Our Clients

We’ve been privileged to support some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations.


Strategic Planning

Planning with Purpose. Effective strategies can be strong organizational tools when developed correctly. Your organization will get one uniquely designed based on present and future needs.

Board Governance & Best Practices

Leading with Purpose. The success of your organization rests on good decisions and viability. Your board will get the support it needs to thoroughly execute those two main objectives.

Succession Planning

Progressing with Purpose. Change is inevitable. When it’s time, your organization will be prepared to navigate a seamless and easy transition while preserving your mission.

Executive Recruitment

Selecting with Purpose. Your organization depends on good leadership, and it’s important you get the right person for the job. It’s not easy, but when you know where to look, you’ll find them.

Leadership Assessment (Birkman Method Assessment)

Understanding with Purpose. Get the most out of your team by getting to know them better. When you do, it enables your organization to be more cohesive and efficient.

Executive Coaching

Training with Purpose. You’ve got the right leader now what? Set them up with the right tools and knowledge to take your organization to the next level.

Open Searches

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Food for the Hungry Canada

Western Canada Partner Engagement Lead

Posted: July 3, 2019

Closing: August 6, 2019

Food for the Hungry Canada (FH) is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty – one community at a time. Each community faces unique challenges and advantages so FH is committed to an integrated, holistic approach to development including priorities such as agriculture, education, health, and gender equality.  We hire locally – we support – we leave. After about a decade, a community graduates and we transition from coaches to the sidelines.

We’re looking for an amazing full-time Western Canada Partner Engagement Lead (WCPEL) to join our enthusiastically Christian team.  This critical role exists to serve BC and Alberta donors by understanding and meeting their needs quickly, professionally and accurately. You will be at the heart of our reputation for extraordinary donor service. You thrive on interactions with donors as well as with team members.  You stay on top of global current events, FH goals and initiatives, and are ready to apply your expertise in donor interactions.

The WCPEL reports to the Director of Philanthropy and is part of an enthusiastic team that exists to uncover the philanthropic passion God has given Canadian individuals, families, churches and businesses, and then outrageously serve them in that calling.

If you want to change the world and believe you can do so by joining an organization passionate about caring for the vulnerable by alleviating poverty then contact us today.

Further information on Food for the Hungry Canada can be found at www.fhcanada.org

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Compassion Canada

Executive Director of Partner Relations

Posted: June 17, 2019

Closing: July 15, 2019

Compassion Canada, a partner with Compassion International, is a key initiator in international child development, committed to “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” Their passion is to improve the lives of children holistically – mind, body and relationships – influencing them to become the adults who will create change in their own communities.  The results so far have positively affected the lives of nearly 2 million children around the world!

Compassion is looking for a skilled Executive Director of Partner Relations (EDPR) with a calling to relieve poverty from the lives of children worldwide.  The ideal candidate will be a highly relational coach, mentor and motivator for the Partner Relations team, and an expert in handling change management within a Christian non-profit context to support the organization as a whole.  Along with strong fundraising and sales experience, the EDPR is expected to be attuned to the state of the local church nation-wide.  The EDPR will also need a proven track record as a strategic thinker to effectively participate in Compassion’s highly collaborative senior leadership team.

Your calling and experience will make a difference in the lives of children all over the world.

Further information on Compassion Canada can be found at www.compassion.ca

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Carey Theological College

Executive Assistant to the President

Posted: May 21, 2019

Closing: July 15, 2019

Carey Theological College has a long and rich heritage of academic development, along with residences built to foster community and support for Christian students, located on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC.  As an accredited academic institution grounded in Christ-centred, biblically-faithful, and missions-focused Christian leadership, Carey continues to be committed to offering world-class theological degrees and Christian discipleship training to the whole family of God.

They are anticipating significant growth in the near future with plans for supporting student advancement both on campus and online, and a ministry centre building project to expand training areas and more than double their residence capacity.  Therefore, the President requires a highly motivated, energetic, forward-thinking Executive Assistant partner to facilitate his administrative responsibilities further influenced by Carey’s newly adopted strategic plan.  This individual must have the insight to work in step with the President and function as his ambassador among the Board, faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders, ensuring the ongoing and future success of Carey in the local and worldwide Christian community.

Come use your administrative gifts and talents, and your passion for the advancement of the Gospel, by supporting Carey’s President to take on further educational advancements in Vancouver and beyond.

Further information about Carey Theological College can be found at https://carey-edu.ca


Please note that only applications from Canadian residents will be considered at this time. 

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Anvil/Daybreak Point Bible Camp

Director of Camp Development

Posted: May 21, 2019

The founders of Daybreak Point Bible Camp (DPBC) desired to transform the lives of people in their formative years by providing the opportunity for them to encounter the love and life of Jesus Christ through:

  • Christ-centred teaching and programs,
  • Christian community,
  • Personal relationships, and
  • A safe and fun camp experience.

