Who is the Altruistic American?

Let us introduce ourselves

The Altruistic American was founded by Chris Battenberg on the 1st of January 2019. Chris Battenberg is the Founder and Executive Director of The Altruistic American and has been a member of the Truckee Meadows community for 27 years. He graduated from Spanish Springs High School, began a family and has worked in local news for the past 12 years. He is a dedicated father to his children and spouse to Janelle Gale, Co-founder and best half of The Altruistic American. Janelle is the Assistant Director and CFO for The Altruistic American with over a decade in the banking world and years of making it work with our budget and kids, T.A.A. couldn't be in better hands. All that said lets get into why we decided to take action. While growing up and now raising our children in the Truckee Meadows we have been witness to an overwhelming need for help and compassion in our communities various venues. whether it's hungry children, the lack of access to services or mental health resources, we want to seal the cracks in our communities that so many seem to slip though. We know we can't solve this alone and it wont be easy but even if it's one issue at a time we will be successful in our mission. That being said, this mission is only possible with the help of amazing members from our community, like you! 


meet the altruistic american home team



Richard Sloane is our C.O.O. (Chief Operating Officer) He is a dedicated and motivated individual with unparalleled skill in his line of work. He has lived in northern Nevada his entire life and is constantly doing everything he can to better our communities, he truly is a gift to this organization



Dennis Rew is our C.O.S. (Community Outreach Specialist) Dennis brings a lot to the table from his experience with nonprofit work in the past to his desire and drive to make the communities we live in a better place. Dennis is a father and soon to be husband to Jacklyn Downey our Secretary, his roots are deeply embedded in Northern Nevada. We are lucky to have him on board.



Chris Carson is our C.D.O. (Chief Developmental Officer). He is an active member of our community, with ample experience with local and out of state charities. He is engaged and a proud northern Nevadan. He is a good man with a good heart and we cant wait to see what he has in store for The Altruistic American an our communities, we are stoked to have him!



Jacklyn Downey is our Secretary. Jacklyn has a strong passion to help in any way she can. Her attention to detail and motivational tactics work amazingly well to get the organization moving and most importantly keep us on track. She is a mother and spouse to our very own C.O.S. Dennis Rew. Her drive and eye for detail is detrimental to the workings of our organization. We are proud to have her here.



Atom and Crystal Knowles are our Donor Relations Managers. They are a married duo that handle all matters donor related. They have a strong passion to help their communities already being involved with other nonprofits as well as stepping up to take on the task of Donor Relations Manager for the Altruistic American. They are setting the bar for the rest of us to strive for. We couldn't be happier to have them on the team!



Social Media and Marketing Specialist

we are currently looking to fill this position with a qualified individual. A good fit would be someone with an education in or experience with marketing and social media campaigns. This candidate should also have a strong desire to better their community through their work. If you think you would be a good fit please contact us with your interest.

Our Programs

Kin Folk Valentines Day Dance


The Kin Folk Dance is a parent/relative child dance. This fundraiser is our inaugural event to raise funds for the initial start up costs of The Altruistic American.

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Food Drives


We will be hosting a number of food drives throughout the year, keep in touch to stay updated with the latest dates and locations.




The Mental for Metal music festival is a work in progress and will one day be our biggest event. The music festival will benefit mental health awareness and education, raising funds for local nonprofits that specialize in all aspects of mental health.

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