Michael Zimmerman

TPF Fellow 2021/23

Michael Zimmerman joined The Patterson Foundation as its fifth fellow in September 2021. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Michael brought a robust understanding of philanthropy earned through his extensive academic and professional career.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with foci in Latin America and the Middle East from Elon University. Fluent in Spanish, Michael began his career in the for-profit sector, endeavoring to Panama for his first role out of undergrad. Three years into his role, Michael quickly realized his passion for philanthropy and subsequently moved his career to the nonprofit sector.

Over the next ten years, Michael grew his career in fundraising and development, stewarding individuals, foundations, corporations, and grantmaking institutions while fostering the expansion and growth of three organizations. Most recently, while completing his Executive Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies remotely from IUPUI’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Michael served as Senior Development Executive for American Friends of the Hebrew University in New York City.

At The Patterson Foundation, Michael worked diligently to learn and lead, co-load, and support 16+ programs, projects and initiatives spanning Digital Access, Grade-Level Reading, Organizational Capacity Building, and Community Bridge Building. Above all, Michael explored new and innovative models of philanthropy that seek to address society’s most pressing concerns. By developing connective tissue to build lasting relationships, Michael enhanced the Foundation’s positive impact on the Suncoast Region through a values and relationship-driven approach.

Michael completed his Fellowship and launched from The Patterson Foundation in July 2023 after accepting a new position as Program Officer with the Farash Foundation. Managing and directing the Foundation’s investment in Dynamic Jewish Life, Michael is immersed in both philanthropy within and beyond the check, supporting nonprofits on many fronts.

Michael currently resides in Rochester, New York. He enjoys the outdoors, cooking delicious foods, trying new restaurants, hiking, bike riding, swimming, the beach, chai tea lattes, art, culture, languages, and participating in Jewish and LGBTQ+ communities/spaces.

Glimpse "A brief history of Michael J. Zimmerman" through early July 2023

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