The nonprofit boosters.

We're two people who love making a difference in the lives of our clients, and yours. We believe in the power of thoughtful evaluation, strategic planning, and leadership development. And we are ready to help you do that work.

Our Mission

To boost the ability of nonprofits to fulfill their missions through a carefully crafted mix of thoughtful evaluation, strategic planning and organizational leadership development.

Our Values

Practicing generosity with our clients and one another.

Investing in relationships. Volunteering in the sector.

Working collaboratively to achieve a common goal.

Leading participatory planning processes. Adapting to changing circumstances.

Leading with honesty, humility and joy.

Inviting, exploring and honoring diverse perspectives.

Our Vision

We spark confidence and competence in nonprofit leaders throughout the organization.

Our Story

Guiding and strengthening nonprofit clients like you has always been at the core of Aurora’s existence. As the current owners and caretakers of this firm, we are committed to working collaboratively with each of you to boost the power and performance of your organization.  Just like Julia Classen, our colleague and mentor who founded Aurora in 2001, we know that when our nonprofits do well, our communities are stronger. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Julia and with all of you, and we are excited about what we can do together in the days ahead.

Thank you for trusting us to serve you.

Al and Sarah

 

The Team

Al Onkka

Principal Consultant

“I look through an evaluative lens to get a better read on your organization and its programs and help you build a culture of evaluation. This will help you make smarter decisions, measure progress, and be responsive to the changing needs of your community.”

Sarah Cohn

Principal Consultant

“I help you boost your ability to plan and administer evaluation programs so you can understand your customer’s needs and expectations, improve the quality of your programs and services and plan for the future.”

Julia Classen

Senior Consultant

“I bring academic research out of the classroom and into the real world of nonprofit leadership. I find great joy in working together with you to establish infrastructure and processes that will enable your organizations, and the communities you serve, to flourish.”