Case Study: What Do Rooftop Gardens And Rain Barrels Have In Common With Bookkeeping?

They Should All Be Low-Maintenance

When DC Greenworks’ Executive Director, Peter Ensign, LEED AP, needed professional non-profit outsourced accounting, he contacted Consultance Accounting. The Consultance non-profit accounting team created a cost-effective bookkeeping and accounting system that streamlined DC Greenworks’ financial reporting and record keeping.

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DC Greenworks is at the intersection of two important and fast-changing worlds: driving economic growth and jobs by promoting and delivering low-maintenance, water- and energy-saving solutions such as green roofs, rain barrels and rain gardens.

In fact, “low maintenance” is a trait that both DC greenworks and Consultance have in common.

According to DC Greenworks’ Executive Director, Peter Ensign, LEED AP, the 5-person organization relies on Consultance to deliver and maintain its bookkeeping and accounting operations in a cost-effective, streamlined fashion that takes much of the “maintenance” out of the equation.

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The Challenge: Specialized Non-Profit Accounting

Consultance set the tone for its engagement with DC Greenworks before it even started, according to the organization’s Executive Director Peter Ensign. “We had contacted a few firms about our bookkeeping needs, and Consultance’s CEO was the only one that made a point of asking to meet at our offices on H Street in Northeast DC. He said he wanted to get a feel for our business, and that was the best way.”

“Their approach sent a message that Consultance probably wasn’t going to deliver a generic, off-the-shelf solution, which they didn’t,” says Ensign. “Their proposal had far more specificity and detail than the other proposals we reviewed.”

According to Consultance CEO, Orin Schepps, “Investing time getting to know the client’s business up front pays off down the road since it helps all parties start a new engagement on the same page.”

The Solution

“Consultance designed a solution with several tiers that fit our organization,” says Ensign. “Day-to-day bookkeeping combined with accounting oversight, which gives us confidence that the right checks and balances are in place.”

And according to Ensign, the numbers are, of course, important, but there’s something else that makes a service provider like Consultance stand out. “Great communications. Being clear and available. Those are absolutely differentiators to us.”

“With that said,” continues Ensign, “our bookkeeping and accounting functions needed an upgrade. Consultance did a great job of improving visibility into our financial operations. They set up employee classifications, which gave us a critical baseline on where our time is being spent between fundraising and administration vs. building green roofs and teaching skills.”

“Consultance has been low-maintenance from the start – in part because they invested so much time up front in understanding our business and our requirements.”

Peter Ensign, LEED AP
Executive Director
DC Greenworks