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Pursuing Sustainability: Understanding & Strengthening Your Organization's Business Model






Instructor: Steven Zimmerman
Principal, Spectrum Nonprofit Services
Non-Members: $79.00
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Length: 87 min.
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Every nonprofit has a business model whether or not that model has been articulated. This fast-moving webinar teaches a way to turn your business model into a single compelling image so that you see the relationships of programs and activities. We'll discuss how to assess the relative mission impacts of programs and the relative financial impacts as well, and then how to frame choices to make strategic adjustments to strengthen your organization’s business model as you pursue sustainability.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will:

  • Understand the nature of nonprofit business models and how their activities work together to create a sustainable organization.
  • Be familiar with the Matrix Map and its components – a visual tool for depicting an organization’s business model.
  • Be able to analyze their business model and articulate the strategic imperatives to strengthen it based on the Matrix Map.

Class Format:

This course is the recording of a live webinar and contains the slides and full audio from the original presentation (including Q & A sessions). Only a reasonably current version of FlashPlayer is needed to run this recording (most computers already have this installed).

About the Instructor, Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
Spectrum Nonprofit Services

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 throughout the country. Steve is co-author of the book “Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability” published by Jossey-Bass in November 2010. He 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, Steve 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 to organizations ranging from $250,000 to over $20 million in revenue. 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.
Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC
1122 North Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202






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