Kelly Kleiman

Kelly Kleiman is a consultant to charities and philanthropies, a freelance journalist, a lawyer and an aspiring politician.

Kelly Kleiman, a lawyer educated at the University of Chicago, has spent nearly 30 years in the nonprofit sector. She founded NFP Consulting in 1987 after serving as Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir and Assistant Dean of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Earlier in her career she practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe, now DLA Piper. Kleiman builds programs for using high-skills volunteers, conducts Board recruitment and training, guides staff and Board through strategic planning, helps raise money from individuals and writes powerful promotional pieces for nonprofits specializing in advocacy, arts, education, law and government, philanthropy, social services and women and girls. Kleiman has taught workshops on the use of high-skill volunteers, strategic planning, fundraising and communications for the Association of Volunteer Administrators, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, Chicago Foundation for Women and United Way, among many others. Her writing about charity and philanthropy can be found on her blog The Nonprofiteer: Nonprofits Without the Nonsense: Her reportage and essays on the arts, feminism, travel and social justice have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor, among other dailies; on sites including the Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and; in magazines including In These Times, Dance and Chicago Tribune; in the alternative press; and on the air at WDCB Public Radio, 90.9 FM in Chicago, where she’s one of the Dueling Critics.