Zoot Velasco
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Adding benefit to community benefit organizations.

Areas of Practice


With a comprehensive strategic plan and targeted advice, Zoot can usually help clients double their capacity in 18-24 months.

Books & Podcasts

Check out Zoot's books on capacity building, his podcast on "Art in Other Places" and his new podcast on demystifying organizational growth.

Food & Travel

Come with Zoot and enjoy gourmet wine dinners and cultural travel around the world arranged as charitable fundraisers for Zoot's favorite organizations.

History of Rotary

Zoot presents a 20 minute speech on the history of Rotary free of charge to clubs along his travels.

Workshops and Webinars

Zoot teaches nonprofit management programs for California State University Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and advises on programs for Calfornia State University Fullerton's Giennecshi Center for Nonprofit Research. He also teaches Webinars for CharityHowTo.com. He can create a great workshop or series for your organization, or reformat any topic into a keynote speech. 

Keynote Speaker & Auctioneer

Zoot has been keynote speaker for service clubs, scholarship organizations, community organizations, and conferences. Last year he opened the Summer School for Nonprofits at California State University Fullerton. As a charity auctioneer he routinely breaks records for new funding.  

Event Production

Zoot produces festivals, concerts and events. Next, Zoot will be producing TEDx Bakersfield in September 2017. Go to tedxbakersfield.org for more info (website currently under contruction will be up by July 31.).

STEAM Education Program Design

Zoot created the first STEAM programs in Orange County winning local, regional and statewide awards, and quadrupling the capacity of the education programs at his organization. STEAM is the new STEM and finally brings funding to the arts. Let Zoot show you how it works and design some programs for you.

Institutional Arts Program Design

Zoot started working in prisons, foster care and juvenile halls in 1990. He manages Arts In Corrections programs for the California Arts Council and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to this day. He can help you design programs that work for special populations in institutional setting.