, and strategies for budgets. It is well-organized for reading straight through or picking and choosing sections you need at the moment. Great choice if you need a guide for budgeting.

KateElliott

Review posted August 3, 2016

4

Budgeting can be really intimidating for people working in nonprofit programs (as opposed to finance), but this guide was really helpful. My org is getting better at the "bottom up" budget approach and this was a helpful resource for program staff doing budget planning in a consistent way.

richard.f.seymour

Review posted June 5, 2016

4

I've been through several budgeting cycles, and we basically invented how we did it as needed. This book provides many tools and checklists for proceeding in a more orderly manner. I expect to use it as a reference as I work with future nonprofit budgets. It outlines various strategies that can be used to approach the task of budgeting and provides tools to implement these strategies in the form of spreadsheets, etc. When discussing zero based budgeting (ZBB) it outlines the advantages and disadvantages of using this approach. It could be improved by doing something similar for the other three budgeting strategies, but the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches might be more obvious to readers. Most readers will want to skim this up front and refer to it as they work through their budgeting cycles.

username

Review posted July 31, 2015

4

The content is pretty dry but the book contains a large section of very useful resources, including a cd of basic budgeting templates.

Sebastian

Review posted July 10, 2015

5

This book is very helpful for not-for-profit organizations wishing to improve their budgeting process. It guides the reader through each step of the budgeting process from planning to monitoring. As an additional bonus, there are several sample forms and practical resources that can be very helpful to establishing a budget plan. I recommend The Budget Building Book for Nonprofits for either a fledgling or well-established nonprofit organization. It's a good resource.

betz

Review posted June 28, 2015

3

The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits not only helped us in the short run with a current question; it has been added to the CCAC library for future use as our organization continues to grow.

RoseRobin

Review posted April 8, 2015

4

This book is exactly what I need in order to move forward with working on a budget for a grant I am writing. It is clear and easy to understand. I look forward to having this resource in my library.

iseesunshine

Review posted January 6, 2015

5

This was just what I was looking for, as it provides a very comprehensive and orderly method for me to organize from where I am starting to budget and what I will need as an outcome, how to use this in applications for grants and prepare tax reports. The DVD is so helpful. How would anyone just starting know this information? I can see how being this informed will cut outside accounting costs, as I will be able to speak somewhat intelligently and not waste time/money having the accountant educate me.