Kristin Rennels, MS

Fundraising Director & Grant Writer


Kristin is an advocate and leader in the non-profit sector with over a decade of experience in fundraising, grant writing, Board management, and event planning. Kristin is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals through innovative, customized solutions. She has worked with a variety of organizations ranging from universities to small, community-based non-profits.

Through her work, Kristin has led multiple fundraising campaigns and knows what it takes to support organizations in their fundraising efforts, ultimately increasing their visibility, impact, and financial resources. Kristin is also an Instructor at the University of Illinois in Chicago teaching courses in the Certificate in Non-profit Management Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for Inspire Girls Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ball State University in Indiana.

Favorite motto/quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
When you’re not at VPG, you’re: Traveling, watching Chicago sports, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends
One person you’d like to meet (dead or alive): Eleanor Roosevelt
What do you want to be when you grow up: I have always wanted to be a travel photographer. I would love to travel the world and capture all the beauty that this world as to offer.
Greatest achievement: Finishing my Master’s Degree