Grants & Beyond; Diversifying Income & Building Reserves

Format: a 2 course in classroom, with 2 hours per person financial coaching in the next six months after the training included.

Successful NGOs need the right funding mix to create impact and build a better world. But with donor funds severely restricted, and constantly changing priorities and demands the key question is how we build a financially sustainable NGO? 

In this training you will learn

  • What works?  A case based look at successful and failing NGOs worldwide. 

  • What matters? A look at the key dynamics of non-profit financial management and what factors differentiate a financially sustainable organisation from a failing one.

  • What grants? Developing new funding streams with pitches to investors*.

  • What’s my organisation’s risk? Assess your organisations financial risk using your own financial information (if submitted in advance of the course).

  • What unrestricted funding? How to create and maximize cost recovery options to boost funding use.

  • What about the costs? How to manage overheads.

  • What funding gap?  Building and growing financial reserves to avoid gaps. 

Learning is group based, using your organisations real finances on strict confidence rules to ensure you leave with a practical, actionable plan to build your NGOs financial sustainability.

*Our Investor Advisory firm Human Planet Ventures is available to receive ready pitches for investor communication (free of charge to NGOs..

Structure and Well-being

We will share the detailed agenda, location details and pre-study a few weeks before the course. 

Learning happens best when it is supported by a good diet and exercise. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a group lunch (included) served each day. 

Accommodation, Visa and Cancelation policy

Please note that accommodation is not included. We can offer discounted accommodation in some locations – please just ask us.  Upon request and only after the complete booking, we can provide a letter of confirmation that you are registered to attend an MzN training.

Our fair cancellation policy is: 100% refund less transfer cost (if any) if canceled 60 days before course start, 50% refund if canceled between 30 and 60 days, no refund if canceled lesson than 30 days before or no-show. Should a national emergency, like Covid, be declared, then we will refund all course fees within 10 days.  All refunds may be subject to bank transfer fees.

Training Course Dates

  • 6-7 June 2024, Berlin
  • 11-12 September, Washington DC


Updated 2024 Pricing

2 day course EUR800

MzN partners attend for free (up to one seat per training, no show charge of full course EUR600 fee applies).

If three (3) or more participants from the same organisation are booked to the same course, a 10% discount applies. Contact for more information. 

Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed for decision makers in NGOs, including Programme Directors, Executive Management, Trustees and professionals in charge of their organisations strategy. We recommend at least five years work experience to make the most from this course.


Upon completion, MzN provides a certificate in digital and printed format.