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Archive for July, 2014

Executive Director Lee Zimmerman to retire in 2015

Lee Zimmerman, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation (TSF), announced his plans to retire sometime in the first half of 2015.  Zimmerman joined The Foundation in September 2006.

During Zimmerman’s nearly eight year tenure, TSF has seen significant growth in donors, assets and grants.  Grant and scholarship distributions have doubled to nearly $1.5 million annually.  Annual gifts to donor advised and scholarship funds have increased from $140,000 to over $500,000.

Through Zimmerman’s leadership and collaboration with the Board of Trustees, TSF has increased its presence and impact in the community.  It is clearly recognized as the leading philanthropic organization in Summit County and our neighboring communities.  The Foundation continues to enjoy strong partnerships with Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin ski areas.  The ground-breaking Summit School District Pre-Collegiate program and After School Activities (CATCH) elementary school programs were established with the support of TSF’s Special Initiative Program.  The grant application process has been streamlined and simplified under Zimmerman’s lead.   Later this year, the organization will be moving its offices into the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center.

“It has been an honor to continue the tremendous legacy of The Summit Foundation,” explained Zimmerman.  “The timing for me to come to The Foundation and the direction of The Foundation eight years ago were a perfect match.  I love the Summit County area and The Foundation and my decision to leave is a difficult one, but it is the right time for me to move on.  It has been a wonderful to work with such a committed and hard-working Board of Trustees.  There are so many truly dedicated community Board members and volunteers who are truly the Soul of The Summit.   While I am proud of the accomplishments, I am particularly proud of the terrific, dedicated staff that has been responsible for them.

“Lee has set such an outstanding example with his commitment and focus on continual improvement for TSF, Summit and surrounding counties, and our local non-profits,” said Kevin McDonald, President of the Board of Trustees.  “His dedication to TSF’s mission is unsurpassed.  He will be missed.”

“Lee has been an outstanding leader at The Foundation and in Summit County,” said Cary Cooper who served as President of The Foundation’s Board of Trustees for four years during Lee’s term as Executive Director.  “He is a real gentleman who is both respected and admired by all those he worked with at The Foundation and in the local nonprofit community.  It was always an honor and a pleasure to work with him.”

According to Kevin McDonald, The Summit Foundation will begin a search process in the near future and will be posting the position and accepting resumes then.



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