CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust

Organizational Education

Breakthrough Budgeting Workshop

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breakthrough budgeting

Friday, October 6, 2017
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Oakland, CA 

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Nonprofit budgets are the frame and foundation of your organization. They are not just a statement of your organization’s priorities; they establish the strategic context within which your organization operates every day. They are an essential decision-making tool and chart a clear path through unknown territory.

In this workshop, we will teach basic budgeting skills through the lens of individual programs that make up the organization’s overall budget. We will use a case study to demonstrate each step of the process, including the adjustment period that comes after finalizing your budget. You will leave with new tools to develop and monitor your program or organizational budget, allocate indirect costs to your programs to see the “true” or “fully-loaded” cost of each program, and create grant budgets that cover true program costs.

This workshop is best for Executive Directors, Finance staff, and Program Managers.

Preservation Park (map)
1204 Preservation Park Way, Robinson B
Oakland, CA

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Multiple events from:

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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As the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, I’m excited to invite you to attend the second round of conversations about the city’s new cultural planning activities. In this round of conversation we will dialogue further about the Creative Sector, Cultural Equity, Creative Work Development. Here are four coming opportunities in different parts of the city. Pick a time and date when you register!

The Creative Sector: Non-profit, for-profit, or all of the above?

Creative endeavors in Oakland happen in many ways and through different means. Come talk about how you do your work and compare notes with others.


@ Zoo Labs 1035 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Why we are here: Making new work/Making a new world

Bring your disciple-bending ideas. Share your up & coming voice, take off your administrator hat, and tell us what makes your world go round.

Monday Ocotber 16


@ Red Bay Coffee Address3098 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94601

What does equity look like?

The push for equity and justice is monving city governments to think and act differently. Where and how does cultural equity fit into this picture? Come help define what this should mean for Oakland.

Thursday November 2


@ Intertribal Friendship House 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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We hope you can make it!

Roberto Bedoya

In Intersection‘s upcoming Financial Empowerment Bootcamp, we’ll work with you to transform financial concepts from abstract lists of numbers into hidden stories that underpin your organization’s or your individual artistic practice’s values, goals, successes, challenges, and aspirations. Working with the idea that your numbers are a powerful narrative tool for supporting your mission, we will…
  • Walk you through a review of fundamental financial concepts
  • Identify where your project is and what it needs for financial sustainability
  • Learn how to tell stories about your mission based on real, hard numbers
  • Work with you to set goals for your project and budget towards those goals
  • Share ways to transform your financial anxiety into financial empowerment
Saturday, June 17, 2017
11 AM – 3 PM
901 Mission Street, Suite 306
San Francisco, CA 94103
Discounts available for students and members of Intersection’s fiscal sponsorship program. Contact us for further information.
Workshop led by Yesenia Sanchez and Jericha Senyak. Read more about the facilitators here.
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Registration Is Now Open:
Learning Sessions on Strategic Restructuring
As part of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in partnership with La Piana consulting, invites San Francisco-based nonprofit executives and board members to a half-day discussion about the principles and practices of strategic restructuring, including nonprofit mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships.
Monday, May 15, 2017
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Z Space
450 Florida St
San Francisco 94110
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St
San Francisco 94102


Nonprofit Impact Accelerator: Learning Sessions


On the Agenda: Insights, Options, Firsthand Experiences & Technical Assistance Grants
The program will open with remarks from Bob Harrington, Managing Partner at La Piana Consulting, who will discuss mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships, and review the pitfalls that can prevent nonprofits from moving forward toward success. Bob’s remarks will be followed by a panel of local nonprofit leaders sharing their experiences with mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships, including:
May 15, 2017
Joelle Gomez, former CEO of Women’s Center – Youth and Family Services
Dori Rose Inda, CEO of Salud Para La Gente / Watsonville Law Center
March 16, 2017
Brett Andrews, CEO of Positive Resource Center / Baker Places / AIDS Emergency Fund
Sharon Miller, CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Participants will come away with a solid understanding of the principles and practices of strategic alliances, including how to begin, when they are appropriate, and the keys to success. In addition, registered attendees will be eligible to apply for one of a limited number of assessments using La Piana’s Strategic Restructuring Assessment Tool, and a few will receive technical assistance grants for in-depth exploration. Details about these opportunities will be shared at the sessions.

Nonprofit executive directors or CEOs are highly encouraged to attend with their board chair or another board representative. As space is limited, Board/CEO pairs will be given priority for admission.

Questions may be directed to Amia Grashin  at La Piana Consulting (
Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative


San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits. The Nonprofit Impact Accelerator and technical assistance for strategic restructuring efforts are administered by La Piana Consulting. Real estate assistance including grants and supportive services are provided by the Northern California Community Loan Fund.
The Initiative is led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission and key partners.
With increasing and diverse demands for government services, San Francisco is home to 6,952 nonprofits that often work in partnership with the City to address complex challenges and the needs of its residents.  In 2015-16, the city’s financial investment in nonprofits increased by more than $48 million (8%), the largest increase in more than 10 years.

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