Financial Sustainability Certification Program

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Register now for upcoming sessions!

Join us for Financial Sustainability Certification Program sessions coming to cities near you!

March 13-15, 2024 in Burlingame (Bay Area) Registration Closed
June 5-7, 2024 in Downtown Sacramento Registration Closed
August 27-29, 2024 in La Masa (east of San Diego) REGISTER NOW
October 1-3, 2024 in Fresno REGISTER NOW
December 3-5, 2024 in Silverado (southeast of Anaheim) REGISTER NOW

Do you want to host a FSCP session in 2025?  Reach out to let us know and discuss the benefits of hosting! 

The WHY

As park and recreation professionals, we are privileged to be the stewards of taxpayer dollars. Each and every day we get to spend their money. What a responsibility!

We hold in our hands the power to impact communities by how we manage these resources. How we spend, how we generate revenues, and how we work to create a financially sustainable future for our organizations and for the field of parks and recreation.

Don't take our word for it -- hear what past participants have to say about the Financial Sustainability Certification Course! 

“Fantastic content and delivery. Most impactful professional development I’ve participated in, in a long, long time. Thank you!”

-- Andrea Willer, Recreation & Cultural Services Director; City of Marina

"Inspiring, transformative, and even a bit provocative (in a good way) -- this is not your average training!  If you want to challenge yourself and connect with other amazing pros, you don't want to miss this opportunity.  Thanks for another fantastic program!"

-- Karen O'Donnell, Director; Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation

“Engaging and thought provoking. I could spend an entire week on this topic!”

-- Tara Deffley, City of Napa

“The 110% Financial Sustainability Certification Program provides a compelling framework for rethinking what Parks & Rec Departments should offer and why and where to best apply subsidy funds.  Jamie efficiently leads participants through a clear methodology for how to apply these concepts to their unique communities.  Her personable style and delivery makes this otherwise daunting topic very manageable and attainable.  Simply put, this is the best workshop for our profession, to ensure that we can all continue to deliver robust parks and recreation services long into the future.”

– Brigitte Shearer, Belmont Parks & Recreation Director

The SCHEDULE

Day 1
8:30am - 4:00pm
Continental breakfast and lunch included

Day 2
8:30am - 4:00pm
Continental breakfast and lunch included

Day 3
8:30am - noon
Continental breakfast included

The LESSONS

  • Terms and definitions creating a common language and understanding of finance-centric terminology.
  • Review and discussion of current economic, social, and environmental conditions and realities and their influence on decision-making.
  • Economic principles and how they align with operations and service delivery.
  • Accounting practices commonly used and how they affect understanding an organization’s financial conditions.
  • Understanding that budgeting is not an end game.
  • Tools and methods for designing relevant and effective financial sustainability strategy for today’s organizations.
  • Pricing strategies and considerations.
  • Inherent conflicts between ethics and investment/spending choices.
  • Economic, social, and environmental theories and how they have and continue to affect today’s investment/spending choices.

The WHO

ANYONE who wants to learn how to create a sustainable financial future for their organization!
Ready to make real change?  Bring ALL your key team players, take full advantage of this curriculum, and build a usable plan together!

The WHAT

Two and a half days of inspiring, transformative education.  You and your team will walk away with actionable steps to create a financially sustainable future for your department and your entire organization.  

The HOW

Registration covers all learning materials, 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches

CEUs available for an additional fee

Overnight & travel accommodations are on your own

The LEADER

Jamie Sabbach, 110%

Jamie has spent her entire adult life serving the public park and recreation profession. Afforded opportunities few will ever have, she has been a practitioner, an educator, and consultant. She speaks from a place of experience, realism, and observation. 

Jamie has taught hundreds of professional development and training programs across North America and Europe and has had the privilege of testifying in front of the United States Congress on the critical importance of public lands and recreation.

She currently works alongside organizations from coast to coast assisting them in creating financially sustainable service models for their communities. She also teaches financial management at Indiana University in the School of Public Health’s masters program.

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