Nonprofit Consulting and Services

Mission

As a Nonprofit Consultant, Renee's mission is:

To provide local nonprofit organizations with the extra communication, technological and administrative capacity they need to fulfill their organizational missions, visions and goals.

About Renee

Renee Klaas has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication with a focus on Advertising and Public Relations and a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Renee has a strong attention to detail and organization, loves to write and work with computers, and is proficient with a wide range of software and donor databases.  She has several years of work with Milwaukee nonprofits, having served primarily in development, marketing, event planning, and financial capacities with a majority of focus on copy writing.

Seeing and experiencing the struggles every nonprofit faces, Renee began her nonprofit consulting business in 2013 within PPG Partners, a firm with over 50 years of consulting experience. Her vision is that by working with local nonprofits the organizations will increase community and constituent awareness of their organizations, their technological abilities and online presence, administrative management, and philanthropic funds raised.

Why Hire a Nonprofit Consultant?

Renee knows that an organization’s success lies in driving its mission forward – in every area of the organization. Unfortunately, few nonprofits are able to employ the ideal amount of people, or people with the right skill sets, to complete all of the work that needs to be done. Therefore, many areas in an organization (often times “behind-the-scene” jobs, such as donor database management and social media) remain short of employees or attention, even though they are extremely important to the organization’s success.

While organizations and Board of Directors most likely want to have people to fill these positions, they may be unable to do so for many reasons; they may be unsure whether the position can be sustained over time, there may not be room in the budget for a permanent position or they only need temporary help, the addition of a staff member may not be approved, or the organization's current employees/Board don't have the skills to fulfill the needs of the position.

Additionally, despite what their name seemingly implies, nonprofits are businesses. Therefore, administrative and financial aspects of an organization must be run like a for-profit business in order for that organization to be successful. While most nonprofits are full of good-hearted and motivated people, these people are not always able to fulfill the “business” or administrative functions of a nonprofit successfully enough. It is extremely important to understand that unless the back office of your organization is running in efficient order, your organization will not be able to adequately provide the services for which the organization even exists.

For these and other reasons, hiring a consultant to help on a short-term, long-term or project-need basis is ideal. Organizations are able to get the experience, insight, skills and training they need without committing to new staff and/or overburdening their current staff and Board. The leaders of the organization are able to do what they are good at -- providing services -- while the consultant handles the the administrative and/or communicative functions of the organization.

The fee structure of hiring a consultant is also ideal. There are no payroll taxes or benefits to be paid out, and Renee works on a time-based fee schedule. This leaves the organization with maximum benefits and money raised.

A consultant also offers what the name implies -– consulting. Renee does not offer a “one-size-fits-all approach” to her consulting, as nonprofits are just as unique with their missions as they are with their struggles that come with fulfilling their missions. Some organizations may not know exactly what they need help with; this is where honest, open discussions come into play to determine what it is they need before a specific plan is put into place.  Renee can also train staff, and write and implement procedures into place to ensure continuous and future success after her position with the organization has ended. Long-term work is also available.

Renee also provides social media consultation and training to for-profit businesses.

Please contact Renee at (262) 657-2330 or rklaas@ppgpartners.net.

Examples of Services Offered

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

  • Database Maintenance
    • Clean up projects
    • Style guides
    • Training
    • Entering/updating information
  • Gift Processing
    • Acknowledgments
    • Database maintenance
  • Nonprofit Startup Guidance

FINANCES

  • Reconcile donor database
  • Reconcile accounts
  • Invoice and check processing
  • Annual reports
  • Create/maintain budget spreadsheets
  • Monthly accounting

ONLINE IMPACT

  • Websites
    • Website Design Assistance
    • Maintenace/Updates of content
    • Compose content
  • Social Media
    • Select the right media for your message
    • Set up Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, etc.
    • Create content for your updates
  • Online Newsletters
    • Newsletter content
    • Management of electronic contacts
    • Delivery of newsletters
    • Digital format and hard copy of newsletters
  • Watchdog Group Profiles
    • Review current profile
    • Monitor reviews
    • Updates and edits written to enhance presence

DESKTOP PUBLISHING

  • Annual Reports
  • Newsletters
  • Letterhead
  • Invitations
  • Event flyers
  • Promotional materials
  • On-demand projects

DEVELOPMENT

  • Annual Giving
    • Design annual giving campaign structure
    • Email/direct mail: design and production
  • Direct Mailings
    • Design and create all materials
    • Coordinate USPS and/or electronic distribution
    • Monitor returns and responses
    • Submit database edits and updates
  • Donor Relations
    • Constituent database: data mining and segmentation
    • Write and publish newsletters, annual reports
  • Special Events
    • Graphic design and production of materials
    • Promotion
    • Vendor management
    • Auction item solicitation
    • Write correspondence: solicitation, acknowledgments, invitations, emails, etc.

Contact

If you are interested in working with Renee or would like to learn more about what she may able to do for your organization, please contact her at (262) 657-2330 or rklaas@ppgpartners.net.

For nonprofit, communication, and social media tips, follow Renee on Twitter: @KlaasConsulting