Stien van der Ploeg

Born and raised in the Netherlands, that is also where Stien started her career in strengthening nonprofit organizations. Ten years ago, she moved house to Chicago, USA but not her drive. Hell-bent on making positive and impactful contributions to both organizational practices and life on earth, she supported a range of charities to be more effective in reaching their goals. Along the way always evaluating what could be done better, and searching to learn from and work with people with different life experiences.

Stien specializes in systematizing nonprofit operations and resource development practices, and in leading teams to work with purpose.

Recently she made Krakow, Poland her home and from there —when she’s not exploring the city’s many plant-based restaurants— advises Open Cages UK on fundraising strategies and best practices.

Though orangutans are her spirit animal, she believes ending farm animal suffering is currently the most urgent issue facing non-human animals.