It’s difficult to believe that we are celebrating three years of Altrui Consulting this week.
Altrui has become one of the biggest gifts for me, an opportunity to work with many amazing nonprofits and hopefully be a part of their impact in making the world a better place.
Three years ago, I left my position as a CDO unsure of what was next. I had thought about Altrui for years and had slowly begun creating the consultancy. I had a website that was almost complete and a business plan. I simply wasn’t sure of whether I wanted to take the risk.
The risk was saying goodbye to a 40-hour a week (plus) position at another nonprofit I was passionate about, where I had a secure salary and where I could do what Ioved. Or, leaving that behind for a chance to build a consultancy from the ground up and having the opportunity to work with many nonprofits in building their relationships and fundraising. The risk was starting from scratch, with no guarantee of income.
Having a supportive husband was critical. Along with a community of friends and colleagues and of course the group of people I like to call my inner circle.
By mid-October I was speaking with someone who would become my first client, and by Giving Tuesday and Colorado Gives Day (December), I was working with several nonprofits and starting to believe that maybe Altrui could become a reality.
Self-doubt appeared many times. Yet the amount of times it stayed with me kept decreasing as I worked harder to build Altrui, to share my dreams of what nonprofits could excel with around fundraising and relationship building, and to keep listening to those I trust in my inner circle who were alongside me 100%.
I often tell people that I feel like I have the dream job, and at the same time don’t feel like I work. Every client is wonderful, doing incredibly important work, work I am uber-passionate about. I want them to have as many resources as possible to rock their impact into another dimension. And I’m forever grateful that they have chosen Altrui to help them with that.
It’s with deep gratitude that I share this news of our third anniversary. To all of you who have been a part of Altrui in any way, thank you.
Take a risk. Be of service. Support your friends and colleagues. Be kind.