For almost 80 years those leading DPBC have successfully – and repeatedly – attracted kids and youth, allowing these campers to launch and grow deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ while giving them a lifetime of fun-filled memories.

The Board of Directors is looking for a dynamic outward facing ambassador with proven fundraising abilities and experience in leading capital campaigns, preferably within a faith-based charity. The Director of Camp Development (DCD) will shape, promote, and implement growth strategies through visionary leadership while overseeing all aspects of fundraising and donor development. They will also provide leadership for marketing, public relations, and communication for the camp.

If you love God, nature, and people along with a passion for enthusiastically enlisting the partnership of current and future supporters, campers and renters then we want to hear from you.

Further information on Anvil Island and Daybreak Point Bible Camp can be found at www.anvilisland.ca


Please note that only applications from Canadian residents will be considered at this time. 

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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The Wellspring Foundation

Ontario Development Officer

Posted: March 21, 2019

The Wellspring Foundation (Wellspring) works tirelessly in partnership with the Rwandan people to empower leaders, teachers, and parents to take ownership over the success in their local schools.  Their goal is to ensure that the change sparked by employing Christian values-based education methods in each school will continue for generations to come.  “By adopting a humble approach and structuring our programs to empower others, Wellspring seeks to treat every person with the same dignity and worth that Jesus shows each of us.” (Andy Harrington, CEO)

Wellspring is seeing fantastic progress in their work so far and this growth requires additional resources to surge ahead.  They need a relational storyteller and big-picture thinker to work with a dynamic team and inspire donors in Ontario and the Eastern Canada/USA region to dedicate further financial commitments, leading to generations of improved lives through education in Rwanda and beyond.  The Ontario Development Officer (ODO) will experience first-hand the sustainable positive impact of Wellspring’s activities in Central and Eastern Africa, and convert these encounters into engaging events and presentations that appeal to a multi-generational, Eastern North American audience.

Your love for connecting people with opportunities to financially support transformational change will multiply the successful impact on thousands of people within Central/Eastern Africa long into the future.  Contact us today!

Find further information on The Wellspring Foundation at https://thewellspringfoundation.org


Applications will only be considered from Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents. 

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

Meet Nelson / Kraft

Getting your organization where it needs to be

Our mission is to enable your organization to make a greater impact by achieving your purpose from optimum health and capacity.

The journey always starts with finding the right leader, but we take it a few steps further. We guide organizations toward excellence by offering support in those “hard to tackle” areas.

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The Team

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Mark Kraft

Senior Associate

Mark is a certified executive coach and Birkman Method consultant. With a background in pastoral ministry, strong leadership development skills and a passion for helping not-for-profit organizations succeed, Mark has become highly sought after for his expertise in: recruiting, networking, crisis management, team building and best practices for board governance.


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Larry Nelson

Senior Associate

Larry’s professional training as a Chartered Professional Accountant, his extended experience as a CEO of a large not-for-profit seniors’ housing provider, and his knowledge gained while chairing several not-for-profit boards of directors across Canada equips him well to serve the needs of charities.  During his more than 10 years of experience as an executive search consultant, Larry has placed over 70 senior executives nationally and worked with over 45 North American charities.


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Nicole Kraft

Associate - Career Transition Guide- Birkman Consultant

Nicole enjoys coming alongside people and their needs, collaborating with them to create a vision for growth and leadership capacity. She is a natural motivator who empowers people to work towards their goals and realize their unique purpose and capacities. Her ability to offer a fresh perspective with insight and wisdom encourages her clients to come out of places where they may have felt stuck or helpless.

As a certified Birkman consultant, she helps bring clarity to many individuals as they navigate a variety of career transitions along their vocational journey.

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Tim Warkentin

Associate - Strategic Planning Guide

Tim is a certified coach, strategic planning facilitator and Birkman consultant.  He brings thirty years of leadership development experience as an effective partner with not-for-profit leaders and organizations.  Tim’s consistent contribution is successfully guiding a process to achieve the clarity and perspective necessary for a practical road map to reach their strategic, operational and financial goals.

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Jennifer Hill, CHRP

Associate - Human Resources Guide - Based in Ontario

Jennifer is a Certified Human Resources Professional and an active member of Canada’s largest human resources regulatory association, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Jennifer is dedicated to helping non-profits achieve organizational effectiveness and employee engagement.

She brings a wealth of experience and passion to Nelson/Kraft as we seek to assist organizations in their development and management of their most important assets – their people.


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Greater impact starts with unlocking purpose, optimum health, and capacity. Through a one-on-one consultation, we will work with you to identify the ideal next steps to move your organization into excellence.

Our Process

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We’ll provide recommended next steps to take your organizations impact further.

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