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Stefanie Gause

Stefanie Gause
Stefanie has always had a passion for the non-profit and public sectors with several years of experience in the education, assisted living, and social services industries.
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Recent Posts

Budgeting Tips and Takeaways for Human Services Leaders

by   Stefanie Gause on 10.24.17

While I was at the Providers' Council Annual Convention in Boston, I attended a great session on NFP budgeting, led by AAFCPAs a local CPA firm. I was struck by their core message - finance needs to be a strategic partner to the rest of the organization. Nonprofits need to think beyond day to day bookkeeping – paying the bills, managing funding contracts, etc. Budgeting is one of those key strategic activities and unfortunately too many NFPs don’t have the time or tools to manage this area of their business effectively. It’s crucial that today’s NFP finance leaders get past transactional work and collaborate with leaders on the program side to help deliver on the organization’s mandate.

Topics: Finance , Outcomes-Impact , Leadership

Five Must-Ask Questions When Interviewing a Direct Support Professional

by   Stefanie Gause on 06.21.17


Stefanie originally wrote this post for the Nov/Dec Issue of ANCOR LINKS.

It takes a lot of work and skill to become a great Direct Support Professional. It also takes a lot of work to hire a great Direct Support Professional. The interview is the most important stage of the hiring process because it's where you see if the individual has the personal touch needed to effectively care for your organization's clients. To help ease the hiring process at your organization, we've made a list of the 5 must-ask questions in a Direct Support Professional interview:

Topics: Workforce

The Differences between In-House Payroll vs Outsourced Payroll [Part 2 of 2]

by   Stefanie Gause on 05.30.17

Welcome to Part 2 of Sparkrock’s three-part series on In-House vs Outsourced Payroll. If you haven’t done so already, please feel free to read Part 1 to get a basic understanding of the difference between the two methods of payroll.

Topics: Workforce Management

De-Stressing Schedulers: Taking the Weight off Their Shoulders with Technology

by   Stefanie Gause on 03.23.17

Originally published in ANCOR's Links Issue #1

Topics: Workforce

Key Takeaways from the "Transform the Sector" conference

by   Stefanie Gause on 03.01.17

Transform the Sector was an amazing, inspiring event! It’s not often that one is able to connect with so many great nonprofits with a passion for data at once.

Why I'm Excited for the "Transform the Sector - Building a Data-driven Social Sector" Conference

by   Stefanie Gause on 02.22.17

So many of the agencies I work with collect tons of data. If being a data-driven organization meant gathering lots of data and storing it in a database, nonprofit/social services agencies would be all-stars!

Topics: Technology

How Human Service Organizations can Build Stronger Community Partnerships

by   Stefanie Gause on 09.07.16

This article was original published in the July/August edition of ANCOR Links.

Human Service organizations have a long history of collaborating with one another, and such partnerships are much more common than partnerships among businesses in the private sector. In part, that's because for-profit businesses often view one another as competition; by contrast, human services frequently view working together as mutually advantageous.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact

Challenges and Solutions to Controlling your Purchasing Budget

by   Stefanie Gause on 09.02.16

Topics: Finance

4 Ways Human Services Agencies can Reduce their Onboarding Costs

by   Stefanie Gause on 08.03.16

Many organizations in the developmental services/community living field have been experiencing a funding freeze for over a decade now. With increasing demands on services, competition from for-profit service providers, and the sky-rocketing costs of real estate, food, fuel, and wages, these organizations need to find ways of doing more with less without compromising the quality of their services.  

Topics: Workforce

Managing Social Housing & Supported Living in the 21st Century

by   Stefanie Gause on 07.20.16


While social housing programs have traditionally been focused on providing financial assistance and/or have been municipally owned and operated developments, things are changing with the times. Today’s social housing initiatives are managed by a wide variety of agencies - both for-profit, non-profit, and social enterprise. Funds are distributed to agencies and programs that can demonstrate their impact on the people and communities they support, rather than on the number of clients served, population demographics, or other measures.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact

Change management & other secrets to a successful K12 ERP Implementation

by   Stefanie Gause on 06.24.16

As part of our K12 Executive Briefing that took place in Waterloo last week, I had the opportunity to share a few best practices when it comes to the change management needed when changing your K12 Finance and HR/Payroll solution.

Topics: Finance , k12