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Toptal is a marketplace for top remote fundraising consultants. Top companies and start-ups in Chicago choose Toptal Fundraising freelancers for their mission-critical initiatives.

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Brandon Pearlman

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since September 6, 2023

Brandon is a technology executive with 18+ years of experience, including working as a management consultant for the Global 1000. He has successfully founded and exited his startup and executed a GTM strategy that yielded an ARR of $20 million in year 1—and a projected $200 million in year 2. Brandon expertly helps accelerate early and growth-stage companies, identifying sustainable growth opportunities and enabling informed decisions with in-depth analysis.

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Chaz Bauer

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since March 31, 2022

Chaz is the lead of business development for Beaumont Health, the largest health system in Michigan, with responsibility for system-wide M&A, joint ventures, and other strategic initiatives. His previous experience includes a regional CFO role with Surgical Care Affiliates, a leading ambulatory surgery center platform, as an investment professional at H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity investment firm, and an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey.

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Dan McEldowney

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since January 19, 2021

Leveraging an engineering background with more than eight years of financial consulting experience, Dan has delivered actionable insights for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on over 100 engagements. His expertise includes financial planning & analysis, valuation, market research, due diligence, and project management, among others. Dan enjoys freelancing as it affords the opportunity to provide high-quality work product on a variety of interesting projects.

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Ed Carse

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since December 10, 2019

Ed is an experienced entrepreneur, growth-company CFO, and investment banker with a background in many industries, including technology, media, finance, and business services. He has launched several companies, raised over $70 million in growth capital, and helped a company expand internationally and scale 5x in three years. Ed enjoys helping fix businesses and operating and financial challenges that prevent clients from reaching their potential.

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Rich Smolen

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since October 26, 2018

Rich, an experienced CFO, has led $500 million in fundraising for three private equity-backed companies and helped sell two of the businesses. His engaging style and desire to learn is fueled by meeting people via freelancing. An expert in the financial services, telecommunications, and technology sectors, Rich has partnered with CEOs, investors, and lenders of companies ranging from early-stage startups to entities with $250+ million in revenue.

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Matthew Robinson

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since September 4, 2019

A Columbia Business School graduate, Matt has worked for some of the largest hedge funds and private equity funds and was responsible for principal investments in excess of $1 billion. Matt's expertise includes conducting due diligence, producing financial models, and creating memorandums across a wide range of asset classes. Matt joined Toptal to help clients across various industries and maturities with complex finance and investments issues.

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Benjamin Ostrow

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since February 1, 2021

Ben is a thoughtful and creative investor with a background in public equity, distressed credit, and PE. He has applied his experience to large ($15B) public and mid-market companies in dozens of industries, including aerospace, wireless networking, SaaS, and retail. Ben is currently building a private credit investment vehicle and is available for short-term projects to help clients improve business strategy, evaluate and execute financing/fundraising, and develop financial forecasts/models.

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Dev Penn

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since March 9, 2022

Dev is an Eagle Scout and CFA charterholder who seeks to make a significant impact. His goal is to help firms find, grow, and scale over $1 billion in opportunities. Dev's past experiences include working for two billionaires and more than ten years of acting as a strategic executive at blue-chip firms in VC, PE, and investments. He's also experienced as a fractional CFO and acts as a strategist, banker, marketer, and investor rolled into one person.

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Patrick Hoogendijk

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since July 20, 2020

Patrick is a CFA and certified chief compliance officer with 20 years of experience as a CFO or COO. He specializes in working with founders to hone their business models, build out their companies' financial and operational backbones, acquire their senior team to attract VC funding, and scale their companies through a metrics-focused approach. Patrick is comfortable in the inherent creative chaos of fast-moving teams, and his experience is backed by an MBA and MSc in chemical engineering.

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Jaime Jimenez

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since October 5, 2017

A finance leader and entrepreneur, Jaime recently co-founded White Hat Consultores, a cybersecurity company. Prior to this venture, he deployed over $1 billion in investments and transactions while working at private equity group Highland Capital and public corporations Alcon Labs and Adeptus Health. As a freelancer, he currently leads fundraising efforts, growth, and organizational strategy as the CFO of hi-tech start-up Schokgear.com.

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Jimmy Stone

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

United StatesFreelance Fundraising Consultant Since May 23, 2019

Jimmy has executed and evaluated $1+ billion in debt, equity, and M&A transactions at the investment bank JP Morgan, the private equity firm Warwick Group, and as a consultant. He's advised businesses ranging from pre-revenue startups to $1+ billion public companies in a broad range of industries. Jimmy holds an MBA with honors from Wharton, and he joined Toptal to help clients create tangible value while learning about new business models.

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A Hiring Guide

Guide to Hiring a Great Fundraising Consultant

Fundraising is almost always a complex process, no matter what stage a company is at or how solid the financials are. From a start-up raising its first million dollars on up, this guide will walk you through how to find the best fundraising consultants to make your pitch deck bulletproof.

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Martin so far is a complete Rockstar. His first bit of work produced a tool for us to model and forecast our financials and is far and away worth every penny we paid and more. Just thought I’d share that with you.

Pete Pellizzari, CEO

Budder, Inc.

Erik has been an extremely valuable member of our team who has tremendous breath of experience with start ups in our lifecycle phase. What makes his contribution unique and highly effective is not only his excellent financial modeling skills and knowledge, but also the emotional intelligence with which he manages each relationship at Vault, understands our team dynamics, and helps us tackle start up challenges effectively. It is rare to find a part-time consultant who makes you feel like he/she is genuinely invested in the success of your company.

Romy Parzick, COO

Student Loan Benefits, Inc. dba Vault

Toptal has been an incredible key partner for Sidekick. As an early-stage start-up, we’ve leveraged both design and financial talent. The experience has been incredible, with those professionals bringing creativity, expertise, and advice to ensure Sidekick succeeds. My Toptal financial expert helped steer Sidekick’s business model, which resulted in an initial ROI of 650x! My experience with Toptal has given me great confidence in the future.

Doug MacKay, Founder / CEO

SideKick

Chris was great to work with and was always available on my schedule. His communication skills and personality were a 10/10. His outputs on the project were top notch and allowed us to develop more efficient forecasting and initiative prioritization frameworks. I would definitely use Chris again.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

What really sets Toptal apart is the caliber of finance talent available in their network. I had a very specific and pressing need, and Toptal quickly matched me with the perfect person for the job. The expert produced a thoughtful and robust financial analysis that has ultimately allowed us to forecast and prioritize initiatives much more efficiently.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

Scott had a lot of finance experience which he used to ask the right questions and help us do things more quickly than we would have done without him. The commission model is crucial to us being able to scale, he integrated seamlessly with our finance team and efficiently got us the outputs we needed.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

I was very impressed with the quality of finance talent in Toptal’s network. Our expert's experience was immediately evident through his insightful questions and the speed at which we could move. Toptal stayed on top of the process from making the match through to the successful completion of the project. I've already recommended Toptal Finance to my network.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

How to Hire Fundraising Consultants Near Chicago

1

Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of finance will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
2

Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right fundraising consultant for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
3

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new fundraising consultant for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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