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 owners 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 the opportunity to work side-by-side 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 work at the leadership level to help nonprofits plan for the future and evaluate their impact.”

Sarah Cohn

Principal Consultant

"I help my clients build capacity to listen, learn, and lead."