• Nonprofit Acceleration


  • Breakout Success

    escape limitations | fulfill potential

    Altruist is the trusted partner and proven accelerator for ambitious nonprofits and social enterprises. Our integrated suite of planning, finance and execution strategies and tools enables clients large and small, local and global to achieve and sustain dramatic increases in performance, revenue and impact. 

    The best practices from all sectors

    Altruist delivers best practices from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, packaged in a step-by-step process built on experience with over a hundred organizations of all sizes and fields over the past decade. The results? Organizations break free of chronic constraints. They transform their ability to plan, fund, and execute their programs.


    On average, our clients receive $20 in new, sustainable revenue for every dollar they invest in Breakout Success.

    Packaged and delivered for seamless adoption

    The result is our keystone service, Breakout Success: a planning and performance platform that frees nonprofits from chronic constraints. It integrates strategic, operational and financial systems for growth and impact. There is no compromise: the process is fast, effective, and affordable.


    Breakout Success creates and embeds three major management tools:

    1. A Business Plan describes solutions, goals, strategies, key performance indicators, revenue, and a 5-year financial projection; 
    2. A Revenue Pipeline maximizes revenue from all possible funding domains: individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies and earned income; and
    3. A Performance Dashboard provides a 1-page snapshot of organizational progress along with key financial and revenue indicators.

    When properly created and executed, these tools combine to create a virtuous circle leading to high performance and growth.

  • What to Expect

    Total commitment to your long term success

    1. AUDIT

    We measure your performance around 100 key drivers of organizational effectiveness and growth related to staffing, programs, planning, and finance. The results pave the way for business planning and enable fast, accurate performance benchmarking.

    2. PLAN

    We do the heavy lifting. We write the first draft of a concise, compelling, investment-grade business plan with solutions, strategies, metrics, milestones, revenue, and a detailed 5-year financial projection.

    3. TEST

    We lead testing and revision and show you how to continuously improve the plan with ongoing input from staff, board, and key partners and funders. We also test for gaps in infrastructure and operations to prepare for dashboard implementation.

    4. FUND

    Using the Altruist Investment & Partnership Toolkit, we equip you for the necessary acceleration in revenue. The Investment and Partnership Pipeline integrates everything into one page that guides organization-wide revenue growth in every possible funding domain.

    5. LAUNCH

    We help you put the business plan, dashboard, and pipeline in place. You may also extend this phase to cover any desired implementation steps—from staff and board training to licensing campaigns and global corporate affinity programs.

    6. SUPPORT

    We provide long-term support for proper implementation of the plan, dashboard, and pipeline. Service includes help with major proposals; ongoing professional development; and annual updates of the performance audit.

  • Our Team

    200+ years experience | leadership across all sectors

    Bryony Schwan


    Bryony's career has included more than 24 years in the nonprofit sector and several multi-year stints in for-profit ventures. She founded or co-founded Women's Voice for the Earth, The Biomimicry Institute, Biomimicry 3.8 and KindKudos. Bryony is a graduate of University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and holds a Masters in Environmental Science at the University of Montana.




    (406) 544-9530

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    Colleen McNeary

    Operations Manager

    Colleen has worked in the Seattle arts and nonprofit community for over five years as an artist, producer and leader. She is a practicing dancer, dance instructor, choreographer and film maker and a recent graduate from Cornish College of the Arts.




    (206) 854-8895

    Chris Longston


    Quality Lead

    Chris was an executive at PACCAR with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, operations management and building high performing teams. He holds an MBA from Seattle University.




    (206) 639-4384

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    Derek Birnie


    Communication Lead

    Derek has 25 years of experience leading community change enterprise, including four stints as nonprofit CEO. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and completed the Executive MPA program at the University of Washington.




    Schedule Derek

    Rob Harrahill


    Rob brings experience in marketing and developing revenue streams in both the public and nonprofit sectors. For over 15 years, Rob has specialized in enrollment management and increasing philanthropic revenue in the independent school sector. He is a native north-westerner and graduated from Oregon State University liberal studies programs, Economics and Political Science.




