I am pleased to welcome Morgan Zehner as Great Plains Institute’s (GPI’s) director of development. Morgan is a tenured nonprofit executive and consultant with 15 years of experience. He brings a combination of strategic management skills, deep knowledge of tactical fundraising practices, and a commitment to GPI’s mission.
“Support from individuals, foundations, and companies is critical to GPI’s success in achieving our mission at the speed and scale necessary,” said Rolf Nordstrom, GPI president and CEO. “Morgan’s experience will be a major asset to GPI as we look to build strategic relationships and continue to increase our impact across the country.”
Prior to GPI, Morgan was a fundraising development consultant at both the national and regional levels. As a lead consultant and strategist with Fox Advancement, Morgan led strategic fundraising initiatives totaling $30M for economic development, arts, higher education, and medical causes throughout Minnesota. Prior to his work at Fox Advancement, he was a consultant in the ground-breaking analytics practice at Bentz Whaley Flessner, where he served leading international nonprofit organizations from across the globe.
“I look forward to being part of an organization that is a national leader in solving our most pressing energy challenges,” Morgan said. “I’m inspired by GPI’s mission and its reputation for consistently being ranked among the top nonprofits in the country for financial health, accountability, and transparency.”
Earlier in his career, Morgan served as executive director of Dupont Circle Main Streets in Washington, DC, a community development organization serving Dupont Circle, an internationally recognized commercial district consisting of over 300 independent businesses. He grew up in Virginia and earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and his BA from McGill University.