Principal and Senior Consultant
Tom Klaus & Associates
Tom Klaus, PhD is a nonprofit consultant, speaker, trainer, and writer whose personal mission is to bring hope and caring to the world through the nonprofit sector. He is based in Laurel, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. In addition to his consulting practice, he is the Specialist for Community Mobilization and Sustainability for the Nonprofit Funding & Fiscal Solutions business group of the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts; a Thought Leader with Tamarack Institute, a Canadian social change organization, and an adjunct professor at Eastern University (Philadelphia) in the MBA in Economic Development and PhD in Organizational Leadership program. Tom specializes in leadership, program, and organizational development as well as research and evaluation. His clients include local, statewide, regional, and national organizations. He has extensive experience with community engagement, intractable controversy management, non-profit board development and strategy planning, and the management of government funded health and human services grants and projects that are national in scope. In 2016, working with a colleague, Dr. Ed Saunders, at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, he finalized and introduced the Roots to Fruit of Sustainable Community Change (R2F) model, in the peer-reviewed journal, Community Development. The R2F model features a measurable approach to creating long-term community change on social issues. In September, 2016 Tom's work on the R2F model resulted in an invitation to the White House to meet with President Obama's Promise Zone leaders from across the United States.