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This course covers the financial responsibilities of a nonprofit organization.  Students will be exposed to the pitfalls encountered by many nonprofit leaders as well as the repercussions experienced by organizations who fail to operate per their bylaws and/or Internal Revenue Service guidelines.  The Governance, Finance & Accounting course is designed for nonprofit leaders who are not finance and accounting professionals, providing instruction that is specific to the financial reporting that is needed to effectively govern and strategically plan.

Paid registrants of Governance, Finance & Accounting receive a copy of financial policies and best practices for faith-based organizations as an additional learning tool of the course.


The Governance, Finance & Accounting course features 5 hours of instruction and a question and answer segment that is taught in two weekend sessions.  Students are provided a certificate of completion upon completing the session.


This course is facilitated by Dr. M. Stanley Butler, D.Div., MPA, MBA.  

Dr. Butler is a financial and administrative professional with more than 25 years of experience within the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He has effectively provided counsel and/or guidance to national and international organizations. 

Dr. Butler is an articulate and proactive leader with versatile skills in evaluating and integrating new applications, recommending courses of action and applying strategic solutions to support bottom-line profit goals.  He is well versed in analysis, development and implementation of administrative and program-specific policy, and provision of leadership of organizational initiatives aimed at realizing goals and objectives.

Dr. Butler is known for his consulting work, writings, and skillful facilitation of discussions and workgroups purposed to address difficult topics and issues.  His ability to assess organizational structure, identify weak areas, and develop cost-effective solutions has resulted in effective development servicing to nonprofit organizations in Sweden, South Africa, United Kingdom, Japan and throughout the United States.

Dr. Butler's educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management (Accounting/Business Administration), a Master of Public Administration (Government/Nonprofit Management), a Master of Business Administration (Finance/Management), a Doctorate of Divinity, and he is currently a doctoral candidate at Walden University—actively completing his dissertation pursuant to a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration.