Deb Nelson, CPA

Partner/Nonprofit Industry Leader

Deb Nelson

Working with nonprofit organizations is both rewarding and inspiring. The collaborative approach, willingness to share best practices within the sector and innovative thinking to address challenges energizes me to serve the nonprofit industry. I enjoy providing nonprofits an opportunity to focus on delivering their mission.


Deb specializes in working with tax-exempt organizations to address a wide range of tax issues, including those that may threaten organizations' exempt status or result in unexpected penalties. She guides organizations through tax compliance and presents key Form 990 information and changes in tax regulations to committees and boards.

When you work with Deb, you can expect extensive understanding of the issues affecting tax-exempt organizations. Deb helps organizations present information from not only a technical standpoint, but also from a public perception standpoint since much of the information is required to be made available to the general public.

Outside of work, you can find Deb on the sidelines of baseball and football fields and in the bleachers at hockey rinks cheering on her son. She also enjoys making warm, cozy quilts for family and friends to use during Minnesota winters.



  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • AICPA Not-for-Profit Section
  • Nonprofit Financial Group of the Twin Cities


  • Certified Public Accountant


  • Bachelor of Arts, Accounting - Minnesota State University, Mankato


Client Work

  • Assists with tax consulting, planning and compliance services for a variety of nonprofit organizations and private foundations.
  • Works with organizations on formation of tax-exempt entities and consults on the benefits and drawbacks of various classifications.
  • Assists with unrelated business income studies to identify potential unrelated activities, develop positions for treatment and cost allocation methodologies.
  • Works with private foundations to develop overall policies and procedures to ensure compliance with IRS rules.
  • Works with organizations to understand the impact of tax law and reporting changes and develops strategies to address these changes.


Community Involvement

  • Nonprofit Financial Group of the Twin Cities, Board Director and Program Committee Chair
  • Family Enhancement Center, Board Director and Treasurer