Financial Management for CILs Online Course

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About the Training

This online course is designed to instruct centers for independent living in the critical importance and "know how" of sound fiscal management.

Student Orientation

May 1 & 2, 2019

Course Level

This is an introductory to intermediate course.

Target Audience

CIL executives, financial managers, and other managers, as well as board members. The course may also be of benefit to SILC staff and members.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will learn:

  • key components of sound fiscal management
  • appropriate roles for board and staff financial oversight
  • how to develop budgets
  • how to understand fiscal reports and use them in effective program management
  • how to identify fiscal risk management controls


Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete daily exercises, review supplemental materials through the course website, and interact with the instructors and other students in an online discussion forum. Students will have an opportunity to learn about and share best practices. Students can ask and receive responses to their questions about sound financial management from the instructors and from their peers. Please plan on dedicating one to two hours per day for the class.


Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET and SILC Training and Technical Assistance projects at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). In addition to providing individualized technical assistance, Paula moderates training calls monthly for new CIL Executive Directors and Program Managers and for SILCs. Her blog,, is a repository of technical assistance questions and answers from CILs and SILCs. Paula was the first Director of Link, Inc. in Kansas (one of the first states funded through the Rehabilitation Act) beginning in 1979. She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed by two governors to serve three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas before moving to California in 2000.  She previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has provided training, facilitation and consultation with state associations, SILCs, and numerous centers throughout the country.