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 September 4. 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 OVC TTAC trainings, there is no cost to participate. Please Note: Space is limited. Apply today to reserve your space. When you complete all components of this training, you will receive .9 CEUs.


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.

HeadshotMark Fero
Ruther Glen, Virginia

Mark Fero currently serves as the programs administration manager in the Executive and Administration Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, where he provides program and financial oversight to federal- and state-funded grant programs. In 2017, he was re-certified as a Virginia Contracts Associate. He serves on the Governor's Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service; is the chair of the Richmond Police Foundation Board; and is the chair of the Virginia Service Foundation. He is also the president of Fero Enterprises LLC, a consulting company with a primary focus on program and financial development for nonprofit, public, and privately run organizations. He was a finance specialist in the Army Honor Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry ("The Old Guard" escort to the President). Mr. Fero earned a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Science from the University of Maryland.

Time and Dates

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 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, September 4–7, no webinar.

Week 1: Planning the Budget, September 10–14, webinar on September 14.

Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, September 17–21, webinar on September 21.

Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, September 24–28, webinar on September 28.


Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, October 1–5, webinar on October 5.

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

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

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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