Steve Zimmerman serves as the principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services. His 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.
Steve Zimmerman is a co-author of The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions with Jeanne Bell and the bestselling book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka. The books highlight Spectrum Nonprofit’s integrated approach to nonprofits, which balances mission impact and financial viability.
Additionally, Steve’s writing has been featured by Nonprofit Quarterly, BoardSource, and Harvard Business Review, and he contributed the strategy chapter to Wiley’s Nonprofit Management 101. He is a sought after trainer and speaker on adaptive strategy, business models, and revenue strategy for nonprofits.
Areas of Expertise
Nonprofit Strategy & Business Models; Financial Strategy; Revenue Strategy; Strategy Implementation & Operations
B.A. from Claremont McKenna College
M.B.A. from Yale University
Certified public accountant
Steve Zimmerman started his professional nonprofit career taking a leave of absence from public accounting to run a summer camp, where he saw firsthand the importance of finance in making the mission come to life.