Austin McDonnell

Austin McDonnell


Volunteer Financial Mentor

Passionate About…

  • Budgeting
  • Investing
  • Purchasing a Home

I began as a financial planner two years ago after graduating from Indiana University in 2021. Since then, I’ve gotten married, moved into a new house, and earned my CFP designation in a whirlwind of a year and a half, so I’m very familiar with expenses faced by young professionals just beginning their career and lives after college. I’m a huge animal lover and have three dogs and a couple fish tanks. I’m excited to meet and work with more professionals and help them assess their financial and personal goals over the course of our relationship.

A social cause I'm passionate about is...

I'm very passionate about cancer research and support, as well the expenses that families can face during these events. When I was 13 my Mom passed away from cancer and that was my first introduction into the financial stress and hardship this can put on families on top of the emotional stress that the sickness can cause.

A quote I live by is...

``Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.``

A unique thing about me is...

In high school, I played rugby in South Africa for two weeks on a tour with the Illinois all-state team. We played 5 different local high schools and had a great time experiencing the local culture.