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

Whole Self Presence


Imagination & Curiosity

Compassionate Feedback

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.”


DIRECT: 612 584 3953 | Email AL »

2429 Nicollet Ave | Fl 2 | Minneapolis, MN 55404

Sarah Cohn

Principal Consultant

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


DIRECT: 612 584 3953 | Email SARAH »

2429 Nicollet Ave | Fl 2 | Minneapolis, MN 55404