Nelson Cover, Founder and Senior Counsel
From his vantage point of more than forty years in the fund raising profession and thirty years with The Sheridan Group, Nelson Cover continues to provide its clients with overall capital campaign and top prospect strategic counsel. Nelson founded The Sheridan Group in 1983, after thirteen years of progressive, successful experience as director of annual giving at The Johns Hopkins Institutions, and as director of development at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, the Washington National Cathedral, and the American Enterprise Institute.
He has conducted or managed the company’s work with such clients as Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, The Ocean Conservancy, the Valentine Richmond History Center, the Wild Dolphin Project, Jupiter Florida, the Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgetown Preparatory School, St. Christopher’s School, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and Hibiscus Children’s Center in Jensen Beach, Florida.
He has been a frequent speaker on the subjects of nonprofit management, finance and fund raising to nonprofit and professional organizations, and he has published many related articles. In 1990 Mr. Cover began The Sheridan Group’s Education Series, which has been cited in numerous publications such as Contributions magazine, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Currents magazine, and the Fund Raising Institute’s newsletter.
Mr. Cover has a bachelor’s degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University and master’s degrees in creative writing from San Francisco State College and liberal arts from Johns Hopkins. He has been a member of the board of the Washington Cathedral Choral Society, the Living Classrooms Foundation, and the Interfaith Conference of Washington, D.C. and is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.