Chief Development Officer
Tim Freeman has nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit leadership and strategic planning. Before coming to RSRT in 2013, Tim served as Vice President for Development and External Relations at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, an operating foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, that recruits, supports, and prepares math and science teachers for urban and rural schools. Tim was at Woodrow Wilson for seven years and was responsible for raising more than $20 million a year in grants and gifts.
From 1996 to 2006, Tim worked at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He had several roles of increasing responsibility, including Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives. Tim played a major role in planning and implementing Teachers College’s successful five-year $160 million capital campaign. He also created and oversaw a fellowship program for master’s degree students preparing for careers as urban teachers, and managed a strategic planning process. Proposals and program plans that he developed resulted in grants from some of the largest private funding agencies, including the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and many others. He has led seminars for faculty, students, and staff at Columbia and other institutions on grant writing, fundraising, program creation, and the foundation funding process.
Before coming to Teachers College Tim was a professional classical musician (double bass) and served as Assistant to the Dean at Manhattan School of Music. Tim grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and graduated from Westtown School . He holds a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota, and an MA from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Tim lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife Rachel and 7 year old daughter Eleanor who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2011.