Gratz College Welcomes New Director of Development
Melrose Park, PA – On August 12, Lenard Zimmerman, of Ambler, became the new director of development for Gratz College. Zimmerman brings with him a proven track record of success as a development professional within the Jewish community for the last 25 years.
Early in his career, Zimmerman spent nine years as assistant campaign director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Most recently, he served as the Federation’s chief development officer. In that capacity, he managed the planned giving department and led the annual campaigns. He also designed and implemented special campaigns to support specific Federation programs. Under Zimmerman’s leadership in development, overall Federation revenues increased by 11%.
Zimmerman also served for 12 years as executive director of the Development Corporation for Israel, commonly referred to as Israel Bonds. He managed the Corporation’s Philadelphia Regional Office, which covered the Greater Philadelphia area and Delaware, as well as the territory from Allentown to Harrisburg and from Trenton to Atlantic City. As executive director, he developed and led campaigns producing $50 million in annual sales of Israel bonds.
Reflecting upon his quarter-century of experience in development within the Jewish community, Zimmerman says, “It’s all about relationship building. It’s finding out what people’s philanthropic goals are and showing them how they can make a difference. It’s what I have done throughout my career.”
Now eager to use his skills on behalf of Gratz College, Zimmerman says, “I am excited to work with President Joy Goldstein and the very committed Gratz College Board of Governors at this forward-thinking institution. I want to help them raise the funds they need to realize their goals of launching more new programs and expanding current ones.”
From the Gratz perspective, the sentiment is mutual: “We are thrilled to welcome Len Zimmerman to our executive team,” says President Goldstein. “He is a development professional of the highest caliber and will have a positive impact on our institutional advancement efforts.”
Founded in 1895 as the first college for Jewish studies in the Western Hemisphere, Gratz College educates teachers, academic leaders and non-profit professionals in a pluralistic environment rooted in Jewish values. Gratz is a leader in online graduate Jewish studies, reaching students across the country and around the globe. In addition to its graduate and undergraduate programs, the College runs a model Jewish supplementary high school. Gratz College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the State of Israel, and is a partner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.