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Center for Nonprofit Research

at Mihaylo College of Business & Economics

California State University Fullerton



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Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research & the G3X conference and lecture series, Director

As the new Director for the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at Cal State University Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business & Economics, Zoot is responsible for producing several programs aimed at growing the sector in Orange County and “growing excellent and exciting exempt organizations” (hence the G3X). Formerly Known as the Summer School for Nonprofits , the conference has expanded this year to include a year-round lecture series on the fouth Mondays of each month. Gianneschi also produces a fellowship program, a leadership initiative, coaching, an innovations lab starting in 2019, and new classes aimed at public benefit business careers.

501(c)(3)(b)(s) Podcast

In “nonprofit” 501c3 organizations the 80/20 rule applies. 80% of all funding goes to 20% of the sector. This happens because much of conventional wisdom in our industry is false. In this podcast, you will find the truths, And those truths will set you free to success.

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Certificates in Leadership & Nonprofit Management

Cources are now underway in both programs at Calfornia Polytechnic Institute, Pomona’s Extended Education. Here is what one former student left on Zoot’s LinkedIn recommendations:

“Zoot first entered my sphere as an instructor while I was taking the Nonprofit Management Certification Program through Cal Poly Pomona (which I highly recommend). The timing was perfect as my Board and I were venturing into new territory with my nonprofit program that was under city management and we were taking it independent. None of us had any experience with starting at zero with what was essentially a brand new nonprofit agency. Zoot probably does not realize the impact that he has had on my professional life and the life of my Board of Directors at PSS. Every week when my board and I met, I would have something to contribute and it seemed like all of my sentences started with "Zoot recommends" or "Zoot assures me that X is the way to get to Z". Honestly, I learned so much from the two courses he taught and his book The First 100 Days.....we were IN our first 100 days of a brand new agency and the timing could not have been better. 
I continue to listen to his pod casts and both of my staff have or will attend the Gianneschi Nonprofit Summer School where Zoot is now the Director. The universe provided this incredibly gifted person when I needed him and for that I am grateful.”- Bridget Beisner, MPA, CEO of Project Self-Sufficiency Orange County

Arts Connection 

The Arts Council of San Bernardino is working with Zoot as a consultant and executive coach under a grant from the CA Arts Council to create a new Strategic Plan for 2021.


Rotary District 5320 Conference Co-producer

Zoot is working to co-produce the District Conference for Orange County California on May 3-5, 2018 in Newport Beach, CA. Zoot is responsible for booking bands, speakers, Emceeing the event, and producing a fun “lip-sync” competition between clubs. More information coming in February as contracts for speakers and bands are finalized, but it is expected to break all previous conference records.

Arts In Corrections

For 31 years, Zoot has worked in prisons, juvenile facilities, mental hospitals and jails. Currently Zoot does a reentry program through the Riverside Arts Council with inmates at Riverside County Jail. He is also an artist with the Fresno Arts Council and Muckenthaler Cultural Center working in state prisons and training other artists. 

Re-entry into society is often dependent upon how well former inmates can tell their story to a “civilian” audience. Often former offenders are accustomed to presenting an image that shows them as hardened and unfeeling to survive with their peers. They have to learn how to tell a story that shows them as vulnerable and capable of change to a different audience made up of family and potential employers.