    (206) 240-2980

    Steve Havas


    Finance & Operations Lead

    Steve has a wide breadth of experience at the planning and implementation of new business ideas and directions in leading American consumer products companies and nonprofits. He is a graduate of UCLA.




    (206) 651-5126

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    Suzie Haberland


    Suzie has been working in the private, public, social sectors for over two decades with emphasis on building new functions and concepts and transforming for enterprise success. She is a graduate of Pitzer College and University of Washington Schools of Public Administration and International Studies. Most of Suzie's work is in California and Central Washington.




    (530) 356-1183

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    Danielle Lovell Jones


    Danielle joins Altruist as the firm's founding partner of its UK office. With over 15 years in the nonprofit sphere, Danielle has a wealth of knowledge in the realms of organizational strategic development, branding, messaging and financial structuring. She speaks and writes extensively on social impact strategy, racial and gender equity and organizational wellness and is the host of "The Social Impact Show" a podcast highlighting the key components that define good leaders in designing social impact endeavors. Danielle hails from Miami, Fl and is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown Law Center.




    (202) 681-3225

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    Donald Summers


    Practice Lead

    Donald founded Altruist Partners in 2006. He is a social entrepreneur, speaker, author and management consultant with a long track record of helping organizations achieve dramatic increases in organizational effectiveness and growth. He is a graduate of Middlebury and Harvard.




    (206) 718 -4646

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    Alan Gothelf


    Alan has 25 years of public and private sector leadership experience and brings deep expertise in board and revenue development. He is a successful business owner and development leader with a track record of leading enterprises to sustained 25% annual growth. He is currently the board chair at Eastside Fire and Rescue and a Council member with the City of North Bend. He is a graduate of Cal State University of Northridge.




    (206) 251-4556

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    Dan James


    Dan brings experience in program and funding development as well as international coaching. He spent 13 years with the United States Tennis Association running the sport of Wheelchair Tennis. He led teams, individuals, large scale events, and programs. Dan has created internal and external funding models to maximize impact. He is a native of Minnesota and a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.




    (651) 341-1893

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  • Client Success

    results | testimonial

    Helping children overcome trauma through creative expression

    "Altruist's experience and expertise guided not only me but also my staff and Board of Directors to a new level."

    - Steffanie Lorig

    Giving foster kids a childhood and a future

    Programs expanded from 25 schools to over 125 in two years. Foster youth graduation rate increased from 40% to over 70%. First multi-million dollar gift in organizational history. Preparing for statewide expansion. Over 200x ROI on fees.

    Cedar Tree Foundation

    Sustainable Agriculture | Environmental Education | Environmental Health

    "Altruist Partners is the best resource we've found to quickly and affordably help our grantees become more effective organizations."

    - Sophia Kolehmainen

    Sustainable electronics recycling

    Streamlined business process; rebranding; 50% growth in earned income; new corporate affinity program capturing endorsements from Microsoft, Sony, Goodwill, Panasonic, Keep America Beautiful, Oracle, and others.

    Working to improve the health of all Washington state residents

    "Any nonprofit executive interested in growth should spend some time with them."

    - Ed Phippen

    Building on the wonders of childhood

    100% increase in contributed revenue. 200% decrease in staff and board time and effort. 20% increase in staff pay. Fundraising costs reduced from 30% to 3% of revenue. 30x ROI on fees. 

    Supporting organizations so they have what they need to make a world of difference

    "Provided highly effective concepts and tools for generating income for nonprofits that are providing solutions to community problems. Recommended with enthusiasm."

    - Nancy Long

    STAND/for the Vulnerable

    First organization wide business plan & management dashboard; new advisory board; new Investment & Partnership office; first 6-figure gift from individuals.

    Inspiring and preparing responsible local, national, and global citizens

    "Altruist focuses nonprofits on successful business strategies that are true to the organization's mission while at the same time increasing revenues."

    - Frank Phillips

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