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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 States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since September 6, 2023

Brandon is a technology executive with 19 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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Kevin Roberts

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since June 27, 2022

Over the last 20+ years, Kevin has closed 46 M&A deals totaling several billion in value. He started his career at leading investment banks—Bank of America and Merrill Lynch—and respected private equity firms—Trinity Hunt—advising clients ranging from $1-billion companies to startups and investment firms to family offices. Kevin joined Toptal mainly to leverage his capabilities in M&A and strategic finance, aiming at helping talented entrepreneurs and investors achieve their growth objectives.

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Joseph Valentic

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since November 9, 2018

Joe has 30+ years of middle-market financial services experience as an investment banker, CFO/COO, strategy consultant, public accountant, banker, and board leader. He excels with strategic planning, fractional CFO, pitch deck creation, fundraising, FP&A, M&A due diligence, and research. Joe helps businesses achieve their growth goals by integrating strategy, fractional executive services, financial planning, and capital placement services.

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Aleksey N. Krylov, CFA

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since November 15, 2016

Aleksey served in CFO roles of public and VC-backed private companies. As an investor, he contributed to 25+ private equity deals that have deployed $500 million. He has advised 50+ clients on raising $1.6 billion in equity in the healthcare, consumer, media, software, energy, and industrial sectors. Aleksey enjoys working with officers of early-stage and mature small-cap firms, and he freelances because it exposes him to a wide range of companies.

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Davit Gvelesiani

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since October 12, 2022

As a venture capital associate at one of the largest Upstate New York funds, David specializes in seed and early-stage investments in the technology and healthcare industries. Previously, as an investment banking analyst at TBC Capital, he led M&A and LBO transactions worth $800M across the telecom, energy, real estate, and infrastructure sectors. At Toptal, David enjoys bringing a positive impact on client strategies in M&A, corporate finance, and strategic development.

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Luke Skarzynski

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since October 17, 2022

A founder of Just In Case Estates, a legal tech startup, Luke has over ten years as a finance veteran. He began his career at L Catterton, the world's largest consumer-focused private equity firm, and served on a senior leadership team at one of its portfolio companies, growing revenue by over four times and leading the finance, operations, merchandise planning, and customer experience teams. Luke wants to connect with other passionate entrepreneurs and solve exciting new business challenges.

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Ravi Ramanujam

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since March 8, 2024

Ravi has a 25-year GE executive experience driving financial, operational, and strategic initiatives across industries and geographical sectors, covering FP&A, treasury, risk management, audits, controllership, investor relations, and capital markets. He has global joint venture experience and is astute at managing boards. Ravi has also turned multiple business units around to profitability and cash generation and is skilled at navigating economic cycles: growth, liquidity crises, and COVID-19.

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Mohamed Zarrugh

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since May 12, 2022

Mohamed has held executive internal consulting roles for JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, transforming operations with annualized expense reductions of up to $180 million. He is a finance expert who perfectly blends the academic knowledge of an Industrial Engineering degree and MBA with deep business acumen and technical know-how. Specializing in strategic planning, performance management, and process improvement initiatives, Mohamed is willing to leverage his experience with other clients.

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Eric Till

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since August 18, 2022

Eric is a financial services professional with 13+ years of experience as a sell-side, buy-side, and startup professional, advising on debt and equity deals from $10 million to over $1 billion. He has deployed more than $2 billion into funds at Apollo across various structures and sectors. During his experience at boutique firms and on his own, he has worked with both large and early-stage companies. Eric wants to work on challenging projects alongside his other small business owner endeavors.

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Akshay Sharma

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
United States
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since January 24, 2023

Akshay is an entrepreneur, executive, and management consultant focused on solving key business problems. As a technology strategy executive, he has worked with Fortune 500 organizations on data platforms, AI, machine learning, and launching data products. Akshay has a proven track record in bringing products to market and managing technical, operational, and financial risks.

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Michael Andrew Hengst

Freelance Fundraising Consultant
Mexico
Freelance Fundraising Consultant Since November 15, 2022

Michael is a finance leader with 17 years of experience in operational finance, VC investing, consulting, and entrepreneurship. He set up a shared services FP&A team of 30+ people at GE, managing $200+ million. As a VC fund manager, he assessed 600+ startups and doubled the portfolio value in two years. Michael is passionate about improving a business's performance and has helped 40+ clients with company valuations, M&A transactions, raising capital, and developing strategic growth plans.

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Guide to Hiring a Great Fundraising Consultant

Fundraising consultants guide startup founders and CEOs through the process of raising the right amount of capital on the best terms from the right investors. This guide to hiring fundraising consultants explains how to write a compelling job description, evaluate candidates, and conduct interviews to identify the best fundraising consultant for your organization.

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Pete Pellizzari

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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.

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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.

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Founder / CEO

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

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.

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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.

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    Expert Talent Matching

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

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