Arula Consulting Services was founded in 2018 by Alex Koenigsberg, a professional coming from over a decade in the nonprofit world. He understands that nonprofits are asked to do more with less and the thought of hiring an outside consultant can seem intimidating. His inspiration for Arula came from his own time as the Executive Director of a small nonprofit in Connecticut. Experiencing the process from both sides has allowed Alex to develop pricing structures that minimize the risk to the client, including allowances for only paying the full fee when/if the funding is awarded.
Alex spent five years as the Executive Director of Creative Living Community of CT (CLCC). The idea behind CLCC is that people with disabilities have so much to offer and can function as valued and contributing members of society. CLCC is just giving them the helping hand they may need through housing, vocational training, and programs. While at CLCC, Alex was responsible for all aspects of the management of the organization including: fundraising, grant writing, program design, budgeting, and program implementation. While at CLCC, the organization implemented a successful capital campaign to raise $285,000 for the purchase of property for the vision, solicited state funding for affordable housing, and contracted necessary professional services including an architect, program partner, and housing consultant.
Prior to CLCC, Alex spent four years working with the nonprofit MetroHartford Alliance as an Event Coordinator where he organized over 60 events a year. He previously spent five years at Cabrera Services, Inc. as a Proposal Coordinator, designing proposals to bid on state and federal remediation jobs.
Alex served six years volunteering on the Board of Directors for Hartford Food System where he served as both the Vice-Chair and Secretary of the board as well as on the Governance Committee. He also spent two years serving on the town of Coventry’s Economic Development Commission. Alex was honored as one of Connecticut’s “40 Under Forty” (an award recognizing local professionals excelling in their leadership skills) in 2015 and the winner of New Haven’s “Startup Weekend” in 2012. Alex attended Eastern Connecticut State University where he earned a degree in Business Administration with a GPA of 3.9.
Currently, Alex serves on the board of the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center as the Treasurer. He also volunteers with half a dozen other groups in Fort Collins, on events and other initiatives.
His diverse background as well as experience as the leader of a small nonprofit has well equipped Alex to see things from the client’s view and implement strategies that put the client’s needs first.
Hannah serves as Director of Nonprofit Grants and joined the staff in October 2020. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with a certificate in Military and Veteran Culture from Colorado State University. She has spent a total four years working alongside nonprofits in Israel and Northern Colorado. Her professional career started at The Center for Family Outreach, where she was an Accountant, Grant Manager, and Executive Assistant. She has been able to see the different levels of nonprofits as a volunteer to a leader. Growing up in Fort Collins, she loves pouring back into her community. Hannah is excited to work with Arula Consulting to support nonprofits, to have the voices and experiences of community members to be recognized.