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Kristi Nelson has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and strengthen organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.

In 2001, Kristi started a values-based fundraising consulting and training, and leadership coaching company, and in this capacity worked with organizations such as the Institute for Jewish SpiritualityBuddhist Peace FellowshipSpirit in ActionWisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. During this same period, she was also the founding Director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Before 2001, Kristi spent five years as the Executive Director of a regional women’s foundation where she led a successful $5 million endowment campaign, developed empowerment programs for women and girls, and oversaw a community-based grantmaking program.

Kristi received her BA from UMass/Amherst, a graduate certificate in Business and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Leadership Studies, from Harvard University.

Kristi lives in Western Massachusetts with her family, and feels blessed every day to be surrounded by the glories of the natural world and a vibrant, loving community.

Scheduled for release November 24, 2020

We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of Kristi Nelson’s book:
Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted.

Wake Up Grateful will be released November 24, 2020 and is available for pre-order now.


Waking Up Grateful (Movers, Shakers & Social Changers)
Finding Security in Uncertain Times (NOW)
Grateful Living As A Foundational Practice for Every Moment (Awakin.org)
Living With Gratitude (Morning Fill-Up Conversation)
Thank You On My Lips (Zestful Aging)
What if we took nothing for granted? (Better Worldians)


Cultivating a Practice: Grateful Living as a Way of Life
Embracing The Great Fullness of Life
Gratefulness: Greater than Gratitude
Voting: A Practice of Love
Ten True Things About Gratefulness: A Conversation
Everything Flourishes in the Nourishment of Appreciation
Finding Gratitude In Familiar Places
Gratitude: A Radical Approach to Life
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Anguish
It’s All About the Glass
Gratefulness: An Opportunity to Practice
When the Well Runs Dry
Training our Trains of Thought
Making Grateful Living a Grateful DOing
Grateful for Getting Older
Turning New Year’s Resolutions into Revelations
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Despair
Finding Gratitude in Familiar Places  (Huffington Post)
Gratitude Humbles a Giver (Huffington Post)
Grateful for Gratefulness in Difficult Times (Huffington Post)
Give From Great Fullness  (Massage Magazine)


Dancing Anyway…

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