Financial Sustainability Certification Program

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NEW Course Dates Coming Soon!


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.


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


  • 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.


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!


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.  


Registration covers all learning materials, 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches

CEUs available for an additional fee

Overnight accommodations are on your own


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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