Dr. Reid A. Zimmerman is an organizational development, fundraising, evaluation, and strategic planning teacher and consultant with more than thirty years' experience in the nonprofit sector. He is adjunct faculty at Hamline University, teaching in the areas of nonprofit and public administration, leadership, and management and has served as faculty, subject matter expert, and course developer at the University of St. Thomas, University of Wisconsin, and Capella University. Zimmerman has been credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2001.

Formerly the Vice President of Development with the Hazelden Foundation of Center City, MN, Reid was responsible for raising several millions of dollars of annual donations as well as the effectiveness, strategic, budgetary, and personnel issues of the division. He has also served as an Executive Director and Director of Development for several other organizations in Minnesota and on numerous boards of directors including the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Family Pathways.

Reid is the author of The Seven Deadly Sayings of Nonprofit Leaders...And How to Avoid Them (CharityChannel Press, 2014), and is a contributing author to You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the Charitychannel Professional Community (CharityChannel Press, 2011). Dr. Zimmerman has also as written numerous articles on nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and evaluation and served as a member of the editorial committee for Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's Principles and Practices of Nonprofit Excellence in 1994, 2005, and again in 2013.

Reid works and volunteers as a respected trainer, seminar leader, speaker, and facilitator. He is a member of the Board of Evaluators for the Performance Excellence Network and an Organizational Self-Assessment Facilitator with the Drucker Foundation.

Reid holds a PhD in Organizational Development, with an emphasis on Nonprofit Change and Effectiveness through The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His prior education includes undergraduate degrees in Sociology/Psychology (BA) and Secondary Education (BS), a Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) and additional graduate coursework in nonprofit administration and quality process improvement. He has provided services to families and his community as a foster parent, family mediator, guardian ad litem, and emergency medical technician. Reid and his wife, Dr. Laura Zimmerman, live near Pine City, MN with their three daughters.

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Following the Floundering Founder - Three Leadership Recommendations for the Continuing Voyage - Part 2

Editor's Note: This is a two-part article on the challenges of taking the organizational reigns from a charismatic founding director and supporting it to reach an improved level of performance. Part one previously introduced the situation and addressed making sense of the financials.  Part two now adds to that the issues of organizational structure and…

Following the Floundering Founder - Three Leadership Recommendations for the Continuing Voyage - Part 1

Editor's note: This is a two-part article on the challenges of taking the organizational reigns from a charismatic founding director and supporting it to reach an improved level of performance. Part one below introduces the situation and addresses making sense of the financials. Part two adds to that the issues of organizational structure and the…