John F. Coffin IV is the owner and principal of Arts Finance Resources.

For 23 years Mr. Coffin has devoted his professional career to the financial issues confronting non-profit organizations. His services have included lengthy terms serving as the Controller for the Sonoma Academy, Director of Finance and Administration for the Santa Rosa Symphony, Director of Finance/MIS for the Monterey Symphony and Assistant Controller/Budget Analyst for the San Francisco Ballet.

With responsibilities ranging from troubleshooting cash flow to long range financial planning and all issues in between, Mr. Coffin's experience has left him with a thorough working knowledge of all phases of financial operations systems analysis, budget development, implementation and control, audit preparation and the proper handling of all issues surrounding restricted assets. Additionally his expertise extends to data conversion, translation and custom database design.

Prior to developing his business skills as an operations analyst and corporate trainer in local financial systems with Bennett Management, Inc., Mr. Coffin's early training was in theatre, dance and music and his involvement in the arts, professionally or peripherally, has spanned 36 years. He is as comfortable discussing lighting and set design as he is the impact of those design ideas on your financials.

Although his extensive experience in all facets of production has left him with a unique and comprehensive perspective allowing him to specialize in performing arts organizations, he is fluent in all financial operational, reporting and audit issues facing the not-for-profit sector today.

Mr. Coffin is an adjunct instructor for the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at San Francisco State University, and participates regularly in the Minerva Project, providing pro bono consulting services to nonprofits throughout Sonoma County. He's been invited to be a panel speaker at numerous conferences sponsored by the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, and joined their Board of Directors in 2003, serving as treasurer from 2003 to 2006.

In his spare time, if he isn't looking for his ball in the rough off the 14th fairway, Mr. Coffin is developing a second business venture focusing on the design and creation of carved glass.