NGO Financial Sustainability

Format: 3 days 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 can we build a financially sustainable NGO?

After this course, you will know how to

  • Evaluate the key dynamics of non-profit financial management and what differentiates a financially sustainable organisation from a failing one

  • Assess your organisation’s financial risk using your own financial information

  • How to create and maximize options for cost recovery

  • How to manage overheads and fix funding gaps across different projects from different donors in a single tool (available for download to participants for use at your organisation)
  • Create a financial strategy that you can easily communicate and everyone can use
  • Diversify your funding and build financial reserves

This Training is delivered by former Finance Directors of NGOs with at least 20 years experience. Learning is group based, using your organisation’s real finances on strict confidence rules to ensure you leave with a practical, actionable plan to build your NGO’s financial sustainability.

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.

On day 2 and day 3 you will be offered a complimentary yoga and/or light fitness session in the morning. Get your body ready and your mind will follow!

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

28-30 November 2023, London

16-18 January 2024, Dubai


EUR750 per person

MzN partners attend for free (up to one seat per training, no show charge of EUR750 applies).

If you book five or more people, a EUR50 per person discount applies.

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 organisation’s 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.