About Us

our why

Purpose and passion are drivers of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, volunteerism and community engagement. For some, purpose and passion are discovered over time and often the journey of unearthing them is met with ambiguity, resistance and overwhelm – there are so many problems that need solving, limitless passions to pursue and it is difficult to find the intersection of where purpose meets passion. For others, purpose and passion in life are palpable and vibrant, like those people who were born to dance, born to build, born to lead. We all have a purpose – the French call it, Raison d’être, “reason for being”.

Our calling to this work comes from a strong conviction in the critical role of nonprofits, community groups, dedicated citizens and their dutiful service to the causes important to them and their communities. We’ve been fortunate to work with many nonprofits, volunteer boards, sector professionals and community members to increase their effectiveness, elevate their causes and ultimately help them achieve their goals and missions. Fair Winds Consulting was founded in honor of the juncture of where our passion meets purpose and we are dedicated to the work of charting your course to success – no matter the headwind.

“Purpose is a soft virtue — but it’s what gives you steel in your spine.”

– Rich Karlgaard

our approach

Anchored in a passion for organizational culture, our work focuses on a holistic approach to the organizational ecosystem, forging higher-performing teams driven to achieve the mission of the organization. Organizational culture is the bedrock of every business or organization; a healthy culture turns a good organization into a great one and leads to higher staff retention, happier customers, more revenue and greater impact.

Organizational culture is comprised of processes, values, behaviors, expectations and assumptions and it affects fundraising, board and community engagement, staff and executive development. Each element of culture is interconnected – mutually reactive and oftentimes interdependent. There is general agreement that organizational culture exists and plays a critical role in determining the success of an organization but it’s often difficult to articulate what culture actually is and how to change it.

Culture must evolve. We’ll work together to chart a course forward to transform your organizational culture through the development of vision, intention and strategy.

“If you don’t get culture right, nothing else matters.”

– John Taft 

Meet the Team

KRISTI ACKLEY, PARTNER

Kristi is a skilled facilitator with experience in visioning and goal setting with organizations and communities, donor-centric fund development, and community and volunteer engagement. Her training and technical expertise ranges from creating an effective fundraising campaign to leading a highly productive board.

Before joining the nonprofit sector, Kristi served almost 12 years in the US Navy as a cryptologist and career counselor. This experience was invaluable in her leadership development, understanding of organizational structure and the importance of culture on morale and team effectiveness.

A creative visionary, she leads teams to discover innovative solutions and dream big.

AMANDA WHITTEMORE, PARTNER

Amanda is a seasoned trainer, coach, and strategist with a knack for crafting compelling stories and a flair for data and details. Enthusiastic about developing and empowering others to be more effective leaders and contributors, Amanda’s strengths-based philosophy and ability to connect with others makes her a valuable asset to our team – and yours! 

Her diverse professional experience extends across the business and nonprofit sectors where she has honed her prowess in facilitation, communication and amateur comedy. Through her most recent tenure at a regional foundation, she advanced her passion for leadership discovery and development through her work training and coaching individuals from early career through retirement, empowering them to be more effective leaders and contributors.

Amanda’s passion is to leverage the inherent abilities and talents of individuals to reach their full potential and live their best life.

Mark Hendrickson, Business Development Advisor

Mark brings twenty-five years of corporate leadership with him in the areas of banking and finance.  He’s also enjoyed/survived the joys of being a small business owner.  A freelance writer and consultant, Mark brings his own brand of insight and observation, along with an ability to connect easily to people and interpret challenges quickly.  When he’s not writing feature movie scripts bound for the slush pile, Mark enjoys playing the piano, attending sports and music events, hiking, meeting new people, and engaging in long winded discussions about everything and nothing.  There are no strangers in Mark’s world.