Online Course: Introduction to Financial Management (Summer 2021)
- Registration Closed
Please note the Summer Session of Introduction to Financial Management is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the Summer Session, email email@example.com. Visit our 2021 course schedule for upcoming sessions of this course.
Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. From understanding expenses and income to how to establish an endowment, this course will equip you with a toolkit to engage with finance on your terms and to your ability.
Over the four weeks, students will participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely readings, and ultimately build a real, usable budget tailored to their organization’s needs.
The course is divided into four weekly segments, each accompanied by an online lesson, forum, chat, and assignment:
- Week One: Introduction to financial terminology and reporting systems
- Week Two: Understanding earned, contributed, and investment income; UBIT
- Week Three: Understanding expenses, cost projections and analysis
- Week Four: The relationship between finance and mission relevance; financial health
SESSION DATES: May 24 - June 21, 2021
COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers
OPEN REGISTRATION: March 1 - May 24, 2021; 20 participant limit
FORMAT: Online, Instructor-led, Weekly-paced course
LENGTH: 4 weeks
PARTICIPATION: Students should expect to spend approximately 5 hours per week on readings, text-based forum discussions, and assignments
LIVE ZOOM OFFICE HOURS: We recommend downloading the Zoom mobile or desktop app for this course.
- A one-hour live Zoom office hour will be held weekly
- Final dates/times will be determined by the instructor at the start of the course
- Office hours are not recorded and are optional to attend
- Required Textbook: Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums, by Rebekah Beaulieu, 2017.
- Texts are NOT INCLUDED with registration. Participants must order the book separately from the book seller of their choice. A discount code is provided after registration.
- Students should bring real-life financial information to the course to be used in course assignments to create a budget.
- Students should also have access to and basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet program as it will be used extensively to complete assignments.
- Note: all institutional financial information will be kept confidential and shared only with the instructor.
TECHNOLOGY: Participants will need access to internet and a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet to participate in this course. For the live Zoom office hours, we recommend having access to a camera and a headset, earpods, or other audio and microphone device. Automatic captioning is available in the Zoom discussions.
CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.
At the end of this course you will:
- Understand processes related to budgets and basic financial systems in accordance with best practices
- Understand institutional financial planning, goal-setting, and analysis
- Bridge mission- and non-mission-based activities with financial outcomes
- Feel more comfortable and better equipped to create operational and special project budgets
Who Should Take This Course
Whether you have financial responsibilities at your organization, wish to build a skill set for a leadership position in the future, or simply want to better comprehend and contribute to financial decision-making, this course is for you.
How to Register
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Treasurer, American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
Director, Florence Griswold Museum
Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D. is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She is an Accreditation Commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums and an active Peer Reviewer for AAM’s Accreditation/MAP programs, IMLS, and the NEH; and is chair of AAM’s Historic Houses and Sites Professional Network, vice-president of the New England Museum Association, and a board member of Connecticut Humanities. She has also served on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute and is the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (2017). Beaulieu holds an undergraduate degree in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University, Masters degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in Arts Administration from Columbia University, and a doctorate in American Studies from Boston University, with a dissertation a the study of financial models in historic house museums.
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