Financial Management for CILs Online Course

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About the Training

COURSE DATES: May 6 - 24, 2019


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

COURSE LEVEL: Introductory to Intermediate  

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.  


Participants will learn:

  • Key components of sound fiscal management
  • Appropriate roles for board and staff financial oversight
  • How to prepare and deliver organization and program budgets
  • How to understand fiscal reports and use them in effective management
  • How to identify fiscal risk management controls

FORMAT: Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Participants can access the course website at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion. Students are encouraged to discuss what they're learning periodically with their supervisor if they are CIL or SILC staff members and with their board president or chairperson if they are CIL board members or SILC members.  

INSTRUCTOR: Maria Stepanyan has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily in financial management and operations oversight. Her career in human rights organizations started in 2001 in Moscow, Russia, where she was part of the management team for an Art Rehabilitation Studio for orphans. She is also the founder and board member of the Colorado Chapter of Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Center for People with Disabilities, where she was the Director of Operations previously. In her 9 years at the Center for People with Disabilities, Maria has spearheaded development and implementation of Indirect Cost Rate, effective systems for grant tracking, budgeting, internal controls and financial reporting. She is a graduate of the Moscow Financial College and 2017 graduate of the Leadership Academy by Georgetown University. Maria speaks three languages, enjoys hiking and volunteering in the community.  

A full course calendar is on the ILRU Website.     

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OTHER QUESTIONS: If you have general questions about how to do an online course more information can be found on our websiteThis page also includes ILRU policies for Multiple Participants from the Same Organization, Notification of Acceptance, and Refunds/Cancellations

COURSE FEES: The course fee is $100 per participant.   

METHOD OF PAYMENT: Payment must be made by credit card through the website at the time of registration. Do not send credit card information by email, since such transactions are not secure.   


To participate in an IL-NET Online Course you must have access to a computer with an Internet connection through a broadband or dial-up modem. (Broadband connection is preferable.) The Canvas platform used by IL-NET is optimized for the latest versions of Internet browsers; see the list of supported browsers below. You need to have basic computer skills -- you should know how to save files, download files from the Internet and basic knowledge of an Internet browser, (Internet Explorer, Fire Fox or Google Chrome). You should be proficient with any specialized applications you use to make the computer accessible to you (such as screen reading software). If you already use email (such as Outlook), a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) and are able to navigate the Internet, you may find it easier to use the course platform. Technical support staff are available to assist you with becoming familiar with Canvas, the Learning Management System for the online class; but you need an adequate level of knowledge of your computer, software and any specialized applications that make the computer accessible to you.  

REQUEST FOR CLASS EXTENSION: If during an online course exceptional circumstances arise that make completing the course by the last day of class impossible, a student may contact the course instructor and request an individual extension of the course end date. All extensions are made at the discretion of the course instructor(s). Requests for an extension to complete course work must be made prior to the last week of the course and as a rule extensions will not be granted for a period longer than one week from the official course end date.

REFUND POLICY: Withdrawals, requests for refunds or requests to apply tuition to a future course must be received in writing or by e­mail BEFORE the first day of the course; otherwise no refund or credit can be made. Registrations are non-transferable after the beginning of the course.