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Nelson Checkoway, Principal, Rising Tide Direct LLC
Nelson Checkoway is a co-founder and principal of Rising Tide Direct, LLC, a direct response fundraising agency based in the Boston area, as well as president and sole prioprietor of Checkoway Consulting&Creative, a direct mail fundraising practice founded in 1994.

Nelson serves his non-profit client partners as a chief strategist and creative director for their direct response needs. His copywriting and creative direction has won multiple industry awards including the Direct Mail Fundraisers Association Package of the Year and a number of MAXI awards from the Direct Marketing Association of Washington.

Prior to founding Checkoway Consulting in 1994, Nelson spent 3 years as Manager of Grants and Development for Connecticut Legal Services, and 10 years as a fundraising officer and Marketing Director of Environmental Defense Fund. Past and present clients include Defenders of Wildlife, Capital Area Food Bank, National Audubon Society, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 92nd Street Y, American Farmland Trust, National Wildlife Federation and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Rainforest Alliance.