About Us

Unconventional Wisdom. Unparalleled Success.

We’re fun and experienced. We look at things differently and it shows in the results we deliver. 20+ years of experience and awards. We can be wonky and funky ... and all in a good way! We can help pull your annual fund and major donors out of their respective silos to become integral components of a fine tuned fundraising machine. And at the risk of repeating ourselves, it's all about results. And we deliver.

Meet Our Team Leaders


Capital Area Food Bank BRONZE Capital Area Food Bank Rainforest Alliance SILVER Rainforest Alliance Goodwill Industries FIRST PLACE Goodwill Industries Audubon BRONZE Audubon Natl. Wildlife Fed. 1ST. PLACE Natl. Wildlife Fed. EDF 3RD PLACE EDF

What Our Clients Are Saying

“I had the opportunity to partner with Rising Tide Direct over 5 years on all aspects of a direct mail program. By far, Rising Tide Direct yielded the highest ROI, exceeding expectations, and dominated on analytics resulting in more donors and gifts.”

– Lorrie Hartley
Executive Director at TKD Foundation

“Rising Tide Direct has transformed the Direct Mail Program for The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation in an easy and effective way. In just 4 years, we doubled our revenue streams and increased membership by 60%. A great ROI that any Board of Directors would love to see!”

– Karla M. Dzienkowski, RN, BSN
Executive Director at Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

“I have worked with Nelson Checkoway for over 20 years and have found him to be committed and passionate about our mission. His team has helped us find the best way to increase hunger awareness in our community while also raising much needed funds. Direct marketing is both an art and a science and his analytical prowess has benefitted the food bank in both successful and challenging times.”

– Christel Allen Hair
Senior Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving at Capital Area Food Bank (DC)

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