Kelly Kleiman

NFP Consulting


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NFP Consulting
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5701 N. Sheridan Rd.
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Company Overview
Kelly Kleiman, a lawyer educated at the University of Chicago, has spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector. She founded NFP Consulting after serving as Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir and Assistant Dean of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. These experiences prepared her to take on a long stint as the turnaround Interim Executive Director of Open Communities, the fair-housing agency serving Chicago's northern suburbs, where she reestablished the agency's program and financial strengths. She has also served as Interim Executive Director of Care for Real, which provides food and other basic needs to clients on the North Side of Chicago, and of Reading Between the Lines, which brings the study of literature to incarcerated adults.

Kelly builds programs for using high-skills volunteers, conducts Board recruitment and training, and guides staff and Board through strategic planning. She also helps raise money from individuals, using expertise she gained while serving as a major gifts officer in higher education and at human services agencies. Kelly writes powerful promotional pieces for nonprofits specializing in advocacy, arts, law and government, philanthropy, social justice and women and girls.

Kelly teaches workshops on the use of high-skills volunteers, strategic planning, fundraising and communications, on-site for individual clients and for agencies including the Association of Volunteer Administrators, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, Chicago Foundation for Women and United Way, among many others.
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Kelly Kleiman:
Is an experienced interim Executive Director
Builds programs for using high-skill volunteers
Conducts Board recruitment and training
Guides staff and Board through strategic planning
for nonprofits specializing in
Law and government
Social services
Women and girls

Primary Practice Area:
Interim Leadership

2nd Practice Area:
Volunteer Management including Board Support

3rd Practice Area:
Strategic Planning
Practice Areas (select top 3)
  • Board Support (Development, Governance, Retreats, Training)
  • Interim Leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Volunteer Management
Client List
Representative Clients, by sector


ACLU of Illinois
Alianza Leadership Institute
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
Farmworker Advocacy Project
Greenpeace Fund U.S.A.
League of Women Voters
Personal PAC

Social Services

Association House of Chicago
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
LEED Council of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Meals on Wheels/Chicago
Oak Leyden Developmental Services
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic


Crisis Center for South Suburbia
Rainbow House
Sarah's Circle
Sarah's Inn


Chicago Composers Forum
Chicago Tap Theatre
Guild Complex
Hyde Park Art Center
Mordine and Company Dance Theatre
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest


ACT Charter School
DePaul University
The Harvard School
John Marshall Law School
Loyola University of Chicago
University of Chicago/Northwestern Joint Center for Poverty Research

Law and Government

Chicago Park District
Jane Addams Juvenile Justice Foundation/Juvenile Court of Cook County
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago


Chicago Foundation for Women
Donors Forum of Chicago
3Arts Fund
United Way of South-Southwest Suburbia

Speaker's Bureau Information

Speaker Bio
Kelly Kleiman, a lawyer educated at the University of Chicago, has spent more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector. She founded NFP Consulting in 1988 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.

Kelly is a veteran interim Executive Director, specializing in nonprofit turnarounds and transitions. She also helps agencies deploy and retain high-skill volunteers, recruit and train their governing boards, and conduct results-focused strategic planning that doesn’t take forever. Details at
Topic 1
They're Not A Frill if You're Using Them Right: How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers
Topic 1 Description
This presentation reviews the many ways to use volunteers' skills for something other than stuffing envelopes, using the Big MAC--Meaningful Work, Autonomy and Collegiality. It also talks about how to soothe the feelings of threatened staff members while getting major work done.
Topic 2
Why Hire An Interim Executive Director?
Topic 2 Description
Agencies faced with replacing the founder or long-time Executive Director sometimes panic and hire the first person who walks by—or so it seems from the results. Set your organization up for success by hiring an interim Executive Director: someone who doesn’t want the permanent job and so can make any necessary hard decisions. Interims clean out the stables so the next executive doesn’t start out by stepping in s**t.

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