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Budget, Cash Flow, Reserves & Investment for Charities Seminar


From understanding the board and senior management as a charity's financial stewards, to tips and insights on budgeting and cash flow management for charities, learn how to develop a comprehensive action plan to address accounting gaps in your charity.

Dates & Times

 12 & 13 Sept 2023

Day 1: 9AM to 5PM, Day 2: 1PM to 5PM

Venue: Online via Zoom

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  • Led by Dr Isabel Sim, editor of the series of Accounting and Finance Handbooks for Charities, and lead author for Accounting for Good – Helping Charities Do Good Better, a project in collaboration with NUS and ISCA.

  • Examine the role your board and senior management plays as the charity’s financial stewards.

  • Develop a plan of action that you can bring back to your charity after the seminar.

  • Pre-approved VCF funding of up to 80% available for charities.



The COVID-19 battered economy has led to a fall in donations as citizens and businesses alike shift their immediate concerns to personal livelihoods and economic survival. How do you ensure sustainable operations during these difficult times? To preserve public trust, charities are held to high standards of accountability and transparency. How do you ensure accountability to your stakeholders?


Therefore, charities' governance and financial stewardship are necessary for charities to manage their financial resources while preserving public trust strategically. Only when the charity's board, management and finance staff work closely together to ensure proper governance, compliance and processes will they then be able to survive and thrive in this economic environment.

The seminar will shed light on 5 fundamental questions that all board members and senior management must ask to understand the importance of financial management for charities:

  1. Do we have the right size, right team, and right resources for our charity to succeed in its mission?

  2. Are we applying fund accounting and full cost recovery accounting best practices to not fall into the 'starvation cycle'?

  3. Where are we underinvesting, and what are our risks in underinvesting in these areas?

  4. Do our reserves and investment meet the long-term needs of our beneficiaries and not just our organisational budget?

  5. Is our annual report just beautiful pictures and stories? Does it give a full and accurate reflection of our charity’s work?

This seminar is part of the two-part Governance and Financial Stewardship for Charities seminar series in collaboration with Usha Menon Management Consultancy.


By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the board and senior management’s role and responsibility as the charity’s financial stewards, exploring practical issues that boards and senior management face in managing charity’s financial resources.

  2. Enhancing accountability to stakeholders by developing an effective and efficient charity financial management system, evaluating your charity’s financial system at the governance and policy level so your board and senior management can utilise it for efficient and effective decision making.

  3. Understand how charities prepare budgets and manage cash flow, using charity examples to explore the different approaches to budgeting and cash flow management, and to manage charity’s budget realistically to weather the unexpected changes.

  4. Understand the importance of forward financial planning by setting the appropriate level of reserve and its implication on charity’s long-term financial sustainability, using charity examples to compare reserve and investment policy as well as disclosure practices.

  5. Identify gaps in their current operations and policies in  budget, cash flow, reserves and investment management, coached by Dr Isabel Sim on developing a plan of action to address these gaps.


Management team, board members and finance staff.


Save up to $324 by reserving your seats before 13 Aug!

 Group Discount: Sign up 3 or more pax and receive additional $100 discount off Early Bird fee per pax (before GST)​.

Fee Options
After Early Bird
Early Bird
Standard Fee
*VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (CCF) Training Grant
**Community Care Training Grant (CCTG)

All prices stated include prevailing GST.

*Up to 80% seminar fee funding for NCSS member agencies

**Up to 90% seminar fee funding for AIC approved organisations


12 & 13 Sept 2023

Day 1: 9AM to 5PM, Day 2: 1PM to 5PM



"Being new to the non-profit sector, this has really helped me to understand what are some of the key challenges that SSAs face and key areas that I need to be aware of. It is also good to have different SSAs in the training to share and learn from each other."

Chong Lay Cheng

Chief Financial Officer

Alzheimer's Disease Association


Dr Isabel Sim is the principal consultant at Integrative CSR Consulting. She was formerly Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore as well as Director (Projects), Centre for Social Development (Asia). She served as Head of Corporate Governance Practice, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) and Senior Lecturer, Department of Strategy and Policy, NUS Business School from 2012 to 2014.


She obtained her PhD in finance from The University of Western Australia in 2011. She is the editor of the series Accounting and Finance Handbooks for Charities including Budgeting and Cash Flow Management, Fund Accounting for Charities, Full Cost Recovery for Charities and Cost-Effective Audit for Charities. She is also the lead author for Accounting for Good – Helping Charities Do Good Better, a project in collaboration with NUS and ISCA. Besides extensive experience in applied research in the charity sector, Dr Sim has more than 15 years of experience in teaching working adults. She has taught accounting, corporate governance, finance, and economics subjects in MBA, EMBA, and other professional programmes.

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