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It's Official, Zoot Velasco is the Interim Director of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofits

Zoot Velasco has been selected as the Interim Director for the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at California State University Fullerton Mihaylo School of Business and Economics replacing Dr. Susan Cadwallader who is remaining at the college but wants to focus on her research project. Dr. Cadwallader held the position for 5 years and encouraged Zoot to apply for the position.

The Gianneschi Center is one of 14 centers and institutes that Mihaylo College hosts. It is named after Dr. Harry R. Gianneschi who served as Vice President of Advancement at Cal State Fullerton and founded the center. Its purpose is to “use the power and resources of California State University, Fullerton and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics to create a stronger community by strengthening our community benefit organizations.”

Part of Zoot’s new role is to produce the Gianneschi summer training conference held August 13-17. "The Summer School for Nonprofits" has a new name this year and a new focus under Zoot. It will be renamed the G3X Conference, "Creating Exciting, Excellent Exempt Organizations" putting the focus on leadership, innovation and best practices. It will have a new TED-like format. Zoot produced a TEDx Conference last year. The conference production is already underway, and several great speakers have already committed. There will be three tracks in Fund Development, Marketing and General Administration. Speakers will include:

Keynote: Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, best selling author and founder of  the Blue Avocado magazine

Keynote: Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; West Point grad, US Army Captain and Iraq War Veteran

(Tentative) Keynote: Shelley Hoss CEO of the Orange County Community Foundation

Jennifer Boyd  CEO and Founder of Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation

Lisa Fujimoto Corporate Secretary  & Executive Vice President to the Board of Directors of the Change of Life Foundation

Brian Helleland  CEO of St. Jude’s Medical Center

Todd Hanson, Vice President of the Center for Engaged Philanthropy at the Orange County Community Foundation  

Sean Lawrence CEO of Giving Children Hope

Cris Ippolite, President and founder of iSolutions, Inc; 2014 & 2016 winner of “FileMaker Excellence Award“ for his contributions as a trainer and evangelist for  FileMaker Certification; and a top rated speaker at FileMaker Developer Conference, and conference speaker at MacWorld Expo. He is also the featured FileMaker (and Bento) author on lynda.com.

Jonathan Levit, Adobe Certified Instructor and Expert in InDesign, and an internationally known magician. Some of Jonathan’s clients include Warner Brothers, Ogilvy & Mather, Boeing, Time Warner, The L.A. Times, Disney and UCLA.  

Sean Oliu is a 16 year old alumni of Anaheim’s Mariachi Kids program, former star at 10 on TV’s “The Voice” Mexico Edition (La Voz Kids) and current star of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. Sean, with his parents, has started a charity to bring music to Anaheim schools.

Frances Phillips is the Program Director for the Arts at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco and co-author with Stan Hutton of The Nonprofit Kit for Dummies (now in its third edition).

Mary Tovella Dowling is a Partner of For Purpose Law Group, and co-chairs their Nonprofit and Social Enterprise practice areas.

Also Elahi Amani, Stacey Bergman, Janine Lombardi, Ursula Walsh, and many others.

In conjunction with the conference will be the announcement of the 2018 Gianneschi Fellowship winners. The conference opening and Gianneschi Fellowship are sponsored by Wells Fargo. Information will be available on the conference and other new programs by June 5, 2018 at the Gianneschi Website.

Zoot will also be creating a membership in the Gianneschi for organizations and individuals that will include a year-long lecture series and other programs. Zoot is in talks with partners at the Orange County Community Foundation, OneOC, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals to create other synergistic programs that benefit community organizations in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Besides running the Gianneschi, Zoot will be teaching at Mihaylo classes in Marketing and Business. He also teaches certificated courses at California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona in Nonprofit Management and Corporate & Governmental Leadership. Zoot is a consultant and artist on Arts In Corrections programs for the California Arts Council, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center and the Riverside Arts Council. In riverside, Zoot is starting a new program for the county jails. He is a consultant under a California Arts Council Professional Development grant for the San Bernardino Arts Connection (the county's arts council). He also hosts a podcast on community organization management issues called 501(c)(3)(b)(s) (the second season just wrapped last week) available wherever you get your podcasts, and is writing a new book on new methods of fund development.

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