Tim Nelson is a seasoned executive, fundraiser, development officer, coach, and advisor.  His unique experience and extensive success in raising capital and surpassing goals positioned Tim to launch his own consulting organization, Nelson Fundraising Advisors.  Tim's mission is to work in harmony with nonprofit leaders to increase their revenue, freeing them to run more freely toward the mission of their organization in serving their clients and community.


After service in the US Army as both a senior non-commissioned officer and an officer, Tim served in senior leadership roles at Litton, RCA, General Electric, Mission Engineering, Kollmorgen, Bayer Miles, IBM, and Fiserv. He also launched the innovative company Brown Bag Training.

At Regent University, a leading graduate institution, Tim was Executive Director of Development in charge of major donor development and program support. At Regent, he worked with faculty, staff, and donors in all aspects of university development including major gifts, corporate development, planned giving, endowment programs, annual gifts, and events.


After Regent, Tim joined Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, where he was the Chief Development Officer responsible for raising $80 million for the College of Business as part of the university’s overall $1 billion capital campaign. He was a leading fundraiser for the university during his entire tenure closing several six, seven, and eight figure gifts; nearly half of total giving was from first-time major donors.


After the successful campaign at Virginia Tech, Tim was asked to join Midlands Technical College, a two-year college in South Carolina, as the Chief Development Officer for the college and the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. He created all major components of development and foundation organization including a robust Foundation Board, a major gifts department, corporate and foundation gifting, annual fund, faculty and staff giving, planned giving, and a newly created Alumni association. He increased individual giving from 5% to 55% and annual revenue soared from $450,000 to over $2,000,000; he built an advancement organization that went from 880th nationally in terms of fundraising to the top 10% - one of the most effective in the nation at the two-year college level.


Prior to launching Nelson Fundraising Advisors, Tim served as the Vice President of Development at the National Medal of Honor Museum. He built all aspects of fundraising for this start-up project including building the development team, creating the major gifts program, implementing Raiser's Edge, and identifying and recruiting nationally prominent board members.


Tim holds a BS in Organizational Management from Nyack College, an MBA from Regent University, a Graduate Certificate in Business Ethics from Colorado State University, and is a Certified Financial Planning program graduate from the University of Georgia. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).


Tim has served on several community/professional boards and committees including: the Council for Resource Development, Commissioner; Montgomery County (VA) Parks and Recreation Department; Marriage Savers of New York; Feeding America, SW Virginia; Armed Forces Benefit and Aid Society, El Paso, Texas Chapter; and the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce.


A Bill Gove Professional Speakers graduate, Tim has addressed thousands at conferences around the world on customer service, leadership, team building, board development, fundraising, major and planned giving, and building a winning fundraising operation.