Financial Sustainability Certification Program March 2024

Financial Sustainability Certification Program March 2024
Anyone who wants to learn how to create a sustainable financial future for their organization is invited to participate in this two-and-a-half-day experience.

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.

General Information and Prices

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

8:30am - 4:00pm
Continental breakfast and lunch included

Thursday, March 14, 2024
8:30am - 4:00pm
Continental breakfast and lunch included

Friday, March 15, 2024
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.


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. 

Join us at the Burlingame Community Center in the Maple Room (850 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010).
Overnight accommodations are not included with registration and should be booked independently if needed. Some hotels near our venue include but are not limited to Best Western Coyote Point Inn, Holiday Inn & Suites San Mateo - San Francisco SFO, Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront, and The Bayshore Hotel San Francisco Airport - Burlingame.  
Our venue is near several public transportation options including bus and rail.

Registration covers all learning materials, three breakfasts, and two lunches.  Those who complete the entirety of the program are eligible to be awarded a total of 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  CEUs must be purchased to be awarded.  


Registration: $499 CPRS members, $599 non-members
CEU’s can be added for an additional $20 for CPRS members, $40 for non-members.

Cancellations and Transfers

Registration may be transferred to another representative from your agency at no charge until Monday, February 26, 2024. Fee difference will be assessed if necessary due to membership status. A $50 administrative fee for a transfer will be charged when a request is received after February 26, 2024.

Refund requests received in the CPRS office no later than February 26, 2024 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Refund requests received after February 26, 2024 will be assessed 50% of the registration fee. No refunds will be granted after Monday, March 4, 2024.

ADA & Special Request Information

For ADA accommodation requests and questions concerning accessibility, contact CPRS at (916) 665-2777. Accommodations such as interpreters cannot be guaranteed without at least 30 days notice. To help ensure availability, requests must be received by February 15, 2024.

Food Allergies & Preferences:
Please note any dietary restrictions in the registration prompts.  We will do our best to accommodate requests, but need a minimum of 30 days notice to ensure we have suitable options available

Membership Status

The member rate for registration and CEUs will automatically be applied if you are a member of CPRS. If you need assistance with your membership status or login and password, before registering, please call CPRS HQ at (916) 665-2777. If you are renewing your membership online, please allow 24 hours for our system to update and reflect current member pricing.  For the best registration pricing, join here!

3/13/2024 8:30 AM - 3/15/2024 12:00 PM
850 Burlingame Avenue Burlingame Community Center Burlingame, CA 94010 UNITED STATES


Wednesday, 13 March 2024

This program offers a total of 1.5 CEUs (15 hours of education) to those who complete 100% of the program.
3/13/2024 8:30 AM - 3/15/2024 12:00 PM
3/13/2024 8:30 AM

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