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Helping nonprofits achieve success since 1983.

Nelson Cover, Jr. founded The Sheridan Group in 1983 because he believed that the leadership and staff of nonprofit organizations required thorough, candid counsel in order to achieve maximum success.  A commitment to the full, unvarnished truth about an organization’s potential has been our mantra… from day one. 


Today, The Sheridan Group is a full-service fundraising consulting firm, extensively experienced in all aspects of philanthropy and nonprofit management. We specialize in designing and implementing powerful fundraising strategies for nonprofits.  ​We have served more than 250 clients in all sectors of philanthropy, helping them raise more than $1.25 billion (and counting).


While we work with the gamut of organizations within the nonprofit sector, our greatest expertise is planning and developing campaigns from $2 million to $20 million with our fail-safe* risk management methodology. We help organizations build strong fundraising foundations and chart the path for future growth. Over the past decade, we’ve become an acknowledged leading firm in understanding and guiding associations and their related foundations.


We feel deep connections to our clients and enjoy a history of long-term client relationships. A trusted partnership with every client is built into our DNA.


*The science and art of reaching certain, tested goals and thresholds in prioritized stages assures that the best prospects are seen first by the right combination of peers.  The success of each stage forms the momentum and builds the foundation for the success of each succeeding phase.


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