Free consulting for nonprofits

Free consulting for nonprofits

The Executive Service Corps offers free consulting for nonprofits in return for a donation.  The Nonprofiteer passes along this information against her own financial interests!

Chicago Rising is a fundraising campaign for Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC) to support local nonprofits and public agencies working to alleviate pressing social issues impacting the lives of millions of Chicago-area residents.


How You Can Help

When you make a donation to ESC through Chicago Rising, you are supporting ESC’s mission to make nonprofits successful in their efforts to address social issues that are important to you.

  • Support the Cause! Simply choose a cause category below and make your donation! Each donation counts as one vote towards the cause category of your choice. At the conclusion of the campaign, three organizations, one from each of the three cause categories with the most votes, will be selected by a drawing to receive free consulting services to be delivered in 2016. Vote often!
  • Share Your Passion! Share via email and social media. Tell everyone you donated and ask them to contribute to the causes they care about!
  • Identify Nonprofits You Support! When you make a donation, you will have the opportunity to suggest an organization that may benefit from ESC consulting services. We will contact them to register for Chicago Rising on your behalf.


About ESC

ESC is a nonprofit organization with a singular mission: To Make Nonprofits Successful! Our team of nearly 200 volunteer consultants is committed to building leadership, strategy and solutions by providing insightful, experience-based consulting services to more than 150 Chicago-area nonprofits and public agencies each year. We help them to reach their greatest potential in addressing their challenges, planning for their futures, implementing sustainable solutions, and meeting the needs of their clients and communities. (Learn more about ESCChicago Rising in the tabs below.)


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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at

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