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Tuesday Speaker
Tuesday Program: Rotarian Steve Zimmerman
April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

From Sustainability to Survivability: Managing Uncertainty Amid Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the nonprofit sector as it has all our lives.  The organizations we depend on to serve the most vulnerable, educate our youth, enrich our lives and build stronger communities are in jeopardy.  However, there are steps leaders can take to increase the likelihood of success amid these challenging times. This session will explain these principles, balancing the sense of urgency with feelings of empowerment, leaving nonprofit employees, board members, and volunteers with action steps to share with their favorite organizations to help them survive and, ultimately, thrive.

Rotarian Steven Zimmerman, CPA, MBA is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, a Milwaukee-based national nonprofit management consulting firm, where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies.  Steve is a co-author of two books on nonprofit sustainability published by Jossey-Bass, The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions with Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint and the best-selling book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka of CalNonprofits.  Steve’s writing has also appeared in The Nonprofit Quarterly, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and various BoardSource publications.  Steve’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 BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Yale University.