Kelsey Nelson

Associate Consultant

“I strive to be an attentive and perceptive partner who provides the tools and training an organization needs to overcome challenges and realize its vision through meaningful, lifelong connections with donors.”

Areas of Expertise

Arts and Culture, Higher Education, Donor Relations and Stewardship

About Kelsey Nelson

Kelsey’s passion for nonprofits drives her efforts to help them achieve and sustain growth through the power of philanthropy. She enjoys assisting organizations with strategic goal setting and innovative storytelling, always looking for opportunities to leverage their existing strengths. In her work with clients she most looks forward to:

  • Preparing staff members and volunteers to solidify trust with and deeply inspire donors
  • Making aggressive goals achievable through creative problem-solving and successful project management
  • Helping organizations streamline fundraising processes and create space for testing new platforms and strategies in their engagement efforts

Prior to joining Campbell & Company, Kelsey worked in the University of Michigan’s central development office. As a member of the Annual Giving team, she co-created a fiscal year solicitation plan, wrote university-wide direct mail and e-solicitations, and provided ongoing analyses of fundraising efforts to a portfolio of ten schools, colleges, and units. Additionally, she facilitated educational workshops for annual giving officers and helped implement lead generation and non-donor acquisition pilot projects. Kelsey began her career in philanthropy at the Adler Planetarium, where she worked closely with the Board of Trustees and oversaw special events, publications, and partnerships designed to advance the Adler’s mission.

Kelsey holds an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in History of Art & Architecture and French from Middlebury College. She is an avid runner and a member of the Girls on the Run-Chicago Associate Board.