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Building Competencies for Nonprofit Sustainability with Steve Zimmerman

8:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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Strong. Strategic. Sustainable. Balancing Leadership, Finance & Impact in Today’s Nonprofits

Join Steve Zimmerman, co-author of Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, as he offers insights into managing nonprofits sustainably. 

In our ever-changing environment, nonprofit leaders often search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow known as “sustainability.” But sustainability lies not at some far-off destination. Rather, it occurs when organizations engage others in making ongoing strategic decisions to guide toward exceptional impact and financial viability. Pursuing sustainability is not a one-time thing, not a senior management thing nor a board of directors thing. It’s a mindset and way of organizational being. Based on the best-selling book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, Zimmerman will offer insights into building competencies for leading nonprofits sustainably and discuss approaches to strengthening nonprofit business models.

The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion that will connect Zimmerman’s talk to what is happening in Richmond. We will hear from nonprofit executives about how they have positioned their organization to be sustainable in the long term, their challenges, together with best practices from the financial and funders perspective.

$30 registration fee includes a copy of Nonprofit Sustainability, Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Zimmerman, Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka — a $47 value. 


Event Schedule

8:00–8:30 a.m.: Registration and Coffee
8:30–10:00 a.m.: Steve Zimmerman Keynote
10:00–10:15 a.m.: Break
10:15–11:15 a.m.: Moderated Panel Discussion

About Steve Zimmerman

Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA, is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies throughout the country. Steve is co-author of the book The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions published by Jossey-Bass with Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint. They also co-wrote Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jan Masaoka of Blue Avocado in 2010.

Zimmerman also writes the Finance and Strategy column for Blue Avocado, an online magazine for nonprofits with 60,000 subscribers, and has also written for The Nonprofit Quarterly and Board Source. Prior to starting Spectrum, Zimmerman was a Projects Director with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit consulting, training and research providers where he led development of their business planning framework, wrote and delivered trainings and consulted on management issues with a wide range of organizations.

Zimmerman’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a Chief Financial Officer, Development Director and Associate Director at community-based nonprofits where he performed turnarounds resulting in increased financial sustainability and programmatic reach. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from Yale University.

Additional Opportunities

Stewarding Your Financial Resources: Strategic Financial Leadership

Strong, Strategic & Sustainable: Keeping Your Nonprofit Relevant Today and for Years to Come

Collaborative Partners

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Robins Foundation logo
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Contact: Miriam Blackmon, Program Coordinator