By Pat Greer
As I was thinking about my next blog, I thought about featuring one of the many great instructors in the Leadership and Organizations program. To kick it off, I am pleased to feature Peter Konrad who really did write the book on finance principles and practices for fundraisers. Peter teaches in our Philanthropic Leadership specialty.
Peter Konrad, the instructor for ORL 4615 Principles of Finance for Fundraising, is an enthusiastic advocate for the exciting and meaningful work of non-profit organizations worldwide. As a manager of family foundations he travels to many parts of the world visiting non-profit organizations and offers case studies of success and failure of these organizations to the class. As a CPA he has reviewed thousands of grant applications and their financial statements for his foundation clients and shares the “red flags” and best practices that he has seen.
Students who have taken Peter’s class highly recommend it to future or current managers of non-profit organizations. He not only brings a wealth of knowledge but is a gifted teacher, many students reporting that while they learned a lot, the class was also a lot of fun. The class starts with basic understanding of non-profit financial statements and accounting principles, and how they are different from the business world. The class moves quickly into practical application of analyzing financial strengths and weaknesses, preparing budgets and managing cash. Important issues such as IRS regulations for non-profits and managing endowment investments are also covered.
If you are interested and have questions about this terrific class please give Peter a call at 303-993-5385 or register online at universitycollege.du.edu.
Pat Greer is the academic director of the Leadership and Organizations program at University College at the University of Denver.