Overview

CLASS provides strategic consulting services. We collaborate with our clients – the NPOs – to help them realize their visions and create tangible value. CLASS offers business consulting services ranging from developing Marketing Strategies to Pricing Structure exclusively for Non-Profit clients. The core idea is to provide holistic solutions that are characterized by ease of implementation and practicability. CLASS pro-actively approaches several Non-Profits through dedicated Business Development Team. CLASS also takes up projects from client referrals and repeat clients.

Process

CLASS takes a holistic approach to serve Non-Profits and works hand-in-hand with clients through out the process from scoping the business needs to bringing the solutions.

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Approach

CLASS leverages people, processes and  technology to increase productivity.

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Benefits

CLASS Business consulting projects have unique attributes that offer specific benefits to the NPOs:

  • Holistic Solution: The core philosophy of CLASS – to provide holistic solutions – is the core differentiator and attribute of CLASS service offering to the NPOs. This means that CLASS offers complete solutions to the NPO, designed around their needs, combining multiple skills areas such as technology, marketing, finance, HR, etc as required and executed by multiple teams all working towards solving the core need. The project is deemed complete when the acceptance criteria stipulated by the client are met at the specified quality level. The focus on providing complete and holistic solutions ensures that the NPOs do not have to expend their scarce internal managerial bandwidth in searching for solutions which may not even be compatible with their needs.
  • Well-Defined And Tested Processes: CLASS offers well defined and mature processes. Not only are these specifically designed for volunteer-driven projects, but are benchmarked to the industry best practices from renowned management consulting firms. Such processes ensure predictable and stable quality, reduce/minimize project risks while maximizing returns on the social investments made by volunteers and the NPOs themselves.
  • Web Based Project Tracking System: CLASS has a proprietary web-based project management system. The Venture Management System (VMS) lends definition to the project and enables start-to-finish tracking.
  • Trained And Motivated Volunteer Force: Perhaps the biggest asset that CLASS possesses is a pool of trained, motivated and, perhaps most importantly, committed volunteers. This set of comprises people who are driven to use their expertise and leadership skills to solve community-based problems. CLASS continually invests in further training and developing this pool so that the CLASS volunteers bring greater value to the NPOs. The fact that they work in teams also ensures that the sum is greater than the parts resulting in greater value for our clients. One of our biggest organizational goals is to maintain and track commitment levels which ensures the that only the most driven represent CLASS and what we stand for. We strive to make available an environment that is structured and challenging. This also solves the problem of high volunteer turnover typically faced by most NPOs – for our clients it means consistency in terms of the team that works on their project(s).
  • Network Effect: We believe that the strongest benefits for our communities will accrue if all constituents come and work together. CLASS delivers a powerful and productive network of NPOs, Volunteer Professionals, Corporations and Universities thereby increasing the Social Capital available to the NPOs. This network effect helps NPOs get more work done efficiently and have access to more resources than is possible were they to act in isolation.

Eligibility Criteria

CLASS wants to optimize the impact by serving as many non-profits as possible. However, to be eligible for a venture (project), all NPOs must meet a set of criteria:

Organizational Criteria:

  • Have to be located in the Bay Area or Dallas/Fort Worth area.
  • Have Tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • Have history of successfully serving & impacting its community.
  • Have no negative history with CLASS or any other management-consulting firm.

Project Criteria:

  • Have a clear understanding of how the project fits into the strategies and goals of the organization to impact community.
  • Have support from both the Board and the Management .
  • Have staff available to work with the CLASS team during the project outside normal working hours which might include, but is not limited to weekends.
  • Have financial strength to afford the resources required for the completion of the project & out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the CLASS team.
  • Have resources to use and maintain the deliverables after the project is completed.

Costs

  • There is a minimal fee for consulting services.
  • Nonprofit organizations are responsible for any administrative or ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses incurred by its professionals while working on their project (i.e. stock purchases, printing fees, mileage reimbursement, etc.)

Time

Timeframe for execution of a venture or project ranges from 2-5 months depending upon the scope of the project.

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