What are clients are saying about us, our work, and their outcomes:
Community Works Consulting has proven to be an effective partner in not only identifying, applying for, and securing financial support, but in helping our organization strategically think about and articulate our value proposition. From securing capital support for bricks and mortar to operating support for ongoing services, Community Works Consulting has been a trusted, flexible partner in advancing our organization’s mission. They have helped us craft our “story” and establish new funding relationships with whom we can share our message of collective impact. They demystify the grant writing process and in doing so, helps us to articulate how our mission aligns with the priorities of various grantors.
Senior Vice President, Housing, Century Villages at Cabrillo
My experience in working with Community Works Consulting has been outstanding! Special Olympics Southern California and our athletes with intellectual disabilities have benefitted from their expertise with grant research and writing, as well as strategic facilitation. Carol Hass and her team are terrific listeners and able to assess, process, then position the organization’s needs to attract funders. They’ve helped us raise a lot of money. Plus they’re fun to work with!
Monica McDade, Assistant Vice President, Major Gifts, Special Olympics Southern California
It has been wonderful to work with Community Works Consulting – Carol and Pat! They are seasoned professionals, each having worked and successfully led nonprofit organizations. The firm’s vast knowledge, wealth of experience, and enthusiasm is reflected in their consulting work. I am sincerely grateful for their support and guidance in helping us secure additional funding for the school and its programs.
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, USC School of Social Work
Community Works Consulting was a flexible fundraising and project management resource for Abode Communities. Carol Hass is deeply committed to ensuring her clients receive the best possible service and outcomes.
Megan Folland, Director, Communications & Fund Development, Abode Communities
Community Works Consulting has provided Assistance League® of San Pedro-South Bay with a new way of showing who we are and what we do to the outside world. They continue to seek those Organizations and Foundations whose vision of providing service to those less fortunate agree with our own. As the world changes, we must change, and with the professional guidance that Community Works Consulting has provided, we are confident that we are exploring all avenues available to us. The Frances J. Johnson Dental Center has been awarded grants, which will ensure that children from low-income families can continue to benefit from our services.
We thank you Community Works Consulting for your excellent work.
President, Assistance League of San Pedro – South Bay
Carol Hass is the utmost professional. She is extremely skilled in program design and facilitation as she was instrumental in advancing for First 5 LA the Best Start effort in Central Long Beach. She and Community Works Consulting are excellent thought partners and can manage with finesse challenging and complex programs and initiatives.
Reuben R. De Leon
Senior Program Officer, First 5 LA
Working with Community Works Consulting was professionally and personally a wonderful and memorable experience. Community Works Consulting’s well-rounded expertise allowed them to be nimble to our changing needs and helped provide tremendous insight and guidance for our investments.
CWC was a crucial thought partner to implement the first stage of our investment during a very sensitive period. They had the unique role of working with and between community stakeholders and First 5 LA staff to create innovative and practical approaches that quickly became best practices and models for other sites. Additionally, CWC navigated the multitude of changes, starts and stops of placed-based funding with finesse and consistent, quality work.
CWC’s strategic insight, careful consideration of complex inputs, but most of all, their warm, engaged work ethic make them excellent partners for funders, nonprofits or others wanting to take their work to the next level.
Program Officer, First 5 LA
Community Works Consulting provides comprehensive, solution-focused, client-centered services. I was fortunate to work with Carol Hass and her team on multiple projects that spanned the gamut from an Executive Board of an all-volunteer child advocacy group to a community-based grant-funded collaborative. In every encounter, Carol’s depth of knowledge was evident. Her facilitation and team building skills are the best that I have experienced. However, the skill that I find to be the most important is her ability to maintain focus, regardless of disruptions and distractions, while leading a group to a logical, practical, and efficient outcome. Even in the midst of the most heated discussions, Carol’s calm, confident approach never wavered.
In addition to amazing facilitation skills, the Community Works team provides expert writing, follow-up documentation, and logistical planning. Carol and her team bring the trifecta of important attributes to each project they take on: knowledge, skills, and solutions.
Luanne Mauro Atkinson
Assistant Director, Family Services, Long Beach Unified School District Head Start
Chair, Long Beach Early Childhood & Education Committee
I have had the privilege of working with Carol Hass and Community Works Consulting over the past 10 years. They excel in grantsmanship, facilitation and capacity building with an attention to detail and utmost customer service.
We engaged Community Works Consulting to support our organization through an intensive strategic planning process and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Our new strategic plan is our roadmap for mission driven success. Thanks Carol.
Executive Director, The Nonprofit Partnership
My organization had recently implemented a new strategic plan and a major focus was, like many non-profit organizations, how to increase our fundraising efforts. We had reached a critical decision making point and needed outside expertise to ground the truth to our assumptions or show us a new direction. Hiring Community Works Consulting and working with Carol and Pat was just what we needed at just the right time. Their extensive experience and expertise helped me and the entire organization gain valuable insight into seemingly intractable problems with recommendations that have allowed us to move forward with confidence. Carol and Pat were responsive, insightful and professional as well as easy to work with. We made the right decision hiring Community Works Consulting.
Executive Director, California Housing Consortium
I have hired Community Works Consulting, Inc. to support my work in fundraising and strategic planning on several occasions. In each instance, I have been extremely pleased with their expertise and professionalism, and the return on investment has been impressive. Beyond their fundraising skills, the team also has a great deal of experience in all facets of non-profit management, and they are extremely responsive. Even after I have moved on to a new position, the organizations I have worked for have always chosen to retain them. I highly recommend Community Works Consulting, Inc.
Director of Advancement, Little by Little School Readiness Program, a program of Public Health Foundation Enterprises
Our nonprofit organization has had the good fortune to work with Community Works Consulting on numerous occasions and involving a variety of projects. In every case, Community Works Consulting as a group, as well as their individual staff not only made sure we were successful in meeting our identified goals, but helped us initiate the necessary “next steps”. In many cases, one of the most important things they did in their work with our agency was to help us create an atmosphere in which we were able to broaden our thinking as an organization.
Staff and our Board of Directors found that Community Works Consulting always demonstrated a great deal of expertise in quickly understanding the agency’s issues presented to them and then move forward helping staff and/or board members clarify realistic goals for stated projects. They helped agency team members build a plan of action and after planning sessions, reliably checked back to confirm progress and/or answer questions about process.
Community Works Consulting was the identified facilitator on several occasions for the agency’s annual strategic planning process. On each occasion, the agency was at a critical juncture in how best to continue to meet the needs of the community and make pertinent decisions about growth. We were working with a small board, many of whom were new to nonprofit strategic planning so part of the role of Community Works Consulting was to help the board understand and remain focused on the goals of that year’s planning. The Community Works Consulting facilitator was able to effectively weave the agency’s history into the context of important current issues, making the final decisions and strategic plan completely relevant.
Community Works Consulting’s staff are big thinkers with fine attention to detail.
I would gladly take any opportunity to recommend the professionalism, expertise and work of Community Works Consulting without hesitation.
Executive Director, Comprehensive Child Development