Advancing the Greater Good

 
WHO WE ARE

About Us

AltruNext has been partnering with nonprofits to advance the greater good since 2008. Initially, our focus was exclusively on fund development, especially organization assessments, grant writing support, and individual giving program implementation. 

 

Over the years, we saw how smaller nonprofits frequently struggle. Many are simply trying to survive with limited resources while others are ultimately forced to close their doors. These worthy causes wanted to implement best practices, but they weren’t in a position to partner with larger consulting firms or hire highly-experienced staff.

 

This is where we saw an opportunity to help.

 

We incorporated as AltruNext in 2016, diversifying our team to reflect the broad needs of our clients. After all, fund development success is intertwined with strong operations, good governance, clear communications, and dynamic programs. 

Today, we love to partner with small or medium-sized organizations to help them grow their impact. Our holistic approach helps nonprofits thrive. 

We’re here to help you achieve your ambitious vision!

Our Values

 

FLEXIBILITY

We realize that priorities and circumstances can shift mid-stream. We can recommend a change in direction as new information comes to light, and pivot as needed. We can go with your flow.

CURIOSITY

This work is constantly fascinating and we’re always in learning mode-- which makes us experts in best practices. We’ll provide well-informed perspectives on anything we work on together.

CREATIVITY

We acknowledge the uniqueness of each organization and situation. We’ll come up with unique solutions no matter what challenges you face. That’s what we’re here for after all--to remove obstacles and help you get to your destination.

COLLABORATION

We’re experts but we’re not know-it-alls-- and we’re never prescriptive. We’ll collaborate with you from start to finish. We’re also pleasant to work with (ask anyone who’s worked with us).

INTEGRITY

We have high ethical standards. We are honest, even when it is difficult.  We are committed to doing the right thing for our team, our clients, and our communities.

OPTIMISM

The nonprofit sector is making the world a better place. We believe in the work that you’re doing. We’re passionate about advancing the greater good with you.

AltruNext is proud to be featured by Forefront on the select Consultants List as part of the Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI). Forefront, located in Chicago, Illinois, is the nation’s only statewide membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors and nonprofit allies. The MSI is a unique program which seeks to have a positive impact on the capacity, effectiveness, and financial health of the greater Chicago nonprofit sector.

 

We adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Grant Professional Association (GPA) codes of ethical standards. We're also proud to be a Woman-Owned Business.
 

Our Founder

KRISTIN RAACK, CFRE, GPC
Principal 

Seasoned fund development leader. Her 20/20 vision is beyond what you might think: over the past 20 years she’s helped a diverse portfolio secure over $20M in donations and funding to help nonprofits support their missions. She guides clients to success with annual funds, capital campaigns, major gifts, corporate/foundation relations, strategic planning, and organizational assessments. Broad experience ranging from social service to education, healthcare, and the arts. Clients range from volunteer-driven initiatives to multi-million-dollar institutions. She’s equally focused on advancing the worlds of grant-making and nonprofits, through past and current roles (respectively) on Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Chicago Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA); presenting at local and national conferences; and earning the distinguished Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Grants Professional Certified (GPC) credentials. When she’s outside the helm of AltruNext, you can find her curled up with a good book or walking her dog, Scout.

 

Our Team

Like you, we’re passionate about advancing the greater good.  

 

AltruNext team members bring a diverse set of experiences – education, healthcare, social services, youth development – to provide bench strength to a broad range of teams. 

Interested in joining our team? Click here to learn more.

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Jessica Bullock
Consultant

Sheree Goertzen
Associate

Kelli Olson
Associate

Don Raack
Managing Director

Diana Shea
Associate

Laura Stukel
Associate

Our Commitment to Equity

At AltruNext, we are committed to creating a collaborative work environment where all employees, contractors, and clients—whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or ability—feel valued and respected.

 

As nonprofit consultants, we have a unique opportunity to serve as change agents within the sector. To that end, we have each done internal work around white privilege and implicit bias, while seeking a deeper understanding of systematic racism and societal inequities. The behaviors we embrace will promote a vibrant and inclusive nonprofit sector, poised to lead change. Our commitment to advancing these tenets within our own organization is essential to being visionary leaders toward healing and change in the sector and the world.

LEADERSHIP

AltruNext appreciates the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in the following organizations:

Board of Directors,

Association of Consultants to Nonprofits

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Board Vice President, Grants Professional Association, Chicago Area Chapter

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Advisory Committee Member, NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy

MEMBERSHIP

AltruNext actively participates in the following professional groups:

The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits

Grants Professional Association

SEA.PNG

Social Enterprise Alliance

 

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CONTACT


Oak Park, IL

312.219.4270