Gordon Nelson, CPA, CFP

Major Gifts Manager, Northeastern Region

Estate/Planned Giving Specialist

Gordon is a member of the development staff for Safari Club International Foundation working in the role of a Major Gifts Manager and the Foundation’s Planned Giving Specialist. Gordon has a master’s degree in Accounting from Utah State University. Before joining the Foundation staff, Gordon has worked for the past 27 years Gordon as a financial planner and investment advisor and is a CPA (certified public accountant) and CFP® (certified financial planner).


Gordon has been hunting since he was a kid and is an avid big game hunter and fly fisherman. He loves everything about wildlife, guns, and the outdoors. He has hunted North America, Africa, and Argentina and loves to fly fish remote spots for big fish. He particularly loves fly fishing in Alaska. When not working, hunting or fishing he can be found planning and dreaming about new adventures, putting together new rifles, and reloading and developing new loads for his rifles.


Gordon is passionate about wildlife conservation and the shooting sports. He grew up hearing stories from his father and others about how hunting “just ain’t what it used to be”. He’s determined to help stop that trend and help organizations like SCI make the opportunities for hunting and shooting better in the future.


His goal is to help fellow SCI members learn about how to use various strategies within their financial and estate plans that can help provide necessary funding for SCI Foundation’s projects and at the same time help the donor save taxes, increase their income, and put their families in better financial positions.


“There are some great opportunities for those who have a desire to help preserve all that we love about hunting, shooting, the outdoors, and wildlife. We all want to help, but sometimes feel uncertain of how to do it without putting our own – or our family’s – financial positions at risk. A chat with me to explore the options available can be very effective at helping you make an impact and at the same time protect your family’s financial health.”