Advancing Nonprofits Since 1990
Len Al Haas, CFRE Len Al Haas, CFRE, is founder and presi­dent of Haas Con­sul­ting. For nearly years, he has provided fund­raising, planning and technology consulting services for non­profits ranging from social service and health­care organizations to educational institutions and professional associations. An active com­munity volunteer for two decades, Len Al co-founded and served as chairman of the board of directors of Tech Corps Georgia. He also served on the board of directors of The Study Hall at Emmaus House and the board of St. Martin’s Episcopal School. He is a past president of the Greater Atlanta Chap­ter of the Association of Fundraising Profes­sionals. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Foundation Center South and ToolBank USA and is a frequent conference presenter. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Len Al began his career working in develop­ment and alumni affairs at Georgia State University, and later served as development director for Hillside Hospital. Prior to starting his own firm, he was a consultant with a large, Atlanta-based firm where he successfully managed a wide variety of annual and capital campaigns.

Len Al earned a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Georgia State University. He also taught math and economics as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

Nancie F. Smith has over years' experience in nonprofit environments, as well as a decade of corporate experience. She joined Haas Con­sul­ting in 2008, and has conducted campaign feasibility and planning studies for clients in preparation for capital/endowment campaigns, as well as providing planning and support for cam­paigns. She also provides communications and marketing services, including writing case statements and funding proposals, publication design and public relations.

Her experience in nonprofit management includes program development and manage­ment, volunteer training and management, strategic planning, annual budgeting, fund­raising, marketing/commu­nications, commu­nity relations, and board relations.

Before becoming a consultant for Haas Con­sul­ting, she worked in development and communications for The Galloway School, a private indepen­dent school in Atlanta. Nancie’s past experi­ence includes working in agency relations for the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area, after having served on their board of directors and working as an account execu­tive in marketing for Southern Bell (now AT&T).

Nancie earned a BA in English from Augusta State University and an M.Ed. from Geor­gia State University.

Michele Ritan began her career in non­profit fundraising in 1994 with Haas Con­sul­ting and returned as a contract consultant in 2014. Michele provides prospect research and proposal writing for a wide range of nonpro­fits. In addition to writing, Michele is a skilled editor and proofreader. She also provides basic strategic planning services for newly formed nonprofits.

Michele’s past experience includes work in higher education, most recently as the devel­opment writer in "Corporate and Foundation Relations" at Georgia State University (GSU). In this capacity, Michele wrote complex suc­cessful proposals, notably for the second largest gift in GSU’s history ($5M). She also worked with the Annual Fund at GSU, writing successful solicitation pieces based on inter­views with alumni.

In 2011, Michele founded an environmental nonprofit, East Decatur Greenway (EDG), and currently serves as director. In this capa­city, Michele is responsible for all aspects of a small nonprofit: fundraising, proposal wri­ting, strategic planning, marketing, social media, and program implementation.

Michele graduated summa cum laude from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Bible and Religion.

Jocelyn Schiedel has years of experience working in the philanthropic sector, as a funder, a consultant, and a development professional. She joined Haas Con­sul­ting in 2017 and provides prospect research, case statement and proposal writing, and capital campaign planning and support.

Jocelyn’s career in philanthropy began at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she developed, managed, and executed programs that supported the civic and charitable engagement strategy for the Greater Chicago Market. In 2008, she began consulting to several Fortune 500 and large, privately held companies in the areas of corporate social investment strategy development, corporate giving, employee engagement and executive involvement, and community relations and stewardship. Her experience consulting to nonprofits includes developing and implementing fundraising strategies, proposal writing, special event planning, board training, volunteer project planning, and volunteer recruitment and training.

Jocelyn’s past experience also includes serving as Volunteer Director for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Development Officer at All About Developmental Disabilities, and lead researcher and writer of Corporate Philanthropy with a Global Footprint, a report authored in conjunction with and based on the findings of The Conference Board Research Working Group on Global Corporate Philanthropy.

Jocelyn earned a BA in Anthropology from American University and an MS in Public Service Management from DePaul University.