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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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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

What Human Service Organizations Don't Know About Their Employee Onboarding Spending

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

Sparkrock K12 Executive Briefing: Powering Ontario K12 Boards with leading technology.

by   Stefanie Gause on 06.21.16

Last week we were excited to join a number of boards in Waterloo, Ontario, to talk about their challenges with K12 financial and HR Payroll management. We were thrilled that our client the Waterloo Catholic DSB was generous enough to host all of us at their Board office.

Topics: Finance

5 Fun & Inclusive Activities for Summer

by   Stefanie Gause on 05.31.16

With summer upon us the desire to go out and participate in activities we couldn’t do while buried under snow is overwhelming. Often we get wrapped up in the many options made available to us because of the warm weather, and we can forget about those who can’t always take part in certain activities. Many of our clients are in the Social Serivces Sector and work with people who have disabilities. Finding inclusive things to do can sometimes be challenging, which is why we’ve put together a few suggestions to get you out and active with anyone and everyone this summer! 

Topics: Sparkrock

We loved meeting you all at OASBO!

by   Stefanie Gause on 05.18.16

Diana and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet so many board administrators at this year’s OASBO conference at Ceasar's Palace Casino in Windsor! OASBO brings together dedicated professionals who are committed to collaborative development and the promotion of leading business practices in education.

Topics: Finance

Key Take-aways from the 2016 ANCOR Conference

by   Stefanie Gause on 05.06.16

Nicola and I were very excited to attend our first of ANCOR’s annual conferences this past week. We both attended a number of sessions and the quality of the content was exceptional and extremely relevant. Resoundingly, what I took away from the conference was that the social service sector is changing rapidly - largely for the positive - and agencies are working hard to keep up with and adapt to this new landscape. Here are some hot topics that were discussed at the conference:

Topics: Outcomes-Impact

What the 2016 Federal Budget could mean to your Organization

by   Stefanie Gause on 04.08.16

The 2016 Canadian Federal budget is out and here at Altus we're excited to see that many of our Canadian clients – specifically organizations in the arts and culture sector and in social housing – will receive an injection of funding.

Topics: Fundraising