Storytelling with Numbers: Introduction to Budgeting

January 20, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027

Event Organizer

Office of Professional Excellence

6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email for the promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.

*Open to the public



Many social workers readily admit that they are averse to numbers. Yet, numbers can tell a story, and mastering budgeting can be empowering. As social workers progress in their careers (whether in private practice or at an agency), they will be required to have a basic understanding of budgeting. Social workers that become administrators will need to create and manage program budgets which often start with grant funding. Having the ability to work with budgets will enable participants to more effectively administer their programs or practices.

Workshop Description

By attending this course, participants will learn about the basic elements of a program budget and how to categorize expenses. Participants will be provided with examples of budgets and an opportunity to draft their own program budgets for their agencies or private practices. Their budgets will be reviewed and discussed in a group format. We will also review what is included in a budget justification. This highly interactive workshop uses a mix of lecture, discussion, small group work, case work and simulation.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the basic elements of program budgets and how to categorize expenses.
  • Create program budgets
  • Draft budget justifications.


Angelie Singla is an alumna of CSSW and has successfully taught courses and workshops for CSSW, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and Network for Social Work Management (NSWM). At Silberman, she taught in their post-master’s program, Proposal Writing & Grant Management and Program Evaluation. For NSWM, she has facilitated sessions for their national conference as well as the NYC Chapter’s conference. Most recently, she taught Orientation to Grant Writing: Developing a Persuasive Needs Statement at CSSW. In addition to her classroom teaching, she is a field instructor for CSSW and Silberman students.

Singla’s teaching is complemented by her professional experience. She has successfully submitted and administered grants from the private and government sector for public health, education, and youth programs ranging in size from $40K to $15.5M. She is currently Director, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations at South Nassau Communities Hospital.Previously she was the Vice President of Philanthropy at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and prior to that the Assistant Director of Program and Resource Development at the Fund for Public Health in New York. She is the Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.