Jim Zimmerman

Senior Fundraising Consultant Jim Zimmerman

Jim Zimmerman

Senior Consultant & Principal


San Diego, CA


Bucknell University, B.A.

Jim joined Marts & Lundy in 2016 as a Senior Consultant & Principal, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in advancement.

From 1993-2011, Jim served as Director of Development at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where he managed the then largest independent school campaign in history. The Campaign of a Century raised more than $127 million.

Most recently Jim’s passion for connecting nonprofits to donors led him to EverTrue, where he served as Chief Evangelist from 2013-2016. While at EverTrue, Jim helped hundreds of organizations understand how technology and innovation can transform their fundraising programs.

From 2005-2016, Jim also served as a consultant to a limited number of clients as a Principal with Coughlin-Zimmerman Associates, working closely with Chief Advancement Officers, Heads of School and key trustees in maximizing philanthropic support.

Jim’s development career has included leadership roles at Francis Parker School (San Diego, California) where he was Head of Institutional Advancement, and Cate School, (Carpinteria, California) where he served as Director of Development. Prior to his tenure at Cate, Jim was the Director of Annual Giving and later Director of Capital Programs at The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ). Jim began his career as Assistant Director of Annual Giving at his alma mater, Bucknell University. He served for four years as the president of the Bucknell University Alumni Association.

  • Beaver Country Day School, MA
  • The Branson School (CA)
  • Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) University, Mexico
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, IN
  • The Episcopal Academy, PA
  • Fay School, MA
  • The Fessenden School, MA
  • Germantown Academy, PA
  • Harbor Day School, CA
  • Head-Royce School, CA
  • Hopkins School, CT
  • Hotchkiss School, CT
  • Kimball Union Academy, NH
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO
  • The Lovett School, GA
  • Mark Day School, CA
  • Marin Academy, CA
  • Noble and Greenough School, MA
  • The Pembroke Hill School, MO
  • Ojai Music Festival (CA)
  • St. Andrew’s School, RI
  • San Francisco Day School, CA
  • Seven Hills School, CA
  • The Webb Schools, CA
  • Town School for Boys, CA
  • XPRIZE Foundation, CA