We’ve been privileged to support some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cridge Centre for the Family
Chief Executive Officer
Posted: January 11, 2021
Closing: February 16, 2021
The Cridge Centre for the Family seeks an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide overall leadership, direction and administration in accordance with the Strategic Plan and in alignment with the Vision, Mission, Values and Purpose of the organization. This position requires an individual with a deep commitment to rendering aid and service to children, adults and families by providing support, housing, education and community to restore hope and a future to those overcoming the challenges before them.
Burnett Fellowship Baptist Church
Posted: January 5, 2021
Closing: February 2, 2021
Burnett Baptist Church is a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in Maple Ridge, BC. This congregation of about 300 is seeking a new Senior Pastor who has a passion for Jesus and is committed to sound Bible teaching and preaching. They should have a heart for making disciples and a genuine desire to connect relationally with people.
Ishtar Women's Resources Society
Posted: January 5, 2021
Closing: February 2, 2021
Ishtar Women’s Resource Society is seeking an Executive Director. This position requires an in-depth understanding of women’s issues, the non-profit sector and a strong passionate desire to support women and children who are experiencing domestic violence in our communities.
International China Concern (Canada)
Executive Director - Canada
Posted: December 7, 2020
Closing: January 4, 2021
International China Concern (Canada) (ICC Canada) is a development organization serving families that have children with disabilities and children with disabilities that have been abandoned into the care of the Chinese government. ICC is seeking an Executive Director to lead our Canadian national office headquartered in Burnaby, BC with a satellite office located in Toronto, ON. The Executive Director will provide overall leadership to the ICC Canada office and be accountable for the overall performance of the organization.
American Friends of International China Concern
Executive Director - USA
Posted: December 14, 2020
Closing: January 4, 2021
American Friends of ICC (AFICC) is a USA based non-profit that works in partnership with International China Concern and is seeking an experienced Executive Director to lead the organization to the next stage of growth. With a 27-year history of working in China, ICC is a leader in developing effective approaches to caring for children with disabilities. AFICC desires a candidate with a heart for China, disabilities, and family preservation, as well as proven fundraising and leadership skills.
StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church
Posted: October 29, 2020
Closing: November 30, 2020
StoneRidge Fellowship Church is an evangelical Baptist church that places a strong value on biblical teaching and holds God’s Word as the highest and best authority for people’s lives. As a thriving community of believers, StoneRidge values relationships with each other and their community. StoneRidge is seeking a highly relational and collaborative Senior Pastor who is an effective communicator of Biblical truth in a culturally relevant manner that will inspire transformational change. He will have a shepherd’s heart for the church and a passion for what makes StoneRidge and our surrounding community unique.
Maplewood Care Society
Chief Executive Officer
Posted: October 1, 2020
Closing: October 30, 2020
Maplewood Care Society is a non-profit society, providing quality residential care services in Abbotsford and seeks an experienced Chief Executive Officer to provide overall leadership, direction, and administration in accordance with the Strategic Plan and in alignment with the Vision, Mission, and Values of the organization.
“In our executive search with Larry Nelson in 2016, the board was extremely impressed not only with the interview and selection process, but also with the critical tasks of preparing for transition and onboarding. I highly recommend this type of comprehensive approach and Larry is superb!”
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
“As a rapidly growing organization . . . we recognized the need to make the change from an operational to a policy governance Board. Larry served us with sensitivity and skill, devising a process and engaging us, hands on . . . It was a seamless transition and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
Carey Theological College
“I have had the pleasure of working with both Larry and Mark on a number of key strategic initiatives . . . [They] have taken the time to get to know us. Developing relationships with us is the 'special sauce' which allows them to leverage their diverse professional expertise to such good effect.”
Food for the Hungry
Mark and Larry’s network and depth of relationships is second to none across Canada. They led a search for a lead role in our organization and unearthed incredible talent and we ended up with two hires from one search. Will certainly use them again as we look to scale.
More Than A Roof Housing Society
As both the applicant and ultimately the candidate chosen, in an executive search process for our organization, I have the utmost respect for both Larry and Mark. From initial consultation through to the final contract negotiation, they worked with integrity and energy to ensure the successful outcome of the process for all involved. I confidently recommend their services and would turn to them again.
Christian Credit Union
As an applicant, I had the most positive experience throughout the whole process with Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc., from initial contact to contract negotiations. They were honest throughout the process and conducted the search with the best interest of all involved. I would be confident in using their services again.
Director - Member Experience
I am fortunate to have met Larry and Mark a number of years ago and observed their professionalism and attention to detail with the organizations and executives they serve. Subsequently, it was a blessing to be approached by Nelson/Kraft about the position I am in now. I felt supported and encouraged throughout the entire recruitment and selection process. Larry and Mark went the extra mile in their interactions with me and offered great support that showed they are genuinely interested in their clients' success.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff is an accomplished Senior Executive, with over 25 years of leadership experience across the chemical manufacturing and food processing industries. He wears many hats including Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Board Member, Forum Chair and Birkman Certified Professional. Jeff specializes in leadership development and team-based business success. He is passionate about developing leaders and building high performance teams.
Manager of Administrative Services
|Sharon brings over 15 years administrative experience to the team. For over 7 years she has worked closely with the CEOs, boards and leaders of national charities, providing all the back-end support. She is excited to come alongside charities and assist them in building their team of leaders.|
Associate - Career Transition Lead
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.
Associate Recruitment Partner
Michelle is passionate to help people discover their hardwiring and learn to live in their sweet spot. She has a background in human resources, non-profit employment programs, and higher education. She teaches a leadership course at Trinity Western University for their Adult Degree Completion Program. Michelle has her Masters in Leadership and is a certified coach and Birkman Method consultant.
Associate - Strategic Planning Lead
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.
Associate Recruitment Partner
Jon has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, having served as CEO for almost 25 years for various charitable organizations in Canada and the USA. He has spent the last 13 years at Make-A-Wish International as President and CEO. He has quadrupled its revenue, tripled wishes and more than doubled the number of countries that wishes are granted in to 45 under his leadership.
Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Jon was at Variety the Children’s Charity in British Columbia, Canada, serving as the CEO and managing director for Canada. He has also served as the CEO for several arts organizations in Vancouver and the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg, Canada. He also taught at Capilano University for 10 years. Jon earned a BA from the University of Arizona and an MBA. from Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He holds a CFRE designation and is certified by Board Source in non-profit board governance.
Keith has a long career in leadership development, communications and marketing. Over the past decade he served as Executive Director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation, a national network of Christian business and professional leaders. He inherited a small group of business leaders consisting of seven chapters in southern Ontario and grew the organization into a national network of 70 chapters with a database of 6,500 business and professional leaders, including about 80 Christian non-profits. He thrives on relationship-building, discovering organizational and individual needs.
Associate Recruitment Partner - Alberta Lead
Karl is a progressive business leader with a focus on developing resilience within teams and HR Professionals. He brings a breadth of experience and business acumen, having held Director positions in both non-profit and for-profit sectors enhancing program management and development, business development, sales and fundraising. In addition to a background in Pastoral Ministry, Karl has worked in a variety of industries including technology, program development, education and charities.
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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.
Tell us about yourself, your organization, and current needs or roadblocks.
We’ll schedule a time to connect and do a deep dive on your organization.
We’ll provide recommended next steps to take your organizations impact further.