about us

Culture Beyond Compliance is the combination of two powerhouse consultants who use their respective expertise in fundraising and training to create an innovative and custom program to confront your organization’s toughest challenges.

Karen Eller

Karen’s 20-year career in fundraising has touched virtually every aspect of philanthropy.

She spent 11 years with The Nature Conservancy, first opening and managing the first Nature Conservancy philanthropy office in Austin, TX, and then going on to oversee the California Chapter's individual major gift program in Silicon Valley. In California, she served as a founding partner of the Northern Sierra Partnership, an innovative, alliance-based organization developed to ensure the landscape-scale protection of the northern Sierra Nevada and associated watershed.


Karen transitioned to private consulting in 2010. She has worked with large and small nonprofits, successfully developing long- and short-term strategic plans, coaching staff and boards on effective fundraising techniques, creating infrastructure and policies, facilitating trainings to maximize board potential, and providing capital campaign strategy and support. She sees her most recent work with the Denver-based Impact Finance Center as advancing innovation for philanthropy by helping donors and investors align their capital with their philanthropic values. Karen’s other clients include Conservation InternationalFoodCorpsFair Food Network, The Alliance Center, Food and Environment Reporting Network, Generation Enterprise, and Slow Food U.S.A. She is a Property and Environmental Research Center Enviropreneur Institute fellow, and graduated from Trinity University with a BA in English and Minors in Environmental Studies and Geology.

Kelly C. Weiley

Kelly’s boundless energy and passionate leadership style has led to a career that spans industry sectors and 18 years of working with individuals of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. She has trained over 25,000 people on topics ranging from creating social change, diversity and inclusion, intercultural competency, navigating difficult conversations, situational leadership, and effective facilitation. By making topics active and relevant to participants’ daily lives, she invites each person to share, contemplate, discuss, and become an integral part of the experience while feeling safe and supported.


Kelly currently serves on the National Advisory Board for Equity in the Center, an initiative that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy. Kelly holds a Master of Science degree in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Relations and Multicultural Education.


Previously, Kelly taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. She also facilitated award-winning residential service-learning experiences for high school students and staff at the Civic Education Project (CEP), and partnered with six Boston public schools and a career center to connect struggling young people to employment opportunities through the Year 13 program. Kelly draws upon her classroom experiences to root her trainings in research and theory, but always circles back to how principles apply to individuals, urging them to practice skills that improve performance, foster growth, and nurture effective leaders.