Public Workshops

Cosmos is A Bookkeeping Cooperative’s education branch where we work to build collective skills and confidence around resource management.

Online workshops upcoming in 2024

  • Financial Foundations series
  • Building Shared Futures: Planning with Budgets, Cash Flow, Reserves, & Savings

Financial Foundations Series

Want to strengthen your finance skills in a way that’s aligned with your values?

Part of a coop, union, business, nonprofit, or other project and interested in shared power around finances?

Register for our 4-part financial foundations workshop series. We welcome people at all levels of comfort or discomfort with finances.

MARCH series — Mondays 12-2pm PT / 1-3pm MT / 2-4pm CT / 3-5pm ET on the following dates:
Mon. March 4 Understanding My Org’s Finances
Mon. March 11 Budgeting with Values
Mon. March 18 Multiple Futures: Cash Flow & Scenario Planning
Mon. March 25 Beyond Spreadsheets: Engaging Financial Reports

Register for March Financial Foundations series at this link.

APRIL series — Thursdays 12-2pm PT / 1-3pm MT / 2-4pm CT / 3-5pm ET on the following dates:
Thurs. April 4 Understanding My Org’s Finances
Thurs. April 11 Budgeting with Values
Thurs. April 18 Multiple Futures: Cash Flow & Scenario Planning
Thurs. April 25 Beyond Spreadsheets: Engaging Financial Reports

Register for April Financial Foundations series at this link.

Session Descriptions

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Understanding My Org’s Finances

Basic financial concepts and four reports: Profit & Loss, Budget, Cash Flow Projection, and Balance Sheet + how these tools can help you put your values front and center. An interactive workshop designed for people at all levels of comfort with finances. Whether you are an absolute beginner or totally fluent and looking for ways to communicate more clearly with others, you are welcome.

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Budgeting with Values

Budgets as tools for both group planning and evaluation and as a support for mapping more just futures. We’ll ground ourselves in a basic and empowering understanding of what a budget is, discuss how it relates to governance, and share ways to engage your entire organization in the process.

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Multiple Futures: Cash Flow+Scenario Planning

How do we plan for multiple futures in uncertain times? Learn to map out possible paths, assess their viability, and see potential problems ahead of time so you can move with greater confidence and intention.

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Beyond Spreadsheets: Engaging Financial Reports

Conventional financial reports can often feel intimidating, confusing, or boring. We’ll share facilitation tools for fostering full group connection with finances as a crucial part of building shared power. We’ll also practice what we’ve learned about financial reports throughout our series. There will be games, stories, charts, & scavenger hunts!

Before contacting us, please see this LINK to some Frequently Asked Questions for Public Workshops.


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Building Shared Futures: Planning with Budgets, Cash Flow, Reserves, and Savings

MARCH — Wednesdays 12-2pm PT / 1-3pm MT / 2-4pm CT / 3-5pm ET on the following dates:
Wed. March 6
Wed. March 13
Wed. March 20

Register at this link

In this 3-session workshop, we’ll explore how to create a budget, how to use a budget as a guide throughout the year, and how to plan for savings and reserves in service of your group’s goals.  We’ll also cover methods of comparing plans to reality as you go, and adjusting when things don’t go according to plan.  

This workshop is a mix of both process and technical pieces.  We’ll share frameworks for the who, what, when, and how of group involvement in the budgeting process as well as some of the mechanics of calculation for Budgets, Budgets versus Actuals, and Cash Flow Projections, including spreadsheet templates with formulas and options for format and organization.  We’ll build skills and confidence for directing resources with greater clarity and intention together.

Who is this intended for?

Building Shared Futures is designed with the expectation that participants are already somewhat familiar with the main purposes and basic content of four financial reports–Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, Budget, and Cash Flow Projections–and with core financial terms such as income, expense, equity, asset, liability, accounts payable and receivable.  For grounding in this material, we recommend first attending the Cosmos Financial Foundations workshop series above before taking this workshop.

This series will be most applicable for those who have a financial role in their organization. For example: Member of finance committee, Treasurer, Finance Director/Manager/Coordinator, Program or Operations Manager/Director/Coordinator, Co-/Executive Director, coop member, and others who significantly interact with budgeting, as well as people interested in skilling up for such roles.

Learning is applicable to cooperatives, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups who budget.  The focus is on group finances, but individuals and sole proprietors may find some parts applicable too. 

Learning Goals:
Increase understanding and confidence on

  • Creating a Budget
    • frameworks for group processes
    • technical spreadsheet creation
  • Actively using a budget throughout the year
    • Analyzing Budget versus Actual reports
    • Updating Cash Flow Projections
    • Building the skill of prediction and planning
  • Working with savings and reserves
    • Definitions and concepts of savings and reserves 
    • Aligning savings and reserves goals with your values
    • Methods for setting savings and reserves goals
    • Calculating goals using Cash Flow Projections

Talleres en español

Boletos de escala móvil, incluyendo entradas gratis gracias a nuestros patrocinadores para estos talleres: La Red de Cooperativas de Trabajadores de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC NoWC)Vermont Employee Ownership CenterUnemployed Workers United; Cooperative Development Institute; y Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

La Distribución de Utilidades en Las Cooperativas de Trabajadores

La Distribución de Utilidades en Las Cooperativas de Trabajadores

Lunes 26 de Febrero   3-5pm PT / 4-6pm MT / 5-7pm CT / 6-8pm ET

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Este taller ofrece una presentación de los conceptos fundamentales del capital en una cooperativa de trabajadores. Definiremos los términos financieros típicos para construir una base sólida y vocabulario compartido entre todes. Discutiremos profundamente el proceso de calcular las distribuciones de ganancias y pérdidas, y cómo afectan las cuentas capitales de les miembres.

Comprensión Básica de Los Estados Financieros

Comprensión Básica de Los Estados Financieros

Lunes 11 de Marzo  3-5pm PT / 4-6pm MT / 5-7pm CT / 6-8pm ET

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Desarrollar confianza y claridad con los estados financieros de nuestras organizaciones es fundamental en la lucha para la justicia social. Repasaremos los conceptos financieros básicos y los cuatro informes más comunes: Pérdidas y ganancias, Presupuesto, Proyección del flujo de caja y el Balance General. Este taller es interactivo y fue diseñado para personas de todos niveles de comprensión financiera. Ya sea que se sienta totalmente fluido y esté buscando formas de comunicarse más claramente sobre las finanzas con los demás, o sea un principiante absoluto, es bienvenidx.


Free recordings of some past ABC workshop special events are available on our Resources Page.