Advancing the Greater Good
WHO WE ARE
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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’re also proud to be a Woman-Owned Business.
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.
Founder & Principal
As a fund development leader, Kristin has accumulated a diverse portfolio of expertise over the last 20 years including annual funds, capital campaigns, major gifts, corporate/foundation relations, strategic planning, and organizational assessments. She leads fund development initiatives for organizations in social services, education, healthcare, and the arts. Clients range from volunteer-driven initiatives to multi-million dollar institutions. Her achievements in securing donations have helped nonprofits obtain over $20M to support their missions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University and a Master of Arts from Purdue University, and is working toward the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and Grants Professional Certification (GPC). She is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences.
Jessica has extensive experience working within the nonprofit, healthcare and local government sectors. She provides a tailored approach to organizational and fund development initiatives to meet each client’s unique needs. Her specific focus includes organizational assessments, feasibility plans, strategic plans, process improvement initiatives and fundraising plans. Her career is built upon leading the successful implementation of multi-million dollar initiatives by assessing potential risks, coordinating process improvements and facilitating change. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University, and a Masters of Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Elmhurst College. She also has certifications including Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP) and ScrumMaster (CSM).
Don is a business management specialist, having held leadership roles throughout his career in finance and accounting, operations, business development and client relations. He has worked with senior leadership in the nonprofit, healthcare and higher education sectors, as well as many others. He currently oversees brand awareness and all business operations of the company, as well as consulting to clients on general management. He holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
At AltruNext, our Associates are the team members our clients need.
Associates partner with team leaders and clients to execute critical work utilizing their unique talents and previous work experiences. They ensure project deliverables are on time and of outstanding quality. Our Associates are carefully partnered with clients to achieve strategic client objectives.