John Pfeiffer

Open Door Advisors

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Open Door Advisors supports leaders and organizations seeking new levels of growth, impact and change. We offer trusted consulting to guide strategy and planning, organizational sustainability, talent development, new ventures, and impact assessment. Our clients include social impact organizations, associations, companies, foundations and government agencies. Our team leverages their leadership experience and deep networks to support our clients when you need us most. We are available to help you seize new opportunities, address complex challenges and build foundations for growth.

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Open Door Advisors provides services in five practice areas:

Big ideas need impeccable execution. We move ideas into action. From feasibility analyses to strategic plans, we have the know-how and the tools to design, build and scale your organization and its impact.

Thriving organizations engage people with intentionality, focusing on equity, growth and fulfillment. We catalyze leadership and potential through thoughtful consultation, coaching and development programs. Our clients gain new knowledge, resolve vexing organizational challenges, and become workplaces of choice.

With our proven approach to organizational sustainability planning that emphasizes workable solutions, your investment and social impact will be viable for the long haul.

When you are ready to realize your potential for transformative social impact, we open doors for you. For corporations, foundations, associations or individuals looking to leverage their time and talent with a social impact platform, we advise you from concept to launch.

We are experts at assessing performance so you can achieve impressive growth at all stages of your organization’s lifecycle.
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  • Organizational Development
  • Social Enterprise
  • Strategic planning
Client List
• AIDS Foundation of Chicago
• Chicago Foundation for Women
• Chicago Women’s Health Center
• Chicago Workforce Funder Alliance
• Faith in Place
• Ford Next Generation Learning & Henry Ford Learning Inst.
• Girls in the Game
• Hot Bread Kitchen (New York)
• Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs)
• Illinois Action for Children
• Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
• Inspiration Corporation
• Keystone Alliance
• League of Chicago Theatres
• North Lawndale Employment Network and Sweet Beginnings
• OAI, Inc.
• Primo Center for Women and Children
• Renaissance Social Services
• Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (Milwaukee)
• University of Illinois at Chicago
• World Professional Association for Transgender Health
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Navigating Great Uncertainty: Strategic Planning in an Era of Pandemic, Recession and Social Change

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John W. Pfeiffer, Partner, Open Door Advisors

John is a social impact leader with more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit, government and consulting organizations. He is a Partner with Open Door Advisors, a consulting firm established in 2009 that helps leaders and organizations achieve greater social impact, growth and sustainability.

Previously, John served as First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; CEO of Inspiration Corporation; COO of Chicago Cares; Chief Development Officer of Chicago House; Director of Individual Philanthropy at Feeding America; and Senior Consultant with KPMG LLP.

John holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MPA from Columbia University, and he attended the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He was named a Public Affairs Fellow by Columbia University in 1996, a Chicago Community Trust Fellow in 2010 and a Notable LGBTQ Executive by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2019.

John serves as board secretary of the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago and as a board member of the Back Office Cooperative and Music of the Baroque, and as an Advisory Council member of the Pride Action Tank at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Previously, he served as a board member of the Center for Housing and Health, Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Reeling, the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. He is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, having earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1995.
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Organizational Development

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