During his three decades as owner and president of The Sheridan Group, culminating in 2013, Nelson Cover provided superior, comprehensive capital campaign and top prospect expertise to a broad range of nonprofit organizations.  


He founded the firm 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 Medicinethe Washington National Cathedral, and the American Enterprise Institute.


Nelson conducted work with an impressive cadre of clients, including Richard Bland College of the College of William and MaryThe Ocean Conservancythe Valentine Richmond History Centerthe Wild Dolphin ProjectJupiter Floridathe Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth UniversityGeorgetown Preparatory SchoolSt. Christopher’s SchoolLewis Ginter Botanical Gardenthe Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and Hibiscus Children’s Center.


He was a frequent speaker on the subjects of nonprofit management, finance, and fundraising at nonprofit and professional conferences and published many related articles.  In 1990, Nelson began The Sheridan Group’s Education Series, which has been cited in numerous publications such as Contributions magazinethe Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Currents magazine, and the Fund Raising Institute’s newsletter.


He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University and a 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 Societythe Living Classrooms Foundation, and the Interfaith Conference of Washington, D.C. and is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. 

Nelson Cover

Founder and President Emeritus

Vero Beach, Florida 

(240) 463-1708 


Nelson Cover 

Founder and President Emeritus


The Sheridan Group and its team members work in accordance with the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and endorse the Donor Bill of Rights.

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