Meet us

Nonprofit Brains and Brawn, LLC, fills a gap that I've long noticed -- tiny nonprofit boards (and groups that aren't even established nonprofits yet) love to come together to brainstorm and daydream about the impact their organization will make...but as individuals they are all too busy to do the grunt work between board meetings.  Nor can they afford paid staff.  And sometimes local talent is hard to find.

That's where we come in.  Since technology allows for so many tasks to be done via the internet, we can perform tasks for you long-distance.  Take a look at our a la carte menu and pay us to do as little or as much for you as you want...and just pay us by the hour.

And since we have over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit world, we bring our own brains to game.  You'll be getting nonprofit CEO brains doing the work therefore there will be little to no training involved.  Unlike administrative assistant virtual services, we are a leader, not a follower.  You'll be getting a nonprofit CEO...for as little as an hour a month.

Want to brainstorm about the big picture of your organization?  Great!  We can do that via phone or ... if it's in your budget, we can come to you for a short, intense visit that gets everyone in one room pointed in one direction.  Then we come home and get to work!

Our team

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Julianne Buck, CAP®

Founder and Main Brain

Julianne Buck has spent her adult career in the nonprofit and government arenas.

For the past 19 years she has been the first and only Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Grundy County.  She has taken the Foundation’s assets from $0 to $14.5 million and has ingrained the Foundation as a partner throughout the region.

The Community Foundation of Grundy County improves the quality of life in Grundy County through leadership and philanthropy.  Julianne works with donors to achieve their charitable goals plus leads the charge to convene a number of networks to assure others are collaborating around issues of concern such as early childhood care & education, workforce development, land use & protection, people in need, seniors, behavioral health, and growth & its impact on our systems.

In 2020, Julianne earned her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® from the American College of Financial Services.  In 2021 she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, where she co-chairs the 2022 Symposium day of learning.

Mrs. Buck also teaches a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration at Joliet Junior College.

Prior to the Foundation, Ms. Buck was deeply involved in the disability rights community for a number of years, especially as an enforcer of the Illinois Accessibility Code while working in the Office of Illinois Attorney General.

Julianne’s greatest strength is “Servant Leadership” – helping other nonprofits realize their full capacity.  Outside of work she puts these skills to work by being a Scout leader, band booster mom, musician, and amateur thespian.

Julianne is married to Ken Buck, Superintendent of the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission.  Their sons are Ken and Landon, both of whom were involved in Scouting and band.  Ken is now an elementary school teacher and Landon is a senior at NIU majoring in mechanical engineering.


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