To serve crime victims more effectively, victim service organizations must use fundamental financial management practices to stay solvent and operate properly. In this training, you will learn key bookkeeping and accounting principles, how to prepare financial documents, how to prevent fraud, and the differences in available financial management tools.


This training is designed for those responsible for their organization’s financial management. It will be delivered online, over the course of 5 weeks, beginning on January 28. Each week, except for the introductory week, will include a facilitated webinar.

The Financial Management training is part of the NVAA Effective Management Series and, like all of OVC TTAC trainings, there is no cost to participate. Please note: Space is limited. Apply today to reserve your seat.


HeadshotCharlene Allen
Brooklyn, New York

Charlene Allen has worked with survivors of crime and trauma for more than 20 years as an attorney, advocate, and educator. After graduating from law school, Ms. Allen taught and provided clinical supervision at Northeastern University’s groundbreaking Domestic Violence Law Clinic. Ms. Allen served as executive leadership in four nonprofit organizations, including as executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and deputy director at The Funding Exchange. In these positions, she supervised financial staff, designed and reviewed quarterly financial reports, and acted as primary liaison with auditing firms. She also worked closely with these organizations’ treasurers and was responsible for financial reporting to boards of directors. Ms. Allen is currently a consultant with the Criminal Justice Initiative, an innovative funding circle, supporting grassroots efforts to address exploitation, abuse, and racial bias within the U.S. criminal justice system. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

HeadshotTrisha Gentle-Wilemon
College Park, Maryland

Trisha Gentle-Wilemon has worked in the victim services field for nearly 30 years. She has directed community-based nonprofit organizations and is proficient in fiscal management, board development and training, program development and implementation, staff management, and all phases of grant writing and monitoring. As director of the State of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Dr. Gentle-Wilemon was responsible for obtaining and distributing federal funds for victim services, statewide strategic planning, and collaborating among all levels of response systems for victims and perpetrators. As founder and director of the Office of Victim Services in Washington, D.C., she managed a $150 million budget, developed a 5-year strategy for building victim services, funded and monitored local programs, and authored federal grants. Dr. Gentle-Wilemon has provided consulting services to anti-trafficking and domestic violence service providers in Russia and completed fieldwork, compiled findings, and co-authored a comprehensive 100-page plan for community response to domestic violence in Albania. Dr. Gentle-Wilemon has an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University and a master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University.


*OVC TTAC’s instructors have no vested interest in any products, instruments, devices, or materials that may be used in this training.

Dates and Time

All webinars are conducted from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (eastern time). The sessions are recorded, so if you are unable to participate in the live webinar, you will be able to listen to the recording.

Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, January 28–February 1, no webinar.

Week 1: Planning the Budget, February 4–8, webinar on February 7.

Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, February 11–15, webinar on February 14.

Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, February 18–22, webinar on February 21.

Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, February 25–March 1, webinar on February 28.

Week 5: Ensuring the Health of Your Organization, March 4–8, webinar on March 7.

For more information about this training, please email nvaa@ovcttac.org.

OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides training to support professional development, enhance services to the community, and expand outreach to underserved victims of crime.

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