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Planning for "What If"--Scenario Planning Strategies for Non-Financial Managers


Planning for “What If”–Scenario Planning Strategies for Non-Financial Managers

Online registration is Closed for this Workshop.  Contact the Axelson Center at 773-244-5799 to see if space is available.

Half-Day Workshop: $80

3 CEUs

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 9 a.m. –Noon


Steven Casey, Manager, Grants and Budget, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Session Description

Is it possible that “what if” financial planning could save your organization and increase credibility with funders? Absolutely! Great for organizations both large and small, this practical workshop will introduce nonprofit leaders to the powerful tool of financial scenario planning. The discussion will look at how proper application of this fierce management tool will enable leadership to: make tough decisions that have broad support; form strategies that allow the organization to respond quickly and effectively to outside forces; and empower their organization to take courageous action and leave behind the status quo.

Audience: Executive Directors, Board Members, Management Staff


Speaker Bio

Steve Casey is a Manager, Grants and Budget for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois; responsible for overseeing the budget and administration of $80 million in grants provided by the foundation. Steve earned his Bachelor of Administration in Finance from the University of the District of Columbia and his M.B.A. in Finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through these educational and other experiences, Steve’s sense of social justice was solidified. He and his partner and wife Kimberly Casey, commit to making all decisions, big and small, with the community and its ongoing development in mind.

The Casey’s are raising their son Joel in the Englewood community of Chicago. A homeowner and property owner in his neighborhood, Steve also is affiliated with numerous community-related activities, in addition to the local and national Urban League chapters, Food Desert Action, NFP, Neighborhood Housing Services, The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, and the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) initiative. Named a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 2004, Steve spent time in Europe studying global economic, political, and social issues.

Steve’s favorite quote, one that exemplifies his mission, is credited to the influential German thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”



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